With fewer than 100 days until the 2018 midterm elections in the US, Facebook has removed 32 pages from Facebook and Instagram for "coordinated inauthentic behavior".Facebook didn't elaborate on the misleading content being spread, but said the banned pages include "Aztlan Warriors", "Black Elevation", "Mindful Being", and "Resisters".As in 2016, this year's effort is centered around divisive social issues.Publicly, Facebook is saying it does not know for sure who was behind the network, but is saying it has "found evidence of some connections between these accounts" and accounts that had been run by Russian trolls in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.Facebook says it has found a coordinated effort to influence United States politics ahead of the 2018 midterm elections using Facebook profiles and advertisements.In some instances, the company said, the inauthentic accounts directly coordinated with unwitting legitimate Facebook users who were admins of other pages.The … [Read more...] about Facebook reveals new covert efforts to sway 2018 midterm elections
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Roger Caldwell Will Black Power be important in 2018 Midterm Election? By Roger Caldwell In 2018, the midterm election is critical to American Democracy because elections have consequences. After 2016, the Republicans are in control of both Houses on a federal level and the presidency. As a result of Republicans having ultimate control of political power, Democrats are paralyzed and they must beg and operate like children. The Democrats can petition the Republican leadership, but the majority of the time their policies are not even considered. There are many excuses that can be made by Democrats, yet 52% of white women voted for Trump, and the Black community did not show up and vote. For white women, this appeared to be an aberration or a misprint, but this was not a miscalculation, and the experts substantiated the figures. Something has happened in America, and the power of patriotism and national pride has sweep the country with the election of Trump. This new national pride … [Read more...] about Will Black Power be important in 2018 Midterm Election?
Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had detected a coordinated influence operation whose activities appeared to target divisive political issues ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The company detected the activity as part of an ongoing investigation into election interference, its representatives said, and had removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram as a result. Though the activity was not overtly linked to Russia, it was reminiscent of operations conducted by Russian accounts during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook said. "We're still in the very early stages of our investigation and don't have all the facts — including who may be behind this," the company said in a public post. "It's clear that whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past." Facebook conveyed this information to staffers for senior congressional leaders and the … [Read more...] about Facebook detects influence operation ahead of 2018 midterm elections
close Video Who are the Democratic Socialists of America? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cynthia Nixon are self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists. A look at the Democratic Socialists of America and what the organization stands for. From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Cynthia Nixon, a handful of self-proclaimed Democratic socialists are making waves in the 2018 midterm elections. With the election of President Trump, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has seen a nationwide surge in the strength and popularity of an organization that typically operated on the fringes of leftist politics. Read on for a look at what the DSA organization advocates for and how it's impacting midterm elections. Platform A Democratic socialist is someone thinks the “economy and society should be run democratically” with the end goal of meeting public needs instead of turning a profit, according to DSA’s website. DSA staunchly opposes the capitalist economic system. … [Read more...] about Democratic socialists impact 2018 midterm elections: A look at the national organization
Brendan Farrington, Associated Press Updated 7:21 am CDT, Saturday, July 14, 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week: ___ MILLIONS VS. MORE MILLIONS Remember that scene in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" when Dr. Evil puts his pinky to his lip and tells his minions he's going to hold the world hostage for $1 million? MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD: Mom drunkenly crashes into pole with 2 children in car San Antonio Express-News SAPD: 3-year-old in critical condition … [Read more...] about No shortage of ads ahead of Florida 2018 midterm election