Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending April 30th, 2019

YouTube recommended a Russian media site thousands of times for analysis of Mueller’s report, a watchdog group says
Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, April 26th, 2019, Washington Post
When the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III came out last week, offering the most authoritative account yet of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, YouTube recommended one video source hundreds of thousands of times to viewers seeking information, a watchdog says: RT, the global media operation funded by the Russian government.

As security officials prepare for Russian attack on 2020 presidential race, Trump and aides play down threat
Jost Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Shane Harris, April 29th, 2019, Washington Post
In recent months, U.S. national security officials have been preparing for Russian interference in the 2020 presidential race by tracking cyber threats, sharing intelligence about foreign disinformation efforts with social media companies and helping state election officials protect their systems against foreign manipulation.

EU wary of fake online accounts as Europe elections approach

Associated Press in the Washington Post, April 23rd, 2019
The European Union is praising Facebook, Google and Twitter for tackling disinformation while urging the social media giants to do more in clamping down on fake accounts.

Shut down social media if you don’t like terrorism?

Joshua Tucker, April 23rd, 2019, Washington Post
In the aftermath of Sunday’s violent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government shut down access to social media sites as the investigation into the bombings proceeded. News reports listed Facebook — including its WhatsApp and Instagram platforms — YouTube, Snapchat and Viber as sites the government had banned. According to these reports, the ban will be temporary.

New Zealand and France to call for an end to online terror

Nick Perry, Associated Press in the Washington Post, April 24th, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.