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

 How can Internet giants know that innocent-seeming US 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.. One member of the committee… Read More

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Russian-backed content may have reached 126 million on Facebook

 Facebook has reportedly upped its estimate of how much content was produced by Russian-backed actors during the election and how widely that content was seen. According to prepared remarks due to be presented tomorrow but acquired by the Wall Street Journal today, the company estimates 80,000 pieces of content may have been viewed by a total of 126 million people. Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/30/russian-backed-content-may-have-reached-126-million-on-facebook/?ncid=rss
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People with chronic illnesses and disabilities get their own media channel with The Mighty

 There’s a corkboard in the office of The Mighty, the social network for people with chronic illnesses, mental health disorders and disabilities, which has pictures and letters from many of the site’s contributors and readers who have benefited from the stories the site shares. It’s there to remind staffers of the faces behind the work they do and the impact the site has. Read More

from Social – TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/30/people-with-chronic-illnesses-and-disabilities-get-their-own-media-channel-with-the-mighty/?ncid=rss
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