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Facebook reveals new measures to combat misinformation and voter suppression ahead of 2020 election

(Reuters) — Facebook announced new steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression on Monday ahead of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, on the same day it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting U.S. voters on Instagram. Facebook said it would increase transparency through measures such as showing more information about […]

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Facebook disables Russian, Iranian networks, illustrating continued 2020 election threat

The Internet Research Agency is the Kremlin-backed entity that sowed social and political unrest during the 2016 presidential race. Facebook described the network it disabled Monday as a “well-resourced operation,” focused on the U.S., “that took consistent operational security steps to conceal their identity and location.” It operated primarily on Instagram, which belongs to Facebook, […]

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Bipartisan Senate report calls for sweeping effort to prevent Russian interference in 2020 election

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) October 8 at 2:45 PM A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren’t used to interfere in the coming presidential […]

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Election Rules Are an Obstacle to Cybersecurity of Presidential Campaigns

One year out from the 2020 elections, presidential candidates face legal roadblocks to acquiring the tools and assistance necessary to defend against the cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 presidential campaign. Federal laws prohibit corporations from offering free or discounted cybersecurity services to federal candidates. The same law also blocks political parties from […]

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Disinformation Spreads on WhatsApp Ahead of Brazilian Election

Disinformation Spreads on WhatsApp Ahead of Brazilian Election Image Fernando Haddad, Brazil’s presidential candidate for the Workers Party. Political messages on WhatsApp have targeted voters ahead of Brazil’s fiercely contested presidential election. CreditCreditLeo Correa/Associated Press By Mike Isaac and Kevin Roose Oct. 19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past few months, the 120 million […]