Author: DONIE O'SULLIVAN

Twitter bans Alex Jones and InfoWars

Twitter banned far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars from its platform Thursday afternoon, a month after several of its Silicon Valley counterparts did so.

Senators blast Google for no-show on Capitol Hill

The Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on foreign use of social media to influence US politics took place Wednesday morning with two of the big tech companies that senators wanted to hear from present -- and one empty chair.

West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections

West Virginians serving overseas will be the first in the country to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone app, a move designed to make voting in November's election easier for troops living abroad. But election integrity and computer security experts expressed alarm at the prospect of voting by phone, and one went so far as to call it "a horrific idea."

DNC warns candidates: Don't use ZTE or Huawei phones

Democrats running in November's midterms were warned Friday not to use devices produced by Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei. The warning, which came from the Democratic National Committee, was sent out after the DNC learned that a Democratic organization was considering buying ZTE phones for its staff, a senior Democratic source told CNN.

Facebook, Twitter execs to face congressional grilling

Top executives from Facebook and Twitter will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in September to answer questions about their companies' role in "protecting elections from misinformation and disinformation," a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Some news outlets want exemption from Facebook's new ad rules

Facebook's plan to create an archive of ads about political issues that could include news articles "dangerously blurs the lines between real reporting and propaganda," a group representing some of the news industry said in a letter to the social media company on Friday.

The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake

For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.

Facebook issues new rules for Facebook Pages

Facebook announced Friday that it is introducing new rules for Facebook Pages — rules that, had they been in place earlier, could have stopped Russian trolls posing as Americans from wreaking havoc on the platform in the lead up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Scientist: Facebook is making him a scapegoat

The data scientist who Facebook branded a liar after he collected information on tens of millions of Americans for a company that would later go on to work for the 2016 Trump campaign says Facebook is making him a scapegoat to distract from bigger problems facing the company.