Here’s how Russia targeted its fake Facebook ads and how those ads performed

 It’s impossible to know just how much stuff being circulated on social networks is Russian state content in sheep’s clothing, although tech companies are scrambling to figure that out. Now, thanks to Congress, we just got a rare peek behind the curtain of how Facebook’s ad operations were manipulated by a foreign power to foment […]

Here are the Russian ads that deceived users on Facebook and Instagram

 Russian interests have been attempting to influence public opinion via social media to an extent no one expected. The content itself, however, has largely been a mystery — the ads and fake accounts have long been taken down. But Facebook delivered them to Congress as part of an ongoing inquiry, and the House’s Intelligence Committee […]

In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

 On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms were and are manipulated as […]

Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers

 How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren’t actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can’t, and that drew questioning from a Congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter and Google being used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. Read More

Google offers new findings on Russian disinformation across its products

 Just a day before tech’s big Russia-focused Congressional hearings begin, Google is out with a new report on the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election across its platforms. “While we have found only limited activity on our services, we will continue to work to prevent all of it, because there is […]

Senator Feinstein makes broad request for all ‘Russia-connected’ Twitter and Facebook user data

 The nature and extent of Russia or Russian-linked actors interfering with the election is yet to be determined, but it’s not for want of inquiries. Half of D.C. is looking into it in one way or another, and Senator Diane Feinstein is no exception. Today she sent letters to several parties involved, including Facebook and […]

Representatives Pelosi and DelBene: ‘No tolerance’ for culture of harassment

 Washington Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently visited the UW’s Computer Science school to discuss the workplace of the 21st century and women’s place in it. Their talk covered a number of topics, but one given more serious consideration was that of sexual harassment in industries and disciplines dominated by men. Read […]