Category Archives: Fake News

The Republicans’ Fake Investigations – By GLENN R. SIMPSON and PETER FRITSCH – NYT

A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be “as foolish as … Continue reading

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For Russian ‘Trolls=’ Instagram’s Pictures Can Spread Wider Than Words – The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — The enduring popularity of a provocative post on Instagram, created by a company with connections to the Kremlin, demonstrates why fighting propaganda on social media will be an uphill battle. The photograph in the post, of a … Continue reading

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‘Fake News’- Trump’s Obsession- Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen – The New York Times

“BRUSSELS — President Trump routinely invokes the phrase “fake news” as a rhetorical tool to undermine opponents, rally his political base and try to discredit a mainstream American media that is aggressively investigating his presidency. But he isn’t the only … Continue reading

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We’re All Part of Trump’s Show – by Brett Stephens – NYT

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
“This is why there’s a Colosseum in Rome, and why public spectacle, theater, cinema, TV and now the internet have always been handmaids of dictators. In Russia, it’s all about casting the president…

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Signs of Russian Meddling in Brexit Referendum – The New York Times

“LONDON — More than 150,000 Russian-language Twitter accounts posted tens of thousands of messages in English urging Britain to leave the European Union in the days before last year’s referendum on the issue, a team of researchers disclosed on Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies … Continue reading

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How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts – The New York Times

Good article to start thinking more carefully about fixing Facebook. Here are my favorite two writers. An interesting point early on, Facebook should require real proof of identity, but this reform would hurt dissidents and whistle blowers around the world. … Continue reading

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Twitter- With Accounts Linked to Russia- to Face Congress Over Role in Election – The New York Times

“But there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more extensively than Facebook in the Russian influence campaign last year. In addition to Russia-linked Twitter accounts that posed as Americans, the platform was also used for large-scale automated … Continue reading

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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election – by Scott Shane – NYT News

“Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice. So it was last year when Melvin Redick of Harrisburg, Pa., a friendly-looking American with a backward baseball cap and a young daughter, posted on Facebook a … Continue reading

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A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories – The New York Times

“STOCKHOLM — With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions … Continue reading

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