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Mar 30, 2020 at 03:05. 14 comments

No, the CDC is Not Recommending That All Americans Wear Face Masks in Everyday Life

No, the CDC is Not Recommending That All Americans Wear Face Masks in Everyday Life

Even though social media companies are fighting to contain misinformation about the covid-19 pandemic, there are inevitably some and unfortunate and alarming messages that manage to circulate far and wide on the platforms. The latest viral rumor states that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to recommend that Americans begin to wear masks in everyday life in a...

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Mar 28, 2020. 17 comments

Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Google has finally kicked the Infowars app from its Play Store, the company confirmed to multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all the extremist views and tainted supplements it touts) has been booted from nearly every mainstream online platform .

As first reported by Wired, the Android app’s...

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Mar 26, 2020. 5 comments

Twitter Deletes Post by The Federalist Calling for Coronavirus Infection Program

Twitter Deletes Post by The Federalist Calling for Coronavirus Infection Program

Twitter has removed a tweet from the right-wing site the Federalist after it shared an article by an unlicensed dermatologist urging the public to be exposed to the novel coronavirus en masse and the social network temporarily locked the site’s account.

For those who have mercifully avoided reading its content, the Federalist is a mysteriously funded , sycophantic pro-Donald Trump site with...

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Mar 23, 2020. 5 comments

Trump's Latest Inflated Claim: Automakers Are Making Emergency Ventilators 'Right Now'

Trump's Latest Inflated Claim: Automakers Are Making Emergency Ventilators 'Right Now'

As officials scramble to contend with a critical ventilator shortage amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration is resorting to “wartime” measures and leaning on the private sector to help meet demand for these potentially life-saving devices “FAST!”, the president tweeted Sunday. And while this is indeed promising news, President Donald Trump—per his usual M.O. —oversold...

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Mar 22, 2020. 4 comments

Twitter Uses Its Blue-Checkmark System for Good and Streamlines Verification for Covid-19 Experts

Twitter Uses Its Blue-Checkmark System for Good and Streamlines Verification for Covid-19 Experts

Twitter has announced that it’s ramping up the verification process for its infamously arcane blue-checkmark system and prioritizing qualified health professionals in the face of this ongoing pandemic.

This week, Twitter Support put out a call for accounts that are “providing credible updates around #COVID19,” the potentially deadly respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The...

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Mar 20, 2020. 10 comments

Here's What People Thought of Twitter When It First Launched

Here's What People Thought of Twitter When It First Launched

The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 when cofounder and current CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “just setting up my twttr.” Twitter had fewer vowels when it launched, which was the trend at the time with services like Tumblr and Flickr. In just a few years it would become a massive online service.

But what did people think of Twitter when it first launched?

The first review of the service put...

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Mar 20, 2020. 2 comments

YouTube Launches Verified Coronavirus Coverage Hub on Homepage

YouTube Launches Verified Coronavirus Coverage Hub on Homepage

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, YouTube announced Thursday that its homepage will now feature a news shelf of trustworthy COVID-19 coverage for users to easily source up-to-date news.

“We want everyone to have access to authoritative content during this trying time,” YouTube tweeted. This dedicated hub launched in 16 countries Thursday, with plans to roll it out to additional...

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Mar 20, 2020. 7 comments

Civil Rights Groups Cancel Twitter's 'Birthday,' Say CEO Is Giving Nazis a 'Megaphone'

Civil Rights Groups Cancel Twitter's 'Birthday,' Say CEO Is Giving Nazis a 'Megaphone'

In case you forgot somehow, Twitter’s “birthday” is once again upon us. As of Saturday, 14 years will have passed since its founder, Jack Dorsey—who hilariously thought people might actually pay to use Twitter at the time—tweeted the very first tweet ever.

Not everyone’s coming to the party.

Dozens of civil rights organizations are instead planning to publicly call out Dorsey for his role in...

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Mar 19, 2020. 7 comments

Unfortunately, There's No Butthole Cut of Cats

Unfortunately, There's No Butthole Cut of Cats

If you woke up this morning mighty confused as to why the hashtag “ReleaseTheButtholeCut” was trending on social media, you were not alone. The whole thing was a little dark and messy .

Sorry, we had to.

Tuesday marked the digital release of Tom Hooper’s Cats and the timing probably couldn’t have been better, what with the majority of the world self-isolating (hopefully ) in their houses. One...

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Mar 10, 2020. 10 comments

Jack Survives

Jack Survives

Jack has emerged from a harrowing week, shorts intact. Over the past several days, the tech world was forced to consider what would happen if its Yodalike executive with mysterious travel plans and weird vendetta against Mark were to fall from grace as Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and Square to just Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square. The GOP-backing vampiric hedge fund Elliott Management had...

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Mar 09, 2020. 16 comments

Twitter Slaps 'Manipulated Media' Tag on Bullshit Video that Trump Retweeted

Twitter Slaps 'Manipulated Media' Tag on Bullshit Video that Trump Retweeted

Twitter’s new rules concerning manipulated content went into effect this week, and—not surprisingly—President Donald Trump has already proven why the platform needed them in the first place.

On Sunday, Twitter applied its recently implemented “manipulated media” tag to a deceptively doctored video the president retweeted, as first reported by the Washington Post. The video, originally posted...

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Mar 08, 2020. 1 comments

Big Tech Will Pay Its Hourly Workers Even as Full-Time Staff Stays Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

Big Tech Will Pay Its Hourly Workers Even as Full-Time Staff Stays Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

Various big tech companies announced this week that they will continue to pay hourly employees that provide their offices with much-needed services, such as food catering, security and cleaning, even as an increasing number of tech giants ask their full-time employees to work from home to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Postmates to Offer "Non-Contact" Food Deliveries Amid Coronavirus...

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Mar 05, 2020. 1 comments

Twitter Is Testing Self-Destructing Tweets

Twitter Is Testing Self-Destructing Tweets

Twitter is testing a new feature in Brazil that auto-deletes tweets after just one day in a move it says is intended to make users feel less pressure and give them more control over tweets. Twitter is calling the feature—for now, at least—Fleets.

Fleets, Twitter says in a blog post about the new feature rolling out in Brazil for iOS or Android today, are tweets that expire after 24 hours and...

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Mar 04, 2020. 9 comments

I Went to CPAC to See How Conservatives Think Big Tech Is Censoring Them

I Went to CPAC to See How Conservatives Think Big Tech Is Censoring Them

Polling has shown that Republican voters, by and large, buy Donald Trump’s repeated and baseless claims that social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are systematically trying to hound right-wingers off the internet. But it isn’t clear what exactly they think is going on behind the scenes beyond a gut feeling that something nefarious is happening.

Gizmodo went to the belly...

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Mar 03, 2020. 14 comments

Twitter Tells Employees to Work From Home As Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs

Twitter Tells Employees to Work From Home As Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs

Twitter has announced that employees are encouraged to work from home in an effort to stop the spread of a novel coronavirus that has infected at least 105 people in 15 states and killed six people in the U.S. The San Francisco-based social media company is believed to be the first major U.S. firm to announce a work-from-home policy as companies around the world enact new plans to fight...

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Mar 01, 2020. 14 comments

Seems These Hedge Fund Goons Want to Ditch Twitter's CEO

Seems These Hedge Fund Goons Want to Ditch Twitter's CEO

After scooping up a major stake in Twitter, activist investor Elliott Management Corporation plans to oust its co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, according to recent reports.

Sources familiar with the matter that requested anonymity told Bloomberg that the $40.2 billion hedge fund has nominated four directors to Twitter’s executive board, an ominous choice considering only three seats will open...

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Feb 29, 2020. 1 comments

The World Health Organization's Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

The World Health Organization's Making TikToks to Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

On Friday the World Health Organization took the fight against online health misinformation to TikTok, the same day it elevated its coronavirus threat assessment to the organization’s highest possible level.

“We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of impact,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, at a...

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Feb 26, 2020. 6 comments

Pete Buttigieg Deletes Tweet Slamming Bernie Sanders and 'Revolutionary Politics' of 1960s

Pete Buttigieg Deletes Tweet Slamming Bernie Sanders and 'Revolutionary Politics' of 1960s

Pete Buttigieg deleted a tweet overnight that attempted to belittle both Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and the “revolutionary politics” of the U.S. during the 1960s. It’s not immediately clear why the tweet was deleted, especially since the exact same sentiment was echoed by Buttigieg at the Democratic debate in South Carolina on Tuesday.

“We can’t afford a scenario where it comes down to...

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Feb 25, 2020. 14 comments

Bloomberg May Be Taking Hits in the Polls, But He's Crushing the Social Media Cringe Finals

Bloomberg May Be Taking Hits in the Polls, But He's Crushing the Social Media Cringe Finals

Former New York City mayor and billionaire oligarch Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign hasn’t had the best week since the Feb. 19 Democratic primary debate in Nevada, where he was more or less mechanically separated into meat byproducts by the rest of the field on everything from his support for stop-and-frisk policing to his namesake firm’s numerous sexual harassment lawsuits....

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Feb 25, 2020. 10 comments

In True Star Wars Style, a Very Silly Hashtag May Have Just Revealed an Intriguing Clone Wars Secret

In True Star Wars Style, a Very Silly Hashtag May Have Just Revealed an Intriguing Clone Wars Secret

Only a franchise as gleefully dumb as Star Wars could drop a major tease via the medium of...secret emojis?

Last week, Disney and Lucasfilm kicked off the brand new final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on social media with an array of new emoji-accompanied character hashtags on social media. A mention of #TheCloneWars or #Ahsoka, for example, would give you a cutesy, 100Soft-designed...

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