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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 03:35.

U.S. Charges Seven Russians With Hacks Linked to Olympic Doping Scandal

U.S. Charges Seven Russians With Hacks Linked to Olympic Doping Scandal

U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against seven Russian intelligence officers accused of cyberattacks against agencies investigating Russian doping and the poisoning of a former British spy.

The Russian officials carried out “persistent and sophisticated computer intrusions” worldwide, with the aim of propagating disinformation around campaigns designed to shed a light on the...

Melanie Ehrenkranz Melanie Ehrenkranz Jul 13, 2019.

China's 'Little Red Book'-Like App Is Blowing Up the Charts

China's 'Little Red Book'-Like App Is Blowing Up the Charts

The most downloaded app in Apple Store’s China region, with over 100 million users, awards points for reading articles, taking quizzes, learning about socialist theory and watching videos about President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party. The app, Study the Great Nation, was developed by the public opinion research division of China’s Central Propaganda Department and tech company Alibaba,...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 12, 2019. 7 comments

Meet the Deepfake Zuck, Same as the Flesh Zuck

Meet the Deepfake Zuck, Same as the Flesh Zuck

Mark Zuckerberg may be famed for looking and acting like a (slightly damp ) synthetic being trying to infiltrate human society , but a team of artists working with advertising company Canny appears to built a software version of the Facebook CEO that could one day threaten to make hardware Zuckerberg obsolete.

The artists in question, Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, said they modified a a...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 03, 2019. 24 comments

President Trump Tells Americans to Boycott AT&T During Unhinged Twitter Rant

President Trump Tells Americans to Boycott AT&T During Unhinged Twitter Rant

President Donald Trump sent a barrage of strange tweets during his flight to the UK overnight, but one of the weirdest tweets instructed Americans to stop using and subscribing to AT&T’s services. CNN, which the president hates because the network will sometimes accurately describe his crimes, is owned by AT&T.

“I believe that if people stoped [sic] using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be...

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Patrick Howell O'Neill Patrick Howell O'Neill Apr 03, 2019. 1 comments

Facebook's Efforts 'Not Nearly Sufficient' in Genocide-Torn Myanmar, UN Investigator Says

Facebook's Efforts 'Not Nearly Sufficient' in Genocide-Torn Myanmar, UN Investigator Says

It’s been nearly two years since the bloody peak of a social media-fueled genocide in Southeast Asia, but Facebook is still not doing enough to prevent the ongoing promotion of violence and hate in Myanmar on its social network, according to a member of the United Nations team that found the Silicon Valley company for years failed to stop its platform from being used to incite genocide in the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Mar 18, 2019. 17 comments

Facebook Says It Removed 1.5 Million Videos of Christchurch Massacre Within 24 Hours

Facebook Says It Removed 1.5 Million Videos of Christchurch Massacre Within 24 Hours

Facebook said on Saturday night that within 24 hours of a horrific attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others on March 15, it had blocked 1.5 million attempts to share a video of the attack live-streamed on Facebook by the shooter. Over 1.2 million of those attempts were blocked at upload.

The social media giant wrote on Twitter...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Feb 17, 2019. 7 comments

Facebook Suspends Three Pages With Millions of Video Views, Saying They Need to Disclose Russia Ties

Facebook Suspends Three Pages With Millions of Video Views, Saying They Need to Disclose Russia Ties

Facebook has suspended three video-centric pages run by Maffick Media, a company mostly owned by Ruptly, a subsidiary of the state-run RT (formerly Russia Today) network, CNN reported on Friday.

According to CNN’s report, Facebook said it would reach out to the owners of the pages, who it said did not properly disclose where the pages were managed from or their affiliation with the Russian...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 20, 2018. 12 comments

Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

Facebook Now Says It Will Remove Misinformation That Inspires Real-World Violence

After a rough week of criticism over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s shoddy explanation for why he won’t ban conspiracy site Infowars—including a very awkward tangent into apparently believing Holocaust deniers are not “intentionally getting it wrong ”—the social media giant has announced it will begin removing misinformation that provokes real-world violence.

Per the New York Times, the new...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 26, 2018. 23 comments

Flying Saucer Toy Recalled For Teaching Kids That Nazis Achieved Space Travel

Flying Saucer Toy Recalled For Teaching Kids That Nazis Achieved Space Travel

If you’ve ever watched the History Channel at 3AM, you know that the Nazis had a secret program during World War II to develop flying saucers. The Nazi’s UFO experiments never actually flew, but the model toy company Revell recently released a set in Germany that makes it look like one of the Nazi saucers actually worked. And historians are pissed.

“At that time it was technologically...

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Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Jun 23, 2018. 15 comments

Disney, Do You Really Want to Give Rupert Murdoch More Money Right Now?

Disney, Do You Really Want to Give Rupert Murdoch More Money Right Now?

At a time when we’re seeing more and more companies attempting to avoid soiling themselves with the stench of the belching Trump machine, Disney is actively trying to give Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch more billions. It’s a gutsy move in the age of boycotts, and it shows how shallow Disney’s carefully crafted progressive image really is.

On Wednesday, we learned that Disney has upped the...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jun 20, 2018. 17 comments

American PR Professionals Helped Sell the Nazi Regime to the United States

American PR Professionals Helped Sell the Nazi Regime to the United States

Rome wasn’t built in a day. And the Nazis didn’t exterminate 10 million people overnight. When we look for historical parallels to the current rise of fascism around the world, it’s important to remember how things became normalized in the past. And an old book about propaganda is a helpful tool in understanding how the evils of the past came to be.

The 1934 book Mobilizing for Chaos by O.W....

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Matías S. Zavia Matías S. Zavia Apr 26, 2018. 9 comments

Seúl apaga los altavoces que usaba para bombardear a Corea del Norte con propaganda y música k-pop

Seúl apaga los altavoces que usaba para bombardear a Corea del Norte con propaganda y música k-pop

El Gangnam Style ya no suena en la frontera de las dos Corea . El Ministerio de Defensa surcoreano ha decidido apagar los altavoces que usaba para bombardear a Corea del Norte con mensajes propagandísticos y música k-pop. Es un gesto más en el proceso de distensión militar entre ambos países que ocurre días después de que Pyongyang anunciara la suspensión de sus pruebas de misiles y el cierre...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 12, 2018. 15 comments

Reddit: We've Found 1,000 Suspected Russian Troll Accounts, But Most of Them Sucked at Getting Upvotes

Reddit: We've Found 1,000 Suspected Russian Troll Accounts, But Most of Them Sucked at Getting Upvotes

Reddit says it has identified and plans to purge 944 accounts suspected to be tied to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that has been linked to an alleged campaign to spread disinformation and propaganda on US social media sites before the 2016 elections.

In a post to the site’s announcements subreddit, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman (under the handle spez) put forth the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Feb 28, 2018. 6 comments

Iowa Researchers Accuse Russia of Injecting Anti-GMO Propaganda Into U.S. Media

Iowa Researchers Accuse Russia of Injecting Anti-GMO Propaganda Into U.S. Media

Researchers from Iowa State University are claiming that US versions of popular Russian-funded news media are littered with articles and links casting genetically modified organisms in a negative light. It’s an effort, say the researchers, to discredit American agricultural practices and to portray Russian crops as an “ecologically cleaner” alternative to GMOs.

ISU sociologist Shawn Dorius,...

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Carlos Zahumenszky Carlos Zahumenszky Feb 27, 2018. 17 comments

Qué hay detrás de los cientos de peculiares animadoras que Corea del Norte envía a los Juegos Olímpicos

Qué hay detrás de los cientos de peculiares animadoras que Corea del Norte envía a los Juegos Olímpicos

Corea del Norte participa con solo 22 atletas en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno que organiza su vecina del sur. Sin embargo, su delegación olímpica cuenta con un auténtico ejército de animadoras que se han convertido en el centro de atención por sus peculiares coreografías. La cuestión es: ¿por qué tantas?

El desfile militar de Corea del Norte mostró un misterioso misil que no se había...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Feb 06, 2018. 18 comments

YouTube Will Warn Users When They're Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda

YouTube Will Warn Users When They're Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda

Confirming an unusual screenshot which circulated earlier this week, YouTube has officially announced its intentions to mark content from certain news agencies as “funded in whole or in part” by whatever state happens to be their patron. In short, the platform is calling out propaganda.

YouTube also intends to similarly mark news agencies that receive some or all of their funding from the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jan 29, 2018. 22 comments

These WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

These WW1 Propaganda Posters Are Gorgeous—and Seriously Messed Up

America’s involvement in the First World War was brief, but intense. For a period of 20 months, the government did its best to stir patriotic fervor, in part through the use of eye-catching propaganda posters. A new exhibit at Bruce Museum is showcasing a selection of these works, many of which are seriously lacking in nuance.

The new exhibit is called Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters...

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Miguel Jorge Miguel Jorge Dec 16, 2017. 12 comments

Gangnam Style hasta desertar: cómo funcionan los altavoces que Corea del Sur tiene encendidos 24 horas para Corea del Norte

Gangnam Style hasta desertar: cómo funcionan los altavoces que Corea del Sur tiene encendidos 24 horas para Corea del Norte

Corea del Sur lleva 7 días transmitiendo desde la zona desmilitarizada de la frontera (DMZ) el mismo mensaje dirigido a sus vecinos del Norte: “El soldado desertor se encuentra a salvo en el Sur”. No es la primera vez, llevan años haciéndolo. Y todo gracias a un sistema de altavoces.

La idea en este caso es sencilla: que a base de repetir la misma historia tenga un efecto psicológico, primero...

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Carli Velocci Carli Velocci Nov 17, 2017. 8 comments

These Are The Programs ISIS Uses To Remain Anonymous Online

These Are The Programs ISIS Uses To Remain Anonymous Online

There’s a big push among ISIS members to enhance technical knowledge, specifically of software that could be used to counteract surveillance. According to a new report released Friday, discussion among jihadist forums proliferates the circulation of manuals and tutorials on how to use VPNs, proxy services, and other tools, and keeps up to date on the latest in software.

The report, released by...

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Rhett Jones Rhett Jones Oct 31, 2017.

How to Watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter Testify Before Congress This Week

How to Watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter Testify Before Congress This Week

Three of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies will speak to three different congressional subcommittees on Tuesday and Wednesday to finally get to the bottom of, well, a lot of issues. Top priority is to discuss Russia’s use of online ads and social media to influence the 2016 US election. Here’s how you can watch it all live, no cable required.

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