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As Bolton heads to Moscow, US charges another Russian with ‘election meddling’

The Department of Justice has charged a Russian national with conspiring to interfere in the 2016 and upcoming 2018 elections, in an indictment released just one day before crucial meetings between US and Russian officials. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg, allegedly served as the chief accountant for ‘Project Lakhta’, a strategic effort to “sow discord in the US political ...

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Take a video tour of Facebook’s election security war room

Beneath an American flag, 20 people packed tight into a beige conference room are Facebook’s, and so too the Internet’s, first line of defense for democracy. This is Facebook’s election security war room. Screens visualize influxes of foreign political content and voter suppression attempts as high-ranking team members from across divisions at Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp coordinate rapid responses. The ...

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Top Trump aide sought Israeli help in online manipulation during 2016 election – report

An Israeli private intelligence firm produced three separate proposals to manipulate social media in the US and spread misinformation for the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections, according to a new report. The misinformation campaign, dubbed ‘Project Rome,’ was produced by the Israeli private intelligence firm Psy-Group, which was founded and run by former members of the Israeli intelligence ...

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Brazil’s right-wing Bolsonaro narrowly misses first round win in presidential election

Brazilian right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro will head to the second round of the election, facing leftist candidate Fernando Haddad on October 28, after narrowly failing to secure fifty percent of the vote in the first round. Bolsonaro is leading the polls in the first round of the presidential election, with 47 percent of the vote and 92.5 percent of the votes ...

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Thousands of Twitter accounts that spread fake news during the 2016 election are still active today, say researchers

Fake news and misinformation was a key tactic used by the Russians during the 2016 presidential election to try to sway voters against candidates and sow mistruths and mistrust. Now, with just weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, researchers say things are almost as bad. Research out Thursday by the Knight Foundation found that more than 80 percent of the ...

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PM Medvedev says United Russia party should recoup regional election losses

A recent setback suffered by United Russia in regional elections is a good lesson that should be studied and used to regain the lost positions, the party chairman and Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has said. On Wednesday, Medvedev spoke to senior United Russia members responsible for the party’s election programs and urged them to study the reasons behind recent losses ...

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Twitter widens its view of bad actors to fight election fiddlers

Twitter has announced more changes to its rules to try to make it harder for people to use its platform to spread politically charged disinformation and thereby erode democratic processes. In an update on its “elections integrity work” yesterday, the company flagged several new changes to the Twitter Rules which it said are intended to provide “clearer guidance” on behaviors it’s cracking ...

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Twitter in disbelief after Trump calls out China for election meddling, ‘ignoring Russia’

In a speech to the United Nations Security Council, President Trump blamed China for meddling in US elections. On Twitter, the #resistance is furious he didn’t name the old boogeyman: Russia. “Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election,” Trump told a meeting of the Security Council in New York on Wednesday. “They ...

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Ukraine’s Poroshenko sues BBC over Trump pay-for-access story as election looms

The president of Ukraine is suing British broadcaster BBC over a report that he paid $ 400,000 for a chance to meet Donald Trump. The news comes months before presidential election, which is set to be tough for Petro Poroshenko. The BBC report, which Poroshenko’s lawyers claim was defamatory, came in May and said that the meeting between the leader ...

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‘Lenin’ attempts to sabotage arch nemesis ‘Hitler’ in local election

Hitler’s political ambitions were almost scuppered by Lenin, who submitted a complaint to the electoral commission this month. No, it’s not some strange time-bending showdown, but a modern-day Peruvian election spat. Hitler Alba Sánchez, or ‘Good Hitler’ as he prefers to be known, is running for mayor in the Yungar district of Ancash in western Peru with the Somos Peru ...

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