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My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood spread misinformation about Antifa leading the Capitol rioters

As Twitter and Facebook suspended users seen as supporting rioters, including President Trump’s accounts, far-right conversations shifted to Parler and other outlets. Some talked of violent revolution, but others on the network sought to blame Trump’s political enemies for Wednesday’s chaos. “There might have been some people, the ones that […]
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood spread misinformation about Antifa leading the Capitol rioters
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Facebook reportedly told its ad reviewers to ignore fraud and hacked accounts as long as ‘Facebook gets paid’

Facebook told workers to ignore fraudulent ads and hacked accounts as long as the company “gets paid,” BuzzFeed News reported Thursday. BuzzFeed News’ investigation revealed how Facebook consistently prioritised making money over protecting users from scams, hackers, and disinformation. Ahead of the US elections in November, Facebook even told its […]
Facebook reportedly told its ad reviewers to ignore fraud and hacked accounts as long as ‘Facebook gets paid’
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US Postal Service ‘whistleblower,’ cited by Republicans and right-wing activists as evidence of election tampering, retracts his claims, officials say

A US Postal Service employee whose claims of electoral fraud were circulated by Project Veritas, a right-wing activist group specializing in disinformation, has recanted, The Washington Post reported. Richard Hopkins, a USPS employee in Pennsylvania, admitted to investigators that he lied when claiming his boss had ordered him to collect […]
US Postal Service ‘whistleblower,’ cited by Republicans and right-wing activists as evidence of election tampering, retracts his claims, officials say
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It wasn’t a disaster, but this election shows the fragility of American democracy

Armed militias didn’t intimidate voters, the postal service didn’t collapse under the weight of millions of absentee ballots, and despite long lines people were able to vote. Given the circumstances – a once-in-a-century pandemic, a bitterly-divided electorate, and months of social unrest – it’s tempting to call this “success.” But […]
It wasn’t a disaster, but this election shows the fragility of American democracy
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The US’s top cybersecurity agency just threw cold water on Trump’s claim that election results in battleground states are fraudulent

The US’s top cybersecurity agency publicly debunked President Donald Trump’s claims that the results of the 2020 election result in a few battleground states are fraudulent. In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president claimed that mystery ballots in favour of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were appearing out of […]
The US’s top cybersecurity agency just threw cold water on Trump’s claim that election results in battleground states are fraudulent
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Twitter flags Trump’s baseless claim about election theft

President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning baselessly claiming “they are trying to STEAL the Election.” Twitter immediately flagged the post as “disputed” and possibly “misleading.” The 2020 presidential election was undecided as of Wednesday morning. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump once again made an […]
Twitter flags Trump’s baseless claim about election theft
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Amazon appears to have donated $40,000 to a top source of vaccine misinformation, according to a screenshot posted by a volunteer for the group

Amazon contributes money to the National Vaccine Information Centre (NVIC), a top source of vaccine misinformation in the US, through its AmazonSmile program. The company appears to have given more than $US40,000 to the group, Popular Information reported. The NVIC is “one of the most prominent organisations that has been […]
Amazon appears to have donated $40,000 to a top source of vaccine misinformation, according to a screenshot posted by a volunteer for the group
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Google said an Iran-linked disinformation campaign targeted 25,000 Gmail users, after US intelligence said Iran was trying to ‘influence public opinion’ ahead of Election Day

Google said a disinformation campaign linked to Iran tried to send 25,000 emails to Gmail accounts. Only 10% of the emails sent to Gmail accounts made it past Google’s spam filter, the company said. This came after the head of US national intelligence announced Wednesday that an Iranian campaign was […]
Google said an Iran-linked disinformation campaign targeted 25,000 Gmail users, after US intelligence said Iran was trying to ‘influence public opinion’ ahead of Election Day
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Facebook paused efforts to redirect QAnon searches to fact-checks after a glitch showed people information about the conspiracy theory even when they weren’t looking for it

Facebook is pausing efforts to redirect people to fact-checks about QAnon after a “glitch” accidentally redirected users who weren’t looking for the conspiracy theory, the company said Wednesday. Facebook said its “redirect initiative” would “direct people to resources that can help inform them of the realities of QAnon and its […]
Facebook paused efforts to redirect QAnon searches to fact-checks after a glitch showed people information about the conspiracy theory even when they weren’t looking for it
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US spies say the Hunter Biden email controversy shows how ‘exploitable’ and ‘grotesquely vulnerable’ Trump and Giuliani are to Russian intelligence

Former spooks told Business Insider that Rudy Giuliani’s role in coordinating a widely discredited New York Post story and President Donald Trump’s willingness to seize on it highlights how vulnerable they are to being duped by Russian intelligence. Federal authorities are currently investigating whether purported emails in the story featuring […]
US spies say the Hunter Biden email controversy shows how ‘exploitable’ and ‘grotesquely vulnerable’ Trump and Giuliani are to Russian intelligence
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Twitter will now add warning labels to tweets containing hacked material instead of banning them entirely, after its blocking of contested New York Post Biden story provoked uproar

Twitter is changing how it deals with tweets containing hacked materials after its decision to block users from sharing a contested New York Post story about Joe and Hunter Biden prompted uproar. Twitter’s head of policy Vijaya Gadde said on Thursday that the platform “will no longer remove hacked content […]
Twitter will now add warning labels to tweets containing hacked material instead of banning them entirely, after its blocking of contested New York Post Biden story provoked uproar
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US officials warned the White House that Russian intelligence was using Rudy Giuliani to funnel disinformation to Trump

US intelligence agencies cautioned the White House last year that Russian intelligence was using President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to funnel disinformation to him,The Washington Post reported. The national security advisor Robert O’Brien was said to have warned the president afterward to approach any information Giuliani conveyed to […]
US officials warned the White House that Russian intelligence was using Rudy Giuliani to funnel disinformation to Trump
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Facebook is still failing to enforce its own rules against election disinformation, conspiracy theories, hate speech, and other policies, another new analysis finds

Facebook has been unable, or in some cases, unwilling to enforce its own policies prohibiting certain types of content, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. The Journal reported hundreds of posts to Facebook that the company later confirmed violated its policies, but the platform still […]
Facebook is still failing to enforce its own rules against election disinformation, conspiracy theories, hate speech, and other policies, another new analysis finds
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Twitter says it banned New York Post articles about Hunter Biden for violating its policies against doxxing and sharing hacked materials

Twitter barred users from sharing two controversial New York Post articles about Hunter Biden because they violated its policies against sharing personal information and hacked materials, the company said Wednesday evening. “We don’t want to incentivise hacking by allowing Twitter to be used as distribution for possibly illegally obtained materials,” […]
Twitter says it banned New York Post articles about Hunter Biden for violating its policies against doxxing and sharing hacked materials
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Twitter suspended fake accounts claiming to be Black Trump supporters — but only after they reportedly racked up 265,000 retweets

Twitter has suspended fake accounts that claimed to be Black Trump supporters for violating its policies against platform manipulation and spam, The Washington Post reported Tuesday and the company confirmed to Business Insider. But researchers told The Washington Post that the accounts generated more than 265,000 retweets and mentions before […]
Twitter suspended fake accounts claiming to be Black Trump supporters — but only after they reportedly racked up 265,000 retweets
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‘Real Catholics can’t be Democrats’: Right-wing disinformation campaigns are targeting Latinos in Spanish Facebook and WhatsApp groups

Largely right-wing campaigns are spreading misinformation regarding democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris online, per a report in MIT Technology Review. Spanish-language Facebook and WhatsApp group users have reported seeing messages like “Biden = Socialism” and that Kamala Harris supports abortions “minutes before birth,” both […]
‘Real Catholics can’t be Democrats’: Right-wing disinformation campaigns are targeting Latinos in Spanish Facebook and WhatsApp groups
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EXCLUSIVE: Mueller’s ‘legal pit bull’ Andrew Weissmann discusses Trump, the 2020 election, and Russian interference

Insider held a wide-ranging interview with the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, following the release of his book, “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation.” Weissmann discussed the most challenging aspects of working for Mueller; how prosecuting Enron executives and New York mobsters made him uniquely […]
EXCLUSIVE: Mueller’s ‘legal pit bull’ Andrew Weissmann discusses Trump, the 2020 election, and Russian interference
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Trump’s spy chief just released ‘Russian disinformation’ against Hillary Clinton that he acknowledged may be fabricated

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified a dubious claim from Russian intelligence sources alleging that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal” against then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and his ties to Russia. Ratcliffe said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee […]
Trump’s spy chief just released ‘Russian disinformation’ against Hillary Clinton that he acknowledged may be fabricated
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The Treasury Department plans to sanction an ‘active Russian agent’ and Giuliani associate who sent dirt on Biden to Republicans

The US Treasury Department designated a top Ukrainian government official on Thursday for sanctions for “attempting to influence the US electoral process.” The official, Andrii Derkach, “has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services,” the department said in a press […]
The Treasury Department plans to sanction an ‘active Russian agent’ and Giuliani associate who sent dirt on Biden to Republicans
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Bill Gates points to social media as the reason coronavirus conspiracy theories spread so rapidly: ‘Incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth’

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world, with millions infected and thousands dead, billionaire Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates has pledged a quarter billion dollars to combat the disease through his foundation. Gates criticised social media giants on Tuesday for enabling the spread of coronavirus misinformation and […]
Bill Gates points to social media as the reason coronavirus conspiracy theories spread so rapidly: ‘Incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth’
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Twitter deleted a network of 170,000 Chinese state-backed accounts pushing propaganda

Twitter disclosed three major state-backed networks pushing propaganda for China, Russia, and Turkey. The Chinese network was by far the largest, comprising some 170,000 accounts. Twitter found a “core” network of 23,750 accounts tweeting pro-government material, and this was in turn spread by 150,000 “amplifier” accounts. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
Twitter deleted a network of 170,000 Chinese state-backed accounts pushing propaganda
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Foreign actors and extremist groups are using disinformation on Twitter and other social networks to further inflame the protests across America, experts say

Experts say Americans are being manipulated on social media by fake posts about unrest across the nation. A former chief information officer of the White House says groups use fake photos and videos to manipulate Americans into emotional responses. Researchers say social media following the death of George Floyd is […]
Foreign actors and extremist groups are using disinformation on Twitter and other social networks to further inflame the protests across America, experts say
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Obama’s office excoriated a GOP-led congressional probe into Joe Biden and Ukraine as giving ‘credence to a Russian disinformation campaign’

The office of former President Barack Obama excoriated a Republican-led congressional investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and purported Ukrainian election interference as giving “credence to a Russian disinformation campaign,” according to a March letter obtained by BuzzFeed News. The letter said the investigation, led by GOP Sens. Ron […]
Obama’s office excoriated a GOP-led congressional probe into Joe Biden and Ukraine as giving ‘credence to a Russian disinformation campaign’
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Foreign intelligence operatives are reportedly using online platforms and video-conferencing apps like Zoom to spy on Americans

Foreign intelligence agents are using online platforms and videoconferencing apps to spy on Americans, TIME reported. Chinese spies, in particular, have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to get information about American companies as they take their operations digital and offices across the US shut down amid stay-at-home orders. The app Zoom […]
Foreign intelligence operatives are reportedly using online platforms and video-conferencing apps like Zoom to spy on Americans
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As the coronavirus spreads, Americans have to flatten the misinformation curve too

The coronavirus outbreak has pushed social-media platforms even closer to the centre of America’s information ecosystem. These platforms are straining under a new flood of misinformation, and the public must practice extreme caution when sharing information about this crisis online, write Megan Lamberth and Chris Estep of the Centre for […]
As the coronavirus spreads, Americans have to flatten the misinformation curve too
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Google launched an educational website on coronavirus in the United States

Google has debuted an educational website on coronavirus in the United States, designed to provide accurate information on education, prevention, and local resources. Concerns around disinformation have swirled around the pandemic, as platforms like Fox News and Whatsapp have been identified as spreading false and misleading information. Visit Business Insider’s […]
Google launched an educational website on coronavirus in the United States
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Russia is aggressively exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to push disinformation and weaken Western society, EU security services warn in a new report

Russia is aggressively exploiting the confusion and panic in Western countries over the coronavirus pandemic, a new report by the European Union’s foreign policy analysis service has found. The report has not been made public, but was described to Business Insider by an intelligence official based in Belgium who tracks […]
Russia is aggressively exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to push disinformation and weaken Western society, EU security services warn in a new report
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The city of Newark is threatening to criminally prosecute anyone who spreads disinformation about the coronavirus

Officials in Newark, New Jersey, have threatened to criminally prosecute people who spread misinformation about the novel coronavirus. The announcement has prompted questions over free speech rights and whether such threats could suppress accurate information and vital warnings. Newark’s Department of Public Safety noted that the state has laws around […]
The city of Newark is threatening to criminally prosecute anyone who spreads disinformation about the coronavirus
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The US and NATO are preparing for Russia to go after troops in the field and at home

NATO increased activity along its eastern flank after Russia’s 2014 incursion in Ukraine, bringing NATO military personnel into closer proximity to Russia. Those NATO troops have also experienced the kind of disinformation and influence operations that many of Russia’s neighbours are familiar with. Reports of those encounters appear to have […]
The US and NATO are preparing for Russia to go after troops in the field and at home
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Google refused to call out China over disinformation about Hong Kong — unlike Facebook and Twitter — and it could reignite criticism of its links to Beijing

Google stopped short of calling out China after disabling 210 YouTube channels linked to a coordinated disinformation campaign about the protests in Hong Kong. Twitter and Facebook also banned accounts on their platforms this week, but they clearly linked the perpetrators to the Chinese state. Google’s apparent reticence could ignite […]
Google refused to call out China over disinformation about Hong Kong — unlike Facebook and Twitter — and it could reignite criticism of its links to Beijing
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Russia’s disinformation campaign wasn’t just on Facebook and Twitter. Here are all the social media platforms Russian trolls weaponised during the 2016 US elections

Russia influence on the 2016 presidential election spanned beyond Facebook and Twitter, according to new reports provided to the Senate intelligence committee. The research concluded that the disinformation campaign reached several social media platforms previously unnamed, including Instagram,Vine, and Pinterest. Business Insider has compiled all the social media platforms named […]
Russia’s disinformation campaign wasn’t just on Facebook and Twitter. Here are all the social media platforms Russian trolls weaponised during the 2016 US elections
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A new report found that Russia’s disinformation operation in the US picked up speed even after it was caught by Mueller

A pair of new reports released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday revealed new details about Russia’s ongoing and pervasive influence operations across social-media platforms. One report found that Russia continues to have “active and ongoing interference operations” on several platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It also found […]
A new report found that Russia’s disinformation operation in the US picked up speed even after it was caught by Mueller
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‘It’s like playing whack-a-mole’: A string of recent revelations paints a stark picture of Russia’s ongoing campaign to meddle in the 2018 midterms

US government agencies and social media companies are taking a proactive role in combatting Russian disinformation and cyberattacks ahead of the November midterms. But a string of recent revelations indicates that, if anything, Russia and other foreign actors are using more sophisticated methods to poke at the weak links in […]
‘It’s like playing whack-a-mole’: A string of recent revelations paints a stark picture of Russia’s ongoing campaign to meddle in the 2018 midterms
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Mueller’s latest move just dealt the White House a massive ‘black eye’

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment Friday of 13 Russian nationals and three organisations paints a stark picture of Russia’s election interference. The indictment threw a wrench into President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation is a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” with no justifiable basis. The charges will also […]
Mueller’s latest move just dealt the White House a massive ‘black eye’
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