• Donald Trump Apr 19, 2019

    I'm Effed: Trump's Reaction to Mueller's Appointment, Other Top Takeaways From the Redacted Mueller Report

    A 448-page report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller gives an inside look at Donald Trump’s tumultuous campaign and presidency and its possible links to Russians who tried to help win him the presidency. The report says there’s not enough evidence to charge Trump with a crime, but it details vague responses to questions and staff members deleting key communications. Here...

  • Donald Trump Mar 27, 2019

    Taking Stock: What Mueller's Trump-Russia Probe Revealed

    Since the Justice Department announced that Robert Mueller found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, President Donald Trump has urged Americans to toss the whole Russia investigation aside as a waste of time. It’s true the special counsel didn’t find an agreement between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election, and he decided...

  • Donald Trump Jan 31, 2019

    Twitter Says It Removed Troll Accounts Tied to Russia, Iran and Venezuela in Run-Up to 2018 Midterm Elections

    Twitter disclosed on Thursday that it had identified and shut down disinformation and government-backed trolling operations from thousands of accounts from five different countries, including Russia, Iran and Venezuela, NBC News reported. Twitter said the Russian operation mirrored the tactics of the 2016 campaign by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed organization whose employees were indicted by special counsel Robert...

  • Donald Trump Jan 31, 2019

    US: Mueller Evidence Used in Disinformation Campaign

    Federal prosecutors say confidential material from the Russia investigation was altered and released online as part of a disinformation campaign to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, according to a court filing Wednesday. The material had been handed over to defense attorneys for Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a Russian company that Mueller has charged with financing efforts to meddle...

  • Congress Dec 18, 2018

    Key Takeaways From New Reports on Russian Disinformation

    Russians seeking to influence U.S. elections through social media had their eyes on Instagram and the black community. These were among the findings in two reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee. Separate studies from University of Oxford researchers and the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge reveal insights into how Russian agents sought to influence Americans by saturating their favorite...

  • Donald Trump Dec 18, 2018

    Senate Report: Russia Social Media Influence Efforts Ongoing

    Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee....
    And the campaign didn’t end with Trump’s ascent to the White House. Troll...

  • Donald Trump Nov 4, 2018

    Why It's Still in Russia's Interest to Mess With US Politics

    Sweeping accusations that the Kremlin tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election haven’t chastened Russian trolls, hackers and spies — and might even have emboldened them. U.S. officials and tech companies say Russians have continued online activity targeted at American voters during the campaign for Tuesday’s election, masquerading as U.S. institutions and creating faux-American social media posts to aggravate tensions...

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2018

    AP Fact Check: Trump Distorts Migrant Policy, Russia Probe

    President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what’s known about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press.

  • United States Oct 17, 2018

    Twitter Releases Data on Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns

    Twitter on Wednesday released a massive trove of data associated with foreign influence and misinformation campaigns spanning nearly a decade — just three weeks before the U.S. midterm elections, NBC News reported. The social media company said in a Wednesday blog post that the data comes from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency and 770 other accounts...

  • Donald Trump Aug 1, 2018

    Trump Criticized for Not Leading Effort to Secure Elections

    As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and Democrats have criticized the administration’s response as fragmented, without enough coordination across federal agencies. And with the midterms just three months away, critics are calling...

  • Facebook Aug 9, 2018

    Facebook Finds Coordinated Effort to Influence US Politics

    Facebook has identified a coordinated influence campaign on U.S. politics ahead of November’s midterm elections, banning more than two dozen pages and accounts as it attempts to learn more about the activity. Facebook said it removed 32 Instagram and Facebook pages and accounts “because they were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The social media giant found some connections between the...

  • Facebook Jul 18, 2018

    Twitter Suspended 58 Million Accounts in 4Q

    Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company’s newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Last week, Twitter confirmed a Washington Post report that it had...

  • Donald Trump Jul 16, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump's Remarks on Putin and the Russia Investigation

    Asked whether he believed U.S. intelligence agencies or Russian President Vladimir Putin on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump declined to directly respond. Instead, he raised questions about the Russia investigation, including referring to a conspiracy theory that was shot down by his own Justice Department.

  • Europe Jun 11, 2018

    US Hits Russian Firms With Sanctions, Citing Cyberattacks

    The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia’s military and intelligence services with other malicious activities. The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three of their executives under legislation passed last year and an executive order aimed at punishing efforts to hack...

  • Facebook Mar 19, 2018

    Evidence Against Russians Might Never See the Light of Day

    When deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein outlined the accusations against 13 Russians for meddling in the U.S. elections, he closed his rare public statement with a standard admonition that’s tacked on to all Justice Department announcements of indictments. “I want to caution you that everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty in court. At...

  • georgia Mar 19, 2018

    Charged ‘Putin's Chef' Runs News Sites Along With Troll Army

    He’s been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed “Putin’s chef” runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian media empire. St. Petersburg restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin is believed to...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Social Media Firms Got Played by Russian Agents: Indictment

    Friday’s election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists. And it’s not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent something similar from happening again. Thirteen Russians, including a businessman close to Vladimir Putin, were charged Friday in a plot to interfere...

  • United States Mar 19, 2018

    ‘Information Warfare': How Russians Interfered in 2016 Election

    The 13 Russians and three Russian entities mentioned in the indictment revealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller detailed the alleged strategies used for identity theft, Hillary Clinton impersonators and a small army churning out social media posts, NBC News reported. According to the federal court records, the Russian group, the Internet Research Agency, had a monthly budget of $1.2...

  • Chef Mar 19, 2018

    ‘Putin's Chef' Among Russians Indicted by Mueller

    He’s known as “Putin’s chef” — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election....

  • United States Feb 1, 2018

    1.4M Users May Have Interacted With Propaganda Accounts, Twitter Says

    The number of Twitter users who may have interacted with Russian propaganda accounts during the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election has “expanded” to at least 1.4 million, the company said Wednesday. The company made the announcement on its blog, updating a Jan. 19 post announcing that 677,775 users may have come into contact with political propaganda accounts.

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