Latest from Elizabeth Dwoskin
Twitter issued a stunning reversal of its policies on Thursday, changing a rule that resulted in blocking a controversial New York Post story about the alleged emails of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son.
  • Oct 16, 2020
YouTube announced a broad crackdown on the conspiracy theory just weeks before the presidential election. Facebook and Twitter took stronger action this summer.
  • Oct 15, 2020
Twitter and Facebook took unusual steps to limit spread of a story about Biden’s son’s emails on Wednesday, prompting an outcry from President Trump and the right.
  • Oct 15, 2020
Three years ago, the Facebook chief executive stridently defended the rights of Holocaust deniers to publish their thoughts on Facebook’s platform, saying Facebook wasn’t in the business of removing content just because it's factually wrong. The reversal of that stance on Monday is a striking reminder of how Facebook is belatedly caving to criticism that the company has not done enough to prevent hate from spreading on its platform and has been slow to acknowledge the connections between misleading information, strategic disinformation and violent acts.
  • Oct 12, 2020
Researchers monitoring Twitter several days after Trump announced his diagnosis noticed a startling spike in hateful sentiments against both China and Asian-Americans, as well as the recycling of other conspiracies.
  • Oct 9, 2020
Twitter will impose new warnings on political lies, restrict premature declarations of victory and block calls for polling violence or other disruptions, the company announced Friday as it rolled out a wide-ranging package of revisions designed to harden the platform against abuse related to the U.S. election.
  • Oct 9, 2020
Facebook said it plans to temporarily suspend all political and issue-based advertising after polls close on Election Day, a move the company said was intended to limit confusion, misinformation and abuse of its services in the days after the presidential election.
  • Oct 7, 2020
QAnon posts began threatening violence in 2018. But it would be 2020 before Facebook and Twitter would make major moves to curb QAnon’s presence on their platforms, allowing it to become the major presence it is today.
  • Oct 3, 2020
Twitter’s plans to work from home indefinitely have prompted a wave of copycats. But its transformation has been two years in the making — and the rest of America can learn some lessons.
  • Oct 1, 2020
Misleading information on TikTok videos and Trump ads on Facebook got more than 700,000 views and clicks in the day after the first presidential debate.
  • Sep 30, 2020