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On last day of work, rogue Twitter employee deactivated Trump’s account | Ars Technica
"We are conducting a full internal review."
Twitter announced Thursday evening that an employee, on his or her last day of work at the company, deactivated President Donald Trump’s notorious Twitter account. The president's account was only absent for 11 minutes before it was restored.
In a series of its own tweets, the company said: "We are conducting a full internal review."
Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF
— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017
gov2.0  humor  politics  troll  trump  twitter 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Washington renames Russian embassy street after slain opposition MP - BBC News
Washington DC has renamed the street the Russian embassy sits on after a murdered Russian opposition politician.
The city council voted to rename the street outside Russia's embassy complex after Boris Nemtsov, who was shot outside the Kremlin in 2015.
A statement from the council said the decision to honour the "slain democracy activist" passed unanimously.
Russian politicians criticised the move, with one MP labelling it a "dirty trick".
The decision was specifically targeted at "the portion of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the Russian Embassy", according to the Washington council's statement.
Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the leader of the nationalist LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, as saying US authorities "specifically want to play dirty tricks in front of the Russian Embassy".
Another politician from the Communist Party, Dmitry Novikov, told the agency: "The US authorities have long been absorbed in their own game of interfering in Russian internal affairs."
Mr Nemtsov, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot in February 2015 while walking home from a restaurant in Moscow.
russia  gov2.0  politics  troll  activism 
8 days ago by rgl7194
DC street in front of Russian embassy renamed to honor Putin critic - CNNPolitics
Washington (CNN)Washington's city council has unanimously passed a measure to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The city council specified in a statement that the passage had been done "on an emergency basis (pending passage of permanent legislation)."
The bill will symbolically rename the stretch of Wisconsin Avenue in front of the embassy to 1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza, adding that name to the street sign.
Nemtsov was shot and killed on a bridge near the Kremlin in February 2015, while walking home with his girlfriend.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested the street name change further illustrated division between the US and Russia.
russia  gov2.0  politics  troll  activism 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Jim Wright - Ah, the old "there's proof, but I can't produce it...
Tucker Carson via Fox News states unequivocally that illegal aliens are sneaking into America and voting in our elections -- and not only are they doing this, they are doing it in such numbers and with such organization that they determine the makeup of our government…

Moreover, if you follow Carlson's "reasoning" through, he seems to be saying that illegal aliens voted in such numbers that they influenced the makeup of our government and that makeup is

... a government openly hostile to immigrants at all levels.
intelligence  misinformation  troll  jim.wright  voter.fraud  trump  flynn  fox.news 
10 days ago by KnockThump
Steal This Show S03E12: Attack Of The Propaganda Bots - TorrentFreak
In this episode, we meet Sam Woolley, director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute for the Future, to dig deeper into the topic of troll farms, political disinformation and the use of social media bots to create what Sam calls ‘Computational Propaganda’.
What happens when the ability to create propaganda is democratized out of the hands of governments and corporate media and into the hands of unknown, weird and downright dangerous online actors?
podcast  troll  propaganda  bots  russia  disinformation  social_media 
15 days ago by rgl7194
'You're hired!': Internet salutes Twitter employee who pulled plug on Trump | US news | The Guardian
For 11 happy minutes Twitter users celebrated a Trump-free experience, heaping praise on the rogue staffer who shut down the US president
Like the Christmas truce in the first world war trenches, for 11 serene minutes it seemed like peace and harmony had broken out on earth with the sudden suspension of Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
It soon emerged that the outage was not because the tech company had taken action against the US president for occasionally threatening nuclear war, nor that Trump had accidentally deleted his account; instead, it seems a disgruntled Twitter employee had pulled the stunt on their last day at work.
gov2.0  humor  politics  troll  trump  twitter 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Trump Twitter account shut down by employee on last day of work | US news | The Guardian
Company initially blamed human error for @realdonaldtrump account’s 11-minute outage but then revealed it was done by worker on final day in job
A Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump’s personal account on their last day of work, the company said on Thursday, likely meaning the action was deliberate.
The move by the employee – who has not been named – meant that the president’s @realdonaldtrump account was down for 11 minutes.
During the brief period of downtime, shortly before 4pm Pacific time (11pm GMT), anyone going to the @realDonaldTrump Twitter page would see the message “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”
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18 days ago by rgl7194
Twitter employee 'deactivated' Trump account on last day - BBC News
US President Donald Trump's Twitter account briefly vanished on Thursday but has since been restored, the social media company said.
A customer service employee deactivated the @realdonaldtrump account, it said, clarifying that it had been their last day in the job.
The account was down for 11 minutes and Twitter is now investigating.
The president brushed off the outage in a new tweet on Friday, suggesting it showed the impact he was having.
gov2.0  humor  politics  troll  trump  twitter 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Silencing the haters: German facebook group talks back to trolls
Reading hateful comments on social media can be distressing. According to Susanne Tannert, reading them for several hours each day requires nerves of steel.
“Many of us become exhausted, discouraged; all this hate is really hard to deal with,” says Tannert, a member of Germany’s anti-hate-speech initiative #ichbinhier. “But we cannot remain silent.”
Like Tannert, members of #ichbinhier (“I am here” in English) routinely track down and counter malevolent remarks, insults, and disinformation that appear in the comments sections of German news stories on Facebook.
The group was founded in December 2016 by Hannes Ley, a digital communications expert from Hamburg, and is inspired by a similar Facebook initiative in Sweden, #jagärhär.
The underlying idea behind the movement is to prevent malicious users from highjacking social media to spread hatred and lies.
On its Facebook page, #ichbinhier describes itself as promoting a “constructive dialogue” on social media “without hate, without hate speech, without fake news.”
germany  facebook  troll  social_media  hate  fake_news 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Meet the man who deactivated Trump’s Twitter account | TechCrunch
s Twitter tries to figure out how to lock down the parts of its platform that enable harassment, as well as the spread of misleading information and illicit content, there have been a number of moments that highlight how the service, and its levers of control, are far from perfect.
One such moment took place earlier this month, when the very active, very watched Twitter account of President Donald Trump was abruptly deactivated for 11 minutes. The man responsible for those 11 minutes moved back home to Germany, and he agreed to speak to TechCrunch about what happened that day.
U.S. President Donald Trump long ago realized that you can use Twitter as an effective mouthpiece without all the pain and price of dealing with the media. Trump’s Twitter account (36.5K tweets and counting) has become one of the most popular ones out there today, with 43.5 million followers and growing by several hundred thousand a week. It’s also one of the most notorious, because of his flippant jokes, insults, rants and controversial retweets.
So for those who haven’t been happy with Trump — and judging by the popular vote results from the 2016 election, that accounted for a majority of voters in the U.S. — those deactivated 11 minutes became a burst of unexpected joy.
gov2.0  humor  politics  troll  trump  twitter 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Facebook To Let Users See If They Followed Russian ‘Troll Farm’ Pages
Facebook says it is creating a portal enabling users to learn whether they liked or followed pages or accounts linked to a shadowy Russian company that U.S. officials accuse of trying to influence last year’s presidential election with socially divisive posts.
The November 22 announcement by the California-based technology giant comes amid ongoing investigations into what U.S. intelligence calls a Russian hacking and influence campaign aimed at meddling in the election, an allegation Moscow denies.
The company previously estimated that posts linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which former employees and media reports have identified as a “troll farm” with ties to the Russian government, could have reached as many as 126 million people on Facebook over a two-year period and another 20 million on Instagram.
U.S. lawmakers earlier this month released a batch of Facebook ads they say were purchased by the company in a surreptitious effort to stir up emotions on sensitive social issues like gun control, race relations, immigration, and religion.
Facebook said in its statement that the new tool will allow users to learn “which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017.”
“It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election,” it said, adding that the tool would be available by the end of the year.
U.S. lawmakers late last month lashed out at executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google over what they called a failure to prevent abuses of their networks by Russian operatives during the presidential campaign.
Skeptics of the potential impact the ads had on the election have noted that the estimated $46,000 worth of Facebook advertisements purchased by the Internet Research Agency was dwarfed by the tens of millions of dollars in Facebook ads bought by the Trump campaign and that of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
facebook  russia  troll  propaganda  fake_news 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194

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