"How Twitter bots are recycling Cold War techniques to sow Political division" PBS NewsHour 2/5/2018
SUMMARY: In the days leading up to the release of the disputed Nunes memo, the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo became hugely popular among conservatives and allies of President Trump. But a series of reports suggest that some of those Twitter accounts were fake and linked to Russian interests. William Brangham learns more from Thomas Rid of Johns Hopkins University.
"ProPublica tool finds misleading political ads on Facebook" PBS NewsHour 2/10/2018
SUMMARY: Amid an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Facebook came under fire for its opacity on how it targets political ads. A few months ago, ProPublica released Political Ad Collector, a tool (browser extension) that crowdsources the job of monitoring ads -- including those that might not seem political at first. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin shares the findings with Hari Sreenivasan.