Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySheera Frenkel June 3, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Regina Bateson had just finished an Easter egg hunt with her children on April 1 when her phone started buzzing. Take a look at Facebook, messages from her friends and colleagues urged. Ms. Bateson, a Democrat running for Congress in the California primary on Tuesday, quickly opened up the social network. There, she saw what appeared to be a news article that painted her as underhandedly trying to torpedo the campaign of a rival Democratic candidate. When Ms. Bateson clicked through the article, she was directed to a Facebook page run by Sierra Nevada Revolution, a local progressive group she had clashed with in the past. The article was not a news story, she found, but a political ad paid for by Sierra Nevada Revolution. And while Facebook rolled out new rules … [Read more...] about Facebook Tried to Rein In Fake Ads. It Fell Short in a California Race.
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Tony Romm May 24 at 2:00 PM Email the author Graphics of Facebook pages created by a Russian troll factory are displayed during a congressional hearing. (SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) Facebook and Twitter forged ahead Thursday with new efforts to disclose more information about the political advertisements that appear on their sites, part of a broad campaign to help users better understand why they see the content they do and who’s behind it. For both tech companies, the stakes are high ahead of the 2018 midterm election, two years after Russian agents spread propaganda – through ads and … [Read more...] about Who’s behind those political ads on Facebook? Now, you can find out.
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup World By Alex Perry 04/24/18 AT 12:33 PM Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old man accused of steering a rental van into pedestrians Monday in North Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15, was charged on Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.WATCH LIVE: Justin Trudeau will deliver a statement in Ottawa on the Toronto van attack at 8:25 a.m. ET. https://t.co/l81iAwQmws— Global News Toronto (@globalnewsto) April 24, 2018Officials confirmed that the event did not involve national security but “definitely looked deliberate.”Toronto police confirmed Minassian is from Richmond Hill, Ontario, and that he does not have a criminal record. Former classmates described him as socially withdrawn, but not particularly prone to violence when they knew him. He was a special needs student at Thornlea Secondary School in Toronto, … [Read more...] about Who Is Alek Minassian? Alleged Toronto Van Killer May Have Praised Elliot Rodger In Facebook Post
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony for his hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday has been published. Though Zuckerberg addresses controversies surrounding the social network’s alleged mishandling of user data, he also uses the speech to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and how he plans to crack down on “hate speech.”In the prepared testimony, Zuckerberg praised Facebook’s ability to make “voices heard,” and “all the good that connecting people can bring,” while the Facebook CEO cited #MeToo and the anti-gun March For Our Lives as positive movements that the social network helped to create. “Just recently, we’ve seen the #metoo movement and the March for Our Lives, organized, at least in part, on Facebook,” he declared, before apologizing for not doing “enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” such as … [Read more...] about READ: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Prepared Testimony Revealed Ahead of Wednesday Hearing
Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug. File photo: Terje Pedersen/NTB scanpix Norwegian immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug had a strong response to a Facebook commentator who said she wore a cross necklace for political gain, calling it a “shameful” attack. Listhaug reacted to Sven Egil Omdal – a columnist with newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad - who wrote on Facebook that the cross which she is commonly seen to be wearing was a “political prop, used to impress the strange group that thinks xenophobia is a Christian virtue.” In the post, Omdal included a picture of Listhaug speaking at Oslo Symposium, where she wore a crucifix over the top of a black turtle neck. The minister has also worn such a necklace on several other occasions. But Omdal claimed that, having looked through an archive of pictures of Listhaug dating back to 2001, he did not find "a single one“ in which she wore a cross prior to her appointment as immigration minister in 2015. … [Read more...] about Norwegian minister hits back at Facebook crucifix commentator