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Twitter & NATO think tank publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by ‘Russian trolls’

Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing millions of tweets by pesky Russians (and Iranians) from the past decade. How do they know? Well, that’s the question. Twitter says the database released on Wednesday contains an archive of tweets and media “we believe resulted from potentially state-backed information operations.” Translation: dastardly ...

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Microsoft joins the LOT Network to help fight patent trolls

The LOT Network has been around for a few years now. Its mission is to fight patent trolls and it does so by having all of its members commit to a pledge that ensures that whenever they sell a patent to a company that’s in the business of patent trolling, all of the members will automatically get a free license ...

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Trump trolls ‘Democrat Party leader’ Maxine Waters with birthday wish

US President Donald Trump has used the 80th birthday of ‘crazy’ Maxine Waters to troll the outspoken Democrat, with whom he has been locked in a war of words throughout his administration. The US congresswoman turned 80 on Wednesday and she revealed to MSNBC that her biggest birthday wish would be to see Donald Trump removed from office. Trump shot ...

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Blame Wikipedia: ‘Dead’ Senator Hatch trolls Google over solid ‘fact-checking’

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would like Google to know that reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. The search engine showed that Hatch had died in 2017, apparently based on a bad Wikipedia edit left unchecked. “Hi Google? We might need to talk,” Hatch’s office tweeted on Monday night, with a screenshot of the search listing the senator as ...

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‘Don’t rely on what press said’: Rosenstein trolls Republican lawmaker amid Clinton email dispute

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has snapped at Jim Jordan, snarkily lecturing the Republican representative, who had accused him of “hiding” information from Congress and of threatening government staff with legal action. Jordan, a two-time champion wrestler, had badgered Rosenstein about the Justice Department’s failure to turn over documents related to the FBI’s probes into Hillary Clinton’s email server use ...

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‘Right back at ya’: Iran’s Zarif trolls Pompeo by rewriting his statement to reflect US failings

The Iranian foreign minister has turned a recent US statement, about a protest in Iran, back against his American counterpart – by exposing how the same comments can easily be applied to the situation in the US. The original statement by Mike Pompeo, issued on Wednesday, had accused Tehran of “squandering its citizens’ resources… in adventurism in Syria, its support ...

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‘Got me good’: Russian pop star Emin trolls Russiagaters in satire clip featuring Trump & Co

Russian pop star Emin ridiculed Russiagaters in a new clip, featuring lookalikes of Trump and others partying hard with Miss Universe contestants and taking shots together. Some in US media took the fun video too seriously. Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, also known as Emin – his name surfaced in US headlines last year when it emerged he helped arrange ...

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Musk trolls media with Pravda, confuses Ukraine and Russia

Silicon Valley magnate Elon Musk is trolling the mainstream media again, reminding them he is serious about setting up a website ranking their credibility. “Tried to buy Pravda.com, but Russia said no. Turns out they already use it,” Musk tweeted on Friday, linking to a domain in Ukraine.  He’s got a bunch of angry replies saying “Ukraine is not Russia!” in ...

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Putin trolls Macron over 'huge' French investments in Russia

A single Finnish company invested the equivalent of almost half of all French investment in Russia, President Vladimir Putin told his counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). “Finland’s Fortum invested €6 billion in Russia, while the whole of France invested €15 billion,” Putin said jokingly. Moments earlier, the French President boasted about the figure, proudly ...

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Twitter to de-rank ‘trolls,’ provokes conservative anger over ‘censorship’

Twitter’s announcement that it will limit the visibility of tweets from what it calls ‘troll accounts’ was met with anger by conservatives and free-speech advocates, who see it as another turn of the screw towards censorship. The platform’s new policy was revealed in a blog post on Tuesday, which promises to make sweeping changes to the way conversations work. Twitter will ...

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