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facebook widens probe into alleged russian interference in brexit


london—facebook inc. said wednesday that it was broadening its investigation into whether russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 referendum on britain’s membership in the european union, after its earlier probe found only a minimal amount of activity.in response to a request from a committee of u.k. lawmakers, facebook said it was looking to see whether there were coordinated attempts at interference that it hadn’t previously identified....






facebook’s brexit probe unearths three russian-bought “immigration” ads


facebook has provided more details about the extent of russian digital interference related to the uk’s brexit vote last year.last month the social media giant confirmed that russian agents had used its platform to try to interfere in the uk’s referendum on eu membership — but said it had not found “significant coordination of ad buys or political misinformation targeting the brexit vote”.today’s findings apparently bear out that conclusion, with facebook claiming it’s unearthed just three ads and less than $1 spent.the brexit related russian-backed ads ran for four days in may, ahead of the uk’s june referendum vote, and apparently garnered around 200 views on facebook.it says the ads targeted both uk and us audiences — and “concerned immigration”, rather than being explicitly about the u






us senate’s russia probe seeks 20 for questioning


the u.s. senate’s probe into alleged russian interference in the country’s presidential election has called 20 people for questioning. richard burr, the republican chairman of the senate’s intelligence committee carrying out the probe, identified only president donald trump’s son-in-law, jared kushner, as one of the 20, reported al jazeera. burr and the most senior democrat on…






twitter says russians spent ~$1k on six brexit-related ads


twitter has disclosed that russian-backed accounts spent $1,031.99 to buy six brexit-related ads on its platform during last year’s european union referendum vote.the ads in question were purchased during the regulated period for political campaigning in the june 2016 eu referendum — specifically from 15 april to 23 june 2016.this nugget of intel into kremlin political disinformation ops that were centered on the uk’s brexit vote has been released as part of an ongoing internal investigation by twitter into possible russian brexit meddling — initiated by a request for information from a uk parliamentary committee that’s investigating fake news.the uk’s electoral commission, which oversees domestic election procedure and regulates campaign financing, has also written to social media compani






trump, top russian envoy don’t discuss alleged meddling in u.s. election


washington—president donald trump​didn’t raise the issue of russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 u.s. elections during an oval office meeting on wednesday, russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said, dismissing the hacking charges as “not serious.”the meeting came amid a political furor over mr. trump’s decision to fire the director of the federal bureau of investigation in the midst of a probe into whether associates of mr....






trump, top russian envoy don’t discuss alleged meddling in u.s. election


washington—president donald trump didn’t substantively raise the issue of russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 u.s. election during an oval office meeting on wednesday with russian foreign minister sergei lavrov, who dismissed the hacking charges as “not serious.” the meeting came amid a political furor over mr. trump’s decision to fire the director of the federal bureau of investigation in the midst of a probe into whether...






quigley says russia probe is 'in its infancy'


democratic u.s. rep mike quigley's spot as the only illinoisan on a congressional intelligence committee has put him front and center for the fast-moving disclosures of alleged russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying he hopes the testimony of a former cia chief on tuesday signaled a "reboot" in lawmakers' probe.before the house intelligence committee tuesday, former cia director john brennan characterized the meddling as brazen russian interference meant to help president donald trump's chances of being elected to the white house. brennan said he became concerned last year about intelligence revealing interactions between russian officials and people involved in trump's campaign.quigley said before the hearing that the committee's probe is "in its infancy" and that it co






quigley says russia probe is 'in its infancy'


democratic u.s. rep mike quigley's spot as the only illinoisan on a congressional intelligence committee has put him front and center for the fast-moving disclosures of alleged russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying he hopes the testimony of a former cia chief on tuesday signaled a "reboot" in lawmakers' probe.before the house intelligence committee tuesday, former cia director john brennan characterized the meddling as brazen russian interference meant to help president donald trump's chances of being elected to the white house. brennan said he became concerned last year about intelligence revealing interactions between russian officials and people involved in trump's campaign.quigley said before the hearing that the committee's probe is "in its infancy" and that it co






quigley says russia probe is 'in its infancy'


democratic u.s. rep mike quigley's spot as the only illinoisan on a congressional intelligence committee has put him front and center for the fast-moving disclosures of alleged russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying he hopes the testimony of a former cia chief on tuesday signaled a "reboot" in lawmakers' probe.before the house intelligence committee tuesday, former cia director john brennan characterized the meddling as brazen russian interference meant to help president donald trump's chances of being elected to the white house. brennan said he became concerned last year about intelligence revealing interactions between russian officials and people involved in trump's campaign.quigley said before the hearing that the committee's probe is "in its infancy" and that it co






trump attorney general jeff sessions urged to step aside from russia probe


media captionjeff sessions: the "remarks are unbelievable to me and are false"top republicans are urging attorney general jeff sessions to remove himself from an fbi probe into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr sessions is under fire after it emerged he had met russia's ambassador during the election - despite telling his confirmation hearing he had "no communications with the russians".democratic politicians say he misled the hearing and should resign.mr sessions has called the accusations "unbelievable" and "false".claims of russian interference in the election have dogged president donald trump.who is attorney general jeff sessions?russia: the scandal trump can't shakethe us intelligence community believes the alleged russian hacking of democratic organisations was carr






senators blast facebook, twitter and google for not doing more to prevent russia


under pressure in advance of hearings on russian election interference, facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site. executives for the social media company said friday they will verify political ad buyers in federal elections, requiring...






uk electoral system faces 'perfect storm' of threats, says watchdog


image copyrightgetty imagesthe uk faces a "perfect storm" of threats that could put its entire electoral system at risk, the head of the elections watchdog has warned.russian meddling on social media and local council cuts were just two of the factors threatening the credibility of the system, sir john holmes said.he told bbc radio 4's today programme britain's electoral laws were a "mess" and needed to be updated.he will set out the steps he says need to be taken in a speech later.the electoral commission has launched an investigation into allegations of russian interference in last year's brexit referendum and the general election."it would be naive to assume that what we know happened in the us and france around their elections did not and could not happen here," sir john told today."an






facebook says russia did try to meddle in brexit vote


buzzfeed has obtained a statement from facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the uk’s european union referendum vote in june 2016.which means russian agents weren’t just using facebook to meddle in the 2016 us presidential election, and in other recent elections in the west — such as those in france and germany.elections are of course a huge deal but the result can at least be reversed at the ballot box in time. the in/out brexit referendum in the uk was no such standard vote. and there is no standard process for reversing the result.so if kremlin agents also used facebook to influence people in the uk to vote for brexit that would be hugely significant — and further evidence that soci






facebook says russia did try to meddle in brexit vote


buzzfeed has obtained a statement from facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the uk’s european union referendum vote in june 2016.which means russian agents weren’t just using facebook to meddle in the 2016 us presidential election, and in other recent elections in the west — such as those in france and germany.elections are of course a huge deal but the result can at least be reversed at the ballot box in time. the in/out brexit referendum in the uk was no such standard vote. and there is no standard process for reversing the result.so if kremlin agents also used facebook to influence people in the uk to vote for brexit that would be hugely significant — and further evidence that soci






trump attorney general jeff sessions urged to step aside from russia probe


media captionjeff sessions: the "remarks are unbelievable to me and are false"top republicans are urging attorney general jeff sessions to remove himself from an fbi probe into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr sessions is under fire after it emerged he had met russia's ambassador during the election - despite telling his confirmation hearing he had "no communications with the russians".he has called the accusations against him "unbelievable" and "false".democratic politicians say he misled the hearing and should resign.democratic members of the house judiciary committee have asked the fbi to launch a criminal investigation into whether mr sessions lied to congress and committed perjury.claims of russian interference in the election have dogged president donald trump.will






us house members plan more public hearings in russia probe


leaders of the u.s. house of representatives probe of alleged russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election said on tuesday their investigation was continuing and that they planned more public hearings.representative adam schiff, the top democrat on the house intelligence committee, told reporters the panel would like jeh johnson, former president barack obama’s homeland security secretary, to testify.(reporting by patricia zengerle; editing by tom brown)






trump urges obama 'abuse of power' probe


us president donald trump has called for his allegations that barack obama ordered his phones to be tapped during the election campaign to be investigated by congress.his press secretary said the inquiry into alleged russian interference in the election should also probe whether executive powers were abused.mr trump made the claims in a series of tweets but offered no evidence.mr obama never "ordered surveillance of any us citizen", his spokesman said.






trump attorney general jeff sessions urged to step aside from russia probe


media captionjeff sessions: the "remarks are unbelievable to me and are false"top republicans are urging attorney general jeff sessions to remove himself from an fbi probe into alleged russian interference in the us election.mr sessions is under fire after it emerged he had met russia's ambassador during the election - despite telling his confirmation hearing he had "no communications with the russians".he has called the accusations against him "unbelievable" and "false".president donald trump said he has "total" confidence in mr sessions.speaking on a trip to an aircraft carrier in virginia, he said he "wasn't aware" mr sessions had held two meetings last year with the russian envoy to the us.asked if he thought america's top prosecutor should recuse himself from the fbi investigation, he






facebook will send 3,000 ads bought by russian operatives to congress on monday


facebook will release copies of 3,000 russian-bought ads to congressional investigators monday, executives said."the big picture is that we're stepping up tomorrow to help congress understand foreign interference on the ad platform and to make improvements to the ad platform to enhance transparency," said joel kaplan, facebook's vice president for u.s. public policy, in an interview sunday. "we're committed to doing our part to prevent this type of malicious interference."the release is part of a widening government probe into how russian operatives used facebook, twitter, google and other technology platforms to widen fissures in the united states and spread disinformation during the 2016 campaign. those companies have come under increasing pressure from capitol hill to investigate russia






jeff sessions 'will recuse' from probe into russia case | usa news


us attorney general jeff sessions said he will recuse himself from the justice department's decisions on investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.his comments on thursday came a day after the washington post reported that sessions, a former senator who advised donald trump's campaign on foreign policy and other issues, met the russian ambassador in july and september, just as accusations of russian interference in the election were building.at a news conference, sessions drew a distinction between his conversations with the russian ambassador in his role as a senator and his role in the trump campaign.he said the decision to recuse himself from a federal investigation into potential russian interference in the election came at the urging of senior career officia






the internet rips sean spicer for insisting russian election hacking has been in


white house press secretary sean spicer on monday was asked if a special prosecutor should investigate russian hacking and alleged communications between the trump campaign and russian operatives.“a special prosecutor for what?” he responded.spicer said a special prosecutor wasn’t needed to probe russia’s alleged election interference because it has already “been investigated up and down.”“the reporting that i’m seeing in different organizations suggests that there is nothing new being reported,” spicer added. “so the question becomes at some point what do you have to further investigate when nothing has come out?”hey spicer, if there's truly "nothing there", surely you don't have an issue with the country having a look-see into trump's russia ties.— love is the answer (@sgbt1) february 27






breaking down investigations into russian hacking and facebook election interfer


shane harris, senior writer for national security at the wall street journal, joins senior writer mary katharine ham on this episode of the federalist radio hour. they discussed the numerous stories surrounding alleged russia’s hacking of the election and how facebook and twitter are now being questioned for their advertising involvement. “what i don’t think we’ve assessed yet is at what point did the russians decide, ‘we’re going to do this multi-prong strategy…it’s going to be on facebook, twitter, google,” harris said. “it’s very sophisticated. it comes out of a russian propaganda playbook.”you can listen to the full interview here:






russian foreign ministry takes poke fun at hacker scandal


moscow — need some election interference? the russian foreign ministry is ready to help — or so it says on april fools' day.on saturday, the ministry posted on its facebook page an audio file of the purported new automated telephone switchboard message for russian embassies."to arrange a call from a russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1," the recording begins, in russian and english. press 2 "to use the services of russian hackers," and 3 "to request election interference."a ministry duty officer, who did not give his name in line with official practice, confirmed to the associated press that the post was an official joke.russian president vladimir putin on thursday emphatically denied allegations of russian meddling in the u.s. presidential election.






facebook's openness on russia questioned by congress probe


by carol d. leonnig, elizabeth dwoskin and craig timberg | washington posthouse and senate investigators have grown increasingly concerned that facebook is withholding key information that could illuminate the shape and extent of a russian propaganda campaign aimed at tilting the u.s. presidential election, according to people familiar with the probe.among the information capitol hill investigators are seeking is the full internal draft report from an inquiry the company conducted this spring into russian election meddling but did not release at the time, said these people who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss matters under investigation.a 13-page “white paper” that facebook published in april drew from this fuller internal report but l






google identifies russia-backed ads on youtube, gmail


facebook and google rake in more advertising revenue than the rest of the media world combined. thus it follows that if one of them--facebook--was found to have published fake political ads placed by russian operatives in the 2016 u.s. presidential election, then one could be reasonably sure that the same thing happened in google's channels.it did.google has acknowledged that russian-connected agents bought tens of thousands of dollars' worth of politically motivated ads to run on its platforms around the u.s. presidential election, according to sources cited oct. 9 by the washington post, the wall street journal and reuters.the ads were published in google's youtube, gmail and google search services in an effort to influence potential voters in the 2016 u.s. presidential election, a perso






congressional republicans, trump struggle for tax bill amid intraparty warring


house republicans are opening investigations of the obama administration’s 2010 decision to approve the sale of american uranium mines to a russian-backed company, lawmakers said tuesday.rep. devin nunes (r-tulare), the chairman of the house intelligence committee, said at a news conference that his panel and the house oversight committee would jointly probe the deal, which president trump has called “the real russia story.”nunes and other trump supporters have raised the 7-year-old uranium deal while four congressional committees and special counsel robert s. mueller iii are looking into russia interference the 2016 election and whether moscow had any direct links to the trump campaign.nunes said the house probe would focus initially on whether the the fbi or justice department had invest






top senate democrat urges justice department watchdog to probe possible interfer


u.s. senate democratic leader chuck schumer on monday called on the department of justice’s inspector general to probe any possible political interference in its investigation of contacts between president donald trump’s associates and russia.in a letter to the department’s inspector, schumer urged an “immediate investigation into whether there has been any political interference with an ongoing …(doj) investigation related to president trump’s campaign, transition, and administration’s contacts with the russian federation and attempts of russia to interfere with the 2016 united states election.”(reporting by susan heavey)






facebook will show which russian election troll accounts you followed


facebook is building out a tool to show which facebook pages or instagram accounts associated with russia’s internet research agency election troll farm you liked or followed. launching by the end of the year as part of the facebook help center, the tool will show a list of all the ira accounts you followed.the ira is a group based in st. petersburg, russia with ties to the kremlin. it’s been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the 2016 u.s. presidential election by sowing division in the country. facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interference.however, this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the russian troll accounts. that’s importan






jeff sessions recuses himself from russia probe | usa news


us attorney general jeff sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.his comments came a day after the washington post reported that sessions, a former senator who advised donald trump's campaign on foreign policy and other issues, met the russian ambassador in july and september, just as accusations of russian interference in the election were building.franken: ok. cnn has just published a story and i'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. i'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. but cnn just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, "russian operatives claimed to h






jeff sessions recuses himself from russia probe | usa news


us attorney general jeff sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.his comments on thursday came a day after the washington post reported that sessions, a former senator who advised donald trump's campaign on foreign policy and other issues, met the russian ambassador in july and september, just as accusations of russian interference in the election were building.franken: ok. cnn has just published a story and i'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. i'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. but cnn just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, "russian operatives






jeff sessions recuses himself from russia probe | usa news


us attorney general jeff sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.his comments came a day after the washington post reported that sessions, a former senator who advised donald trump's campaign on foreign policy and other issues, met the russian ambassador in july and september, just as accusations of russian interference in the election were building.franken: ok. cnn has just published a story and i'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. i'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. but cnn just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, "russian operatives claimed to h






jeff sessions recuses himself from russia probe | usa news


us attorney general jeff sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.his comments on thursday came a day after the washington post reported that sessions, a former senator who advised donald trump's campaign on foreign policy and other issues, met the russian ambassador in july and september, just as accusations of russian interference in the election were building.franken: ok. cnn has just published a story and i'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. i'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. but cnn just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, "russian operatives






jeff sessions recuses himself from russia probe | usa news


us attorney general jeff sessions has agreed to recuse himself from an investigation into alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.his comments came a day after the washington post reported that sessions, a former senator who advised donald trump's campaign on foreign policy and other issues, met the russian ambassador in july and september, just as accusations of russian interference in the election were building.franken: ok. cnn has just published a story and i'm telling you this about a news story that's just been published. i'm not expecting you to know whether or not it's true or not. but cnn just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, "russian operatives claimed to h






russia claims us asked for help twice in hacking probe


russia claims that the u.s. officially requested information from russia on the country’s alleged interference in the november presidential election on two separate occasions. according to the deputy secretary of the russian security council, oleg khramov, the requests were sent several months apart—the first coming a week prior to the u.s. election, and the second at…






facebook will share russian-bought election interference ads with congress tomor


facebook will release over 3000 ads bought by a russian entity to interfere in u.s. politics and the 2016 presidential election with congressional investigators tomorrow morning at 8am pacific, a facebook spokesperson confirmed to techcrunch. facebook’s disclosure to the house and senate intelligence committees and the senate judiciary committee will include information on the ads’ content and targeting as well as the accounts that paid approximately $100,000 for them to run between 2015 and 2017 in the u.s. it previously announced these ads were tied to 470 accounts and pages “associated with a russian entity known as the internet research agency.”facebook believes that congressional investigators for the three comittees are best placed to review the ads and make determinations on them ba






the latest: facebook to testify to congress in russia probe


washington — the latest on the investigations into russian meddling in the 2016 election (all times local):2:50 p.m.facebook says it has accepted house and senate intelligence committees' invitations to testify at hearings on russian interference in the 2016 election.both panels have invited facebook, twitter and google to testify as they investigate russian efforts to push out divisive social media messages. the house is expected to hold its hearing this month and the senate next month.facebook turned over more than 3,000 russia-linked ads to both panels this week. the company has said the ads focused on divisive social and political messages, including lgbt issues, immigration and gun rights and were seen by an estimated 10 million people before and after the election.__1:07 p.m.the top






5 people affected by the immigration ban


closeskip in skipxembedxshare as outcry continues over president donald trump's immigration ban on 7 countries, one tech company is reaching out to those affected. nathan rousseau smith (@fantasticmrnate) has the story. buzz60demonstrators hold signs and chant in the baggage claim area during a protest against president donald trump's executive order banning travel to the united states by citizens of several countries sunday, jan. 29, 2017, at detroit metropolitan airport.(p o: jeffrey m. smith, ap)many are still reeling from the effects of an executive order president trump signed friday, which temporarily bans citizens of seven muslim-majority countries from entering the u.s.people ranging from exchange students in iran to families with green cards are sharing their stories and worries a