Syrians go to polls in 1st local elections for 7 years of war

Syrians are electing their local councils during first municipal elections since the start of the lingering seven-year war. Polls have opened on Sunday shortly after an overnight airstrike hit Damascus airport. As many as 6,551 polling stations opened on Sunday morning with Syrians invited to vote for their representatives in local councils, state news agency […]

YouTube pulls Russian opposition ads ahead of elections

YouTube is no stranger to pulling videos based on their content, but now it also has to worry about when a video is available. The Google-owned service has removed ads from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny following officials’ claims that the videos would violate a campaign silence law by remaining available ahead of regional governor […]

US intelligence officials reportedly say sources in Russia have gone quiet ahead of the midterm elections

Spencer Platt/Getty Sources in the Kremlin and close to Russian President Vladimir Putin have gone silent recently, US intelligence officials told The New York Times on Friday. Officials don’t believe the sources have been compromised or killed, but rather have become more afraid of getting caught and taken out as Moscow ups the ante in […]

‘A crisis in our democracy’: Lawmakers warn fake news and targeted ads put elections at risk (FB)

Channel 4 News/YouTube British MPs said fake news, hypertargeted advertising, and manipulation are threatening democracy. Damian Collins MP called on the UK government to take urgent action and impose stricter regulation on tech firms to tackle the problem. Collins is chair of a UK committee which has been investigating the issue of fake news over […]

Imran Khan declares victory in Pakistan’s general elections

Cricket player-turned politician Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistani elections over the party of former PM Nawaz Sharif, jailed for corruption. The voting day was marred by violence and allegations of polls rigging. Khan has addressed the nation from his home in Islamabad, vowing to investigate all the complaints of rigged polls put forward […]

Facebook cracks down on right-wing group in Brazil ahead of elections, sparking outrage

Facebook has shut down an alleged network of almost 100 ‘fake accounts’ with conservative leanings in Brazil. The government there now wants explanations from the social network, amid a backlash over apparent election-meddling “As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent abuse and after rigorous research, we have removed a network of 196 Pages and […]

Twitter puts verification fixes on hold as elections loom

Twitter has spent the past several months trying to fix its verification mess, but it looks like you’ll have to wait a while longer for a solution. New product lead Kayvon Beykpour has announced that Twitter is putting its verification reform efforts on hold to focus on “information quality” in the run-up to the US […]