Latest from Isaac Stanley-Becker
Federal and state officials said they have fortified election systems since 2016, when Russian hackers scanned election-related websites and software across the country for vulnerabilities.
  • Oct 24, 2020
In Utah, which has voted by mail for years, officials were busy responding to outlandish claims traceable to right-wing pundits and the president’s Twitter feed.
  • Oct 24, 2020
President Trump and Joe Biden are squaring off in the final debate, on covid-19, race, national security and more. Follow live updates and fact-checking.
  • Oct 23, 2020
The emails claimed to be from the Proud Boys, a far-right group supportive of President Trump, but appeared instead to be a deceptive campaign making use of a vulnerability in the organization’s online network.
  • Oct 22, 2020
YouTube announced a broad crackdown on the conspiracy theory just weeks before the presidential election. Facebook and Twitter took stronger action this summer.
  • Oct 15, 2020
The speed with which the accounts gained followers shows how far false messages can spread before Twitter can block them.
  • Oct 13, 2020
From the RNC chairwoman to the labor secretary, the process of notifying potential contacts and providing safety guidance has been delayed and scattershot.
  • Oct 8, 2020
Online declarations, brimming with hatred and potentially violent intent, have become staples of extremism-fueled crime, from police killings to synagogue massacres to bombing plots. Before they become real, these plots percolate online, courtesy of a social media ecosystem that’s ubiquitous, barely moderated and well suited to helping aggrieved people find each other.
  • Oct 8, 2020
The firm, Rally Forge, was “working on behalf of Turning Point USA,” Facebook concluded, stopping short of penalizing the tax-exempt nonprofit.
  • Oct 8, 2020
The move significantly expands an enforcement action in August that targeted more than 3,000 pages and groups but stopped short of a full ban. But the content morphed almost instantaneously, prompting Tuesday’s more sweeping action, the company said in an unsigned blog post.
  • Oct 6, 2020