What would happen if Trump pardons Manafort?

Following Wednesday’s ruling that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort broke his plea deal by lying repeatedly to investigators, one obvious question has followed: what happens if President Donald Trump decides to pardon Manafort for his crimes? A presidential pardon seems like a plausible outcome for Manafort, who might … [Read More...]

White supremacist groups are using an IRS loophole to make millions

White supremacist organizations are facing new financial constraints, as payment processors, online stores, and fundraising sites increasingly bow to public pressure and prohibit these groups and individuals from making money off of their racist vitriol. For at least seven organizations, however, a workaround remains: registering as a tax-exempt charity. … [Read More...]

How did this fake Putin account fool Twitter for years?

Over the past 18 months, as foreign social media interference operations have dominated headlines, Twitter has been significantly more responsive and transparent than any other social media platform when it comes to these fake accounts. Unlike Facebook, Twitter has released the names and content of all of the fake Russian accounts … [Read More...]

In latest blow, Britain seizes internal Facebook documents

If you think Facebook’s PR crisis can’t get any worse, think again. This weekend, the Observer reported that British authorities had seized a cache of internal Facebook documents that purportedly contain “significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls.” The documents specifically point to … [Read More...]