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Who’s Afraid of Transparency?

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Recent history has shown how much the internet in general, and social media in particular, have become sophisticated propaganda tools in anonymous hands, sometimes belonging to foreign interests seeking to undermine the legal foundations of Western democracies. Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign and Brexit referendum in Britain, efforts are being made around the world to fight “fake news” on the internet, targeted marketing of messages on social media, paid-for user comments, smear videos and armies of bots and fake user profiles whose sole purpose is to hijack the conversation and sway elections.

Worries about these practices have been raised in Israel as well. Only last week, Shin Bet security service chief Nadav Argaman warned that a foreign state plans to interfere in the April........

© Haaretz