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  • Disinformation campaign targeting Roy Moore’s Senate bid may have violated law, Alabama AG says

    12/27/2018 2:17:25 PM PST · by ptsal · 52 replies
    AL.com (Alabama) ^ | 27 Dec 2108 | Craig Timberg and Tony Romm
    Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that his office is exploring whether disinformation tactics deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last year's special election violated state campaign laws and said he was worried that the operation could have affected the closely fought Senate race. "The information is concerning," Marshall, a Republican, said in a phone interview. "The impact it had on the election is something that's significant for us to explore, and we'll go from there." Moore lost the election to his Democratic rival, Sen. Doug Jones. Marshall, who said he learned of the disinformation campaign called Project Birmingham...
  • Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologizes for funding a group tied to disinformation...

    12/26/2018 6:41:35 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    WP ^ | 12/26/18 | Tony Romm , Craig Timberg, Aaron C. Davis
    Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized on Wednesday for funding a group linked to a “highly disturbing” effort that spread disinformation during last year’s Alabama special election for U.S. Senate, but said he was not aware that his money was being used for this purpose. Hoffman’s statement is his first acknowledgement of his ties to a campaign that adopted tactics similar to those deployed by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election. In Alabama, the Hoffman-funded group allegedly used Facebook and Twitter to undermine support for Republican Roy Moore and boost Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly won the race. Hoffman, the...