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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Inside Facebook's elite “info ops” team, created in 2017 to respond to co-ordinated disinformation campaigns, often from state actors like Russia's IRA   —  Among the thousands of staff at Facebook, there is one group that talks about the company not as a social network, but as a battlefield.
Jul 6, 2019, 12:45 AMIn context
Gillian Cleary / Symantec:
Archive of ~10M tweets from Russia's IRA reveals a vast, coordinated, and incredibly successful misinformation campaign; one account was retweeted 6M times   —  Internet Research Agency archive reveals a vast, coordinated campaign that was incredibly successful at pushing out and amplifying its messages.
Jun 5, 2019, 11:45 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this   —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
Dec 17, 2018, 12:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says that over 100 accounts it removed Monday were linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency   —  The 115 accounts Facebook took down yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the mid-term elections may indeed have been linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency …
Nov 7, 2018, 12:25 AMIn context
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Trucking and freight-booking startup Convoy raises $185M Series C led by CapitalG at a $1B valuation, bringing its total raised to $265M   —  After serving 14 years for the Royal Canadian Navy, Ira Lawrence was ready for a new adventure.  He and his wife decided to start a trucking company in 2017 …
Sep 21, 2018, 8:35 AMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Researchers from Oracle-backed watchdog posed as Russian trolls, using name and other info of Russia's IRA, and were easily able to run political ads on Google   —  In the summer of 2018, after months of public and legislator outcry over election interference, you might think it would be difficult …
Sep 4, 2018, 3:57 PMIn context
Jacqueline Howard / CNN:
Study: IRA-backed trolls flooded social media to amplify online debates about vaccines, often linking messages around vaccines to racial or class disparities   —  - Russian trolls and Twitter bots amplified online vaccine debates between 2014 and 2017, a new study suggests
Aug 24, 2018, 10:26 AMIn context
Washington Post:
By taking six weeks to ban pages very similar to Twitter accounts publicly linked to IRA, Facebook shows it still struggles to deal with bad actors effectively   —  SAN FRANCISCO — At least three groups that Facebook banned this week for spreading disinformation shared similar names and traits …
Aug 4, 2018, 9:30 PMIn context
Facebook:
Facebook bans 32 Pages and accounts from FB and Instagram for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”, says they were far better at covering tracks than Russia's IRA   —  Today we removed 32 Pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior.
Jul 31, 2018, 12:40 PMIn context
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Study: of 228 groups found running divisive Facebook ads during 2016 election, 122 were “suspicious” and ran 4x more ads than others, ~20 had known links to IRA   —  WHEN YOUNG MIE Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016—while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls …
Apr 16, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context

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