“Fake news” is all the rage in the press these days.
In the United States at least, fake news (aka lying) oddly isn’t illegal and is probably protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

But Russian fake news meant to influence an election probably is illegal or at least regulated. Moreover the First Amendment doesn’t apply to state actors or citizens of other countries living abroad.Facebook and Google went before Congress to talk about how they’re starting to block Russian ads and other things. Unless you have a very short memory, you’ll recognize that this isn’t a new problem, just a new twist on an old problem.

Those of us who had email accounts for more than five years remember that, not long ago, we got ads for “medical enhancement products” directly in our inbox every day. Now, it is really rare and the spam is almost never a medical enhancement product; usually it is a brand new phishing attack.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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