On Saturday, Twitter gave the boot to two accounts -- Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks -- that were connected to the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee and subsequent leak of stolen documents from the breach.
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After Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, Facebook braced for another barrage of questions, this time to be delivered in writing. Asked about everything from potential legislation to claims that Facebook had censored conservative outlets, Zuckerberg repeatedly stalled, saying he'd follow up with his team to get real answers.
If you want to place a political advertisement through Google's massive advertising network during the upcoming US elections, you're going to have to show some ID first. The search giant announced new policies Friday that will require advertisers prove they are a US citizen or permanent resident when buying election ads in the States.
Facebook is creating a tool that will allow users to check whether or not they followed Russian propaganda accounts on Facebook or Instagram during the 2016 US election cycle, the company announced today. The tool, which is expected to launch by the end of this year, is a response to continued pressure from lawmakers who have demanded that Facebook be more transparent about election meddling on its platform.
Google, Facebook and Twitter, three of the world's most prominent tech companies, all testified before Congress this week that they had unintentionally been part of an alleged Russian operation to spread misinformation and propaganda during the 2016 presidential elections. On Saturday, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that the companies involved could make good by helping the US government "retaliate" against Russia.
Earlier this year, US intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government was behind the 2016 hack of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails that many believe swayed the US election in favour of President Donald Trump. And now the US Justice Department is considering charges against at least six members of the Russian government over the hack.