While the popular narrative blames Clinton's 2016 electoral loss on (Russian) bots, they actually helped her chances, according to a new study finding pro-Clinton bots were more effective at influencing voters than pro-Trump ones. While there were almost twice as many pro-Trump bots in operation before the 2016 election, the pro-Clinton bots were much more likely to change people's political opinions because they were much more active, MIT researcher Tauhid Zaman discovered. Zaman analyzed 2.3 million tweets referencing the second presidential debate and found less than one percent of the accounts involved were bots. He measured the real users' opinions using two models – one based on their tweets and one on their network of connections – and then remeasured without the inclusion of the bots in the networks. To his surprise (he's a registered Democrat, according to a disclosure statement that accompanied the study) the average level of support for Clinton dropped from 58 … [Read more...] about Clinton bots more talkative & influential than Trump bots around 2016 debates, study finds
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(CNN)Here's a look at hacking incidents during the 2016 presidential campaign and Russian meddling in the election. For details about investigations into hacking and efforts to interfere with the election, see 2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts. Timeline:September 2015 - The FBI contacts the Democratic National Committee's help desk, cautioning the IT department that at least one computer has been compromised by Russian hackers. A technician scans the system and does not find anything suspicious. November 2015 - The FBI reaches out to the DNC again, warning them that one of their computers is transmitting information back to Russia. DNC management later says that IT technicians failed to pass along the message that the system had been breached. March 19, 2016 - Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta receives a phishing email masked as an alert from Google that another user had tried to access his account. It contains a link to a page where Podesta can change his … [Read more...] about 2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts
President Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, has said she doesn't think he should run for re-election in 2020. Ivana, age 69, told The New York Post on Wednesday, 'I don't think its necessary,' while being interviewed in her Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan. 'Donald is going to be 74, 73 for the next [election] and maybe he should just go and play golf and enjoy his fortune,' she said, in a candid interview quoted by Page Six. The president's famous first ex-wife talked openly about her close relationship with 'The Donald,' as she calls him, and more, as she makes the rounds to promote her book, Raising Trump, which will be released in paperback less than two weeks. Scroll down for video President Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana Trump, has said she doesn't think he should run for re-election in 2020; She is seen here at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala on January 27 in New York City 'We speak every month,' said the mother of Eric, 34, … [Read more...] about Ivana says Trump ‘should just go and play golf’ rather than run again
Despite President Tayyip Erdoğan’s persistent rhetoric about elections being held “on time,” meaning November 2019, his main political ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on April 17 suggested holding early elections. Speaking at his weekly parliamentary group meeting, Bahçeli said “the nation cannot wait” until Nov. 3, 2019 for the polls and the best time would be Aug. 26 this year. His reasoning was so that they could shift as soon as possible to the executive presidential system, which was narrowly approved through a referendum last year. This suggests that Bahçeli wants a new parliament as soon as possible, formed through an election alliance with Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti), amid opinion polls showing the alliance barely reaching 50 percent. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) instantly welcomed the challenge in a “let’s see if you … [Read more...] about Why has Turkey started debating an early election?
Whatever has been happening in Turkey and whatever Turkey has been undertaking in the regional and international arenas are more or less related to the upcoming presidential elections. When will the next elections be held? August or September of next year? Or November of this year, as being speculated nowadays? That appears to be an important yet irrelevant issue. The 2019 — or perhaps 2018 — presidential elections will be first of its kind in Turkey and is definitely going to take the country to a totally different spectrum than what it used to be up until the July 15, 2016 attempted coup, or even before President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ascended to the highest public post of the country. It is a matter of debate whether after the presidential elections Turkey will become a country ruled with a presidential regime or slide toward authoritarian rule, as the opposition claims. As one political analyst joked discreetly, most probably those unhappy with the emergency rule … [Read more...] about Presidential debut