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TECH 22 Jan 2018 | 10:36 AM

Facebook says it can’t guarantee social media is good for democracy

Facebook Inc warned on Jan 22 that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else.

TECH 17 Dec 2017 | 2:00 AM

Net neutrality repeal gives US Democrats fresh way to reach millennials

The US Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules could galvanise young voters, a move Democrats hope will send millennials to the polls in greater numbers and bolster their chances in next year's elections.

TECH 10 Nov 2017 | 6:00 AM

Google supports US efforts to disclose buyers of online political ads

Alphabet Inc's Google unit told US election regulators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday that it "strongly supports" tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail "foreign abuse and influence" in elections.

TECH 16 Oct 2017 | 10:20 AM

Facebook is said to seek staff with national security clearance

Facebook Inc is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter.

TECH 28 Sep 2017 | 6:00 AM

Facebook touts success fighting fake news in German election

After witnessing the role fake news and Russian interference played in the US presidential election, many analysts worried a similar phenomenon would also plague last Sunday’s German federal elections.

TECH 23 Apr 2019 | 11:15 AM

Google, Facebook, Twitter have to do more to fight fake news: EU

Google, Facebook and Twitter have to do more to tackle fake news ahead of key European Parliament elections next month, the European Commission said on April 22, as its latest report showed a lack of progress in some areas.

TECH 11 Mar 2019 | 9:16 AM

Robo-journalism gains traction in shifting media landscape

A text-generating “bot” nicknamed Tobi produced nearly 40,000 news stories about the results of the November 2018 elections in Switzerland for the media giant Tamedia – in just five minutes.

TECH 01 Mar 2019 | 5:00 AM

Google, Facebook, Twitter fail to live up to fake news pledge

Google, Facebook and Twitter have fallen short of their pledges to combat fake news, three months before key European elections, the European Commission said on Feb 28.