Elizabeth Dwoskin

Facebook’s former security chief warns of tech’s ‘negative impacts’ — and has a plan to help solve them

For two years, Alex Stamos was the Facebook executive tasked with defending the company’s systems against Russian interference and other critical threats.

Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit

Facebook said that it has purged more than 800 US publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically oriented content that violated the company’s spam policies, a move that could reignite accusations of political censorship.

Mainstream advertising is still showing up on polarizing and misleading sites — despite efforts to stop it

Online advertising systems regularly put mainstream ads alongside content from the political fringes — and dollars in the pockets of those producing polarizing and politically charged headlines. This mismatch of online content and ads, which digit

Tech firms step up to confront online threats. But some ask, what about the White House?

Technology giants increasingly are casting themselves as defenders of online integrity as American democracy, yet again, comes under attack.

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1

Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1.

Several groups banned by Facebook had strong similarities to Twitter accounts linked to Russia six weeks ago

At least three groups that Facebook banned recently for spreading disinformation shared similar names and traits with Twitter accounts that had been linked publicly to Russia earlier this year, underscoring the challenges of swiftly shutting down

Strategists raise alarms about Facebook delays in approving Hispanic political ads

Political strategists say recent moves by Facebook to secure its powerful advertising engine are hampering their ability to communicate with Hispanics and Spanish-speaking audiences ahead of the midterm elections.

The moment when Facebook’s removal of alleged Russian disinformation became a free speech issue

Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed an event listing that it said was part of a new disinformation campaign with ties to Russia.Facebook said it had to a

Facebook gets license for office in China after being locked out of the country for years

Facebook has obtained a license to set up an office in China — a first for the social media giant, which has been shut out of China's lucrative market for years despite many attempts to break in.

Federal investigators broaden focus on Facebook’s role in sharing data with Cambridge Analytica, examining statements of tech giant

Apparently, a federal investigation into Facebook’s sharing of data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has broadened to focus on the actions and statements of the tech giant and involves three agencies, including the Securities and Exc