Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How Bots Ruined ‘Clicktivism’

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How Bots Ruined ‘Clicktivism’

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesBill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesI recently came across two tweets—or rather, thousands of tweets sharing the same two ideas over and over again.The first batch targeted elected officials and read: “SNAP has helped lift millions out of poverty, but millions of Americans living in poverty today still depend on it. Help…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation

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On January 14, 2016, four publicists from Bell Pottinger, one of London’s leading public-relations firms, flew to Johannesburg and met with a potential client: Oakbay Investments, a company controlled by Atul, Ajay, and Tony Gupta, three of South Africa’s most powerful businessmen. The Guptas, brothers who had holdings in everything from uranium mining to newspapers,…