Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending February 5th, 2019

Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the New York Times.

Foreign Efforts to Influence 2018 U.S. Elections on Twitter ‘Limited’: Company
Reuters in the New York Times, January 31st, 2019
Twitter Inc took down nearly 6,000 tweets during last November’s U.S. congressional elections, most of which were attempting to suppress the vote through intimidation or sharing false information, the company said on Thursday.

Russia’s Playbook for Social Media Disinformation Has Gone Global
Sheera Frenkel, Kate Conger, and Kevin Roose, January 31st, 2019
Russia created a playbook for spreading disinformation on social media. Now the rest of the world is following it.

Does Facebook Really Know How Many Fake Accounts It Has?
Jack Nicas, New York Times, January 30th, 2019
The social network has disclosed an estimate for years, but a closer look raises lots of questions.

Firm That Sold Social Media Bots Settles With New York Attorney General
Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, January 30th, 2019
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, announced a settlement on Wednesday with Devumi, a company that sold hundreds of millions of fake followers on Twitter and other social media platforms before going out of business last year.

Facebook Takes Down Hundreds of Indonesian Accounts Linked to Fake News Syndicate
Reuters in the New YorkTimes, February 1st, 2019
Facebook Inc has removed hundreds of Indonesian accounts, pages and groups from its social network after discovering they were linked to an online group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news.

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