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Canada's Liberal Party Is Outspending Conservatives Nearly 3 To 1 On Facebook And Instagram

Since July 1, the Liberals have spent $738,715 in advertising on Facebook and Instagram, and the Conservative party has spent $251,303.

Craig Silverman • One day ago

These “Canadian” Websites And Facebook Pages Are Actually Run From Overseas

Some of the websites use fake profile photos for their writers, while others spread false information.

Craig Silverman • 24 days ago
Craig Silverman • 25 days ago

Facebook Said It Would Give Detailed Data To Academics. They’re Still Waiting.

“I think the only way to feel reasonably confident about this project is if you ignore what’s happened over the past 16 months.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

Matt Drudge Has Barely Changed Anything About The Drudge Report In The Last 20 Years. This Summer, He Upended Its Advertising Business.

A change to the secretive publisher’s business has revealed new details about his operation and is attracting scrutiny from the ad industry.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

The Philippines Was A Test Of Facebook’s New Approach To Countering Disinformation. Things Got Worse.

Disinformation campaigns in the Philippines ahead of its 2016 election offered a preview of things to come to the United States. History may be repeating itself in 2020.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

A Set Of Facebook Pages Promoting Conservatives And Attacking Justin Trudeau Are Run By A Post Millennial Staffer

“Either you’re a journalistic outlet where you have standards ... or you’re an advocacy group, in which case then at least you need to be transparent.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

A New Wave Of Canadian Partisan Media Is Invading Your Facebook Feed

Canadian partisan media are reaching more people than ever before, and at times eclipsing big national media on Facebook.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

What To Do If The Older People In Your Life Are Sharing False Or Extreme Content

“What do you do when your parents go from posting Minions to posting hard-right memes about cement milkshakes?”

Craig Silverman • 2 months ago

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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months ago
Craig Silverman • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 3 months 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 • 3 months ago