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Senior Reporter covering the people, power, and politics of tech @protocol. former @WIRED. she/her. Send tips to DM for Signal.
May 12, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: The House Democrats' trove of Russia-linked Facebook ads contained ads targeting suspicious Chrome extensions at teenage girls. The extensions gained wide access to users' browsing behavior and Facebook accounts. h/t @d1gi for spotting… The landing page for the ads where users could install the extension was registered in April 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ads went live in May. By June, people were already complaining about how the extension had spammed all their Facebook friends…
Apr 16, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
A researcher with lots of foresight scraped 5 million political ads on Facebook during 6 weeks before the 2016 election. She found that half of the advertisers had absolutely no federal records or online footprint. Of that half, 1 in 6 were Russian trolls.… These "suspicious" advertisers predominantly targeted voters in swing states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. She also found that white voters received 87 percent of all immigration ads.…
Apr 4, 2018 16 tweets 2 min read
Facebook call with Mark Zuckerberg is starting now. They say it'll be 45 minutes (!). “We're an idealistic and optimistic company and for the first decade we really focused on all the good connecting people brings” - Zuck

But in the past, "We didn't take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is...It was my mistake."
Jan 4, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Funny you should mention. I just happen to have written a little something about how researchers are developing algorithms that give the courts hard proof of voter ID laws' racially discriminatory impact.… The most promising among them can accurately match people in the voter roll to voter ID databases with the same accuracy as a Social Security Number.…
Nov 1, 2017 44 tweets 5 min read
Both FB and Twitter say they saw no evidence of Russian accounts uploading voter data to target specific lists. By now, given Russian posts senators have shared, it's clear what the their motive was: to pit the American electorate against itself.