Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false

Facebook bowed to a Singapore government order to brand a news post as false

Facebook added a correction notice to a post by a fringe news site that Singapore’s government said contained false information. It’s the first time the government has tried to enforce a new law against ‘fake news’ outside its borders. The post by fringe news site States Times Review (STR), contained Read more…

Disinformation ‘works better than censorship,’ warns internet freedom report

Disinformation ‘works better than censorship,’ warns internet freedom report

A rise in social media surveillance, warrantless searches of travelers’ devices at the border, and the continued spread of disinformation are among the reasons why the U.S. has declined in internet freedom rankings, according to a leading non-profit watchdog. Although Freedom House said that the U.S. enjoys some of the Read more…

Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission

Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission

It’s a year since the European Commission got a bunch of adtech giants together to spill ink on a voluntary Code of Practice to do something — albeit, nothing very quantifiable — as a first step to stop the spread of disinformation online. Its latest report card on this voluntary Read more…

US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference

US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference

The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions against two Russian men accused of working for a Russian disinformation unit. In a statement, the Treasury said Igor Nesterov, 34; and Denis Kuzmin, 28, worked for the so-called Internet Research Agency, a secretive organization tasked with spreading disinformation and false news. The IRA, Read more…

Meet Facebook’s latest fake

Meet Facebook’s latest fake

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a 35-year-old billionaire who keeps refusing to sit in front of international parliamentarians to answer questions about his ad business’ impact on democracy and human rights around the world, has a new piece of accountability theatre to sell you: An “Oversight Board“. Not of Facebook’s business Read more…

FEC says political campaigns can now get discounted cybersecurity help

FEC says political campaigns can now get discounted cybersecurity help

In a long awaited decision, the Federal Elections Commission will now allow political campaigns to appoint cybersecurity helpers to protect political campaigns from cyberthreats and malicious attackers. The FEC, which regulates political campaigns and contributions, was initially poised to block the effort under existing rules that disallow campaigns to receive Read more…