New Facebook features fight election lies everywhere but ads

Heaven forbid a political candidate’s Facebook account gets hacked. They might spread disinformation…like they’re already allowed to do in Facebook ads… Today Facebook made a slew of announcements designed to stop 2020 election interference. “The bottom line…

Free Tools Boost 2020 Election Security, But Not Enough

Officials around the United States have spent the last three years scrambling to harden election and voting infrastructure against the disinformation campaigns, phishing attacks, and system probing that plagued 2016. With exactly one year to go until the 2020…

Impeachment politics face test in Kentucky election

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Trump says Johnson and Farage could form ‘unstoppable force’

Trump says Johnson and Farage could form ‘unstoppable force’

Donald Trump has intervened in the UKs nascent election campaign, calling on Boris Johnson to team up with Nigel Farage to form an unstoppable force and claiming Jeremy Corbyn would be so bad for your country. Speaking to Farage on LBC Radio, the US presiden…

Trump gets on Twitch

Trump gets on Twitch

The reelection campaign will be livestreamed. US president Donald Trump has joined Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch. Twitch is best known as a social video streaming platform for gamers but does host other content, including politics. The verified…

Facebook’s 2016 election billboards: Buy all your elections with us!

Facebook’s 2016 election billboards: Buy all your elections with us!

As former MEP Marietje Schaake (previously) writes, “Can we please stop calling Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc The online public square? Theyre ad companies. It is like calling a billboard ad a vertical public message…. Pay for play, social media & s…

Paris Agreement: Trump confirms US will leave climate accord

Paris Agreement: Trump confirms US will leave climate accord

Media captionWatch Trump explain why he is pulling the US out of Paris climate accord The US will definitely withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump has confirmed. He made the announcement at an energy conference in Pittsburgh on a stage …

Barack Obama challenges ‘woke culture’

Barack Obama challenges ‘woke culture’

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The former US president told the audience that “people who do really good stuff have flaws” Former US President Barack Obama has challenged “woke culture” telling young people “the world is messy.” He made the comm…

Every Single Person Who Has Resigned or Been Fired From the Trump Administration

Every Single Person Who Has Resigned or Been Fired From the Trump Administration

On Thursday, amid reports of his involvement in Trumps conversation with Ukraines president, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced he would step down by the end of this year; this news comes just one week after acting Homeland Security Secretary, Kevin McAlee…

‘Get Over It’? Why Political Influence in Foreign Policy Matters

‘Get Over It’? Why Political Influence in Foreign Policy Matters

In 1992, when President George Bush was behind in the polls in his re-election campaign against Bill Clinton, a group of Republican lawmakers suggested to White House officials that they ask the British and Russian governments to dig up unflattering informati…

TikTok Kicks Political Ads Off Its Platform Because Screw That Noise

TikTok Kicks Political Ads Off Its Platform Because Screw That Noise

Looks like there will be at least one online safe haven from the flood of political ads our feeds see every election season: TikTok, of all places. The popular short-form video app will no longer run ads from politicians or candidates at any level of governm…

Facebook promises to beef up “election integrity” efforts heading into 2020

Facebook promises to beef up “election integrity” efforts heading into 2020

Enlarge/ Facebook’s election “War Room” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. 6 with 5 posters participating With 379 long, long days to go until the 2020 US presidential election, Facebook is promising to do a better job than it did in 2016 of preventing bad actor…

Why Botswana’s election could be decided by elephants and diamonds

Why Botswana’s election could be decided by elephants and diamonds

Image copyrightGetty Images Botswana will hold general elections on 23 October and as a BBC World Questions debate found out in Gaborone, diamonds and elephants could play a sizeable role in deciding who wins. The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has …