Information operations · Information Warfare · social media

Online Event: LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media


Friday, October 5, 2018 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CSIS Headquarters Registration for this event has reached capacity and is now closed. You can follow the event on the livestream, available on this page. The world has entered a new information age that has transformed the planet into a common space where billions of people… Continue reading Online Event: LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia · Russian Trolls · social media

Russian troll sites infiltrated Donald Trump subreddit as recently as this month


By Russell Brandom@russellbrandom  Sep 24, 2018, 1:52pm EDT Reddit users have uncovered an elaborate campaign to seed Reddit’s most popular pro-Trump community with content linked to Russian influence operations, as detailed in a post on Friday night. Archives show a sustained effort to plant and upvotes links to a site called Geotus.Army, playing off a slang term for… Continue reading Russian troll sites infiltrated Donald Trump subreddit as recently as this month

Information operations · Information Warfare · social media

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society


I believe Palihapitiya overstates the importance of social media in today’s society, but his sentiments are pointed in the right direction.  </end editorial> ‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’ By James Vincent@jjvincent  Dec 11, 2017, 6:07am EST Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the… Continue reading Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

Information operations · Information Warfare · social media · Twitter

Why Twitter’s double-sized tweets will be a really big deal


Doubling tweets from 140 to 280 characters will change Twitter for the better for most users. By Steve Ranger | September 27, 2017 — 11:23 GMT (04:23 PDT) | Topic: Innovation Journalists like me love Twitter for several reasons. It helps with the job, by giving unmediated access to the thoughts of 330 million people — including everyone from the most powerful… Continue reading Why Twitter’s double-sized tweets will be a really big deal

Information Warfare · social media

Facebook blasphemy: Pakistani man sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Muhammad


Published June 11, 2017 A 30-year-old Pakistani man has been sentenced to death by a counterterrorism court, following the conviction on charges he insulted the Prophet Muhammed and his wives on Facebook, officials said Sunday. Taimoor Raza, who belongs to the minority Shia sect in the Sunni-dominant country, was arrested last year following an online… Continue reading Facebook blasphemy: Pakistani man sentenced to death for insulting Prophet Muhammad

Information operations · Information Warfare · social media

Leaks ‘expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy’


22 May 2017 How Facebook censors what its users see has been revealed by internal documents, the Guardian newspaper says. It said the manuals revealed the criteria used to judge if posts were too violent, sexual, racist, hateful or supported terrorism. The Guardian said Facebook’s moderators were “overwhelmed” and had only seconds to decide if… Continue reading Leaks ‘expose peculiar Facebook moderation policy’

Information operations · Information Warfare · social media

Facebook says it will crack down on government-led misinformation campaigns


by Nick Statt@nickstatt Apr 27, 2017, 1:15 pm EDT Facebook’s newest measure to combat disinformation and misuse of its services is a push to rid the social network of malicious, potentially state-sponsored “information operations.” The company, which published a report on the subject today, defines these operations as government-led campaigns — or those from organized… Continue reading Facebook says it will crack down on government-led misinformation campaigns