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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
US Treasury goes after the planes and yacht of the founder of Russia's IRA troll farm, with new sanctions imposed for alleged meddling in 2018 midterm elections   —  US Treasury takes new approach to imposing sanctions on IRA's owner.  —  The US Treasury Department announced today the third set …
Sep 30, 2019, 12:50 PMIn context
Popular Information:
Facebook page with 1.1M followers called “I Love America” is one of many Ukrainian-run pages now pushing pro-Trump propaganda and recycling 2016-era IRA memes   —  The “I Love America” Facebook page boasts 1.1 million fans, with viral content that reaches more Facebook users …
Sep 23, 2019, 1:30 PMIn context
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

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