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Democrats Created Fake Russian Twitter Bots to Influence Election

The New York Times reported that Democrats created fake Russian Twitter bots in a disinformation campaign, also known as fake news, in order to influence voters to influence the Senate election in Alabama.

The campaign was reportedly funded by liberal billionaire Reid Hoffman and included the creation of more than a thousand Russian-language accounts that followed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s Twitter account. This was picked up by major media outlets in order to fool the public into thinking the Russians supported Moore.

Robert Siciliano, security expert and CEO of Safr.me, recently discussed the Democrat’s Russian disinformation campaign on Fox Business:

Democrats Created Fake Russian Twitter Profiles

What it seems like is a number of Twitter profiles were created looking like they were of Russian descent and they were following Roy Moore. Some in the media picked it up at the time. I believe it was USA Today and The Alabamian. They pointed it out and it made news designed to make Roy Moore look bad.

It seems with the political climate that we are in right now that any relation with Russia is a bad one and if you are supported by the Russians you must be bad as well.

Disinformation Campaign Via Fake Russian Twitter Bots

Creating a Twitter bot is not too difficult to do. Anyone with a computer can make it happen. You can do a quick Google search of ‘how to create a Twitter bot’ and anyone can engage in that process.

This methodology of thwarting a potential election can and will be used again in the future simply as a disinformation campaign. The disinformation that social media allows makes it very easy for this type of information to soil someone’s reputation.

There is an All-Out Assault Online Today

There is an all-out assault online today. Anyone connected to the web and with a presence needs to monitor their online reputation and how it’s being manipulated in a number of different ways.

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The Twitter Election Comes to a Close

Twitter says that people in the U.S. sent 1 billion Tweets about the election since the primary debates began in August of last year. That’s a lot of tweets!

Donald Trump, who has over 13 million Twitter followers and Hillary Clinton, who has 10.2 million followers have both used Twitter to attack each other and to motivate their base. Trump in particular has been prolific on Twitter, usually tweeting 5-15 times per day.

Trump, just yesterday in Pennsylvania, told a huge crowd attending his rally, that many of his events are only scheduled the day before, and he simply sends out a tweet and thousands show up. The power of Twitter in politics this year has been phenomenal.

Clinton has also used Twitter effectively and has the most retweeted tweet between the two candidates:

Of course, tweets can be both good and bad. Here are graphs that Twitter put out showing the number of tweets over the course of the campaign:

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SearchCap: Google images, mobile shopping & election hub

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Election Day should be a holiday

I’m looking at this list of federal holidays, and you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking fuck Columbus Day. Who the hell cares about Columbus Day except for mattress stores?

Instead, let’s scratch Columbus Day and make Election Day a national holiday. Turnout on Election Day was only 36.6 percent in 2014, according to Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. If we made Election Day a holiday, it would be easier for people to vote. People would actually start to look forward to Election Day, too. By the way, you know you else would like to make Election Day a holiday? Senator Bernie Sanders. I like that guy.

If push comes to shove, I’d be willing to keep Columbus Day as a holiday and just add a new holiday. But really, do you remember what you did on Columbus Day a month ago? No? Me neither.

I’m thinking we can make Election Day a pretty fun holiday. Vote in the morning, BBQ in the afternoon, and drink or set off fireworks in the evening. That’s a holiday that a lot of people could get behind.

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SearchCap: Google Maps Redesign, US Election Searching & AdWords Reports

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Redesigns Maps, Adds OpenTable Reservations, Uber Estimates Google continues to evolve its Maps for mobile. It has gone well beyond the rudimentary local…



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Election Day 2014: Google Doodle Finds Your Voting Location

In order to help searchers find their proper voting location, Google Doodle has made it as easy as apple pie.
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Want Scotland Election Results? Don’t Bother Asking Google Or Bing

It’s not often you have a vote that might create a new, independent nation. But that’s what’s happening today with Scotland. It’s such a big event that you’d think Google and Bing would be doing something special to provide election results. That’s not the case….



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Here’s What Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Thinks About Last Night’s Election

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg broke up the boys club back in June by becoming the first female member of Facebook’s Board of Directors. Before her induction, the Board was comprised of seven men including Mark Zuckerberg, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Sandberg’s appointment to the Board was very timely, considering Facebook was on the receiving end of a couple of campaigns from women’s groups who wanted them to diversify the all-male Board.

In a Facebook post earlier today, Sandberg focused on the gains made by women during last night’s elections. By all accounts, female candidates had a good night picking up seats and making the new Congress the most female-heavy in history. New Hampshire, in fact, will send a women-only delegation to Washington as both Senators and both Representatives come from the fairer sex.

In the post, Sandberg congratulated the winners and called it a “great step forward for women.” Here’s the full update:

While much of the attention is focused on President Obama’s victory, it is worth noting that this election was a great step forward for women.

The 113th Congress will have at least 19 female senators, the most ever in U.S. history! Congratulations to Senators Maria Cantwell, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow on returning to the Senate and Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate, Tammy Baldwin, Mazie Hirono, and Elizabeth Warren on winning competitive races and joining the Senate (Heidi Heitkamp’s race in North Dakota is still too close to call but could mean a net gain of 5 seats for women). In the US House of Representatives, a record number of women were on the ballot last night and at least 16 women will join the incoming freshman class. And women made gains on the state and local level as well.

Congratulations to all of them – and to the American public!

Sandberg has never been shy about her progressive views. Earlier this year, she recorded a message for the GLAAD media awards that talked about Facebook’s commitment to being an ally for the LGBT community. At that ceremony, Facebook became the first social media company to receive a GLAAD award.


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Starbucks, the Election, and Some Sex Marriage

Twitter is a wonderful place for one-liners. To be funny on the site, you’ve got to be sharp and practice economy of language. You’ve only got 140 characters to make an impression.

And what better way to wind-down the work day than with a selection of some of the day’s most entertaining tweets.

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Foursquare Unveils New Voting App for Election Day

Today, Foursquare unveiled the new “I Voted” app. Powered by the Google Civic Information API, the app will give you everything you need to know to make you a good citizen and informed voter.

Well, maybe not a truly informed voter – Foursquare isn’t run by magicians. But it will give you some basic info on where to be, what you’ll need, and what your choices are on November 6th.

“Connect the ‘I Voted’ app to your Foursquare account today. You’ll be able to find your polling station and learn about the candidates and propositions that will be on your ballot ahead of time,” says Foursquare. It will also provide you with voter ID requirements in whatever state you’re voting in.

Foursquare says that the voting initiative is a combined effort with Engage, the Voting Information Project, Pew, and the New Organizing Institute.

If information wasn’t enough of an incentive to connect the “I Voted” app, they’re also offering a special election day badge for anyone who includes the #ivoted hashtag inside their check-in and the polling location.

One of the more interesting parts about the announcement is the unveiling of election.foursquare.com. As of now, it’s just a gateway to the “I Voted” app. But the company tells users to check back on election day to “see America voting in real time.” There’s also a map on the page, so I’m assuming we’re going to get to see voters checking in at their polling places all across the country. Pretty cool.

A few days ago, Google launched their own voter information tool.


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