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Wren ElhaiDARPA trying to build advanced systems to detect fake news stories, images, videos. Seems more fruitful to look at the social graph (patterns of connections, shares, likes) to detect coordinated influence campaigns...but maybe they're doing that too?
Wren Elhai.@Apple VP introduces a feature that promises to allow sign-in across the web (without being tracked for ad targeting), "surprised by the audience response to this, which was a round of very enthusiastic screams."
Terrorism has gone viral. But the world can’t figure out what to do about staunching the flow of this content online.
Wren Elhai"The Christchurch call is an understandable response to tragic events. But it is more likely to strengthen the hand of the censors than mute the voices of the terrorists." @pressfreedom's @courtneyr
Social media needs reform. No one should be able to broadcast mass murder.
Wren Elhai"New Zealand will present a call to action in the name of Christchurch...to prevent the posting of terrorist content online, to ensure its efficient and fast removal & to prevent...live-streaming...terrorist attacks." @jacindaardern in @nytimes