Check your DMs ... for Wikileaks [The Interface]

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Democracy: it's going down in the DMs! That's the takeaway in the day's biggest social media-and-gove
 

The Interface

November 13 · Issue #26 · View online
An evening newsletter about Facebook, social networks, and democracy.

Democracy: it’s going down in the DMs! That’s the takeaway in the day’s biggest social media-and-government story, in which The Atlantic finds that Wikileaks sent a bunch of direct messages on Twitter to Donald Trump Jr., and that sometimes he responded.
The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long—and largely one-sided—correspondence between Wikileaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show Wikileaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community believes was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. Wikileaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.
The big news here is that while Trump did not often respond to Wikileaks with words, he did what the organization suggested on more than one occasion. The most significant such occasion occurred on July 11, 2016, when Wikileaks suggested Trump give him the emails leading to his meeting with a Kremlin-linked prosecutor on the promise of receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Trump posted the emails to his Twitter account a few hours later. 
Anyway, today was a really fun time for me to remember that in 2013, Twitter almost killed off DMs entirely! Can you even imagine? 
Let’s read some links. 

Democracy
Russia's RT network says it complied with US order to register as foreign agent
A Judge Just Ruled The Government Can Access Facebook Accounts In Inauguration Rioting Case
'Way too little, way too late': Facebook's fact checkers say effort is failing
Facebook told the U.S. government that it’s open to new, limited political ad disclosure rules
Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created
Trump Campaign’s Digital Director Says He Didn’t Know Russian Bots Were on Twitter During the Election
How Twitter outrage hatches in tiny fringe groups on 4chan and Reddit
In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message Times
Elsewhere
Inside the fake Facebook profile industry
Launches
Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting
Reddit is testing new chat feature to replace private messages
Takes
No takes were published today. This newsletter is confident that takes will resume tomorrow.
And finally ...
At the end of the day, perhaps typography will be Trump’s downfall
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