Brandy Zadrozny
Brandy Zadrozny
Reporter at NBCNews — Internet, Platforms, Politics. I used to be a librarian. DMs open / Signal 5512470630 / Brandy.Zadrozny@nbcuni.comSource
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Twitter launches 'Birdwatch,' a forum to combat misinformation — with your help

Twitter launches 'Birdwatch,' a forum to combat misinformation — with your help

Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets. The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users, largely on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will not be provided to high-profile people or traditional fact-checkers, but users will have to use an...

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Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times

Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times

By the numbers, there is no bigger advocate of President Donald Trump on Facebook than The Epoch Times. The small New York-based nonprofit news outlet has spent more than $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months, according to data from Facebook’s advertising archive — more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself, and more than most Democratic presidential candidates have spent on their own campaigns. Those video ads — in which unidentified spokespeople thumb through a newspaper to praise Trump, peddle conspiracy theories about the...

August 30, 2019
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Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman referred to 'Might is Right' manifesto before shooting

Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman referred to 'Might is Right' manifesto before shooting

GILROY, Calif. — The gunman who killed three people and wounded a dozen more at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California was an angry 19-year-old who had recently waded into the world of white supremacy. Santino William Legan, who was shot dead by police Sunday before he could do more damage, posted online about an 1890 racist manifesto, “Might is Right or The Survival of the Fittest,” NBC News confirmed. “Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard,” Legan posted on his Instagram page. He then used a slurs against mixed-race people and misogynistic descriptions of white Silicon...

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July 29, 2019
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'White Lives Matter' rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up

'White Lives Matter' rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 11, 2021, 10:03 PM UTCUpdated April 11, 2021, 11:27 PM UTCBy Brandy ZadroznyIn semi-private, encrypted chats, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists planned rallies in dozens of cities Sunday to promote their racist movements and spread their ideologies to larger audiences. Hyped by organizers as events that would make “the whole world tremble,” the rallies ran into a major problem: Hardly anyone showed up. The “White Lives Matter” rallies, the first major real-world organizing efforts by white...

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Facebook Bans Ads From The Epoch Times After Huge Pro-Trump Buy

Facebook Bans Ads From The Epoch Times After Huge Pro-Trump Buy

Facebook has banned The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet that spent more money on pro-Trump Facebook advertisements than any group other than the Trump campaign, from any future advertising on the platform.The decision follows an NBC News report that The Epoch Times had shifted its spending on Facebook in the last month, seemingly in an effort to obfuscate its connection to some $2 million worth of ads that promoted the president and conspiracy theories about his political enemies."Over the past year we removed accounts associated with the Epoch Times for violating our ad policies,...

August 23, 2019
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Twitter launches 'Birdwatch,' a forum to combat misinformation — with your help

Twitter launches 'Birdwatch,' a forum to combat misinformation — with your help

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 25, 2021, 5:56 PM UTCBy Ben Collins and Brandy ZadroznyTwitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets.The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users, largely on a...

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In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void

In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 5, 2021, 11:02 AM UTCUpdated April 5, 2021, 9:18 PM UTCBy Brandy ZadroznyThe day after Thanksgiving 2019, residents of Chippewa Township, Pennsylvania, watched from their windows as state and local police combed through their backyards looking for Kyle Michael Jones. Jones, 26, had a long rap sheet for offenses like reckless driving and disorderly conduct. He had responded to an officer's attempted traffic stop by jumping out of his car and making a run for it. Information about Jones wouldn't be...

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Gab, a social platform favored by the far right, says it was hacked

Gab, a social platform favored by the far right, says it was hacked

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