Researchers find Google serves nearly half of all ad traffic on fake news sites- and Amazon is the top retailer advertising on low credibility sites:…
A paper to be presented tomorrow at the International University of Michigan School of Information researchers @lia_bozarth and @cerenbudak find that hundreds of fake news sites are “surprisingly dependent on top credible ad firms,” including Google, Outbrain, Yandex et al.
The Amazon finding is in a separate paper by the pair in @journalqd, which finds the online giant joining donaldjtrump dot com, americanexpress dot com and menswearhouse dot com among the top retailers appearing on low credibility sites.
I should mention papers make several references to canonical @CraigSilverman articles
My second tweet abridged the name of the conference: it is the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

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9 Jun
1/ For a piece jointly published at @techpolicypress and @just_security, I looked at the latest Senate report on January 6 and what it does and does not tell us about the role of social media in the insurrection.…
2/ First, just as the Senate report- for partisan reasons- did not look substantially at the role of Donald Trump, his White House, or Republicans who advanced the big Lie, it also did not look at how that lie propagated and activated social networks.…
3/ Second, the report suggests major challenges in recognizing violent extremism in the torrent of discourse on social media and acting on it.…
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7 Jun
While @MelissaRyan is on parental leave, @ggreeneva and I have been minding her CTRl-ALT-RIGHT DELETE newsletter.

Today I wrote about @Sen_JoeManchin's worship of a false idol: bipartisanship.
@Sen_JoeManchin made no critique of the For the People Act in the 1,000 words of platitudes he wrote for the Charleston Gazette-Mail today, announcing he will not support the Act because it doesn't have Republican support. It's just... bad thinking.…
The bill was written with input from bipartisan experts concerned about the erosion if democracy, as @CREWcrew has researched (see links). And as @Sifill_LDF points out, it answers issues HR4 does not.…
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30 May
In this week's @techpolicypress podcast, @courtneyr speaks to @PaulAshNZ and @DiaKayyali about the Christchurch Call & countering extremism on social media; and I speak with New York state senator @AnnaMKaplan about bills to counter hate speech & misinfo:…
In the first interview, @courtneyr talks to @PaulAshNZ, who is the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Cyber and Digital and the Coordinator of the Christchurch Call. You can subscribe to listen via your favorite podcast player here:
In the second interview, @courtneyr talks to @DiaKayyali, Associate Director for Advocacy at Mnemonic, the umbrella organization for Syrian Archive, Yemeni Archive, and Sudanese Archive. You can listen in your browser:…
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24 May
This WSJ profile of Lina Khan contains a number of corporate anxieties but my favorite is the quivering tech lobbyist who says her ideas “could throw into question American innovation, economic exceptionalism, and consumer happiness for decades to come.”…
The writers also have a bit too much fun with her efforts to contain Big Chocolate... but they seem to be going for caricature.
Still thinking about this quote and laughing.
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23 May
This week's @techpolicypress podcast takes on two issues: first, censorship on social media with @Thusi_Kumar and @AmarAmarasingam; second, kids on social media with @joejerome and @SNolanCollins. Listen via your favorite podcast player here:
You can also listen in your browser here:…
Thusiyan and Amarnath tell us about how Tamil people, Kurds, Palestinians, and many more are being censored in particular on Facebook and Instagram:…
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14 May
1/ Congress releases new draft legislation to form January 6 Commission. I'm reading through for what's new/significant since Pelosi's last draft.
2/ First big change is it removes the language on Congress's findings so far, Section 4 in Pelosi's draft, that referred to prior testimony from folks like FBI Director Wray that acknowledged threat of extremism. New draft moves straight into functions of the Commission.
3/ Second (and most substantial) change is that it reduces the number of Commissioners to 10 from 11. The Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader choose the Chairman, rather than the President.
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