Congressional Committees: Political Ad Disclosure; Twitter/Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:43 am

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Cambridge Analytica director 'met Assange to discuss US election' | UK news

A Cambridge Analytica director apparently visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends it was to discuss what happened during the US election, the Guardian has learned.

Brittany Kaiser, a director at the firm until earlier this year, also claimed to have channelled cryptocurrency payments and donations to WikiLeaks. This information has been passed to congressional and parliamentary inquiries in the UK and US.

Cambridge Analytica and WikiLeaks are already subjects of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, but the revelations open up fresh questions about the precise nature of the organisations’ relationship.

There was no known connection until October last year, when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had “reached out” to Assange in July 2016 and offered to help him index and distribute the 33,000 emails that had been stolen from Hillary Clinton. ...

But visitor logs from the Ecuador embassy obtained by the Guardian and Focus Ecuador appear to show that Brittany Kaiser, a senior executive at Cambridge Analytica until earlier this year, visited Assange on 17 February 2017. Information passed to the DCMS committee in the UK and the Senate judiciary committee in the US states that the meeting was “a retrospective to discuss the US election”.
Adding:
International Business Times: Cambridge Analytica Chief ‘Withdrew $8M’ From Company Linked To Trump’s Wealthy Supporters


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Post by Addie » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:03 pm

Reuters: Washington state sues Facebook, Google over election ad disclosure
Vanity Fair: Things Go from Bad to Worse for the Corpse of Cambridge Analytica

The C.E.O. of the now-bankrupt and shuttered political data firm reportedly embezzled $8 million.


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Post by Kendra » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:08 pm

Addie wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:03 pm
Reuters: Washington state sues Facebook, Google over election ad disclosure
Vanity Fair: Things Go from Bad to Worse for the Corpse of Cambridge Analytica

The C.E.O. of the now-bankrupt and shuttered political data firm reportedly embezzled $8 million.
Would that be Mercer money? I'm good with that :popcorn:

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:04 am

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Facebook says it gave ‘identical support’ to Trump and Clinton campaigns ...

It’s not exactly fire, but we don’t really need more fire these days. This at least is on the record and relatively straightforward; whatever Facebook’s sins during the election cycle may have been, it does not appear that preferential treatment of the two major campaigns was among them.

Incidentally, if you’re curious whether Facebook finally answered Sen. Harris’s questions about who made the decision not to inform users of the Cambridge Analytica issue back in 2015, or how that decision was made — no, it didn’t. In fact the silence here is so deafening it almost certainly indicates a direct hit.

Harris asked how and when it came to the decision not to inform users that their data had been misappropriated, who made that decision and why, and lastly when Zuckerberg entered the loop. Facebook’s response does not even come close to answering any of these questions:
When Facebook learned about Kogan’s breach of Facebook’s data use policies in December 2015, it took immediate action. The company retained an outside firm to assist in investigating Kogan’s actions, to demand that Kogan and each party he had shared data with delete the data and any derivatives of the data, and to obtain certifications that they had done so. Because Kogan’s app could no longer collect most categories of data due to changes in Facebook’s platform, the company’s highest priority at that time was ensuring deletion of the data that Kogan may have accessed before these changes took place. With the benefit of hindsight, we wish we had notified people whose information may have been impacted. Facebook has since notified all people potentially impacted with a detailed notice at the top of their newsfeed.
This answer has literally nothing to do with the questions.

It seems likely from the company’s careful and repeated refusal to answer this question that the story is an ugly one — top executives making a decision to keep users in the dark for as long as possible, if I had to guess.


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Post by RVInit » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:38 pm

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Related, but has a possibility of taking us down a rabbit hole of off topic:

I have a Facebook account but I have rarely posted in the last couple of years. I have a friend on Facebook that plays some of the games. You can opt to send your Facebook friends a notification that says something like "so and so played such and such! See how you score" - and other similar messages. I remember one time I got some kind of notice that this particular friend had taken a psych test (basically), but it was being touted as being a "game". I believe that was precisely the same application that was used to collect information about her and probably everyone on her friends list. I also remember thinking to myself that never in a million years am I going to answer psych questions about myself on some online platform where my selections were obviously being saved and obviously could be tied back to me personally. I just knew she had participated in something where her information, some of which may have been very personal in nature, was being collected.


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:33 pm

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Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.

By GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL LaFORGIA JUNE 3, 2018

As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information.

Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, “like” buttons and address books.

But the partnerships, whose scope has not previously been reported, raise concerns about the company’s privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users’ friends who believed they had barred any sharing, The New York Times found.


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Post by Danraft » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:56 am

Can't copy from the App, but Facebook caved to Conservative groups claiming that there was anti-Conservative bias even though the evidence shows the opposite. They are using the Heritage Foundation to do the analysis. :oops:
And, are meeting with Parscale to make changes requested.


Opinion: Facebook caves in to pressure from conservatives
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/25/opinions ... index.html


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:09 am

Politico
Source: House panel considers subpoena for Twitter CEO

Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee raised the possibility of a subpoena to get Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before the panel, during a tense meeting with representatives of the company Thursday, according to a Republican source familiar with the discussion.

The source said Twitter is "delaying" and "stonewalling" the committee, which has been negotiating over the past few weeks to try to arrange Dorsey's testimony about the company's data and content policies.

House E&C Chairman Greg Walden later tweeted at Dorsey: "I appreciate your willingness to speak publicly on issues facing Twitter and agree complex algorithms must be better communicated to consumers. After many good faith efforts from staff, this is your formal invitation to appear before @HouseCommerce on Sept. 5."

Asked for comment, a Twitter spokesman responded: "We remain in discussions with the Committee and no decisions have been made either way."


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Post by pipistrelle » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:22 am

jack's clueless response about Alex Jones made me ponder how one can have a good idea but not be emotionally intelligent. The comments on his response are great.



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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:56 pm

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Facebook and Twitter executives to testify to Congress next week

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are set to face a fresh grilling on Capitol Hill next week as lawmakers probe Silicon Valley’s efforts to police content online, from political speech to suspected Russian propaganda.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that it would hold a hearing next week with the two tech giants focused on “social media companies’ responses to foreign influence operations.” Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, and Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, are slated to join the Sept. 5 session, and Google has been invited. But lawmakers so far have rejected Google’s offer to send a lower-level executive, and the search giant has not committed to sending Larry Page, chief executive of parent company Alphabet, to testify.

The Senate’s hearing comes almost a year after Democrats and Republicans on the panel criticized the three tech giants for failing to spot and thwart what they said were Kremlin-aligned agents who purchased ads and posted content on social media that sought to create political unrest ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

House lawmakers said they plan to convene their own hearing on the same day, focused explicitly on Twitter and featuring Dorsey as the sole witness, the Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday. Their effort comes at the request of conservative leaders who have alleged for months that Twitter’s algorithm and content-moderation policies unfairly target right-leaning users and websites. On Wednesday, President Trump again attacked tech companies for what he contends is the censorship of conservative views.

Both hearings illustrate Silicon Valley’s increasingly precarious political fortunes in the nation’s capital, where Democrats and Republicans alike have threatened to penalize tech giants that don’t take down offensive, harmful or misleading content more quickly.


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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:49 pm

Roll Call - Podcast: Congress Expands Oversight of Social Media

Twitter, Facebook and possibly Google executives are preparing to testify before Senate and House committees next week over concerns that foreign governments could use their platforms to interfere in the upcoming midterm elections. CQ cybersecurity reporter Gopal Ratnam gives us a primer on what to expect.


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Post by TollandRCR » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:30 pm

There was never any reason to think that Facebook communications would be private. The whole business model was against that. Facebook was a business success only if it violated your privacy.


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:50 pm

The Guardian: Big Tech's double trouble: political heat from Trump and the left may signal reckoning ahead

Trump’s timing of attacks on Google, Facebook and Twitter could not have been better, as the three come under scrutiny in hearings


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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:46 am

CNN: Facebook's former security chief: US elections at risk of being 'World Cup of information warfare'


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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:00 pm

Bloomberg
Google Heads Into Showdown With Congress After Witness Is Rejected

Alphabet Inc.’s Google posted what it called “testimony” for a congressional hearing on social media companies’ efforts to thwart election meddling in advance of November’s midterm races -- only it doesn’t appear anyone will be there to deliver it.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has said it rejected Google Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker as a witness because he wasn’t high-level enough in the company to testify at a hearing Wednesday that will hear from Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey and Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Walker’s prepared testimony lists the four new types of disclosure the company promised concerning election advertising in his last congressional appearance in the fall of 2017. Those include databases listing election ads on Google search, YouTube and across the web, as well as a verification program and disclosures on political ads.

Google has insisted that Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Google CEO Sundar Pichai wouldn’t be the best officials to appear despite the Intelligence committee’s desire to hear from decision-makers.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said in a tweet Tuesday that Dorsey and Sandberg will testify and “Larry Page should be there, too. It’s not too late for @Google to step up.”


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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:39 am

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September 5, 2018
Social Media Executives Testify on Russian Interference in U.S. Elections

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg testified on Russian interference in U.S. elections before the Senate Intelligence Committee.


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Observer: Marco Rubio Calls Alex Jones a Clown: ‘Don’t Touch Me Again!’

On Wednesday, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones clashed outside the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Internet censorship—an encounter which was captured by The Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks.
CNBC: InfoWars conspiracy monger Alex Jones rants about slander on CNBC as social media giants testify at Congress


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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:06 pm

CNBC
Senators blast Google executives for not showing up to hearings on election meddling ...

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intentionally set up a unoccupied seat to shame Alphabet at Wednesday's hearing on foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The Committee wanted either Alphabet CEO Larry Page or Google chief executive Sundar Pichai to testify alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, but the company offered its top lawyer and SVP of global affairs, Kent Walker, instead. That decision rankled Committee leaders Sen Mark Warner, D-VA, and Sen. Mark Burr, R-NA, who rejected the substitution, hence the pointedly vacant chair.

"I'm disappointed Google decided against sending the right senior level executive," Sen. Richard Burr, the chair of the committee, said in his opening remarks.

Vice chair of the committee Sen. Mark Warner echoed Burr's statement.

"I'm deeply disappointed that Google – one of the most influential digital platforms in the world – chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this committee," Warner said.


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ABA Journal: Trump allies propose nationalizing Facebook, Google data


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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:32 pm

Wall Street Journal (paywall)
Sheryl Sandberg’s New Job Is to Fix Facebook’s Reputation—and Her Own

Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was the architect of a business strategy that built the social network from a fast-growing but wobbly startup into a global advertising juggernaut with a market value of more than half a trillion dollars.

But during five nightmarish days in March, she and her communications team couldn’t figure out how to address the public’s mounting outrage over allegations that political firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed data on tens of millions of Facebook users.


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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:09 am

Cross-posting

Sydney Morning Herald
Twitter bots more influential than people in US election: research

They were the 90 minutes of television that set America on fire. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stepped up to the podium for the first presidential debate of the 2016 election, the battle was already raging on Twitter.

But not all of those users joining in the discussion were human.

An army of so-called Twitter bots, or automated accounts, were also at work, firing off hashtags and worming into feeds, in a wave of "information warfare" that has since come under investigation by a US probe into Russian interference in the presidential race.

Now, on the other side of the world, Canberra computer scientists have written an algorithm to track the influence of these bots on the election - and the results have surprised even them.

Analysing the more than 6.4 million tweets that circulated during those 90 minutes, researchers at the Australian National University found bots were on average about two and a half times more influential than people. While there was a lot less of them than expected, with only about 4.8 per cent of users identified as clear bots, they were also more successful at attracting exposure via retweets.


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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:00 am

Newsweek: Facebook Will Cut On-Site Support to Trump's 2020 Re-election Campaign
Reuters: Facebook to drop on-site support for political campaigns
BBC News: Facebook stops sending staff to help political campaigns



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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:03 pm

New York Times
Facebook Network Breach Affects Up to 50 Million Users

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Friday said an attack on its computer network led to the exposure of information from nearly 50 million of its users.

The company discovered the breach earlier this week, finding that attackers had exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts. Facebook fixed the vulnerability and notified law enforcement officials.

More than 90 million of Facebook’s users were forced to log out of their accounts Friday morning, a common safety measure for compromised accounts.

Facebook said it did not know the origin or identity of the attackers, nor had it fully assessed the scope of the attack. The company is in the beginning stages of its investigation.

The discovery of the hack comes at one of the most difficult times in Facebook’s history. The company has dealt with fallout over its role in a widespread Russian disinformation campaign around the 2016 presidential election.



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