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Exclusive: Google Banned Major Chinese App Developer CooTek From The Play Store And Its Ad Platforms

CooTek apps continued to bombard users with disruptive ads even after the company said it had stopped.

Craig Silverman • 4 days ago

Trump’s Favorite Meme-Maker Adopted A Fake Name To Go On Trump’s Favorite TV Network

The pro-Trump cable news channel used a fake identity for a pseudonymous meme-maker.

Craig Silverman • 5 days ago
Craig Silverman • 9 days ago

Canadian Spies See Their Vast New Powers As A Tool To Fight Foreign Influence Campaigns

CSIS threat-reduction powers, granted in 2015, are seen as a tool to address foreign influence in Canada’s upcoming election campaign.

Jane Lytvynenko • 16 days ago

Foreign Actors Interfering In The Canadian Election Are Unlikely To Face Sanctions

Canada’s intelligence agencies have already identified foreign influence campaigns playing out in advance of the election.

Jane Lytvynenko • 17 days ago

These Bizarre Kamala Harris And Mark Zuckerberg Conspiracy Sites Are Run By A Montessori School Operator

Sites from American Intelligence Media have launched fringe conspiracy theories into the mainstream.

Jane Lytvynenko • 17 days ago

Canada’s Spy Agency Says Voters Are Being Targeted By Foreign Influence Campaigns

“Threat actors are seeking to influence the Canadian public and interfere with Canada’s democratic institutions and processes,” a CSIS spokesperson said.

Craig Silverman • 18 days ago

A New Racist Campaign Against Kamala Harris Is Taking Shape

“Seeing the tweets declaring that Kamala isn’t black enough because her parents are from Jamaica and India, I had an immediate flashback to the 2008 campaign.”

Craig Silverman • 22 days ago

How To Game Google To Make Negative Results Disappear

Google-savvy reputation consultants will cover up arrests, poor customer reviews, and other image-killing content for the right price.

Craig Silverman • 23 days ago

Facebook Turned Off Search Features Used To Catch War Criminals, Child Predators, And Other Bad Actors

The changes by Facebook are “a potential disaster for the human rights and war crimes community.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

White Nationalist Groups Banned By Facebook Are Still On The Platform

“Facebook likes to make a PR move and say that they’re doing something, but they don’t always follow up on that.”

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

How Dubious Claims About Muslims Wanting To Ban Dogs In Public Are Used To Stoke Anger

“These posters — and the conspiracists who amplify them — help intensify anti-Muslim sentiment in a way that is destructive to democracy.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

Facebook Won’t Remove Doctored Content During The Canadian Election

Election authorities could still investigate false or misleading content like doctored videos, but the social media giant said it’s not its role to decide where the “line” is.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Canadian Lobby Groups Plan A Big-Money Ad Blitz Before New Election Rules Kick In

Third parties in Canada can spend unlimited money on political ads before June 30.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago
Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Facebook Removed Over 2 Billion Fake Accounts, But The Problem Is Getting Worse

“I find this an odd time for Facebook to publicly pat themselves on the back.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

Twitter Is Showing More Ads, And People Are Seeing Lots Of Weird Crap As A Result

One malicious campaign used false articles about Drake and the Weeknd to promote casinos.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

A Huge Chinese Video App Is Charging People, Draining Their Batteries, And Exposing Data Without Their Knowledge

VidMate told BuzzFeed News it was investigating the claims, but declined to share basic information about its employees and ownership.

Craig Silverman • 2 months ago

An Iranian Disinformation Operation Impersonated Dozens Of Media Outlets To Spread Fake Articles

A case study in how “social media is being treated as a disinformation laboratory."

Craig Silverman • 2 months ago

Facebook Says Page With Far-Right, Anti-Muslim Content Doesn’t Violate Its Standards

Never Again Canada, which has nearly 235,000 followers, spreads misleading content and uses a URL-masking technique to deceive its audience.

Jane Lytvynenko • 2 months ago