F.T.C. Decision on Pursuing Facebook Antitrust Case Is Said to Be Near

Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say a New Regulator Is Needed.

Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #furman-jason, #google-inc, #justice-department, #melamed-a-douglas, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states-economy

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Big Tech’s Professional Opponents Strike at Google

An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #harris-tristan, #hughes-chris-1983, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khan-lina, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mcnamee-roger, #miller-sarah-american-economic-liberties-project, #politics-and-government, #reback-gary-l, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Social Media and the Hunter Biden Report

In trying to insulate their platforms from the spread of dubious information, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have ignited a different kind of firestorm.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #new-york-post, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

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As Election Nears, Government and Tech Firms Push Back on Russia (and Trump)

The goal is to disrupt Russia’s well-honed information-warfare systems, whether they are poised to hack election systems or influence the minds of voters.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #gru-russia, #justice-department, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-cyber-command, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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The Facebook-Twitter-Trump Wars Are Actually About Something Else

Our institutions have failed to rein in Donald Trump. So people look to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

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Where Liberal Power Lies

And why conservatives fear the creep of authoritarianism, too.

#ahmari-sohrab, #conservatism-us-politics, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #new-york-post, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post Article

The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook and Twitter Dodge a 2016 Repeat, and Ignite a 2020 Firestorm

The companies have said they would do more to stop misinformation and hacked materials from spreading. This is what that effort looks like.

#biden-hunter, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #new-york-post, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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As Twitter and Facebook Clamp Down, Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

Conservatives said they would subpoena the chief executives of the social networks, which had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article.

#biden-hunter, #blackburn-marsha, #cruz-ted, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #jordan-jim-1964, #new-york-post, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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The Big Tech Insider Who’s Challenging Facebook, Twitter and Google from the Outside

Facebook’s former chief security officer on what Big Tech needs to do for a free(r) and fair(er) election.

#facebook-inc, #presidential-elections-us, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #social-media, #stamos-alex-1979

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Hunter Biden Allegation Prompts Pushback from Facebook, Twitter

Joe Biden’s campaign rejected assertions made in a published report that were based on unverified material from Trump allies. Facebook and Twitter found the story dubious enough to limit access to it on their platform.

#bannon-stephen-k, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #new-york-post, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Evolving’ Position on Holocaust Denial

Facebook’s new moves to stop the lies and conspiracy theories seem more random than rigorous.

#facebook-inc, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Riled Up: Misinformation Stokes Calls for Violence on Election Day

Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

The four companies known as Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — now have more than 22,000 employees in the city, with thousands added just this year.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #mongodb-inc, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Facebook Bans Anti-Vaccination Ads, Clamping Down Again

The social network, which prohibits misinformation related to the coronavirus, has also banned other types of content in recent days.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

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When to Buy a New Phone. Or Not.

If you’re wondering if you should buy a new smartphone, ask yourself these questions first.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #smartphones, #social-media

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Heidi Larson Knows How to Build Trust in Vaccines

For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”

#autism, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #facebook-inc, #gavi-alliance, #kano-nigeria, #larson-heidi, #london-england, #measles, #medicine-and-health, #mumps, #nigeria, #piot-peter, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wakefield-andrew, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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July Is the New January: More Companies Delay Return to the Office

From Ford to Microsoft, white-collar companies are increasingly extending working from home through next summer.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #summer-season, #telecommuting, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vigilantes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Twitter Will Turn Off Some Features to Fight Election Misinformation

The platform is trying to address growing concern that falsehoods could lead to instability. Most of the changes will start on Oct. 20.

#dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Take a Social Media Break Until You’ve Voted

Democracy would be better off for it.

#absentee-voting, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Trump’s Not Superman. He’s Superspreader.

Have his supporters seen the light?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #lrn-corp, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #seidman-dov, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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12 Accusations in the Damning House Report on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #search-engines, #social-media, #software

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Facebook Amps Up Its Crackdown on QAnon

The company said an earlier effort to curb the conspiracy movement’s growth didn’t properly address its increasing popularity.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #social-media

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House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’

In a report led by Democrats, lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook needed to be checked and recommended reforming antitrust laws.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Big Tech Was Their Enemy, Until Partisanship Fractured the Battle Plans

A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservatism-us-politics, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #house-of-representatives, #jordan-jim-1964, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Now You Can Use Instagram to Chat With Friends on Facebook Messenger

Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Duterte Lashes Out at Facebook After It Takes Down Fake Accounts

The Philippine leader, who harnessed the social network as he rose to power, is now making vague threats to shut it down.

#duterte-rodrigo, #facebook-inc, #philippines, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Social Media Needs an Election Declaration of Conscience

The platforms must not tolerate voter disinformation.

#absentee-voting, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdtangle-inc, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #romney-mitt, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Short of Money to Run Elections, Local Authorities Turn to Private Funds

Cities and states face huge bills to deal with voting during the pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg offered $300 million to help — and conservatives are objecting.

#absentee-voting, #chan-priscilla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #facebook-inc, #federal-state-relations-us, #philanthropy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Takes Down Networks Linked to Russian Disinformation

The social network said it was moving proactively to dismantle infrastructure Russia could use against the American presidential election.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #internet-research-agency-russia, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook Takes Down Fake Pages Created in China Aimed at Trump, Biden

The social media campaign was small but targeted all sides of the debate. Officials said Beijing had not decided whether to wade more directly in the American presidential race.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #philippines, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Facebook Can Slow QAnon for Real

Social media sites cracked down on terrorist recruitment. Imagine what they could do about QAnon.

#conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media

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Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed.

The social network tried cracking down on the spread of the conspiracy theory and other extremist material. But QAnon groups are still flourishing on the site.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

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Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.

What to do if you think Facebook worsens misinformation and hate speech.

#facebook-inc, #teachout-zephyr, #tiktok-bytedance

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Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World

How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy?

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hundessa-hachalu, #oromia-ethiopia, #politics-and-government, #qanon, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zhang-sophie-data-scientist, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook and Instagram Flag Tucker Carlson Virus Posts

The social media platforms warn viewers that the Fox News host’s interview with a Chinese virologist contained “false information” about Covid-19.

#carlson-tucker, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #fox-news-channel, #instagram-inc, #news-and-news-media, #social-media

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Oculus Quest 2 Review: Solid V.R. Headset, but Few Games

The new $300 virtual-reality headset works well and feels comfortable. But good luck finding games that will keep you entertained.

#boxing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #exercise, #facebook-inc, #headphones-and-headsets, #oculus-vr-inc, #playstation-4-video-game-system, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing

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Trump Health Aide Pushes Bizarre Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt

Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”

#caputo-michael-r, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #health-and-human-services-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook Is Failing in Global Disinformation Fight, Says Former Worker

The employee, who worked in a group dedicated to rooting out fake accounts, said executives ignored or were slow to react to her warnings.

#azerbaijan, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #honduras, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #zhang-sophie

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Europe Feels Squeeze as Tech Competition Heats Up Between U.S. and China

As the rapid pace of change mixes with national security issues, Europe’s role as a global regulator is increasingly tested — and may not be enough.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #google-inc, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-international-relations

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No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality

Despite what Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook shapes our world.

#apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children.

#bock-laszlo, #child-care, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #salesforce-com-inc, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #twitter, #workplace-environment, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Why Facebook’s Blocking of New Political Ads May Fall Short

There are still many ways that voter misinformation can spread on the social network, even as it moves to cut off new political ads on Oct. 27.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #elections, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is the Most Powerful Unelected Man in America

Facebook is too big for democracy.

#facebook-inc, #hughes-chris-1983, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Moves to Stop Election Misinformation

The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Video of Assault, Found by Victim’s Mother, Breaks Open Case

The police said a Facebook video found by a mother of her 16-year-old being sexually assaulted while unconscious at a house party in Providence, R.I., had led to charges against eight men.

#carlos-chacon, #carlos-d-vasquez, #facebook-inc, #jose-vargas, #keith-erving-colon, #luis-a-cabrera, #luis-luna, #malcolm-baptista, #providence-ri, #richard-tarell-chester, #sex-crimes, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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A Freelance Writer Learns He Was Working for the Russians

A man who had written for a site that officials say was a front for a Russian group said his mysterious editor “had a different kind of agenda.”

#computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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