information operations - updates

Rappler's latest stories on information operations

ARTICLE FINDER

Facebook blocks group spreading pro-Trump posts from fake accounts

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Facebook removes 610 accounts, 89 pages, 156 groups and 72 Instagram accounts that originated in Vietnam and the US


Twitter blocks Saudi 'state-backed' manipulation effort

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The platform says some 88,000 accounts being blocked were linked to Saudi state-backed 'information operations'

WASHINGTON, USA – Twitter said Friday, December 21, it had suspended thousands of accounts linked to a

Iran-based social media scheme impersonated press

May 29, 2019 - 11:56 AM

A network of English-language social media accounts misrepresenting who was behind them was evidently orchestrated to promote Iranian political interests, says California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye

Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP


Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,' Facebook says

US Capitol photo from Shutterstock


Google deletes accounts with ties to Iran on YouTube, other sites

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Thirty-nine YouTube channels, 13 Google Plus accounts, and 6 accounts on their blogging platform Blogger have been removed

GOOGLE. AFP Photo/STR


Facebook, Twitter takedowns show quandary in curbing manipulation

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Gaping holes remain in online platforms and that not enough is being done to counter foreign interference, says former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos


Russians also used Instagram to spread misinformation – Facebook

Nov 02, 2017 - 10:58 AM

20 million Americans were exposed to Russian-led information campaign on Instagram in 2016, admits Facebook

TESTIMONY. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion – study

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:35 AM

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting which is used to silence political dissent online and often leads to real life threats and reputational damage

Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

Facebook deletes 'tens of thousands' of fake accounts in UK

May 10, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The social network announces another round of deletion following its April crackdown on fake accounts in France

GLOBAL PRESSURE. Facebook has become a part of national elections, given the speed at which information spreads on the platform. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP