Officials from Facebook and Twitter appeared before a Senate committee Wednesday to defend their efforts to combat influence operations. Meanwhile, the Trump administration launched a broadside against social media, with President Trump accusing them of meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an update on how Russian bots and trolls are spreading misinformation on vaccines via social media - and the public health impact of the campaign. Plus: Tips on disaster recovery, internet of things security.
Does social media fuel toxic politics and racial tension? We're still in the early of days of understanding the long-term effects of social media on society, but the early signs aren't good. It's time for social networks to take moral responsibility for content on their networks - even if they don't want it.
It's less than 10 weeks until your country's elections; do you know where your government's information warfare defenses and election security strategy are? The FBI says it's moving to counter information operations, while DHS is bolstering election security. But will it be enough?
Public health alert: Russian trolls have been spreading "polarized and anti-vaccine" misinformation via social media in a manner that appears designed to undercut trust in vaccines, researchers warn. Lower vaccination rates have already contributed to a rise in mass outbreaks of measles among children.
Google has suspended multiple YouTube channels and videos, as well as blogs, after tying them to phishing attacks and influence operations linked to Iran's state media. The technology giant's moves coincided with similar efforts by Facebook and Twitter.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An analysis of why it may be too late to secure the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Also: A close look at the Anthem breach lawsuit settlement and a report on ransomware recovery lessons learned.
Facebook, Twitter and Google have suspended or removed hundreds of pages and accounts tied to two separate alleged influence operations being run by Iran and Russia. Cybersecurity firm FireEye says the campaigns target the U.S., U.K., Latin America and Middle East.
It's déjà vu "FBI vs. Apple" all over again, as Reuters reports that the Justice Department is seeking to compel Facebook to build a backdoor into its Messenger app to help the FBI monitor an MS-13 suspect's voice communications.
Check Point says it has found three ways to falsify messages in WhatsApp, which it claims could be employed by scammers and used to spread fake news. WhatsApp acknowledges the findings, but it will not engineer patches.
Facebook has suspended eight pages and 24 accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" tied to apparent political influence campaigns ahead of an event in Washington. While Facebook declined to attribute the activities to specific individuals or groups, U.S. lawmakers are blaming the Kremlin.
Facebook says it has shut down 32 pages and accounts that it claims were "engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" apparently designed to influence U.S. politics. But the social network stopped short of attributing the "bad actors" to Russia.
Social media platforms have emerged as the world's most popular forms of communication. They also have become popular platforms for committing fraud. David Pollino of Bank of the West outlines what institutions should do to secure their social media presence.
Recognizing that social media create fertile grounds for fraud, the American Bankers Association now shares advice for how institutions can use these channels in ways that are compliant, smart and risk-savvy. The ABA's Denyette DePierro offers some tips.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.