Social media firms urged to do more to fight Moscow meddling

Delia Watkins
November 2, 2017

While the text itself says that an East Boston man "critically injured" two officers, the image in the body reads "our hearts are with those 11 heroes", suggesting the one ad may be splicing together information from separate incidents. The sampling published by Politico seems inconsistent with the way politicians and journalists generally portray "Russian disinformation", which they describe as a plot to "reshape US politics" and undermine our electoral process by sophisticated operatives who know how to manipulate American voters. James Risch (R-Idaho) said.

During a hearing probing Russian election meddling on Wednesday, Republicans and Democrats spared the firms' general counsels much of the praise that the Senate Judiciary Committee gave them during a hearing on Tuesday.

On the morning after Election Day 2016, the Russian page "Black Matters", which was created to look like a black activist group, began promoting a "Trump is NOT my president" event, to take place at New York City's Union Square.

"This is another example of how people are lured in", said Sen.

Burr reminded the tech companies that it's illegal for foreign money to fund U.S. electioneering and said they have an obligation to verify the source of their ad revenue.

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Burr said more ads were targeted toward Maryland, a solidly Democratic state.

According to data released by the House Intelligence Committee, the troll group spent more than $2,500 in 2015 and 2016, paid in rubles, promoting this ad. He noted that some who attended the events said they noticed that no one from the organizing group was there. Perhaps you were encouraged to "like" a post if you wanted Jesus to triumph over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election?

She was directly addressing the three company lawyers - Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch, Google's general counsel Kent Walker and Twitter's acting general counsel Sean Edgett - but more broadly her remarks and those of other senators underscored the rising frustration with the technology industry generally.

"This is bigger than any one company", Stretch said at one point.

Twitter said its Russia-linked accounts put out 1.4 million election-related tweets from September through November 15 a year ago - almost half of them automated. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that would bring political ad rules from TV, radio and print to the internet. Each general counsel also struggled to name an executive at their company who is specifically tasked with overseeing the threat. Mark Warner of Virginia, ranking member on the committee. USA lawmakers have threatened tougher regulation and fired questions at Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in hearings this week.

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