10:15 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020
- By Jon Swartz
Facebook says it took down small network of fake Russian accountsFacebook Inc. on Tuesday said it removed a small network of fake accounts linked to Russian operatives that attempted to recruit journalists to write articles on topics such as the Biden-Harris campaign and racial justice. The network of 13 fake accounts and two pages with 14,000 followers was in its formative stages, said Facebook, which was tipped off by the FBI. Facebook said the operations were tied to the Russian Internet Research Agency or individuals affiliated with it. Facebook said the takedown is part of a concentrated effort to remove disinformation from its social-media platforms in the months leading to the Nov. 3 elections.
1:25 p.m. June 24, 2020
- By Wallace Witkowski
Dell, VMware stocks rally as resolution to ownership ‘soap opera’ gets a new teaser trailer Analysts argue that Dell’s 81% stake acts as overhang to VMware stockShares of Dell Technologies Inc. and VMware Inc. stand out like tiny green islands in a sea of red Wednesday as analysts chime in on the seemingly neverending ownership “soap opera” between the two companies following a report that a strategic shakeup was in the works.
1:18 p.m. June 11, 2020
- By Jon Swartz
Twitter removes 174,000 Chinese government-linked accounts it says were propagandistTwitter Inc. on Thursday says it removed 174,000 accounts it concluded were fake and operated by the Chinese government to spread propaganda on topics ranging from its handling of the coronavirus pandemic to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The accounts, removed during the first three months of the year, were intended to highlight the government's point of view on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter said on Thursday. Many of the tweets were in Chinese. Shares of Twitter, which has also issued fact checks on the tweets of President Donald Trump, are up 3% this year. The broader S&P 500 index is down 7% in 2020.