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Ben Collins

Ben Collins covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News.

Ben Collins covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for NBC News.

Latest from Ben Collins

197d ago

What was Elon Musk’s strategy for Twitter?

A year after Elon Musk acquired Twitter, a game plan published by a fired Trump White House staffer provides a clue about his strategy for the social media platform.

Jury moves closer to recommending death penalty for the Tree of Life synagogue killer

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania man who killed 11 people in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history meets the requirements for the death penalty, a federal jury found Thursday.
278d ago

Jury reached its decision in penalty phrase of Tree of Life killer

A federal jury reached its decision Thursday in the penalty phase of the Tree of Life synagogue killer, determining if the convicted murderer should face capital punishment.

Fake picture of explosion at Pentagon spooks Twitter

A fake image purporting to show an explosion near the Pentagon briefly went viral on Twitter on Monday, leaving fact-checkers to scramble to counter the false claim as it was pushed by a variety of verified accounts.
337d ago

Bat-wielding attacker injures Virginia congressman's district office staff

A person with a baseball bat entered the district office of Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and attacked two members of his staff, the congressman said.
340d ago

Former NBCUniversal ad chief Linda Yaccarino named CEO of Twitter

Elon Musk said Friday that Linda Yaccarino, the former head of ad sales for NBCUniversal, will be Twitter's next CEO.
340d ago

Cat and dog torture videos litter Twitter, adding to concerns about moderation

Graphic videos of animal abuse have circulated widely on Twitter in recent weeks, generating outrage and renewed concern over the platform’s moderation practices.
356d ago

Far right laments Tucker Carlson’s ouster and loss of its shot at the mainstream

Fox News’ dismissal of top-rated host Tucker Carlson sent shock waves through mainstream and conservative media this week.

Fox likely to see limited business fallout from a settlement that could remake Dominion

Fox Corporation’s $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems is a landmark payout likely to have vastly different impacts for either business.

FBI arrests 21-year-old Air National Guardsman suspected of leaking classified documents

Jack Teixeira, 21, a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard was arrested Thursday in connection to the investigation of leaked classified documents.

DeSantis and RFK Jr. misconstrue Fed’s digital plans in warning of government overreach

Two potential 2024 presidential candidates falsely described a pair of Federal Reserve proposals as efforts to monitor and restrict Americans' purchases.