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From: hollyhunter10/2/2017 7:20:19 PM
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Looks like good entry point here.

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From: FUBHO10/12/2017 7:14:49 PM
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Tech Giants Transform From 'Saviors' to 'Threats'...

FACEBOOK Sandberg Slams TWITTER Over Censorship...

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1127)10/13/2017 6:54:09 AM
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Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes

Social-media platform’s strict privacy policy led to deletions of Russian information of interest to investigators.

By JOSH MEYER 10/13/2017 05:07 AM EDT
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To: scion who wrote (1128)10/14/2017 4:03:19 AM
From: FUBHO
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It would be quite ironic for Russia to give America the greatest president ever. LOL MAGA bitches!

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From: Glenn Petersen10/24/2017 10:15:56 PM
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Twitter will now label political ads, including who bought them and how much they are spending

  • Twitter will clearly label political ads and require campaigns and organizations to disclose who bought the ad and how much they spent.
  • A new "transparency center" will have a database of all ads currently running on the platform, with more disclosures for political ads.
  • The new rules come as Twitter and other social platforms are under scrutiny from lawmakers for allowing Russian interference through online political ads during the 2016 election.
Michelle Castillo | @mishcastillo
CNBC.com
October 24, 2017



Twitter announced new ad transparency measures 5 Hours Ago | 01:30
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As political pressure mounts on social media companies to say where ads are coming from, Twitter will reveal more information about political advertising on its platform.

Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday it would clearly label political electioneering ads, which the Federal Election Commission (FEC) defines as an ad used to promote a specific candidate for elected office or affiliated party posted within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days of a general election. Electioneering ads can also include any ad clearly promoting a political candidate at any time.

The ads will have some sort of visual marker, likely a purple dot next to the user handle, and a purple box with the text "Promoted by" and the name of the sponsor.



Courtesy of Twitter
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Twitter will label political electioneering ads meant to promote a candidate or a candidate's party for elected office.

In addition, the company will limit which criteria can be used to target people and will introduce a "stronger" penalty on those who do not abide by the new rules. The company did not say what the tougher standards or penalties will be.

Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, are sending their lawyers to Congress to testify as lawmakers investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 election through online political ad buying. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have introduced the " Honest Ads Act" as a way to get platforms to disclose more about paid online political ads. The legislation would require platforms with 50 million or more monthly unique visitors to have a public database of political ads and records for anyone who bought more than $500 worth of political ads in the previous 12 months.

Twitter's move to provide more information on political ads lines up with most of what Congress is asking for.

The company will also launch a "transparency center," which will show all ads — political or not — currently running on Twitter, and how long the ads have been running. The database will show users which ads have been targeted toward them and the personal criteria used to target them.

Political ads specifically will have additional information in the center, including all associated campaign ads currently running or that have run on the platform. It will show who funded the campaign, how much they spent on this specific campaign, and how much they spent on the platform in total. There will be information on the criteria used to place the ad, such as age, gender and geography.

The new ad policies will first be enforced in the U.S. but will expand globally eventually.


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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (1130)10/24/2017 10:18:08 PM
From: Sam
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"disclose who bought the ad"

But how will they know where the money actually came from? It is pretty easy to hide real ownership.

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To: Sam who wrote (1131)10/24/2017 10:44:13 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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You have the same problem with contributions made directly to candidates.

The vast majority of ad buys will probably come from PACs, party organizations and the candidates themselves. These buys are easy to vet. Enterprising reporters and Internet trolls can vet the unfamiliar names. I suspect that they will do a better job of vetting the ad buys than the party organizations do vetting the direct contributions.

Transparency is a step in the right direction.

I suspect when the dollar amounts are finally accumulated that we will find that the Russians spent a relatively small amount on the ads, particularly when you consider how much the candidates spent. Unfortunately, the Russians are masters of misinformation and manipulation and got more of a bang for their buck.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (1132)10/26/2017 10:26:13 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Twitter Overstated Number of Users for Three Years

Social-media company still reports better-than-expected user growth; shares jump as loss narrows and earnings forecast is raised

By Georgia Wells
The Wall Street Journal
Updated Oct. 26, 2017 9:52 a.m. ET

Twitter Inc. said Thursday it overstated its number of users for the past three years, even as it reported modest user growth for the third quarter.

The social-media company’s shares jumped nearly 14% in early trading after it reported a narrower loss in the third quarter and raised its earnings forecast for the fourth quarter.

“Our work to increase relevance and make Twitter easier is making an impact,” Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on the company’s earnings call.

Mr. Dorsey attributed the user growth to improvements to the company’s short-messaging service that it made in the past quarter, noting that Twitter is focusing increasingly on personalizing the content that appears in users’ feeds.

For years, content in the timeline was listed chronologically without algorithmic tweaks, but now the company is expanding its team of artificial intelligence specialists responsible for determining new content users might want to see.

“We’re hiring, and we continue to look for leadership in all these areas,” Mr. Dorsey said.

Meanwhile, Twitter said it realized during the third quarter that it had been including users of a service for third-party apps as monthly users that should not have been counted, a spokeswoman said.

Twitter restated its users for the past three quarters—revising them down by one million to two million—but said it didn’t have user data going back further than that.

Twitter in the third quarter added four million monthly users, beating analyst expectations of just over one million, and bringing its total of monthly users to 330 million. According to adjusted numbers for prior quarters, however, the number of Twitter’s monthly users actually shrank in the second quarter for likely the first time since 2015, by one million users. Previously Twitter had said its user growth was flat in the second quarter.

Revenue in the third quarter declined 4.2% to $590 million, compared with $616 million a year earlier. Twitter narrowly beat analyst revenue expectations of $587 million, according to FactSet. Under generally accepted U.S. accounting rules, or GAAP, Twitter posted a loss of $21.1 million, its smallest loss as a public company, compared with a loss of $103 million a year ago.


Twitter’s error in counting users tarnishes the company’s credibility during a critical period. The growth of rival Snap Inc.’s Snapchat has increased competition for advertising dollars. Twitter is facing scrutiny on multiple fronts for how it handles problem accounts on its social network, including people posting abusive content and alleged Russian manipulation

Itreally is make-or-break time for Twitter,” said Jim Cridlin, global head of innovation at Mindshare, a unit of advertising agency giant WPP PLC.

Twitter said the error in counting monthly users didn’t impact its measure of daily users, which grew 14% in the quarter. Twitter doesn’t disclose its raw number of daily users, but said fewer than half of its 330 million monthly users log on daily.

The service that erroneously counted the monthly users, Digits, allowed people to log into other apps using their credentials from Twitter. Alphabet Inc.’s Google bought Digits from Twitter earlier this year as a part of a larger acquisition of developer tools.

Twitter believes the impact of the error was smaller before this year because Digits had fewer users, a spokeswoman said. Twitter said it doesn’t have the data to reconcile its user figures going back further than the end of 2016 because of its policy of not storing certain kinds of information long-term.

For the fourth quarter, Twitter projected adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization between $220 million and $240 million—a more ambitious target than the $197 million analysts expect, according to FactSet. If Twitter hits the high end of that range in the fourth quarter, it could record its first quarterly profit since going public in late 2013, a spokeswoman said. A year ago, Twitter publicly articulated the goal of “driving toward” profitability in 2017.

“We feel really good about the progress we’ve made,” said Twitter’s chief of operations, Anthony Noto. “We’re ahead of where I would have guessed back in January today.”

Write to Georgia Wells at Georgia.Wells@wsj.com


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From: Glenn Petersen10/26/2017 10:47:18 AM
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Announcement: RT and Sputnik Advertising

By Twitter PublicPolicy
Thursday, 26 October 2017

Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government. We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.

Early this year, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter. This decision is restricted to these two entities based our internal investigation of their behavior as well as their inclusion in the January 2017 DNI report. This decision does not apply to any other advertisers. RT and Sputnik may remain organic users on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.

Twitter has also decided to take the $1.9 million we are projected to have earned from RT global advertising since they became an advertiser in 2011, which includes the $274,100 in 2016 U.S.-based advertising that we highlighted in our September 28 blog post, and donate those funds to support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation. We will have more details to share on this disbursement soon.

blog.twitter.com

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From: FUBHO10/27/2017 3:42:53 AM
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TWITTER Overstated Number of Users...


Twitter Overstated Number of Users for Three Years

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