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The “Chechen” Clone of Instagram: Not as Good – Part I

By Polygraph Ramzan Kadyrov Head of Chechnya “There is a new social network being tested in Chechnya @ Mylistory, which is as good as the foreign ones” Source: Telegram, January 3, 2018 FALSE Mylistory is an underdeveloped clone of the “old” Instagram, with mysterious origins. On December 23, 2017, the head of Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov announced via his Telegram channel that his Facebook and Instagram accounts had disappeared. Kadyrov,

Russian network TV show reportedly uses Twitter bots to fake fawning viewer feedback

By Meduza The producers of a new daily political talk show on the national TV network Pervyi Kanal have created an army of Twitter bots to post fawning comments they can show on air, presented as engaged public feedback, according to the newspaper Vedomosti. On June 20, the show’s hosts, Ekaterina Strizhenova and Anatoly Kuzichev, announced that viewers would be able to send comments and questions to the show via

Russia’s National Guard to Monitor Social Networks

Russia’s National Guard is planning to train IT experts and specialists to monitor social networks, the Interfax news agency reported Friday, citing first deputy commander of the National Guard Sergei Melikov. “We’re looking at areas of work we would like to develop” Melikov told reporters. “Mainly social media monitoring.” Monitoring social networks would help the law enforcement agency to prevent attacks against the national guard like the one in the

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know

By Netizen Report Team, Global Voices Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In mid-March Indian documentarian Rakesh Sharma, who is known for his films on public unrest and violence in the state of Gujarat, found his YouTube channel blocked. He received a message from the company that read: This account has been terminated due to

Facebook can now flag fake news stories as ‘disputed’

Napier Lopez, TNW, via Recode Following up on its promise from December, Facebook has begun to flag fake news stories on news feeds in the US. Questionable stories may now show a “disputed” tag underneath, with a link to a source countering the article’s claims. Facebook said it works with ABC News, Politifact, FactCheck, Snopes, and the Associated Press to verify stories back in December. It’s a welcome step, but there are caveats.

Le Pen’s (Small) Online Army

How a French far-right group tried to break into Twitter’s trends By Ben Nimmo, @DFRLab France holds presidential elections on April 23. Ahead of the polls, reports are emerging of sophisticated online groups supporting some of the candidates, especially far-right leader Marine Le Pen. According to the Financial Times, Le Pen is supported by “an aggressive social media operation that is the most powerful in French politics”, putting her at

How to report fake news to social media

By Alex Murray, BBC News Fake news stories on the internet have hit the headlines in recent weeks – especially since the US election. While much of the focus has been on Facebook, Google and Twitter, other popular platforms all have their own systems to enable readers to report fake news. Some are better than others, some are non-existent. But how can you help to remove false news from the

Obama: New media has created a world where “everything is true and nothing is true”

By Joseph Lichterman, Nieman Lab President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Thursday night that he had convinced Ford to not close a factory in Kentucky. “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky,” Trump tweeted. “I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!” There was just one problem: The automaker wasn’t planning on closing the factory. (It was going to move

The biggest threat to democracy? Your social media feed

Over the past two decades, the internet has rewired civil society in unprecedented ways, propelling collective action to a radically new level of citizen autonomy. Democracy is now not only infrequently exercised at the ballot box, but is lived and experienced online on a day-to-day basis. Much has been made of the democratizing effect of the internet, and its emancipatory impact on under-represented and marginalized groups living under authoritarian regimes,

New Generation of Digital Detectives Fight to Keep Russia Honest

Almost two years ago on July 17, 2014, a Buk missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and their crew. The Russian government pushed evidence implying that a Ukrainian plane had shot down MH17, while the Dutch Safety Board concluded that a Buk missile caused the plane to break up and crash. Organization Bellingcat has demonstrated through digital forensics that the Buk missile and its

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