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Facebook labeled 180 million posts as 'false' since March. Election misinformation spread anyway.
November 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm 0
The numbers Facebook is and is not willing to share say a lot about its ability to stop election misinformation. On a call with press Thursday, Guy Rosen, Facebook's VP of Integrity, said that since March the company put "warning labels" on 180 million pieces of content — meaning a third-party fact-checker reviewed and debunked them.  Facebook subsequently put a gray box over that content when people shared it, with a "false" warning label and a link to the debunk. That's a big number: 180 million. Unfortunately, it doesn't tell the whole story.  Facebook's approach to all posts about the election was to put a far less obtrusive label at the bottom of them with a link to Facebook's voting information center. The hub contains "authoritative information," such as updates from secretaries of state, fact-checks, and articles from reputable news sources. It labeled posts claiming premature victory with a warning label saying that the
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Late night hosts do grim rapid-fire summaries of Trump's last 4 years
November 3, 2020 at 12:54 pm 0
Election Day is finally here. And while Donald Trump spent his last hours on the campaign trail trashing random celebrities, late night show hosts took time to reflect on the last four years — in particular, the many lies, abuses of power, and scandals that have characterized the president's time in office. On Late Night, Seth Meyers rounded off his monologue (jump to 14:55 in the video below) with a fast rundown of America's present under Trump's leadership, and the many lowlights of his time in the White House. "Trump can't run on reality so he has to run against it, because the reality is that after four years of serial cruelties, absurdities, lies, and abuses of power, he's left the nation in ruins," Meyers said, before launching into one staggering list. Read more...More about The Daily Show, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Entertainment, Politics, and Talk Show
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Robocalls, WeChat messages, and more spread misinformation on Election Day
November 3, 2020 at 12:54 pm 0
It's Nov. 3, Election Day, and you know what that means: Misinformation will be flooding the internet.  There are people who don't want Americans to vote, and will try to sow fear, confusion, and apathy to keep them from the polls.   Don't let them scare you. Haven't voted yet? Find your polling place. (Some companies are even giving discounted rides to the polls.) Already voted by mail? Here's how to check if your ballot was received and counted.  Meanwhile, here is a running list of misinformation being spread today. Please, please don’t amplify misleading social media posts. Even if you’re criticizing them, you don’t want to spread them. Instead, report them to Facebook, Twitter, etc. — whatever you saw them on. And if you’re really concerned, you can contact the non-partisan Election Protection coalition by calling 866-OUR-VOTE. Read more...More about Misinformation, 2020 Election, Tech, Social Media Companies, and Politics
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The newest Google Doodle is, unsurprisingly, about voting
November 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm 0
In case you haven't heard, there's an election coming up. The latest Google Doodle will remind you if you forgot. Google likes to inject the logo above the search bar on its famous homepage with some artistic flair, and Sunday's Google Doodle is all about the election. Clicking on it will direct users to a search for "how do I vote #election2020," which is chock full of information about, well, how to vote. Users can find out how to check registration status and where to vote, according to the info page Google puts together for each of its Doodles. Naturally, Sunday's Doodle only reached users in the United States. Those from other countries probably wouldn't find any of that information useful. Americans have been furiously Googling various topics ahead of Election Day to stay informed, so this Google Doodle will surely be seen by plenty of folks. Read more...More about Google, Politics,
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The top U.S. Google searches before Election Day are… all about the election
October 30, 2020 at 12:13 pm 0
With this election cycle finally coming to an end next week (in theory) on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Americans have been busy looking up questions related to last-minute political and voting news.  For the period between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, these were some of the top searches we asked Google.  1. What is the salary of a Supreme Court justice? In a whirlwind confirmation process since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death in September, conservative Trump pick Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in to the Supreme Court this week. With the new associate justice installed into the lifetime position, people were curious about the job details. Judicial compensation for her role starts at $265,600 per year. Read more...More about Google, 2020 Election, Tech, and Politics
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Here's how to check if your mail-in ballot has been received and counted
October 24, 2020 at 11:13 am 0
If your mail-in ballot is cast, but no one is around to count it, did it make a sound?  The U.S. presidential election is fast approaching, and people keep telling you this is the most important election in a generation. The coronavirus, of course, means that when it comes to safely casting your vote this election is also one of the most unusual. Thankfully, large swaths of the country (but sadly not all) have a simple way to confirm that their residents' mail-in ballots have been received and counted.  In previous elections, the ability to check on the status of one's mail-in ballot might have seemed like a neat little democracy bonus feature. This year, with the president spreading misinformation about the vote-by-mail process, and questionable goings on at the United States Postal Service, checking that your vote was received feels more like a requirement.  Read more...More about Election 2020, Tech, and
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How to stream the Biden and Trump town halls
October 15, 2020 at 9:42 am 0
Instead of a virtual debate between the presidential candidates as originally planned, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are holding dueling town hall events Thursday. Biden's town hall will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, while Trump's is scheduled at the same time on NBC. Trump refused to attend the Commission on Presidential Debates' second debate, which was moved to an online format after he was hospitalized with coronavirus. For those trying to watch without traditional TV access, Biden's 90-minute event, held in Philadelphia, is available to stream through the ABC News Live app and channel. That's accessible through Hulu, Roku, YouTube TV, Amazon Fire devices, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Xumo, and Sling TV.  Read more...More about 2020 Election, Tech, Streaming Services, and Politics
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Facebook deletes Trump post calling COVID-19 'less lethal' than flu, Twitter just adds warning label
October 6, 2020 at 8:10 am 0
Less than 24 hours after returning from the hospital, President Donald Trump was back on social media downplaying the severity of the coronavirus.  “Flu season is coming up!” read the post published to the president’s Facebook page on Tuesday morning. “Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” This is not true. Yes, people still die from the flu. The CDC reported at least 24,000 people in the U.Sdied from the flu during the entire 2019-2020 season, which is in line with numbers in previous years.  Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Tech, Big Tech Companies, and Politics
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Trevor Noah and 'The Daily Show' explore the inspiring life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 22, 2020 at 5:51 am 0
It still hasn't quite sunk in that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87, due to “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," according to the New York Times.   Tributes to the feminist icon and pop culture monarch have continued since, including a comprehensive and poignant look at her historic career from The Daily Show. On Monday, host Trevor Noah took at look at the inspiring life of "The Notorious R.B.G." life as told through news reports and interviews, and offered a moment of comfort in this ongoing time of stress and despair. "I know that with RBG’s passing, a lot of people right now feel hopeless, they feel defeated, and they feel like everything is lost," said Noah. "But if there’s one thing that RBG’s life shows us is that change isn’t easy. But if you put in the time, the effort, and the dedication, you can see results.
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We read 'Rage,' Bob Woodward's new Trump book, so you don't have to
September 18, 2020 at 5:12 am 0
Whisper it low: Could Rage, out in bookstores this week, be the first Bob Woodward book in an age that's actually worth reading?  My answer: Yes, but only 50 percent of the thing. Only after Woodward, at age 77, has an Alice in Wonderland epiphany halfway through, and that changes the way he interviews Trump. At long last, with unusual honesty, Woodward becomes a visible character in his own decades-long story — and actually checks his own privilege.  They're strange things, Woodward books. They invariably break news, because Mr. I-Broke-Watergate convinces every source in Washington to speak to him eventually, and they usually have something jaw-dropping to say when the tape-recorder's on. (In the case of Rage, it's Trump  spilling his brains on COVID-19; the president kept calling Woodward because he was mad at being left out of Woodward's previous book, Fear.)    Read more...More about Donald Trump, Bob Woodward, Entertainment, Politics,
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