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Journalists at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the State Department to Stop Throwing Money at Facebook

We need to demand accountability from social media companies — and from U.S. diplomats.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and then-
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016.  (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Has Invented Social Media Blitzkrieg

And it’s time that America learns to defend itself.

A Facebook logo is pictured on a screen ahead of a press conference to announce the launch of it's latest product "Workplace", in central London on October 10, 2016.
Social network giant Facebook launched new global product Workplace, a platform that it hopes will replace intranet, mailbox and other internal communication tools used by businesses worldwide. It is intended to compete with similar office communication products including Microsoft's Yammer, Salesforce's Chatter and Slack.
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Facebook and Senate Panel Scuffle Over Russia Investigation

Even fake Russian accounts may have some legal protection.

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Can Facebook — and the Republic — Solve the Fake News Problem?

Incendiary false news reports proliferated on the platform during the U.S. election campaign.

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Spear Phishing in Tehran

Iranian hackers are increasingly using the tools of cyber-espionage against exiles and dissidents.

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What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About Zimbabwe’s #ThisFlag Movement

It's not just on the internet and it's not just about President Mugabe.

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Suppressing Extremist Speech: There’s an Algorithm for That!

A GOP operative and an academic are teaming up to go after the Islamic State online, but Silicon Valley isn’t buying it.

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Clinton to Trump: Delete Your Twitter Account

Hillary Clinton issued a cold social media rebuke to Donald Trump.

An application icon for Line Corp.'s internet messaging and calling service, controlled by Naver Corp., and other application icons are displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s in an arranged photograph in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line, people with knowledge of the matter said. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Essay contest (13): We need effective operations in the realm of social media

The United States military and government in general must effectively harness the power of social media.

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People watch a news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016. South Korea "strongly" condemned North Korea's shock hydrogen bomb test and vowed to take "all necessary measures" to penalise its nuclear-armed neighbour.  The image shown on TV shows files images from other nuclear tests from other countries and the caption in red at the bottom of the screen reads "the Blue House will convene an emergency meeting of the NSC, the National Security Council."   AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea’s 24-Hour Nuclear Cycle

How to track a nuclear explosion in the Twitter era.

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Oregon Occupiers Again Trolled on Social Media

An Oregon occupier who tearfully pledged loyalty to the Constitution gets trolled hard on Twitter.

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Why Did Brazil Block WhatsApp?

Was it encryption... or the tangled web of extraterritorial data requests?

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The Most Unsocial Network

A new class-action lawsuit accuses Facebook of being a matchmaking service for would-be Palestinian terrorists.

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Amos Yee, Singapore’s Teen Dissident, Is Back With a Crude, Hilarious Video

Fresh out of prison, the 16-year-old is back with another attack on his country's rulers.

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