Trump’s Twitter account temporarily deactivated due to employee error

 President Trump’s infamous Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump went briefly offline on Thursday, setting forth a wave of confusion and emotions. Trump's Twitter account appears to be down. pic.twitter.com/VLNfnGcz6H — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 2, 2017 If Trump's Twitter is down, does this technically mean he's no longer POTUS? I mean, it's… Read More

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On Russia, tech doesn’t know what it doesn’t know

 While the Senate has spent the better part of a year making sense of Russia’s actions to influence the 2016 election, tech made quick work of its own analysis — or so it thinks. The glacial pace of Congress is often criticized, particularly contrasted to the tech industry which still moves fast and breaks things, although Facebook gave up that slogan in 2014. But when it comes… Read More

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Antisocial media?

 As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, ‘dark ads’, issue pushing Facebook pages, and even political rallies organized using its Event tools, there’s another side to the story of how tech tools are impacting the democratic process currently playing out in… Read More

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Twitter says it may “refine” its policies after reversing position on Blackburn campaign ad

 For the second time in less than three weeks, Twitter has said it will look at its policies following controversy over tweets by a politician. On Tuesday, Twitter reversed a decision it made the day before to block a campaign video from Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representative from Tennessee, for breaking its ad policies. In a media statement, a Twitter spokesperson said “While… Read More

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North Korean hackers stole South Korean and U.S. war plans

 A member of South Korea’s parliament who sits on its defense committee is claiming that North Korean hackers have stolen some of his nation’s most sensitive military documents — including a plan to assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
The South Korean Yonhap news service is reporting that Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of the country’s ruling political party and a… Read More

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Senate Intel committee calls on Facebook to release Russian ads

 In an update on the progress of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, the Senate Intelligence Committee weighed in on recent revelations that have implicated major tech companies. The committee plans to hear open public testimony from Facebook, Twitter and Google on November 1 pertaining to their role in selling political ads to Russian government entities… Read More

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