Social Media

Facebook Preps Plan In Case Trump Contests Election

The New York Times reports: Facebook spent years preparing to ward off any tampering on its site ahead of November’s presidential election. Now the social network is getting ready in case President Trump interferes once the vote is over. Employees at the Silicon Valley company are laying out contingency plans and walking through postelection scenarios that include attempts by Mr. …

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Facebook Restricts QAnon Searches, Hashtags, And Ads

ABC News reports: Facebook says it will restrict the right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon and will no longer recommend that users join groups supporting it, although the company isn’t banning it outright. Facebook said Wednesday it is banning groups and accounts associated with QAnon and a variety of U.S.-based militia and anarchist groups that support violence. But the company will continue …

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Trump’s Favorite QAnon Nutbag Banned From Twitter

Complex reports: Bill Mitchell, the far-right conspiracy theorist was permanently banned from the platform after he attempted to dodge a temporary ban over an undisclosed violation. Per a Twitter spokesperson: “[Mitchell’s account] has been permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules by using one account to evade the suspension of another account.” Mitchell, the host of the far-right program YourVoice …

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Herman Cain Tweets Against Kamala From The Grave

The Wrap reports: People don’t like to speak ill of the recently deceased, but that courtesy didn’t extend to the deceased’s estate on Wednesday after the Twitter account that belonged to Herman Cain shared a link to an article attacking Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — two weeks after the businessman and Republican politician’s unfortunate death. Hermain Cain’s family said …

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NBC: Millions Still Belong To QAnon Facebook Groups

NBC News reports: An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company documents reviewed by NBC News. The investigation’s preliminary results, which were provided to NBC News by a Facebook employee, shed new light on the scope of activity and content …

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TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Pending Ban

NPR reports: TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president’s executive order banning the service from the United States. The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation TikTok will file the federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for …

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Facebook Relaxed Disinfo Rules For Slew Of Cultists

NBC News reports: Facebook has allowed conservative news outlets and personalities to repeatedly spread false information without facing any of the company’s stated penalties, according to leaked materials reviewed by NBC News. According to internal discussions from the last six months, Facebook has relaxed its rules so that conservative pages, including those run by Breitbart, former Fox News personalities Diamond …

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Facebook Bans 200,000-Member Group Of QAnon Nuts

Reuters reports: Facebook said on Thursday it had removed one of the largest public groups devoted to the QAnon web of conspiracy theories after repeated violations of the company’s policies. The group, called Official Q/Qanon and with nearly 200,000 members, had been deleted after multiple individual postings were removed for crossing the lines on bullying and harassment, hate speech, and …

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Trump Signs Order Against TikTok, Company May Sue

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S. The twin executive orders — one for each app — take effect in 45 days. …

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Facebook Takes Down Hundreds Of Pro-Trump Accounts Run By Chinese End-Times Cult Newspaper Epoch Times

NBC News reports: Facebook removed hundreds of accounts on Thursday from a foreign troll farm posing as African-Americans in support of Donald Trump and QAnon supporters. It also removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to conservative media outlet The Epoch Times that pushed pro-Trump conspiracy theories about coronavirus and protests in the U.S. Facebook took down the accounts as part …

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Twitter To Label Posts From State-Run Media Outlets

Like most of their recent changes, this is long overdue: Twitter will start labeling the accounts of media outlets affiliated with the governments of countries on the U.N. National Security Council, it announced Thursday. The new labels won’t apply to all media outlets that receive government funding — only “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial …

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Facebook Removes Trump COVID Lie For First Time

The Washington Post reports: Facebook on Wednesday said it removed President Trump’s post of a video clip from a Fox News interview in which he said that children are “almost immune” from covid-19. “This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” said Facebook …

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Facebook To Lease Entire NYC Farley Post Office

Gothamist reports: Putting an end to months of rumors, Facebook announced a commitment to lease all of the office space at the Farley Post Office Building, located across from Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio heralded the deal as “a big part of our future” and a “big vote of confidence” in New York City. The James …

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Microsoft Gets 45 Days To Close Deal To Buy TikTok

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The move represents an about-face for Trump and prompted the U.S. tech giant to declare its interest in the blockbuster social media …

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Facebook Won’t Take Down Fake “Drunk” Pelosi Video

CNN reports: Facebook’s fact-checkers on Sunday labeled as “partly false” a video that it said was manipulated to make it appear as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was drunk or drugged. The video had been circulating on Facebook since Thursday and by Sunday night had been viewed more than 2 million times. A similarly false video of Pelosi went viral …

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Axios: Trump Has Microsoft/TikTok Deal “On His Desk”

Axios reports: President Trump “has a deal on his desk,” whereby Microsoft would lead an acquisition of 100% of the U.S. operations of TikTok, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. U.S. presidents don’t typically have approval or veto power over merger agreements. But this situation is different because of the involvement of the Committee on Foreign Investment in …

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TikTok Responds To Trump: We Have 100M US Users

Via press release from TikTok: 100 million Americans come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, especially during the pandemic. We’ve hired nearly 1,000 people to our US team this year alone, and are proud to be hiring another 10,000 employees into great paying jobs across the US. Our $1 billion creator fund supports US creators who are building livelihoods from …

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Trump Says He’ll Ban TikTok From The United States

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters he will act as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States. Trump made the comments while chatting with reporters on Air Force One during the flight back to Washington from Florida. “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump …

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Microsoft In Talks To Buy TikTok As Trump Threatens

The New York Times reports: Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban the app from the United States. It’s unclear how advanced the talks between Microsoft and TikTok are, but any …

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FL Teen Charged With 30 Felonies In Twitter Hack That Took Over Accounts Of Major Political Figures And CEOs

Tampa’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Tampa teenager is in jail, accused of being the “mastermind” behind a hack on the social media website Twitter that caused limited access to the site and high-profile accounts, according to jail records and the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren filed 30 felony charges against 17 year-old Graham Clark this …

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