Former New York State Homeland Security Director Michael Balboni says Russians have used American technology against the U.S. Operatives of the Kremlin-linked troll farm called the Internet Research Agency reportedly created Twitter accounts pretending to be local newspapers -- and shared real local stories rather than fake news. According to NPR, at least 48 separate Twitter accounts were created well before the 2016 presidential election and were designed to look like legitimate city newspapers. In some cases, they used names of newspapers from the past, such as the Chicago Daily News, which folded in 1978. The accounts, some of which gathered nearly 20,000 followers, didn't purposely spread false news and instead shared credible local news stories without any particular slant. NPR notes that the plan for such accounts was to create trust among media consumers before starting to infuse misinformation into its shared posts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting in Moscow on July 14. NEW YORK -- A new report suggests a "sophisticated" Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidential election. The Washington Post, citing a yet-to-be published report from independent researchers, said the goal was to punish Hillary Clinton, help Donald Trump, and undermine faith in American democracy. The report comes from a nonpartisan group of researchers called PropOrNot. The group describes itself as "concerned American citizens" with expertise in computer science, national security and public policy.
Mark Zuckerberg was represented by an empty chair at an "international grand committee" on fake news and disinformation in London on Tuesday, after repeatedly refusing invitations to give evidence to lawmakers present representing nine countries. Those lawmakers roundly criticized the Facebook boss, who said he would be unable to attend the hearing either in person or via video link. Representatives from the U.K., Canada, France, Argentina, Singapore, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil and Latvia were all in attendance. "I would say at the outset how deeply disappointed we are about Mark Zuckerberg's decision to ignore this summons from so many different nations," said Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus. "This is an unprecedented situation we're dealing with."
This was "Streaming Week," and the action took place in New York, where Disney, Warner Media and others gave ad buyers and the media community a sneak peek at what's coming down the pike. That would be more subscription services, with programming that used to appear elsewhere – like "The Office" on Netflix – moving to the new ones and more requests for you to spend more money to watch TV. This was also the week President Donald Trump doubled down on his trade war with China, announcing higher tariffs that threaten to add 25% or more to the cost of electronic devices and other products produced in China. These would go into effect on June 25. The list of some 3,805 products includes popular everyday items like laptops, tablets and TVs.