Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending January 22nd, 2019

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

Facebook Blocks Accounts Linked to Russian State-Owned Sputnik
Reuters on the New York Times, January 17th, 2019
Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed hundreds of Russia-initiated accounts, which it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on its platforms, including some linked to state-owned news agency Sputnik.

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts
Associated Press on the New York Times, January 17th, 2019
Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S.

Facebook Identifies Russia-Linked Misinformation Campaign
Adam Satariano, New York Times, January 17th, 2019
Facebook identified two disinformation campaigns originating from Russia – including one tied to an agency controlled by the Kremlin – that were targeted at users in Europe and Central Asia.

Veterans of the News Business are now Fighting Fakes
Edmund Lee, New York Times, January 16th, 2019
On the internet, conspiracy theories, propaganda and plain old inaccuracies can stump even the most thoughtful readers, spreading faster than you can say “fake news.”

Russia’s RT Seeks Legal Challenge Over UK Watchdog’s Ruling
Reuters on the New York Times, January 16th, 2019
Russia’s RT plans to launch a legal challenge over a ruling by Britain’s media regulator that it failed to cover the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in an impartial way.

Exclusive: Facebook Brings Stricter Ads Rules to Countries With Big 2019 Votes
Reuters on the New York Times, January 16th, 2019
Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.

Why Do People Fall For Fake News?
Gordon Pennycook and David Rand, New York Times, January 19th, 2019
Are they blinded by their political passions? Or are they just intellectually lazy?

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