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Edward Snowden: Falling For Facebook Fake News Is A ‘Sad Indictment Of Our Democracy’

Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden is weighing in on the impact of fake news on the 2016 election.

The former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the agency was spying on U.S. citizens was interviewed Tuesday for Fusion’s Real Future Fair via video call. He discussed the influence companies like Facebook and Google can have on people, particularly in the wake of reports claiming fake news may have swayed voters in the presidential election.

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How Pro-Trump Twitter Bots Spread Fake News

Pro Trump twitter botsPresident-elect Donald Trump has credited the strength of his political movement, in part, to his immense reach on social-media platforms.

And it’s true, he does have a ton of followers on Facebook and Twitter. But not all of those followers are human. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, automated networks of social-media bots spread erroneous information to potential voters—often to the benefit of Trump.

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Twitter suspends alt-right accounts

Twitter suspends alt right accountsTwitter suspended high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech.

Among those suspended was Richard Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank and had a verified account on Twitter.

The alt-right, a loosely organized group that espouses white nationalism, emerged as a counterpoint to mainstream conservatism and has flourished online. Spencer has said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews removed from the U.S.

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Breitbart News planning lawsuit against 'major media company'

Breitbart to sue major news mediaBreitbart News is preparing a lawsuit against a "major media company" over claims that it is a white nationalist website, it said in an exclusive statement to The Hill.

The website has been under intense scrutiny since President-elect Donald Trump named Stephen Bannon as a senior White House counselor and strategist. Bannon is the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, and the site has become associated with the “alt-right” movement that helped propel Trump’s candidacy.

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Breaking tradition, Trump doesn’t permit journalists to cover his first meeting with Obama

Trump ignores press poolPresident-elect Donald Trump on Thursday refused to let a group of journalists travel with him to cover his historic first meeting with President Barack Obama, breaking a long-standing practice intended to ensure the public has a watchful eye on the nation’s leader.

Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without that “pool” of reporters, photographers and television cameras that have traveled with presidents and presidents-elect.

Trump’s flouting of press access was one of his first public decisions since his election Tuesday.

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Breitbart and Infowars Become President Trump’s New Media Establishment

Info Wars fringe founder Alex JonesAs President-elect Donald J. Trump might say, something’s going on in the media-political complex, and we’ve got to figure out what the hell it is.

Trump’s shocking ascendancy as the 45th president of the United States has reduced conventional wisdom and time-honored political norms to smoking rubble, but it is also likely to threaten, if not topple, the previously unchallenged primacy of the mainstream media.

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Fox News anchor apologizes for false report of 'likely' Clinton indictment

Bet BaierFox News anchor Bret Baier apologized on air Friday for his report that Hillary Clinton faces a "likely" indictment as the result of a  federal investigation into the Clinton Foundation and for his report that Clinton's private email server had been hacked by five foreign intelligence agencies.

Both of Baier's mistaken reports were made Wednesday night in an appearance with Fox News Channel's Brit Hume. At the time, Baier said the information was based on "two separate sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations into the Clinton emails and the Clinton Foundation."

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