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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 • 17 hours 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 day 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 • 5 days 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 • 11 days 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 • 15 days ago

Vulnerable Groups Could Be Targeted And Silenced Online Ahead Of 2020 Election, Researchers Warn

Extremists often hijack online discussions among vulnerable communities to sow division and spread disinformation.

Craig Silverman • 17 days ago

The Hot New Facebook Grift Is Stealing Huge Pages About Celebrities And Films From Facebook Itself

Bad actors stole pages that were auto-generated by Facebook and had millions of fans — and the company didn’t know it was happening.

Craig Silverman • 22 days ago

Exclusive: Google Is Banning A Play Store Developer With More Than Half A Billion App Installs

The DO Global ban comes after BuzzFeed News revealed it was committing ad fraud and violating other Google policies.

Craig Silverman • 29 days ago

"TRACKBACK" Is A New Hoax-Busting Series From BuzzFeed News On YouTube

We're fighting misinformation on YouTube and beyond.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Mueller Report Are Already Spreading

Fake accounts, false headlines, and joke screenshots are already spreading.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Popular Apps In Google's Play Store Are Abusing Permissions And Committing Ad Fraud

Following a BuzzFeed News investigation, Google removed six apps from the Play store that belonged to a major Chinese developer.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

A Timeline Of How The Notre Dame Fire Was Turned Into An Anti-Muslim Narrative

This is how disinformation spread from fringe message boards and social media to far-right websites and cable news.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire

Online conspiracists are baselessly trying to blame the fire on their political opponents.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

How A Facebook Page Dedicated To Fighting Anti-Semitism Became A Hub For Anti-Muslim Content

Never Again Canada’s creator says the page has "spiralled out of [his] hands.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

A Day After Facebook Banned Canadian White Nationalists, Some Found Their Way Back

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place our services,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

A Canadian Government Committee Is Investigating Foreign Interference And Espionage

China, Russia, and other countries are running influence and espionage operations in Canada, according to the committee.

Craig Silverman • One month ago

The Canadian Government Is Considering Regulating Facebook And Other Social Media Giants

Self-regulation is not “yielding the results” Canadians expect, said the Liberal democratic institutions minister, adding that Canada is “actively” talking with other countries around regulation.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Facebook Will Ban Faith Goldy And Canadian White Nationalist Groups In Its Latest Crackdown

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Canadian Political Parties Have Already Been Targeted By Foreign Hacking Ahead Of The Fall Elections

An electronic spy agency says political parties and operatives have already been targeted by foreign hacking campaigns in a report on threats to the 2019 Canadian election.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Israel Election: Twitter Suspended Dozens Of Hebrew-Language Accounts Run By A Strange Chinese Religious Sect

Twitter's lack of disclosure raises questions about the company’s commitment to transparency around removing accounts during global political events.

Craig Silverman • One month ago