Twitter kills pro-Saudi “botnet” spreading Khashoggi disinformation tweets

Twitter kills pro-Saudi “botnet” spreading Khashoggi disinformation tweets

Twitter today pulled down a disinfo bot network that was amplifying pro-Saudi talking points about disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is presumed to have been tortured and killed on orders of the government of Saudi Arabia. NBC reports that Twitter became aware of the crisis Thursday, when an NBC News reporter presented the social media firm with “evidence of coordinated activity” in the form of “a spreadsheet of hundreds of accounts that tweeted and retweeted the same pro-Saudi government tweets at the same time.” You’d think by now Twitter would…

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This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

Facebook is working very hard right now to prove it can be trusted to protect users from malicious fake news, political disinformation, and cyberattacks intended to throw the 2018 midterms. What Facebook is not doing: providing details. The social media giant invited reporters yesterday into what they’re calling their “war room” (ugh), a new workspace at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in which data scientists, threat investigators, and other experts from 20 Facebook teams are apparently very hard at work protecting America. Why so few specifics on what, if anything, they’re…

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This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

Facebook is working very hard right now to prove it can be trusted to protect users from malicious fake news, political disinformation, and cyberattacks intended to throw the 2018 midterms. What Facebook is not doing: providing details. The social media giant invited reporters yesterday into what they’re calling their “war room” (ugh), a new workspace at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in which data scientists, threat investigators, and other experts from 20 Facebook teams are apparently very hard at work protecting America. Why so few specifics on what, if anything, they’re…

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This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

This is what a Facebook election security charm offensive looks like

Facebook is working very hard right now to prove it can be trusted to protect users from malicious fake news, political disinformation, and cyberattacks intended to throw the 2018 midterms. What Facebook is not doing: providing details. The social media giant invited reporters yesterday into what they’re calling their “war room” (ugh), a new workspace at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters in which data scientists, threat investigators, and other experts from 20 Facebook teams are apparently very hard at work protecting America. Why so few specifics on what, if anything, they’re…

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