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Dated news: Sentinel adds more context to social shares, archives

We've all seen it: friends sharing dusty headlines about Trump or a celebrity obit from years ago. To help stop the spread of old news without any context, TucsonSentinel.com's adding year references to Facebook previews, and flagging archival stories on our site.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Russian bots are at the gate but the enemy is us

Sure, yeah, the Russians are coming (and the Saudis and Chinese and Iranians) but they are using our own gullibility and sanctimony against us. The Russians are an adversary. Unfortunately, we have met the enemy and it’s us. ... Read more»1

ACLU drops suit against Gosar for blocking social media accounts

The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight.... Read more»

McSally pumps Nat'l Guard on border with Ukrainian soldier photo

A stock tough-on-the-border message from Martha McSally comes with a depiction of a soldier that's a bit unfamiliar. Instead of a National Guard member, it shows a figure armed with an AK-74, sold by a Ukrainian photographer, and falsely implies that armed troops are on patrol.... Read more»1

Free-speech ruling in Trump Twitter case echoes Arizona debate

A lawsuit against an Rep. Paul Gosar aims to bar elected officials from blocking critics on social media, while claims of censorship in Pima County have not been pressed in court.... Read more»

Facebook (still) letting housing ads exclude users by race

After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.... Read more»

Pizzagate: Anatomy of a fake news scandal

Conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners & Twitter bots manufactured “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizzeria child-sex ring. ... Read more»

Quick take

McCain: Russian interference in U.S. election an 'attack on our democracy'

Sen. John McCain: "We have to stop looking at this through the distorted lens of politics and see Russia's attack on our democracy for what it is: just one phase of Vladimir Putin's campaign to weaken the United States, to destabilize Europe, to break the NATO alliance, to undermine confidence in Western values, and to erode any and all resistance to his dark and dangerous view of the world."... Read more»

Facebook enabled advertisers to reach 'Jew haters'

Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. After being contacted, Facebook removed several anti-Semitic ad categories and promised to improve monitoring.... Read more»

Facebook’s secret censorship rules protect white men from hate speech, but not black kids

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression. ... Read more»1

Facebook doesn't tell users everything it really knows about them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives, including their income, the types of restaurants they frequent and even how many credit cards are in their wallets.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Solutions to 'fake news' could easily be worse than the problem

Efforts to fix what people are sharing will only sow resentment and recriminations about the Lame Stream Something or Other and drive more people away from fact-based reporting and to hypothesis-spreading articles.... Read more»

Arizona: It's no longer illegal to post your ballot on Facebook

Arizona voters who fill out their early ballots and post photos of them on social media are no longer risking jail time, thanks to a change in state law.... Read more»

Online fans didn’t equal automatic votes for Az candidates

If Facebook friends were votes, Fred DuVal would be the next governor of Arizona. But DuVal, a Democrat with 30,425 fans of his social media site on Election Day, was defeated easily Tuesday by Republican Doug Ducey and his comparatively small 18,866 Facebook fans on that day.... Read more»

Immigration, net neutrality trigger heavy lobbying

Immigration, net neutrality and the right to channel a broadcast program using a tiny antenna have caused several companies to spend big in order to influence legislators this year.... Read more»

CLITT parodies Sun Link

Aguirre pokes at Tucson streetcar with Facebook prank

A social media stunt is mocking the Sun Link streetcar project, and Tucsonans are falling for the joke. A page dubbed Community Link Integrated Transit of Tucson invites locals to "Ride the CLITT." The man behind the satire is longtime Downtown arts activist David Aguirre.... Read more»6

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