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Past articles by Craig:

Nearly 50,000 Facebook users may have been targets of private surveillance, company says

Facebook is notifying nearly 50,000 users in more than 100 countries that they may have been targets of hacking attempts by private surveillance companies working for government agencies, the company said Thursday. → Read More

Facebook limits some political ad targeting, but impact is unlikely to be great

The move, however, leaves in place several advertising strategies criticized as pernicious “microtargeting,” such as selecting “custom audiences” based on customer data or visits to a particular website. → Read More

New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked

The new whistleblower is a former member of Facebook’s Integrity team whose identity is known to The Post and who agreed to be interviewed about the issues raised in the legal filing. Perhaps the most vivid moment in the affidavit comes in a direct quote the whistleblower reported hearing from a top Facebook communications official during the controversy following Russian interference in the… → Read More

Facebook announces new policy against ‘coordinated social harm’ that may lower the bar on who gets banned

Thursday’s action moves Facebook beyond its long-standing reliance on “inauthenticity” as the key marker of forbidden behavior on the platform. The company typically uses the term — which has been widely adopted within the industry — to describe deceptive behavior, in which social media users attempt to manipulate others while disguising their identities and actual views. Most Facebook takedowns… → Read More

Facebook made big mistake in data it provided to researchers, undermining academic work

The error resulted from Facebook accidentally excluding data from U.S. users who had no detectable political leanings — a group that amounted to roughly half of all of Facebook’s users in the United States. → Read More

A secretive Pentagon program that started on Trump’s last day in office just ended. The mystery has not.

The program had drawn scrutiny because of its unusual timing, starting amid a politically charged changeover of federal power, and because of its enormous scale. → Read More

Gallows or guillotines? The chilling debate on before the Capitol siege.

Violent conversations flowed freely and visibly on for weeks, underscoring the openly violent intent of some of the thousands of Trump enthusiasts who thronged the Capitol on Jan. 6. → Read More

One of QAnon’s most widely quoted critics reveals his real name. Hint: It’s not Travis View.

On a live stream of “QAnon Anonymous” last week, co-host Travis View did something he’d never done before — told listeners his real name. → Read More

Scientists said claims about China creating the coronavirus were misleading. They went viral anyway.

Yan’s work, which was posted to the scientific research repository Zenodo without any review on Sept. 14, exploded on Twitter, YouTube and far-right websites with the help of such conservative influencers as Republican strategist Stephen K. Bannon. → Read More

Big Russian hack used a technique experts had warned about for years. Why wasn’t the U.S. government ready?

Why corrective action didn’t happen earlier for a type of hack that had been discussed for years remains an unanswered question. → Read More

With Trump’s Twitter megaphone gone, Silicon Valley’s power rings loud

It may take historians years to grasp the full implications of the social media hurricane that Trump conjured from the moment he announced his intention to run for president over five years ago. But it took a single week, underscored by a single remarkable day, to hear what happened when that storm headed out to sea. → Read More

People affiliated with French military used Facebook to meddle in Africa

The French network did online combat with Russian actors over the upcoming election in the Central African Republic. → Read More

Man arrested in Olympia, Wash., after pro-Trump demonstrations turn violent

Left- and right-wing protesters battle near the State Capitol for a second straight weekend → Read More

Covid disinformation sites often use tools from Google, Facebook and Apple, report finds

Some of the tools are free “widgets” or bits of computer code that allow web designers to expand the capabilities of their sites and are used widely across the Internet, often without the companies that produce them knowing who is deploying them. Several problematic sites, for example, support financial transactions through Apple Pay, use Apple’s affiliate links or enable compatibility with… → Read More

YouTube suspends One America News, a Trump favorite, for peddling pandemic misinformation

The action against OAN, which President Trump’s allies have praised in recent weeks while raging against Fox News for supposed disloyalty during and after this month’s election, was the latest sign that Silicon Valley remains prepared to enforce policies against false and misleading information. → Read More

Trump’s comments on conspiracy celebrated: ‘This was the biggest pitch for QAnon I’ve ever seen’

Trump’s response to a question from NBC’s moderator, Savannah Guthrie, offered a shot of validation from the central figure in the QAnon cosmology, which portrays the president a savior waging a secret war against a cabal of satanic pedophiles, supposedly including prominent Democrats and Hollywood celebrities. → Read More

Parler and Gab, two conservative social media sites, keep alleged Russian disinformation up, despite report

An alleged Russian disinformation campaign that has been purged from three mainstream social media platforms has moved to Parler and Gab, sites that attract conservatives. → Read More

Twitter banished the worst QAnon accounts. But more than 93,000 remain on the site, research shows

More than 93,000 active accounts have references to QAnon in their Twitter profiles, and their overall rate of posting has increased, according to new research. → Read More

Facebook removes Russian networks tied to intelligence services that interfered in the U.S. in 2016

The accounts seemed to be focused on Europe and Asia, but the takedown shows Russia is still active in posting disinformation. → Read More

Facebook deletes several fake Chinese accounts targeting Trump and Biden, in first takedown of its kind

The pages and accounts were operated by individuals in China, but Facebook did not determine whether they had any affiliation with the government or ruling party there. “It’s a fairly nascent thing.” said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy for Facebook, who said the initiative started in the spring and never reached many users. “We’ve seen content fairly quickly get attention. We… → Read More