Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the Washington Post.
With an eye on past problems, Facebook expands local feature
Washington Post, Associated Press, November 28th, 2018
Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements.
Dictionary.com chooses ‘misinformation’ as word of the year
Washington Post, Associated Press, November 26th, 2018
Misinformation, as opposed to disinformation, was chosen Monday as Dictionary.com’s word of the year on the tattered coattails of “toxic,” picked earlier this month for the same honor by Oxford Dictionaries in these tumultuous times.
How to influence campaigns: Take inexperienced staffers, stir in a small amount of money, Democrats find
Washington Post, Politics section, November 25th, 2018
Andrew Grant, a Republican long shot who ran for Congress near Sacramento, never knew his attacker was in her 20s or that she was spending $39,000 against him as part of a secret experiment.
Google tightens political ad rules ahead of Europe elections
Washington Post, Associated Press, November 22nd, 2018
Google said Thursday it’s expanding stricter political advertising requirements to the European Union as part of efforts to curb misinformation and increase transparency ahead of the bloc’s elections next year.
Facebook shuts 20 pages claiming to be Ethiopian broadcaster
Washington Post, Associated Press, November 21st, 2018
A major Ethiopian broadcaster says Facebook has shut 20 pages that falsely used its name.
‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America
Washington Post, National section, November 18th, 2018
The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type. His wife had left for work and his children were on their way to school, but waiting online was his other community, an unreality where nothing was exactly as it seemed. He logged onto his website and began to invent his first news story of the day.
It’s easy to fact check Trump’s lies. He tells the same ones all the time
Washington Post, Outlook Perspective section, November 18th, 2018
I’ve made it my mission to fact-check every word Donald Trump utters as president. That means trying to watch every speech, read every transcript, decipher every tweet. I’ve accidentally established a reputation for using Twitter to point out that he’s lying within seconds of him telling a lie.
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