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13 days ago by cshier
Opinion | George Conway: All the things I believe about President Trump
George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York and an adviser to the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC.
I believe the president, and in the president.
I believe the Senate is right to acquit the president. I believe a fair trial is one with no witnesses, and that the trial was therefore fair. I believe the House was unfair because it found evidence against him. I believe that if the president does something that he believes will get himself reelected, that’s in the public interest and can’t be the kind of thing that results in impeachment.
I believe former national security adviser John Bolton has no relevant testimony because he didn’t leave the White House on good terms.
I believe the president’s call was perfect. I believe he is deeply concerned about corruption in Ukraine. I believe the president can find Ukraine on a map.
gov2.0  politics  trump  op-ed  troll  legal  from instapaper
14 days ago by rgl7194
Pelosi unloads on Trump in private meeting after SOTU standoff - POLITICO
“He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech,” Pelosi told House Democrats in a closed-door meeting.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped into President Donald Trump in a private meeting with Democrats Wednesday, just hours after the two jousted in a silent sparring match during his State of the Union address.
Pelosi, addressing her caucus Wednesday morning, said she felt “liberated” after defiantly ripping up Trump’s speech for the world to see, tearing up each page as she stood behind the president after he concluded his annual address.
“He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech,” Pelosi told House Democrats, according to multiple sources in the room. “What we heard last night was a disgrace.”
Democrats gave Pelosi a standing ovation after she concluded her remarks, coming just hours before the Senate will vote to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial. The California Democrat then went on to salute all seven House impeachment managers by name, according to attendees.
"She said that he disgraced the House of Representatives by using it as a backdrop for a reality show," Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said leaving the meeting.
gov2.0  politics  trump  congress  speech  pelosi  troll 
15 days ago by rgl7194
New details about a 'troll farm' shed light on Russia's election meddling
Recently revealed details about how an infamous Russian "troll farm" operated and its role in Russia's disinformation campaign shed new light on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential race.
election  propaganda  disinformation  troll  social_media 
28 days ago by wiobyrne
Twitter is considering tipping via tweet, new identifiers for trolls and more • Social Media Today
Andrew Hutchinson:
<p>In a recent interview at CES, Twitter's head of product Kayvon Beykpour gave an overview of where the company is at, where it's looking, and what his key priorities are in the role.

One of the more interesting notes within that chat was Beykpour's thoughts on trolls, and reducing the incentive for anti-social behavior in the app.

"Some prominent incentives that we have: the follower counts, the likes, the retweet, impressions. These mechanics all tend to incentivize content that gets a lot of reach and popularity. And sometimes outrage can get popularity and reach. [...] Oftentimes, unhealthy content can get viral more easily precisely because of those mechanics. So one of the things we've been thinking about is whether we have the right balance of incentives within the core product experience. Putting our rules aside for a moment, just as an example, there isn't really a disincentive today to being a total jerk on Twitter. And that's a product problem."

To address this, Beykpour noted that there may be a way to disincentivize such behavior through a rating system, similar to those in use by ride-share services.

"If you think about a service like Lyft or Uber, there is a disincentive to be a total jerk. As a passenger, I have a passenger rating. As a driver, I have a driver rating. And there's an understanding within the marketplace that if you behave a certain way, that your reputation will be impacted in a way that can have adverse consequences."

Beykpour didn't necessarily suggest that a similar rating system would work on Twitter, but a "troll score", which would delineate users based on their past activity, is something that Twitter is considering, at least in some form.</p>
twitter  troll  socialwarming 
4 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Is the First Amendment Obsolete in the Internet Age? - The Atlantic
The First Amendment was drafted when speech was expensive and attention was abundant. Can it adapt to an era of too much speech and too little attention?
Talk is cheap, it’s said—but for most of human history that wasn’t really the case. When the framers of the U.S. Constitution drafted the First Amendment, it was costly and difficult to make public speech, especially through mechanisms like newspapers, and relatively easy for a government to crack down on the speakers.
That’s no longer the case. Today, the greatest danger is not that speech is scarce and endangered, but rather that enemies of open debate have found ways to combat free speech that the First Amendment was never intended to address—and so far is failing to address, according to Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia.
“Today we live in an environment where speech is cheap, where it is abundant, where the fundamental challenge is no longer finding speakers but rather finding attention for speech,” Wu said Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.
Where once the greatest threat to the American press was censorship, the bigger challenge now is what could be called reverse censorship. Authoritarian governments, led by Russia and China, have devised methods of taking advantage of the internet to stifle speech without directly blocking it. The prevailing tactics of each of those countries have now found a home in the United States, and Wu believes the U.S. First Amendment tradition needs revamping to handle it.
free  speech  gov2.0  politics  censorship  propaganda  troll  social_media  russia  china  disinformation 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
New details about a 'troll farm' shed light on Russia's election meddling - Business Insider
A person who worked for the Russian "troll farm" Internet Research Agency discussed the organization with the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd.
The secretive factory had several components, including a "Russian desk," a "foreign desk," a "Facebook desk," and a "Department of Provocations," according to the former troll, who went by the name "Maxim."
The Russian desk operated bots and trolls that used fake social-media accounts to flood the internet with pro-Trump messages and made-up news.
The foreign desk was more sophisticated, with trolls required to learn the nuances of American politics to best "rock the boat" on divisive issues.
"Our task was to set Americans against their own government," Maxim said, "to provoke unrest and discontent."
Recently revealed details about how an infamous Russian "troll farm" operated and its role in Russia's disinformation campaign shed new light on Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential race.
russia  politics  putin  gov2.0  election  trump  troll  social_media  disinformation  propaganda  hillary 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
👆Spot the no fols fake bot account using a twee Australian turn of phase =
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6 weeks ago by kexrex
decides to spread hatred on Name change debate unleashes vile comments on women. Something that m…
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8 weeks ago by ali.alkhatib
Human players psyched out by a cute robot talking trash | ZDNet
Although the human players' rationality improved as the number of games played increased, those who were criticized by the robot didn't score as well as those who were praised #trollbot
troll  speech  robot  ai  manipulation  games  uncannyvalley 
12 weeks ago by yorksranter
Dear Purism - I'll Forgive Your Lies If You Pull This Off : Purism
jaylittle says: I'm beyond being able to even consider forgiving them. ... 'Purism is infected with a cancer and its name is Todd Weaver.'
purism  troll 
12 weeks ago by spaetz
That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It - Rolling Stone
Disinformation operations aren’t typically fake news or outright lies. Disinformation is most often simply spin. Spin is hard to spot and easy to believe, especially if you are already inclined to do so. While the rest of the world learned how to conduct a modern disinformation campaign from the Russians, it is from the world of public relations and advertising that the IRA learned their craft. To appreciate the influence and potential of Russian disinformation, we need to view them less as Boris and Natasha and more like Don Draper.

As good marketers, professional trolls manipulate our emotions subtly. In fall 2018, for example, a Russian account we identified called @PoliteMelanie re-crafted an old urban legend, tweeting: “My cousin is studying sociology in university. Last week she and her classmates polled over 1,000 conservative Christians. ‘What would you do if you discovered that your child was a homo sapiens?’ 55% said they would disown them and force them to leave their home.” This tweet, which suggested conservative Christians are not only homophobic but also ignorant, was subtle enough to not feel overtly hateful, but was also aimed directly at multiple cultural stress points, driving a wedge at the point where religiosity and ideology meet. The tweet was also wildly successful, receiving more than 90,000 retweets and nearly 300,000 likes.
Russia  troll  tactics 
12 weeks ago by Quercki

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