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Hackathon Reveals Security Flaws in Election Technology

U.S. News

According to the tweet, various types of voting machines used in states all over the country were able to be hacked and programmed to play gifs and music or have their memory cards replaced with ones with alternative voting information. Hackers could also access personal information of voters stored on the machines, including addresses, drivers license numbers and the last four digits of social security numbers.



Google reportedly plans to ban post-election day political ads

Engadget

Google will not run any election-related ads after polls for the US presidential election close on November 3rd, according to Axios. In an email obtained by the publication, the search giant warns advertisers they won't be able to run ads "referencing candidates, the election or its outcome, given that an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after election day this year." In the same email, Google says it will likewise ban ads that target people using election-related terms, including the names of specific candidates. Axios reports the policy applies to all of the platforms where the company runs advertisements, including YouTube. We've reached out to Google for comment, and we'll update this article with the company's response.


Twitter's bans ahead of Israeli election include an odd religious sect

Engadget

Twitter has been cracking down on suspicious accounts ahead of Israel's election on April 9th, but there's been plenty of mystery surrounding how it has taken action. A BuzzFeed News source claims that Twitter has suspended about 600 accounts engaging in unusually coordinated behavior. Most of those were reportedly spreading misinformation that attacked the main opposition party while promoting incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the source also said that Twitter banned "dozens" of accounts from the Church of Almighty God, an unusual Chinese Christian sect that believes Jesus has been revived as its founder's wife. The exact intentions are unknown.


Photos: Early voting underway for 2020 election

Los Angeles Times

Traditionally, election day is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, but early voting in Los Angeles County has already begun. If you want to vote in person, you can now go to one of the more than 750 vote centers throughout the county. They'll be open every day, including weekends, through election day, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.