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Category: 2020 election

TikTok removed almost 350,000 videos for spreading election misinformation

TikTok removed almost 350,000 videos for spreading election misinformation

TikTok is offering a new glimpse into just how much misinformation is on its platform. Between July and December of last year, the app removed hundreds of thousands of videos for breaking its rules around misinformation about the 2020 presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic. Details of the takedowns were released as part of the …

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Facebook's Head of Ad Integrity Leaves Company

Facebook’s Head of Ad Integrity Leaves Company

Photo: Denis Charlet (Getty Images) Facebook’s chief of advertising integrity Rob Leathern has left the company, he announced in a Twitter thread Friday. Leathern came onboard shortly after President Donald Trump took office, and some of the social media giant’s more contentious ad policies, including those regarding election and coronavirus misinformation, rolled out during his …

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Inventor Behind the Worst Gadget of All Time Jumps Onto Trump's Sinking Voter Fraud Ship

Inventor Behind the Worst Gadget of All Time Jumps Onto Trump’s Sinking Voter Fraud Ship

The inventor behind one of the worst gadgets of all time has joined the motley crew of quasi-experts trying to defend President Donald Trump’s unfounded election fraud claims despite being wildly unqualified to do so. Advertisement His name is Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, and he testified before the Georgia State Judiciary Subcommittee this week, introducing himself …

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Great, We're at the '8kun's Admin Is an Election Security Expert' Stage of This Bullshit

Great, We’re at the ‘8kun’s Admin Is an Election Security Expert’ Stage of This Bullshit

Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) Since his loss in the Nov. 3 elections, Donald Trump has largely dipped out of public view and occupied his time in some gold-plated panic room, issuing a ridiculous series of tweets claiming victory in various states and ordering his cartoon parody of a campaign legal team to sally forth …

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Trump Fires Cyber Chief Who Debunked Claims of Election Fraud

Trump Fires Cyber Chief Who Debunked Claims of Election Fraud

Christopher C. Krebs, director of the Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images) President Trump has fired the nation’s top election security official, Christopher Krebs, head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security …

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Facebook Knows That Labeling Trump's Election Lies Hasn't Stopped His Posts From Going Viral

Facebook Knows That Labeling Trump’s Election Lies Hasn’t Stopped His Posts From Going Viral

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Staff (Getty Images) Facebook’s attempt to slow the spread of President Trump’s misinformation and outright lies by affixing warning labels to the content has done little to stop the posts from going viral—and the platform is apparently well aware. Advertisement According to internal conversations reviewed by Buzzfeed News, data scientists in …

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Top DHS Official Expects to Be Fired After Calling Bull on Trump's Voter Fraud Claims

Top DHS Official Expects to Be Fired After Calling Bull on Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims

Chris Krebs, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, speaks during the department’s Cybersecurity Summit on July 31, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Kevin Hagen (Getty Images) The nation’s top cybersecurity official, Chris Krebs, has led the charge to debunk the flurry of voter fraud conspiracy theories pushed by …

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Facebook Maybe Not Singlehandedly Undermining Democracy With Political Content, Says Facebook

Facebook Maybe Not Singlehandedly Undermining Democracy With Political Content, Says Facebook

Photo: Dan Kitwood / Staff (Getty Images) In a dispatch from Facebook’s newsroom released Tuesday night, corporate executives sought to downplay the role partisan discourse plays in shaping the platform, stressing that political content makes up only about 6% of users’ newsfeeds and that ranking pages by which posts receive the most engagement is not …

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Tragic: Gun Manufacturers Temporarily Worth Slightly Less Due to Lack of Civil War

Tragic: Gun Manufacturers Temporarily Worth Slightly Less Due to Lack of Civil War

Guns at a National Rifle Association convention in Dallas in May 2018.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) The November 2020 elections failed to culminate in the nightmare, worst-case scenario many onlookers feared, which is generally good news if you don’t happen to be a firearms manufacturer. Advertisement Gun stocks plunged on Monday after so-called stay-at-home stocks …

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Twitter's “Misleading Information” Labels May Soon Affect Users' Ability to 'Like' Tweets

Twitter’s “Misleading Information” Labels May Soon Affect Users’ Ability to ‘Like’ Tweets

Photo: ERIC BARADAT / Contributor (Getty Images) After rolling out several new features ahead of the 2020 presidential election designed to make it harder for users to retweet and quote tweets containing “misleading information,” Twitter may now be gearing up to similarly hinder users’ attempts to ‘like’ content with the same designation. Advertisement The new …

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