India's BJP Is Reportedly Using Data From a State-Funded Free Phone Program to Hit Up Voters

India’s right-wing, arch-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is using government-subsidized cell phones that have been handed out to millions of people as a campaign tool, the New York Times reported on Sunday, with the BJP using a $79 million free-phone program in the state of Chhattisgarh to appeal directly to…

Twitter: We Might Have Some Time for a Vague Discussion on the President's Voter Fraud Lies Next Year

Twitter is never, ever going to ban or otherwise take direct action against the president, who besides being the site’s number one power user has in the past skirted uncomfortably close to using it as ground zero for nuclear war. The logic goes that as the president, Trump’s tweets are inherently newsworthy—a sensible…

Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been one hell of a week. From the 2018 midterms—in which races in Florida, Arizona, and Georgia are still being contested—to raging wildfires in California that are wiping entire communities off the map and continuing to rage, the news cycle has verged on impossible for any one person to process in its entirety.

Facebook Election News Dump: We Banned Some More Stuff, Though What Kind of Stuff Is Unclear

Facebook, whose handling of the nation’s last major election has become a sprawling, headache-inducing public relations nightmare, has been eagerly touting how much better it plans to do in the future. (Have you heard of its very important and definitely super effective electoral War Room?) Late on Monday, the eve of…

Report: Georgia Officials Are Patching Election Security Holes After Insisting Everything Was Just Fine

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has refused to recuse his position as the state’s top election monitor as he runs for governor on the Republican ticket, is running a desperate race against his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams. Georgia is a Republican stronghold and hasn’t had a Democratic governor since…

The Startup That's Trying to Make It Easier to Figure Out What the Hell You're Actually Voting On

If you think things are messed up right now, you’re not alone: For years, polls have shown that trust in U.S. political institutions is either at rock-bottom levels or damn near close to it. And while elections are supposed to be the way Americans can push through actual, sustainable change, a lagging voting…

How Robocall Spam and Cheap Tech Are Screwing With Political Polls

If you’re lucky, you’ll only receive a few spam calls this week. Billions of robocalls are made to cell phones and landlines every month. Many of these are spoofed to look like they’re coming from the target recipient’s area. So it’s no surprise we have collective trust issues preventing us from answering our phone…

Hey, How'd That Facebook 'War Room' Fare During Brazil's Election Season? Oh.

Facebook, the scandal-mired social media giant that has faced enormous criticism for its role in the spread of online propaganda and fake news across the globe, has a War Room it wants everyone to know is tackling that issue head-on. Earlier this month, it touted the War Room’s efforts to clean up a torrent of hoaxes…

Why a Democratic Candidate Opposing Offshore Drilling Is Getting Republican Support in Trump Country

In his third ad of this year’s midterm elections, a wetsuit-clad Joe Cunningham bobs off the South Carolina coast. Treading water, the ocean engineer-turned Democratic candidate for Congress explains that he’s always opposed offshore drilling and that if elected, he’ll “make sure we never do” drill along South…

Ecuador Tried to Get Julian Assange Out of Their Embassy By Making Him a Diplomat to Russia

The government of Ecuador, whose embassy in London has served as a refuge from UK authorities for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange since 2012, has been growing weary of their guest for quite some time. According to a Friday report from Reuters, it even went so far as to try and name him to a diplomatic position in…

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