Serious data breaches and the Russian disinformation campaign in 2016 have put Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, under scrutiny as the mid-term elections approach. Dave talks with New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos about how Facebook became vulnerable to spreading disinformation. Join us.

Social media companies may be unprepared to support their growing role as providers of news. Russian online influence operations caught American law enforcement off guard in 2016, and with midterm elections approaching, experts are expecting a spike in foreign disinformation.  How can American voters identify fake information online?


Facebook now discloses who is paying for ads, to fight against foreign powers trying to influence elections. But is it enough?

Transparency on Social Media, on the Next All Things Considered

If you want to know what people are really thinking, don't look at their Facebook or Twitter posts -- look at what they're searching for on Google.

All Things Considered airs weekday afternoons from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Listen on the go - download the FREE KRCB mobile app from the App Store & Google Play!

In the immortal words of Howard Beale, the TV anchor played by Peter Finch, in the classic film Network,  “Things are bad, they’re worse than bad. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. Things have got to change.” If you are feeling that way you’re not alone. In facing adversity some choose to do nothing and sit on their hands, others rise to the moment and resist.

California Update for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

• California would require automated accounts, known as bots, to be identified on social media platforms under in a bill proposed last week.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Local Assistance Centers 

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa have opened two Local Assistance Centers (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). 

Please see the links below for a list of services available: