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Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider - The New York Times
Hundreds of people work at a so-called troll farm in Riyadh to smother the voices of dissidents like Mr. Khashoggi. The vigorous push also appears to include the grooming — not previously reported — of a Saudi employee at Twitter whom Western intelligence officials suspected of spying on user accounts to help the Saudi leadership.
propaganda  fakenews  twitter  trolls  saudiarabia  khashoggi 
13 days ago by yorksranter
Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and Iran | Technology | The Guardian
The archives contain tweets sent between 2013 and 2018 by 3,800 accounts associated with the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which generated 9m tweets; and 700 accountsassociated with a smaller misinformation campaign backed by Iran, which produced 1m tweets. Including the videos and images the political trolls uploaded, the database comes to more than 350GB in size.
russia  iran  fakenews  twitter 
26 days ago by yorksranter
Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities | Ars Technica
The Times wrote that the AG also subpoenaed Century Strategies, "a political consultancy founded by Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition,"
netneutrality  astroturf  fakenews  trolls  bots  trump  ralphreed  evangelicals 
4 weeks ago by yorksranter
Did Russian Trolls Have Company?: New Evidence on Israel-based PSY-Group’s Possible Social Media Efforts in 2016 US Election | Just Security
According to LinkedIn and other sites, Charnoff was previously the IDF Commander of the Social Media Productions Desk, and is also the National Director of iVoteIsrael, a Republican-aligned Israeli-American voter registration group criticized for its “flimsy façade of non-partisanship.”
bots  israel  russia  trump  fakenews  ca 
5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Plot the duty cycle of an arbitrary twitter account.
fakenews  trump  twitter  tools  hacker  verification 
9 weeks ago by yorksranter
Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - House of Commons
In March 2018, the UN Myanmar investigator Yanghee Lee said that the platform had morphed into a ‘beast’ that helped to spread vitriol against Rohingya Muslins
burma  facebook  fakenews 
10 weeks ago by yorksranter
Suspected Iranian Influence Operation Leverages Network of Inauthentic News Sites & Social Media Targeting Audiences in U.S., UK, Latin America, Middle East « Suspected Iranian Influence Operation Leverages Network of Inauthentic News Sites & Social Medi
We have observed inauthentic social media personas, masquerading as American liberals supportive of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, heavily promoting Quds Day, a holiday established by Iran in 1979 to express support for Palestinians and opposition to Israel.
iran  facebook  fakenews  sanders  spook  to_blog 
11 weeks ago by yorksranter
russian-ads: top_targets: 1,665 rows
The Russian facey campaign was fundamentally targeted at black people.
russia  facebook  fakenews  data  advertising  disinformation 
august 2018 by yorksranter
A Global Guide to State-Sponsored Trolling
it turned out to be far more effective to simply inundate the platforms with a torrent of disinformation and anonymized threats—what the researchers dubbed a strategy of “information abundance” made possible by the rapid spread of social media.
politics  trolls  fakenews  facebook  bots  russia  disinformation  to_blog 
august 2018 by yorksranter
God’s TV, Russian style | Financial Times
Good piece but doesn't bother to mention that the word "Tsargrad" is the name Russian imperialists of 1914 wanted to give to Constantinople once they seized it...which is frenziedly terrifying.
russia  fakenews  tsargrad 
july 2018 by yorksranter
Putin And Trump Are Cut From The Same Cloth
The two leaders represent the same strain of a rising global culture: that of viciously xenophobic tabloids, politically biased infotainment TV, tacky showbiz, irresponsible populism, rabid nativism, and oligarchic kleptocracy.
trump  fakenews  russia  brexit 
july 2018 by yorksranter
Nigeria's grand plan to stop fake news in 2019? Fight fire with fire. - African Arguments
The Information Ministry’s answer to the growing prevalence of fake news is fight fire with fire?

I think that’s the only solution.
nigeria  fakenews 
july 2018 by yorksranter
Media change deniers: Why debates around news need a better evidence base — and how we can get one » Nieman Journalism Lab
And a growing number of independent, evidence-based, peer-reviewed studies have found that, in fact, search engines and social media lead most people to more diverse news — the opposite of the filter bubble hypothesis
news  journalism  fakenews  filterbubble  outragejodrell  algokitsch 
june 2018 by yorksranter
India Wants a New Media Command Room to Help Boost Nationalism - Bloomberg
What "would be the global public perception due to such headlines and breaking news, how could the public perception be molded in positive manner for the country, how could nationalistic feelings be inculcated in the masses," it continues. How "could the media blitzkrieg of India’s adversaries be predicted and replied/neutralized, how could the social media and internet news/discussions be given a positive slant for India," the document reads.
india  fakenews 
may 2018 by yorksranter
What Did Russian Trolls Want During the 2016 Election? A Closer Look at the Internet Research Agency’s Active Measures
My team’s research further reveals that these cultural posts never promoted a unified ideology that the IRA hoped Americans would adopt. Instead, Russian trolls produced content that embraced a wide range of political thought, often in direct opposition to one another. (See the examples below). The goal of such posts, of course, is to divide Americans and keep them in a constant state of outrage
trolls  fakenews  russia 
may 2018 by yorksranter
Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Targeted a Sketchy Chrome Extension at Teen Girls | WIRED
He found that the extension asked users for permission to "read and change all your data on the websites you visit, display notifications, and modify data you copy and paste."
facebook  fakenews  russia  hacker  browser  chrome  eeeuw 
may 2018 by yorksranter
What we found in Facebook ads by Russians accused of election meddling
"Some of the most racist ads put out got the highest levels of engagement,” Schafer said. “It seems that when their messaging went to the extreme on some of these issues, it actually landed the hardest punch.
facebook  fakenews  russia  trump  racism 
may 2018 by yorksranter
Tonight’s Staggering Revelations – Talking Points Memo
But the big revelation is Vekselberg’s money. Remember, we heard recently that he was the one who Mueller’s investigators stopped and questioned when he transited through a US airport. This is money, more or less directly from a top Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin, putting money directly into a shell company controlled by Donald Trump’s bag man and fixer
trump  russia  money  fakenews  corruption  vekselberg 
may 2018 by yorksranter
Inside Amazon’s Fake Review Economy
“The fake reviews and sales are so intertwined now. I don’t know how they can get rid of it. It seems hopeless. The reviews process was amazing when they started it, but it’s been so corrupted now,” she said.
fakenews  fakereviews  moderation  amazon  aws  dropshipping  digitalcommerce  ovum 
may 2018 by yorksranter
(4) Rees-Mogg claims Home Office 'socialism' to blame for Windrush injustices - Politics live | Politics | The Guardian
Then you say what are the 2,000 that are the most extrovert. Then you take their email addresses and you go on the Facebook ad platform and you say, ‘Facebook, please build me a lookalike audience.’
facebook  ca  fakenews 
april 2018 by yorksranter
China’s $6 Billion Propaganda Blitz Is a Snooze – Foreign Policy
RT doesn’t mind whether it goes to the far-left or the far-right. But Chinese state media, reporting, and punditry can only act from a very narrow, officially approved scope, and the risk of the political extremes is too much. Instead of fascists and radicals, then, Chinese media is left with elderly politicians and business executives.
rt  china  russia  fakenews  dull 
april 2018 by yorksranter
Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match - The New York Times
They subsidised, well, themselves versus anyone else inc yr blog. India was quite right to fuck them off
facebook  to_blog  fakenews 
april 2018 by yorksranter
Window on Eurasia -- New Series: Moscow Inserts Political Operatives into African Countries Where Elections are Scheduled
The operation is being organized by Yevgeny Prigozhin, Putin’s former chef and the man who was behind both portions of Russia’s trolling operations against the United States and the United Kingdom as well as the Vagner private military company of mercenaries Russia has been using in Syria, Pertsev says.
fakenews  russia 
april 2018 by yorksranter
Study: Chinese-American immigrants fall prey to WeChat’s misinformation problem - Columbia Journalism Review
While local news is often championed as a bastion of democracy and source of trust in today’s vortex of misinformation, locally oriented news outlets on WeChat contribute heavily to the amplification of misinformation. Many such outlets have emerged in an attempt to seize the thriving niche market as a major immigrant destination, promoting their usefulness by delivering practical information on where to shop and get services, how to prevent crime, and what events are happening locally. At the same time, these profit-driven local outlets have also become hotbeds for misinformation, especially as local policies such as sanctuary laws and marijuana legalization come under intense debate in the communities they target. Lack of credible local news, as in the Massalkhy story, creates a vacuum for misinformation to flourish
wechat  instantmessaging  china  fakenews  journalism 
april 2018 by yorksranter
How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election | WIRED
Kim's research showed that in fact, these unregulated ads made up the majority of issue-based ads on Facebook during the course of her study.
facebook  ads  fakenews  trump  trolls  russia 
april 2018 by yorksranter
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Mercer backed a secretive group that worked with Facebook, Google to target anti-Muslim ads at swing voters
Ronald S. Lauder, the heir to the Estee Lauder fortune, gave $1.1 million. Lauder has long been a supporter of conservative and pro-Israel causes, and his longtime political adviser Allen Roth serves as president of Secure America Now // a great beauty industry tradition!
mercer  facebook  fakenews  money 
april 2018 by yorksranter
bellingcat - The Curious Case of David Jewberg, the Fake Senior Pentagon Russia Analyst - bellingcat
This is a jernalism and a half. Someone close to Trump, a long time expat in Russia and Ukraine, created a fake identity to post anti-Russian propaganda material and approach Russian exiles. He chose to create an identity called "Jewburg" who is a Freemason and a US officer.
propaganda  fakenews  russia  trump  trolls  weirdness  to_blog  antisemitism 
april 2018 by yorksranter
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer
But on one occasion, The Daily Beast has learned, Guccifer failed to activate the VPN client before logging on. As a result, he left a real, Moscow-based Internet Protocol address in the server logs of an American social media company, according to a source familiar with the government’s Guccifer investigation. Twitter and WordPress were Guccifer 2.0’s favored outlets. Neither company would comment for this story, and Guccifer did not respond to a direct message on Twitter.
gru  vpn  security  fakenews 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory | UK news | The Guardian
The interactive graphic, which looked like a piece of journalism and purported to list “10 inconvenient truths about the Clinton Foundation”, appeared for several weeks to people from a list of key swing states when they visited the site. It was produced by the in-house Politico team that creates sponsored content.
advertorial  politico  journalism  fakenews  ca  trump 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Dr Aleksandr Spectre — Department of Psychology
Presently, Dr. Spectre’s research program focuses on three areas: (a) the biology of prosociality, (b) close relationships and love, and (c) positive emotions and well-being.
to_blog  fakenews  love 
march 2018 by yorksranter
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions - The New York Times
basic demographics, plus: dark triad, big 5, and some interesting stuff: "sensational interests" and belief in star signs. Fairly obvious tthat "militarism", "violent occultism", and "credulousness" are going to be +ve weighted and "intellectual activities", "wholesome interests" -ve
facebook  data  trump  fakenews  to_blog 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Facebook Executive Planning to Leave Company Amid Disinformation Backlash - The New York Times
The security team generally pushed for more disclosure about how nation states had misused the site, but the legal and policy teams have prioritized business imperatives,
security  Facebook  fakenews 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Cambridge Analytica: links to Moscow oil firm and St Petersburg university | News | The Guardian
Other SCL documents show that the material shared with Lukoil included posters and videos apparently aimed at alarming or demoralising voters, including warnings of violence and fraud
trump  fakenews 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Russian trolls pushed rally in Buffalo – then urged blacks not to vote – The Buffalo News
And as time passed, Martin-Bordeaux — then the local head of Young Black Democrats of Western New York, now called Young Black Citizens — increasingly saw comments from Blacktivists on the Buffalo group's Facebook page.

"They would say things like: 'What have the Democrats done for you the last four years, the last 60 years', whatever," she said. "They would say: 'Show them your power by not showing up to vote.' "
trolls  fakenews  russia 
march 2018 by yorksranter
cultural cognition project - Cultural Cognition Blog - What's worse? Macedonian "fake news" or Russian distortions of social proof?
This is where Russia comes in. Its Facebook postings are not about the facts relating to one or another policy but about the facts of social proof—who is fighting whom over what.
disinformation  fakenews  trolls  to_blog 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls
The leaks also reveal the IRA’s previously unreported connection to two additional 2016 rallies, one outside Atlanta and another in western New York, The Daily Beast can now confirm. One of them turned violent.
russia  trolls  trump  fakenews 
march 2018 by yorksranter
Psychologists clash over how easy it is to implant false memories of committing a crime – Research Digest
The debate raises an interesting question: if someone can be convinced that a false event is real, does it matter whether they remember it or not?
march 2018 by yorksranter
Inside the Russian Troll Factory: Zombies and a Breakneck Pace - The New York Times
From the blog posts, Sergei said he learned that just a few families like the Rockefellers, the Morgans and the Rothschilds controlled much of the wealth in the United States, and that their banks charged rapacious interest rates.

“I began to be more aware of the reasons for the world’s problems,” he said. “I now believe that the world evil is the top elite who control the Federal Reserve system in the United States.” // always with the Jews, isn't it?
russia  fakenews  trolls 
february 2018 by yorksranter
How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral - POLITICO Magazine
The point here is that it's a system and does system-level stuff. The read-side is underdiscussed
trump  twitter  fakenews 
february 2018 by yorksranter
Fake News hängen in Frankreich auf Facebook mitunter seriöse Quellen ab – netzpolitik.org
The key point to get here is that it's not classic advertising, it's all about engagement/organic reach, and also about the second-order effect
facebook  advertising  fakenews  ads 
february 2018 by yorksranter
Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans | Boston Review
It is not hard to imagine him writing a novel combining an immature and predatory tycoon (half Arnie Kott, half Jory Miller) who becomes the president of the United States, secret Russian political manipulation, an invasion of empathy-free robotic intelligences masquerading as human beings, and a breakdown in our shared understanding of what is real and what is fake.
philipkdick  sci-fi  trump  fakenews 
january 2018 by yorksranter
Taking Stock of Another Manic Trump Morning – Talking Points Memo
The idea that Breitbart himself would be ashamed or shocked about what “Breitbart” has become is quite simply nonsense. Breitbart’s media legacy is a profound one, for good or ill. But it is and was always one of nutball conspiracy theories, instrumentalist propaganda over anything one could reasonably see as journalism (and consciously so) and in the final analysis right-wing grievance journalism. Fundamentally, rightist grievance politics and rightist grievance journalism. Bannon carried on Breitbart’s legacy in every way.
breitbart  bannon  breitbannon  trump  fakenews 
january 2018 by yorksranter
Who is Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire who funneled Kremlin money into Facebook — Quartz
While investors then worried whether Facebook could be profitable, Milner had a unique perspective based on his social media investments in Russia. “You see how social networks have been monetized in our part of the world, and we’re just doing our math and coming up with numbers that we feel very comfortable with going forward,” he said.
Facebook  Russia  fakenews 
december 2017 by yorksranter
Bots stoke racial strife in Virginia governor's race - POLITICO
I am convinced the main aim of the bot campaign was to stoke the hillbot vs berniebro drama, delegitimise both sides, and depress D turnout.
fakenews  Russia  trump  disinformation 
december 2017 by yorksranter
More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
After taking a 1000 comment random sample of the 800,000 organic comments and scanning through them, I was only able to find three comments that were clearly pro-repeal.¹⁶ That results in an estimate of the population proportion at 99.7%. In fact, we are so near 100% pro net neutrality that the confidence interval goes outside of 100%
netneutrality  nltk  statistics  trolls  fakenews 
december 2017 by yorksranter
The biggest racist on Twitter – and the ordinary man whose face he stole
A Twitter user who argued with Barry tells me he wasn’t sure whether or not the account was a parody but decided to argue with it anyway // oh god, we are all pigeons faced with the world's biggest mirror aren't we?
twitter  fakenews  trolls  staunton 
december 2017 by yorksranter
Can you distinguish between a bot and a human? | Coffee House
We sampled a random selection of 2,500 UK Twitter users who expressly supported one of the major parties. Within this sample, he was the ninth most retweeted account. On this measure – not perfect, but a pretty good random sample – his content was more widely shared than the Guardian and the Independent. And among our sample of Ukip supporters, he came in a close-second to Nigel Farage himself.
trolls  russia  brexit  fakenews 
november 2017 by yorksranter
She Warned of ‘Peer-to-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened. - The New York Times
“It was this great case study in peer-to-peer misinformation,” Ms. DiResta said. Through one account she created to monitor anti-vaccine groups on Facebook, she quickly realized she was being pushed toward other anti-vaccine accounts, creating an echo chamber in which it appeared that viewpoints like “vaccines cause autism” were the majority.
facebook  fakenews 
november 2017 by yorksranter
Why I’m done with Facebook – Radley Snails – Medium
the adoption of social media networks by the older generations did something to the discourse. It turned it from a free and open space to discuss, interact and think to a space where the dynamics of the real world we live in began to take hold.
trump  russia  fakenews  facebook  advertising 
november 2017 by yorksranter
How Facebook ads helped elect Trump - CBS News
Parscale says the campaign would average 50-60,000 different ad versions every day, some days peaking at 100,000 separate iterations – changing design, colors, backgrounds and words – all in an effort to refine ads and engage users.
trump  russia  fakenews  facebook  advertising 
november 2017 by yorksranter
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