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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fire-facebook-refuses-disclose-political-ads-bought-russian-trolls-230143492.html

Under fire, Facebook refuses to disclose political ads bought by Russian trolls

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Facebook, which acknowledged this week that it sold $100,000 worth of political ads in the last two years to a Russian troll factory, came under stinging criticism Thursday over its refusal to release copies of the ads to the public — or to congressional investigators.

After denying for months that any Russian entities purchased ads on Facebook during last year’s election, the social media giant has admitted that it belatedly discovered that some 470 phony accounts linked to a shadowy St. Petersburg media firm with ties to the Kremlin. The firm allegedly placed ads on highly charged issues in American politics, such as LGBT and gun rights — ads that in some cases explicitly mentioned Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election.

Facebook officials acknowledged the existence of the ads in a closed-door briefing for investigators for the House and Senate intelligence committees. The company showed what it described as some samples of the ads, but didn’t turn them over to investigators or release them to the media. Facebook said making the ads public would violate its strict privacy rules — even thought it acknowledges that most, if not all, of the accounts in question were registered under fake names and nonexistent entities and have since been removed from Facebook’s platform.

“We’re trying to be as transparent as possible, but there are certain restrictions on what we can disclose under our data policies,” a Facebook spokesman said in a response to a request from Yahoo News for copies of the ads.

That response brought a sharp retort Wednesday from campaign finance specialists and some congressional investigators, who noted that the exact wording of the questionable ads was critical. If the ads explicitly advocated or boosted one candidate or another, they would fall squarely under a federal law that bars foreign nationals from spending money to influence a U.S. election, making the individuals who paid for the ads — and any U.S. persons who might have assisted them — subject to criminal prosecution by the Justice Department and to heavy fines by the Federal Election Commission.

“I think this is shocking,” said Ron Fein, legal director for Free Speech for People, one of two campaign finance groups that have already filed complaints with the FEC seeking an investigation into Russian government spending on last year’s election. “Facebook has another thing coming if it thinks it can use its self-created privacy rules to prevent an honest accounting of what happened in the 2016 election,” Fein said.

Trevor Potter, a former FEC chairman who was chief counsel for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign and one of the authors of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, said Facebook’s stand was especially puzzling given that the company was willing to show select samples of the ads to congressional investigators.

Potter said in an interview, “These advertisements were directed to the public, so they’ve already been put up publicly. And if they showed samples of the ads to investigators, they’ve already violated their confidentiality rules.”

The Facebook official declined to say whether special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the election, has requested copies of the ads, or if the company has provided them. “Because there are ongoing government investigations, we don’t think it’s appropriate for us to be commenting on the specifics of what we are sharing or with who. We’ve been in touch with a number of government officials, and will continue to engage with them,” the official said. (A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.)

But Rachel Cohen, a spokeswoman for Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking minority member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the senator still has “lots of questions” for Facebook, including “whether and how pages and groups may have been used to spread disinformation during the election, both through ads and user content.” She said Warner is seeking a committee hearing on the issue and left open the possibility that the senator could seek a subpoena for the material.

A possibly related effort to plant fake user content on Facebook was highlighted in a New York Times article posted Thursday that, as part of a collaboration with the cybersecurity firm FireEye, identified fake users such as a man who claimed to live in Harrisburg, Pa., and posted a Facebook message pointing users to a website, DCLeaks, that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded was a Russian front. “These guys show hidden truth about Hillary Clinton, George Soros and other leaders of the U.S.,” the apparently nonexistent Pennsylvanian wrote on June 8, 2016. “Visit #DCLeaks website. It’s really interesting!”

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and committee Vice Chairman Sen, Mark Warner, D-Va. confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, as the panel conducts a hearing on Russian intervention in European elections in light of revelations by American intelligence agencies that blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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Facebook’s stand is typical of that taken by most social media companies, who generally resist sharing any information with the government about their users, even when it involves accounts that have been linked to terrorism or other criminal conduct. “Their default position is we never provide any information about our users unless forced to under the gun of a subpoena,” said Brett Kappel, a lawyer who specializes in federal election law.

Two years ago, when the Senate Intelligence Committee first sought information from Facebook about accounts linked to spreading propaganda for the Islamic State, “they told us to pound sand,” Sen. Richard Burr, Republican chairman of the committee, said, according to a CNN account of the panel’s clash with the social media company.

Since then, the company has expanded its efforts to remove terrorist-related content, setting up its own “counterterrorism squad” under the direction of a former federal prosecutor, Monika Bickert, including linguists who review material posted from across the globe and take down content that violate its policies.

But Russian political messaging and associated “fake news” accounts have presented special challenges and seemed to have largely escaped Facebook’s notice during last year’s election. The phony accounts that began placing political ads first popped up on its platform in June 2015 — the same month Trump declared his candidacy for president. They continued until May 2017, when Time magazine first reported the suspicions of U.S. intelligence officials that Russian trolls were placing political ads on Facebook; it was also around that time that Facebook says unidentified “U.S. officials” first alerted the company to what they had discovered.

What was especially alarming is that the accounts traced back to a company previously known as the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg-based enterprise widely described as a “troll factory” and headed by Evigeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman and former restaurateur who is so close to the Russian president he is known as “Putin’s cook.”

The Internet Research Agency has been linked in multiple media accounts to the spreading of fake news stories around the world, including a phony video showing a U.S. soldier shooting a Koran and a fabricated account of an explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant.

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In this picture taken on Sunday, April 19, 2015, a women enters the four-story building known as the “troll factory” in St. Petersburg, Russia. The “troll factory” is where hundreds of young Russians work around the clock writing blogs and posting comments on the Internet staunchly supporting President Vladimir Putin and attacking the West. (Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)
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More recently, according to a recent story in the English-language Russian newspaper Moscow Times, the agency has changed its name to the Federal News Agency and has created 16 news websites that employ over 200 full-time journalists and editors whose content attracts more than 30-million page views every month.

“Every day, the sites churn out dozens of articles that praise Putin, cast Ukraine as a failed Nazi state and expose the nefarious machinations of the United States,” the newspaper reported.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the russian troll farm had been developing their trolls before trump entered the election. they were attacking russians that were a threat to Putin before that. Then these exact same accounts then switched to be posting pro right wing stuff. As reported a company watching these accounts FireEye cyber security firm.


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russia-still-honing-fake-social-media-tactics-1042020419847?cid=eml_mra_20170908

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

facebook stops over 400 accounts finally because they are Russian trolls. Who engaged in even getting right-wingers in the USA to even go to protests in Texas and Idaho. The russian trolls spent at least 100k in fake ads and had a right-wing group of over 200,000 members. (now closed by facebook a week or so ago. ) Anti Muslim stuff, anti-immigrant groups, and postings. All attacks on Clinton/liberals. Some events just days before the election.

Per maddow show.the 13th.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://ir.net/category/news/politics/

FAKE NEWS Spreads That Geary Danley Was Actual Gunman & Obama Supporter


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In the early morning hours we began to learn of what has become the worst mass shooting in US history. The shooting, which took place…


His brother says he was not a political person...

right winger logic... we just need more guns out there... then this would not happen...

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/oct/02/las-vegas-two-dead-in-mandalay-bay-casino-shooting-latest-updates



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The gunman’s brother expressed horror and shock, saying Paddock had no background with weapons. “No religious affiliation, no political affiliation, he just hung out,” he told television networks. “He’s just a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas.”

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seems he has a potential genetic background, his father did suffer from mental illness.

He made his money as an account and for a defense contractor. (that alone puts it about 10 to one a right winger)

he owned guns (that again gives it about another 10 to one a right winger)

He owned assult riffle (that again gives it about another 50 to one a right winger)

He owned multiple assult riffles (that again gives it about another 100 to one a right winger)

he had a hunting permit in Alaska. (that again gives it about another 10 to one a right winger)

At one time and possible now he owned two planes and had a pilots license.

He was a millionaire, (that again gives it about another 10 to one a right winger)

He was a major gambler... maybe this is what did it to him, we will see how his finances were in reality. maybe he used trumps number system, that leads you to bankruptcy.


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Paddock held a pilot’s license, owned two aircraft, and had a permit to hunt in Alaska. He had several legally owned guns, but they do not appear to have been in the arsenal he amassed in his hotel room.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right wing fake news....

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/here-are-all-the-hoaxes-being-spread-about-the-las-vegas?utm_term=.yoa69674D0#.fr7GMGZbQE


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right wingers on this forum like other right-wingers who support grabbing pussys as entitlement. Well here are some right-wing russian sponsored adds protests and so on. gee all for trump or attacking hillary. for Jill Stien, or Bernie.

they traced just 6 of the russian sites/accounts posts of hate had 340 million shares. facebook shut down over 400 russian accounts.

all paid by russian agents...

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/us-tech-giants-oddly-unhelpful-on-russia-1067167299819

US tech giants oddly unhelpful on Russia
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Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley correspondent for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the slow pace of discovery of Russian ad buying and other online manipulations as U.S. tech giants like

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/10/12/facebook-takes-down-data-and-thousands-of-posts-obscuring-reach-of-russian-disinformation/?utm_term=.6cee995f53d6&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1



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Albright's research began when he tried to determine how far the Russian disinformation campaign reached during the campaign, an elusive question that many others had grappled with. He knew that Facebook had acknowledged some basic numbers regarding the Russian effort, specifically that the company had shut down 470 Russian-controlled pages and accounts that had bought more than 3,000 ads, and that those ads had reached an estimated 10 million people, based on the company’s own modeling. Facebook has declined to say how many people saw the free posts created by the Russian accounts and pages.

Albright also found that, according to CrowdTangle, this same content had been “shared” 340 million times. That meant that the disinformation could have potentially reached the feeds of users that many times, but it didn’t reveal how many users had actually read or even seen it. If “interactions” was the floor of the possible reach of the Russian content, then “shared” was the theoretical ceiling.

But given that Albright was working with just six pages out of 470, it was clear to him that the Russian campaign reached far beyond the 10 million people Facebook had acknowledged saw the ads alone. He even discovered a single Russian-backed Instagram account associated with LGBT United that had reached nearly 10 million on its own.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

were getting closer, the racist billionaire.. the mercers who funded trump and Bannon and Breitbart and Cambridge analytical.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/15657512/cambridge-analytica-trump-kushner-flynn-russia



Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained
Why House investigators think this company might have helped Russia spread fake news.

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Trump’s digital army
In June 2016, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytica to take over its data operations.

We know from the reporting of Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim at the New York Times that Jared Kushner, who was charged with overseeing Trump’s digital operations, is the reason Cambridge Analytica joined the Trump campaign.

Kushner hired a man named Brad Parscale, a Texas-based digital expert who had worked previously for team Trump. According to Confessore and Hakim, Cambridge Analytica convinced Parscale (who has since agreed to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee) to “try out the firm.” The decision was reinforced by Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon, who is also a former vice president of Cambridge Analytica.



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The “data analysis company” is none other than Cambridge Analytica. The precise amount of money Cambridge paid to Flynn is unknown, as are the details of Flynn’s role.


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Cambridge Analytica, a company created by Robert Mercer, a billionaire patron of right-wing outlets like Breitbart News, has been swallowing up all the data they can get. They’re not the only company doing this, but they appear to be the most prominent — in part because of their high-profile clients.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2017/09/12/the-macedonia-story-full-subs-lon-orig.cnn
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