Situational awareness: Prosecutors described Paul Manafort as a "shrewd" liar in the opening statements for his trial today. Manafort's lawyers, for their part, placed much of the blame on Rick Gates. We'll have live updates at Axios.com. Why it matters.
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Facebook is being used for a coordinated disinformation campaign again — but this time, it's getting way out in front of the threat, before it's even clear where the threat is coming from, Axios' David Nather writes.
What we know:
What we don't know:
Thought bubble from Axios' Joe Uchill: The posts appear to be the early stages of a social media campaign. "Right now, the released content is just building rapport with an audience. Based on the groups, it's a broad cross section of left subgroups — an African-American group, a Latino group, a women's group and people likely to be interested in pages about 'mindfulness.'"
Why it matters, per the Axios tech team: It shows that social media interference didn't end with the 2016 election. This disinformation campaign, like the one in 2016, appears aimed at sowing discord to create feedback loops encouraging people to push against the establishment.
The bottom line: The announcement was Facebook's way of saying, "look, we're on top of it this time." It's also a way to subtly compete with Twitter and Google, which will now be under pressure to catch disinformation campaigns early, too.
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Israeli children play in a soap bubbles pool in the southern city of Netivod during the summer holidays on July 31, 2018.
Parents are paying for Fortnite coaching for their kids, aiming for scholarship money or even just hoping to make their kids more popular, the WSJ's Sarah Needleman reports.