Selected Washington Post Articles – Week Ending January 8th, 2019

Weekly round-up of cognitive security-related articles from the Washington Post.

Secret campaign to use Russian-inspired tactics in 2017 Ala. election stirs anxiety for Democrats
Craig Timberg, Tony Romm, Aaron C. Davis and Elizabeth Dwoskin, January 6, 2019
A secret effort to influence the 2017 Senate election in Alabama used tactics inspired by Russian disinformation teams, including the creation of fake accounts to deliver misleading messages on Facebook to hundreds of thousands of voters to help elect Democrat Doug Jones in the deeply red state, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post.

Facebook is investigating the political pages and ads of another group backed by Reid Hoffman
By Tony Romm, Elizabeth Dwoskin, and Craig Timberg, January 7, 2019
Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by Internet billionaire and Democratic megadonor Reid Hoffman violated the social media giant’s policies when it set up several misleading news pages in a bid to target U.S. voters with left-leaning political messages.

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