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Nicholas Confessore, a political and investigative reporter for the Times, came in at the beginning for a couple of minutes before he was called away to meet with lawyers and editors, no doubt some kind of lawsuit looming in the foreground. It was exciting to see the life of a professional reporter in action.
Last month, a friend of the wealthy conservative donor Rebekah Mercer arrived at Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters. His task: Find out what — if anything — could repair relations between Facebook, the world's biggest social media company, and Cambridge Analytica, the voter-profiling firm ...

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has said that political data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested the public profile data of up to 87 million of its users, including their political beliefs, interests and friends' information. Now the social network has revealed that the extent of the harvesting went even ...
[NYT / Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore, and Carole Cadwalladr]; Since then, the number of users whose data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica has been revised to 87 million. [BBC]; But the news doesn't stop there. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Facebook admitted ...
13, 2013, story in The New York Times, written by Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick and entitled “Unease at Clinton Foundation over Finances and Ambitions.” Following Bill Clinton's vociferous public attempts to rebut criticisms expressed by Confessore and Chozick in an open letter dated Aug.
Palantir is co-funded by the Trump supporter and Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, and offers contracts to U.S. spy agencies and the Pentagon, Nicholas Confessore and Matthew Rosenberg report at the New York Times. Palantir admitted that one of its employees “engaged in a personal capacity” ...

The suggestion to build a personality quiz in order to gain the info Cambridge Analytica needed for psychological profiling came from an employee at Palantir Technologies, the secretive tech company co-founded by Peter Thiel, Nicholas Confessore and Matthew Rosenberg report for The New York Times.
Peter Thiel employee helped Cambridge Analytica before it harvested data. By Nicholas Confessore and Matthew Rosenberg. Published 21 Hours Ago Updated 18 Hours Ago The New York Times. Signs for company Cambridge Analytica in the lobby of the building in which they are based. Getty Images. Signs for company ...
[Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]; The problems for Facebook started when the New York Times and the UK Observer published reports this weekend revealing that Cambridge Analytica collected the data of tens of millions of users without their permission. [NYT / Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore, and ...
Word games: “Facebook officials today playing semantic—but legally very important to regulators—word games about a data 'breach,'” the Times's Nicholas Confessore, who worked on the story, tweeted “But who needs to steal passwords when Facebook will just give some dude access to your profile and ...
That framing, by reporters Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore, and Carole Cadwalladr, led many observers to refer to what happened as a “breach” and had lawmakers in both the U.S. and the U.K. rushing to call for hearings on why Facebook hadn't told its users that their information was being ...
According to the New York Times's Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim, Cambridge Analytica convinced Parscale to “try out the firm.” The decision was encouraged by Trump's campaign manager at the time, Steve Bannon, who was also a former vice president of Cambridge Analytica. We don't know ...
When Hilary Mason, a data scientist and entrepreneur, discovered that dozens of automated “bot” accounts had sprung up to impersonate her on Twitter, she immediately set out to stop them. She filed dozens of complaints with Twitter, repeatedly submitting copies of her driver's license to prove her identity.
In fact, as the courts have steadily raised the amount an individual can contribute, megadonors have become all the more influential, a process my colleagues Nicholas Confessore, Sarah Cohen and Karen Yourish have documented in detail. The accompanying chart shows that the share of contributions ...
“If Kelly is fired, it could be a 6- or 7- or 9- or 10-day story, as well,” chimed in Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times. Not eight? The timeline of who-knew-what-and-when is important, and White House reporters did a terrific job trying to get answers from Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Monday's press ...
More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers. The people losing ...
The real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post Malone. When she goes on Facebook or Twitter, she sometimes muses about being bored or trades jokes with friends. Occasionally, like many teenagers, she posts a duck-face selfie.

The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, on Saturday opened an investigation into a company that sold millions of fake followers on social media platforms, some of them copying real users' personal information. The company, Devumi, and its sale of automated followers to a swath of ...
YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night. All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ...
On this week's episode: In President Trump's Washington, a new wave of lobbyists have the relationships and political capital to get things done. Robert Stryk is one such lobbyist. When Mr. Trump won the election, Mr. Stryk saw an opportunity for expansion and took it. Nicholas Confessore, a political ...
As for so many other people, election night did not pan out quite the way Robert Stryk expected. Stryk began the night slumped in a Morton's steakhouse in downtown Washington, tuning out the guests at his watch party to type out the campaign announcement of a buddy who — in the wake of Donald J.
Related: The data firm also wanted to create its own virtual currency and raise cash through an initial coin offering, Nathaniel Popper and Nicholas Confessore report for The New York Times. Russia has blocked 1.8 million IP addresses associated with Amazon and Google cloud services in an attempt to ...
Good Tuesday. Here's what we're watching: • Morgan Stanley reported a 42 percent jump in first-quarter profit. • The will-he-or-won't-he Trump trade policy. • Will Google become the next target of privacy inquiries? Want this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here.
An auditing firm responsible for monitoring Facebook for federal regulators told them last year that the company had sufficient privacy protections in place, even after the social media giant lost control of a huge trove of user data that was improperly obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge ...
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions: Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore and Carole Cadwalladr of the New York Times write: As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem.
Matthew Rosenberg, Nicholas Confessore and Carole Cadwalladr report at the New York Times. Cambridge Analytica began harvesting the data in early 2014 and Facebook knew of their activities by late 2015, according to Wylie and documents seen by the Observer, which reveals the scale of the ...
(After this story was published, Facebook came under harsh criticism from lawmakers in the United States and Britain. Read the latest.) LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem. The firm had ...
As a start-up called Cambridge Analytica sought to harvest the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans in summer 2014, the company received help from at least one employee at Palantir Technologies, a top Silicon Valley contractor to American spy agencies and the Pentagon. It was a Palantir ...
You call and text in with your feelings on the significance of the State of the Union. Mark Carman tells John about the scene on Radio Row in Minnesota's Mall of America, as he prepares for a long week in Super Bowl LII media. Finally, New York Times Political Correspondent Nicholas Confessore explains ...
The follower factory: Inside social media's black market. By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, GABRIEL J X DANCE, RICHARD HARRIS & MARK HANSEN. The building that the Florida-based company Devumi listed as its address, in Manhattan. Photo: The New York Times. Published27 January, 2018.
The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, on Saturday opened an investigation into a company that sold millions of fake followers on social media platforms, some of them copying real users' personal information. The company, Devumi, and its sale of automated followers to a swath of ...
As President Trump faced a barrage of criticism last summer over the former Wall Street executives and other ultra-wealthy people serving in his administration, he offered a characteristic rationale: The appointees, he suggested, were too rich to have financial conflicts of interest. “They're representing the ...
WASHINGTON — In February 2016, after decades of lucrative paydays from foreign clients, Paul Manafort found himself at an inflection point. He was starting to give up hope of collecting millions of dollars owed to him by a Russian-aligned Ukrainian political party, and was straining to help his son-in-law ...
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday that he had rebuffed a request for help last year from the head of a data firm that worked for Donald J. Trump and is now facing congressional scrutiny. On Twitter, Mr. Assange said he had been approached before the 2016 election by Alexander ...
SAN FRANCISCO — When the state-backed Russian news channel RT became the first news organization to surpass one billion views on YouTube in 2013, it marked the achievement with a retrospective of its most popular videos and a special guest — one of the Google-owned site's senior executives.
On this week's episode: In President Trump's Washington, a new wave of lobbyists have the relationships and political capital to get things done. Robert Stryk is one such lobbyist. When Mr. Trump won the election, Mr. Stryk saw an opportunity for expansion and took it. Nicholas Confessore, a political ...
RE: LOBBYISTS. Nicholas Confessore wrote about Washington lobbyists in the age of Trump. “After decades of cutting its own staff and research arms, much of Capitol Hill's institutional memory and policy expertise now resides in the lobbying industry.” This is the most important sentence in the article.
As for so many other people, election night did not pan out quite the way Robert Stryk expected. Stryk began the night slumped in a Morton's steakhouse in downtown Washington, tuning out the guests at his watch party to type out the campaign announcement of a buddy who — in the wake of Donald J.
But it was the New York Times' Nicholas Confessore who brought the most colorful analysis, saying that Trump was not utilizing the full compliment of tools in the presidential toolbox, and sounded more like “a guy in a bar complaining abut his ex-wife.” “He's president and he's not running a reality show,” ...
WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In the summer of 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic ...
Standing before political and business leaders in New York last fall, Alexander Nix promised a revolution. Many companies compete in the market for political microtargeting, using huge data sets and sophisticated software to identify and persuade voters. But Mr. Nix's little-known firm, Cambridge Analytica, ...
On any given weekend, you might catch President Trump's son-in-law and top Mideast dealmaker, Jared Kushner, by the beachside soft-serve ice cream machine, or his reclusive chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, on the dining patio. If you are lucky, the president himself could stop by your table for a ...
This weekend the New York Times released an investigative piece on the dark world of buying followers and bots for social media fame and recognition. Since the report has been released, the fallout has been significant. Nicholas Confessore, reporter at the New York Times, joins Cheddar to talk about his ...
More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers. The people losing ...
President Trump has surrounded himself with members of the superrich whose vast holdings have raised questions about transparency or ...
Robert Mercer of the Renaissance Technologies hedge fund in Washington in March. Credit Oliver Contreras/for The Washington Post, via ...
President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been charged with tax fraud and money laundering. But this isn't Mr.
Twitter said on Thursday that it would ban RT and Sputnik, the two Kremlin-backed international news outlets, from advertising on its platform, ...
Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nicholas Confessore report for The New York Times on how YouTube fed the growth of the Russian news channel ...
Russia's Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped. By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE OCT.


 

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