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twitter updates total of russia-linked election bots to 50,000


twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into russian election interference on its platform in 2016. its identification of more than 13,000 more russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. in addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious internet research agency.still, twitter denied that these accounts were a significant problem:the results of this supplemental analysis are consistent with the results of our previous work: automated election-related content associated with russian signals represented a very small fraction of the overall activity on twitter in the ten-week period preceding the 2016 election.as if to demonstrate the different scales at work here, the twitter blog






twitter finds hundreds of accounts linked to russia


twitter told congressional investigators thursday that it pulled down 201 accounts linked to russian entities that purchased ads on facebook.the revelation comes as other tech firms, including facebook and google, are under more political pressure to look more closely at how their sites were used to influence the u.s. presidential election.“twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, which is a cornerstone for all democracies,” the company said in a blog post.twitter also revealed that the news site rt (russia today), which the company noted has links to the russian government, spent $274,100 in u.s. ads in 2016.russian government officials have denied they used social media sites to meddle in the u.s. election and president donald trump has dismissed the allegations as






scrutiny over fake accounts turns from facebook to twitter


the openness and anonymity of twitter inc. that rocketed the short-messaging service to global fame are now landing it in trouble.as congress and others scrutinize russia’s alleged use of social media to influence the u.s. presidential election, one focal point is the prevalence on twitter of bots, or automated accounts, that can be used to disseminate manipulative information.twitter...






twitter, built on anonymity, finds it to be a liability


the openness and anonymity of twitter inc. that rocketed the short-messaging service to global fame are now landing it in trouble.as congress and others scrutinize russia’s alleged use of social media to influence the u.s. presidential election, one focal point is the prevalence on twitter of bots, or automated accounts, that can be used to disseminate manipulative information.twitter doesn’t require its users to provide...






twitter bots get enterprising, courtesy of sprout social


these days, the idea of bots on twitter might be associated more with accounts that auto-tweet, auto-like, and auto-retweet messages, or are corralled into large armies that follow people and do other things en-masse. but as the idea of artificial-intelligence- driven messengers starts to take hold in the tech world, and specifically in areas like customer service, twitter is positioning itself as a platform for these kinds of bots, too.sprout social, a firm that helps businesses manage their presence on twitter, is launching a new product called bot builder, to help clients build customer support chatbots for the platform. the bots will be used to answer basic questions to, say, verify a user’s identity and account information and other basic issues that form the start of customer support






120k instagrams by russian election attackers hit 20m americans


facebook detailed the extent of russia’s election interference campaign on instagram today during its second congressional hearing. facebook general counsel colin stretch said that 120,000 posts by russian election attackers reached 16 million americans from october through the election, and the posts reached an additional 4 million americans prior to october when facebook has less complete data.that’s on top of the 126 million americans reached by russian election propaganda on facebook. it’s unclear if these two groups overlap, but if not, that would bring the total number to 146 million americans. that’s a big climb from the original 10 million figure facebook originally announced as the audience of russian election interference.for context, yesterday twitter said that its investigation






120k instagrams by russian election attackers hit 20m americans


facebook detailed the extent of russia’s election interference campaign on instagram today during its second congressional hearing. facebook general counsel colin stretch said that 120,000 posts by russian election attackers reached 16 million americans from october through the election, and the posts reached an additional 4 million americans prior to october.that’s on top of the 126 million americans reached by russian election propaganda on facebook. it’s unclear if these two groups overlap, but if not that would bring the total number to 146 million americans. that’s a big climb from the original 10 million figure facebook originally announced as the audience of russian election interference.for context, yesterday twitter said that its investigation had found 2700 accounts tied to russi






twitter to reveal more about political ads amid election probe


san francisco — twitter on tuesday vowed to disclose more public information about the political ads that run on its website after the tech firm faced criticism for not doing enough to protect the integrity of u.s. elections.the san francisco company said that it’s launching a “transparency center,” which will also reveal who is purchasing election ads, how much they’re spending and the audience these organizations are targeting.political ads that run on the site will have a different look and feel than other advertisements. the company plans to have stronger penalties for advertisers who violate its online rules.silicon valley tech firms, including google, facebook and twitter, have been looking into how russia may have used their platforms and services to meddle in the u.s. 2016 presiden






facebook's sandberg favors release of russia-linked ads


new york — facebook chief operating officer sheryl sandberg says ads linked to russia trying to influence the u.s. presidential election should “absolutely” be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads were targeting.previously, facebook declined to make the ads public. while sandberg now favors the release, she didn’t say thursday when the company would do so.the company disclosed last month that it found ads linked to fake accounts — likely run from russia — that sought to influence the election. facebook says these ads focused on divisive political issues, such as immigration and gun rights, in an apparent attempt to sow discord among the u.s. population. the ads included promoted events and amplified posts that show up in users’ news feeds.facebook has turned over






russian bots still interfering in u.s. politics after election, says expert witn


russia had the capacity to influence key precincts in swing states with fake news-disseminating bots during the 2016 presidential election, and could still be disrupting american politics, experts said thursday in the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence’s first public russia hearing. russia had every ability to create fake social media accounts by mimicking profiles of voters in key election states and precincts in the 2016 election, and use a mix of bots and real people to push propaganda from state-controlled media outlets like russia today (rt) and sputnik, cybersecurity experts told the senate panel thursday. clinton watts, a senior fellow at the center for cyber and homeland security at the george washington university, said many social accounts during the election pushing qu






what is a bot and how is it related to the russia investigation?


the house and senate intelligence committees are investigating if the russians used "bots" to target voters with fake news stories, and whether the trump campaign's digital operation -- overseen by president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner -- coordinated with that effort. so, what is a bot?bot stands for robot, and bots are programmed to automatically disseminate information. one example of a bot is an automated twitter account that retweets every tweet from president trump. the automation makes the account a bot. a real person who retweets every tweet from mr. trump is not a bot.alternatively, some bots are designed to just regularly tweet out information -- temperature readings from a weather station, for instance. other bots can be used to effectively push fake news






twitter has a big bot problem


advertisement twitter bots – robots that interact with humans – have a long history. the twitter api is fairly easy to use (i made a bot that plays zork with a friend two years ago) and there is little protection against creating new accounts automatically. this ease of use used to be great for programmers but now twitter has a huge bot problem.bots have expanded beyond the traditional tactics. one older site recommended creating a bot network to “get a database together of all your competitors.”“have a rebuttal promoting your brand over their brands as messages. whenever someone in your niche talks about the competition, send a tweet or even a dm (direct message), with your message of being the better product/service, and to give you a try.”the new system pales in comparison.in the latest






twitter to meet with house and senate panels probing russian election meddling


social media giant twitter will visit capitol hill on thursday as part of the house and senate investigations into russian interference in the 2016 election.twitter's closed-door meetings with staff follow similar briefings from facebook earlier this month, and the house and senate panels have invited both tech giants, along with google, to appear at public hearings this fall. the committees are scrutinizing the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media, to what extent russia was involved and whether anyone in the united states helped target those stories.unlike facebook, which has said phony accounts on its platform attempted to stir up divisiveness in the election, twitter has remained mostly silent. the two social media companies have different types of platforms, as t






twitter opens up on russia after meeting with congress


following its meeting with members of the senate and house’s respective intelligence committees, twitter has issued new details on the information it is providing to aid the congressional investigations into russia’s potential interference in the 2016 u.s. election.twitter, like facebook, is being examined for its part in spreading content created or paid for by russian state-sponsored entities with the desire to influence u.s. politics.the meat of twitter’s new disclosure is its effort to cross-reference facebook’s list of 470 accounts believed to be linked to the russian government. twitter reports that 22 of those facebook accounts “had corresponding accounts on twitter.” twitter removed any of those accounts that it hadn’t already suspended for violations of its terms of service prohib






twitter to talk to house, senate in russia probe


washington — social media giant twitter will visit capitol hill thursday as part of the house and senate investigations into russian interference in the 2016 elections.twitter's closed-door meetings with staff follow similar briefings from facebook earlier this month, and the house and senate panels have invited both tech giants, along with google, to appear at public hearings this fall. the committees are scrutinizing the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media, to what extent russia was involved and whether anyone in the united states helped target those stories.unlike facebook, which has said phony accounts on its platform attempted to stir up divisiveness in the election, twitter has remained mostly silent. the two social media companies have different types of plat






twitter says it found 201 accounts linked to russian-backed facebook pages


twitter inc. told congress on thursday that 201 accounts linked to russians sought to interfere with the 2016 u.s. presidential election by spreading misinformation.the company told congressional investigators that the russian-backed news site rt spent $274,100 on ads on twitter in 2016. a u.s. intelligence report said rt sought to interfere in the u.s. election.twitter said it found 201 accounts linked to russian-backed...






facebook to turn over russia-linked ads


washington — social media giant facebook is expected to provide congress on monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran around the time of the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a russian ad agency.company officials will meet with the house and senate intelligence committees and the senate judiciary committee to hand over the ads, a facebook official said. the official requested anonymity because the meetings are private.facebook said last month that that it had found thousands of ads linked to facebook accounts that likely operated out of russia and pushed divisive social and political issues during the u.s. presidential election. the company said it found 450 accounts and about $100,000 was spent on the ads.twitter has said it found postings linked to those same accounts, and the






facebook to turn over russia-linked ads


washington (ap) — social media giant facebook is expected to provide congress on monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran around the time of the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a russian ad agency.company officials will meet with the house and senate intelligence committees and the senate judiciary committee to hand over the ads, a facebook official said. the official requested anonymity because the meetings are private.facebook said last month that that it had found thousands of ads linked to facebook accounts that likely operated out of russia and pushed divisive social and political issues during the u.s. presidential election. the company said it found 450 accounts and about $100,000 was spent on the ads.twitter has said it found postings linked to those same accounts, and






twitter bans ads from russia today and sputnik | russia news


twitter says that it will ban ads from two russian media, citing allegations by us intelligence agencies that russia today (rt) and sputnik tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in the us."twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by russia today (rt) and sputnik, effective immediately," the san francisco-based company said on its website on thursday.the site said the decision was based on its own investigations of rt and sputnik as well as the "us intelligence community's conclusion that both rt and sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the russian government".rt and sputnik condemned the move, and moscow threatened retaliatory measures.the ban comes a month after twitter officials told the us senate that






twitter bans ads from russia today and sputnik | russia news


twitter says that it will ban ads from two russian media organisations, citing allegations by us intelligence agencies that russia today (rt) and sputnik tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in the us."twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by russia today (rt) and sputnik, effective immediately," the san francisco-based company said on its website on thursday.the site said the decision was based on its own investigations of rt and sputnik as well as the "us intelligence community's conclusion that both rt and sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the russian government".rt and sputnik condemned the move, and moscow threatened retaliatory measures.the ban comes a month after twitter officials told the






twitter is briefing congress today in election probe


congressional investigations into russia’s role in the 2016 u.s. presidential election are looking at the spread of misinformation on a number of online services — not just facebook.in fact, twitter is meeting with congressional staffers today. recode’s tony romm says twitter’s vice president of policy colin corwell is currently in a closed-door meeting with the senate intelligence committee.according to politico, senate investigators are going to be asking questions about how tweets contributed to news coverage, how tweets may have driven up google rankings of fake news and, “what, if anything, did twitter do to addressbots once it had identified them as potentially malicious?”in addition, a numberof publicationshave reported that the senate committee is asking facebook, twitter and googl






facebook, twitter to tell congress about russia-linked posts


tech giants facebook, twitter and google are set to go before senators tuesday to defend their security measures as new revelations have emerged that russian-linked accounts reached many more american voters than previously thought.testimony from facebook obtained by the associated press on monday revealed that posts generated by a russian internet agency potentially reached as many as 126 million users. in the testimony, the company said that pages created by russia's internet research agency generated 80,000 posts on 120 pages between january 2015 and august 2017. possible views reached the millions after people liked the posts and shared them.colin stretch, facebook's general counsel, plans to disclose the new numbers to congress in testimony to a senate judiciary subcommittee on tuesda






ap source: facebook to turn over russia-linked ads


washington (ap) — social media giant facebook is expected to provide congress on monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran during the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a russian ad agency.a facebook official tells the associated press that company officials will meet with the house and senate intelligence committees and the senate judiciary committee to hand over the ads. the official has requested anonymity because the meetings are private.facebook said last month that that it had found thousands of ads linked to facebook accounts that likely operated out of russia and pushed divisive social and political issues during the u.s. presidential election.the three committees are investigating russian meddling in the election and have examined the spread of false news stories and prop






study reveals whopping 48m twitter accounts are actually bots


new york -- a study released by the university of southern california reports that roughly nine to 15 percent of twitter accounts on the microblogging website are so-called bots controlled by software instead of humans. twitter boasts 319 monthly active users meaning that this recent revelation equates to nearly 48 million bot accounts, according the university’s high-end figure. those bots are capable of interactions such as “likes,” “retweets” and “following.”the study states that researchers used the following features on twitter to determine its analysis of bot accounts: friends tweet content and sentiment network patterns activity time series playvideocbsntwitter stock soars as social media giant looks for buyer google and verizon are reportedly among those interested in acquiring the






twitter finds 201 accounts linked to russian efforts to influence the 2016 elect


twitter said thursday that it had found around 200 accounts linked to russian interference in the 2016 election, a further sign that moscow secretly employed multiple social media platforms to influence american voters.the company said in a statement that 22 accounts were closed after they were found to be linked to separate facebook pages previously shown to have spread russian-bought ads during the presidential campaign that focused mostly on social issues such as race, guns and immigration.an additional 179 twitter accounts were “related or linked” to the facebook pages, twitter said, adding that it closed “the ones we found in violation of our rules.”twitter’s disclosures, a week after a similar statement by facebook, came in response to growing criticism of the company from members of






senator feinstein makes broad request for all ‘russia-connected’ twitter and fac


the nature and extent of russia or russian-linked actors interfering with the presidential election is yet to be determined, but it’s not for want of inquiries. half the people on capitol hill are looking into it in one way or another, and senator diane feinstein (d-ca) is no exception; her position as head democrat on the judiciary committee rather demands it. today the senator sent letters to several parties involved, including facebook and twitter, asking for a wide variety of documents relating to her investigations.five letters were sent, requesting too many items to list here exhaustively. the two sent to facebook and twitter were similar down the phrasing in many questions.she thanks both companies for their cooperation with other investigations, then asks for documents relating to






twitter's russia briefings 'inadequate' - us senators


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionvirginia senator mark warner was very disappointed by twitter's briefingthe us senate intelligence committee has criticised twitter for offering an "inadequate" appearance in briefings on russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. democratic senator mark warner said the briefings were "deeply disappointing".the social network earlier said it had shut down about 200 accounts linked to a russian misinformation campaign.it follows a review by facebook which found russian-funded adverts helping to spread false misinformation online.twitter said it found a match for 22 of roughly 450 accounts facebook shared, and another 179 "linked accounts".russia has repeatedly denied claims that it interfered in the us elections.twitter m






nation/world briefs - startribune.com


washington, d.c.deportations set to be lower than last yeardespite president trump’s push for tougher immigration enforcement, u.s. agents are on pace to deport fewer people in the government’s 2017 fiscal year than during the same period last year. as of sept. 9, three weeks before the end of the 2017 fiscal year, ice had deported 211,068 immigrants, according to the most recent figures provided by the agency. ice removed 240,255 people during the government’s 2016 fiscal year.twitter suspends russia-linked accountssocial media giant twitter told congressional investigators it has suspended at least two dozen accounts that may have been tied to russia, but the top democrat on the senate intelligence committee was anything but satisfied. virginia sen. mark warner said twitter’s explanation






trump’s opponents can’t stop sharing bad, misleading tweets about the president


by abby ohlheiser, the washington posttrump was “getting ready for something.” the evidence? his twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, had “gained over 5 mil followers in less than 3 days,” one twitter user wrote, and those new followers looked awfully suspicious, like bots. that disturbing narrative went viral this week, thanks to tweets that seemed to provide liberal twitter with proof that the trump administration was about to launch a massive disinformation campaign, amplified by an army of loyal bots, upon an unsuspecting twitter population.one tweet containing this message had nearly 10,000 retweets as of wednesday afternoon before it too was deleted: “@realdonaldtrump






twitter to disclose info on political ads amid scrutiny


by barbara ortutaynew york (ap) — twitter says it will provide more information about political ads on its service, including who is funding them and how they are targeted.the move follows similar steps by facebook and the introduction of a bill that seeks to bring more transparency to online political ads in an attempt to lessen the influence of russia and other foreign entities on u.s. elections. the bill would require social media companies like facebook and twitter to keep public records on election ads and meet the same disclaimer requirements as political broadcast and print advertising. companies would have to make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that election ads are not purchased directly or indirectly by a foreign entity, something already prohibited by law.twitter said tuesday it






fbi’s russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites


federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored donald trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.operatives for russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against democrat hillary clinton, these sources said.the bots’ end products were largely millions of twitter and facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as breitbart news and infowars, as well as on the kremlin-backed rt news and sputnik news, the sources






study: russian twitter bots sent 45k brexit tweets close to vote


to what extent — and how successfully — did russian backed agents use social media to influence the uk’s brexit vote? yesterday facebook admitted it had linked some russian accounts to brexit-related ad buys and/or the spread of political misinformation on its platform, though it hasn’t yet disclosed how many accounts were involved or how many rubles were spent.today the the times reported on research conducted by a group of data scientists in the us and uk looking at how information was diffused on twitter around the june 2016 eu referendum vote, and around the 2016 us presidential election.thetimes reports that the study tracked 156,252 russian accounts which mentioned #brexit, and also found russian accounts posted almost 45,000 messages pertaining to the eu referendum in the 48 hours a






facebook to disclose what groups were targets of russia-backed election ads


facebook inc. will publicly disclose the types of people targeted by russian-backed ads during and after the 2016 presidential election, operating chief sheryl sandberg said.in an interview thursday with axios, ms. sandberg acknowledged facebook’s platform was manipulated in a way it shouldn’t have been during the election. she said the company was cooperating with congress and planned to share with investigators more information about russia-linked activity on the social network....






study: russia-linked fake twitter accounts sought to spread terrorist-related so


but they also assert that given the difficulties of identifying such sophisticated fakes, there are likely more of them than they were able to spot. for this study, for example, they note that the fake accounts were more likely to have been concerned with american affairs, rather than british or european issues — suggesting more fakes could have flown under the radar because more attention has been directed at trying to identify fake accounts targeting us issues.a twitter spokesman declined to comment directly on the research but the company has previously sought to challenge external researchers’ attempts to quantify how information is diffused and amplified on its platform by arguing they do not have the full picture of how twitter users are exposed to tweets and thus aren’t well positio






the automated, invisible revert-wars of wikipedia's bot ecosystem / boing boing


in even good bots fight, a paper written by oxford internet institute researchers and published in plos one, the authors survey the edits and reverts made by wikipedia's diverse community of bots, uncovering some curious corners where bots -- rate-limited by wikipedia's rules for bots -- slowly and remorseless follow one another around, reverting each other. report this ad 15% of all wikipedia edits come from bots: "they identify and undo vandalism, enforce bans, check spelling, create inter-language links, import content automatically, mine data, identify copyright violations, greet newcomers, and so on." wikipedia bots aren't planned by a central authority, though: they're a bottom-up phenomenon, reflecting an individual wikipedean's theory about how to improve the project. just as edito






germany warns of hacking leaks ahead of election


berlin—russia is likely to leak hacked government information in an attempt to influence germany’s parliamentary election, top security officials said tuesday, as they pointed to multiple attempts to steal confidential documents in recent months. hackers linked to russia, as well as china and iran, have repeatedly targeted the foreign ministry and its diplomatic missions as well as the finance and economics ministries. other targets...






some republicans question trump's immigration order


washington — president donald trump's immigration order is getting pushback from some republicans in congress, even as officials from trump's administration insist it's a small price to pay to keep the nation safe.sen. rob portman, r-ohio, said sunday that it would be best for the new president to "slow down" and work with lawmakers on how best to tighten screening for foreigners who enter the united states.portman said everyone should "take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense for our national security" and reflects the fact that "'america's always been a welcoming home for refugees and immigrants." he said america is "this beacon of hope and opportunity for the rest of the world" and should remain that way.the comments e the morning after a federal judge issued an em