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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…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Alex Jones, Infowars, Playstore, Take That Infowars, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Is this the twilight of American culture?

The current pandemic is exposing deep-seated flaws in our health care and economic systems.Reinhold Niebuhr's 1952 book, The Irony of American History, claims our cultural arrogance works against us. Morris Berman's 2000 book, The Twilight of American Culture, focuses on America's social and economic collapse. A minority of public figures are currently pushing an agenda to "open" America for business as soon as possible. Though few in number, they have a relatively large soapbox, making their ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Science, Mississippi, Government, China, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Economic Inequality, Innovation, Philip Roth, Health Care


In politics and pandemics, trolls use fear, anger to drive clicks

A new CU Boulder study shows that Facebook ads developed and shared by Russian trolls around the 2016 election were clicked on nine times more than typical social media ads. The authors say the trolls are likely at it again, as the 2020 election approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.
Tags: Facebook, Science, CU Boulder


Washington National Cathedral Finds Thousands of N95 Respirator Masks in Its Crypt Level

Like in a David Blaine illusion, respirator masks are coming from strange places. Amidst a national shortage of protective gear, we learned this week that companies are sitting on stockpiles of N95 respirators: first, Facebook produced 720,000 (leftover from Occupational Safety and Health Standards regulations…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Lo, Occupational Safety and Health Standards, David Blaine, Covid 19, Respirator Masks


Target Donates N95 Mask Inventory to Hospitals, Apologizes For Selling Masks in Seattle

Target has apologized for selling N95 masks in some of its Seattle stores after a photo of the masks went viral on social media. Personal protective equipment like masks are in short supply for doctors and nurses across the country as the covid-19 pandemic worsens, and Target has now has pledged to donate its supply…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Washington, Seattle, Target, 3m, Pandemics, Jay Inslee, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Google launches Covid-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now

Google says Coronavirus has become its biggest search topic by a country mile this year, and to continue its efforts to harness that attention in the best possible way, late on Friday the company launched a new information portal dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile. The search experience, Google says, was updated in response to “people’s information needs expanding,” while the new information portal also provides the basic, most useful inf...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Science, China, US, Tech, Information, Search, Virus, World Health Organization, UN Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This, Emily Moxley


Fact check: No, hand sanitizer won't harm your pets if they lick your hand after you use it

A Facebook post states hand sanitizer contains the same ingredients as antifreeze and that pets can be harmed by licking sanitizer. This is false.
Tags: Facebook, Science


Coronavirus live news: Italy deaths up by 475, biggest jump anywhere in a single day

Italy death toll approaches 3,000; Portugal declares state of emergency; worldwide cases pass 200,000. Follow the latest updatesCoronavirus latest: at a glanceAll schools in UK to close from FridayHospital ships to be sent to New York, governor saysMore than 250m in lockdown as European measures widenShare your experiences 7.24pm GMT Two more people have died in Brazil, the Sao Paulo state health authority has announced. That brings the death toll in the country to three. The two people were...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, New York, Science, Africa, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Italy, Microbiology, Portugal


How people investigate -- or don't -- fake news on Twitter and Facebook

UW researchers watched 25 participants scroll through their Facebook or Twitter feeds while, unbeknownst to them, a Google Chrome extension randomly added debunked content on top of some of the real posts.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, UW


Automated Facebook Anti-Spam System Goes Hog Wild, Blocks Links Including Covid-19 Info

Facebook’s automated moderation tools went wild and targeted tons of posts about the coronavirus pandemic and other topics on Tuesday evening, blocking users from sharing articles from legitimate news sources.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Social Media, Spam, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Whoops


U.S. government reportedly in talks with tech companies on how to use location data in COVID-19 fight

U.S. government officials are currently in discussion with a number of tech companies, including Facebook and Google, around how data from cell phones might provide methods for combatting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Washington Post report. The talks also include health experts tracking the pandemic and its transmission, and one possible way in which said data could be useful is through aggregated, anonymized location data, per the report’s sources. Location data ta...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Science, Microsoft, Washington-post, White House, Tech, Ceo, Smartphones, Companies


AI2 and Microsoft join the White House’s push to enlist AI for the war on coronavirus

A consortium of tech leaders — including Seattle's Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's charity — today unveiled an AI-enabled database that's meant to give researchers quicker, surer access to resources relating to coronavirus and how to stop it. The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, or CORD-19, was created in response to a request from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy. It takes advantage of AI tools to ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Microsoft, White House, Seattle


AI2 and Microsoft team up with other tech leaders to use AI in the war on coronavirus

A consortium of tech leaders — including Seattle's Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's charity — today unveiled an AI-enabled database that's meant to give researchers quicker, surer access to resources relating to coronavirus and how to stop it. The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, or CORD-19, was created in response to a request from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy. It takes advantage of AI tools to ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Microsoft, White House, Seattle


Don't Worry: Donald Trump's Son In Law's Sister In Law's Father Is on This Whole Coronavirus Thing

These are troubled times: a global pandemic, a collapsing stock market, and widespread anxiety and uncertainty about what happens next. But never fear, Donald Trump’s administration has a secret weapon: his son in law Jared Kushner’s sister in law’s father’s Facebook poll.Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Medicine, White House, Outbreak, Donald Trump, Don, Jared Kushner, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Google, Facebook Contractors Still Expected On Site Amid Outbreak While Full-Time Staff Works Remote

The tumultuous divide between full-time staff and contract workers at Facebook and Google has come to a head recently, with this distinction now purportedly determining who deserves to work from home amid an ongoing global pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Contractors, Google Facebook, Labor Practices, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Healthier and happier without Facebook

Two weeks of 20 minutes less time per day on Facebook: a team of psychologists from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) invited 140 test persons to participate in this experiment. Lucky those who took part: afterwards they were more physically active, smoked less and were more satisfied. Symptoms of addiction regarding Facebook usage decreased. These effects continued also three months after the end of the experiment.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Ruhr Universität Bochum RUB


Facebook language changes before an emergency hospital visit

A new study published in Nature Scientific Reports reveals that the language people use on Facebook subtly changes before they make a visit to the emergency department (ED). A team of researchers in part led by Stony Brook University provides more evidence that social media is often an unseen signal of medical distress and could be used to better understand the contexts in which patients seek care, such as during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Stony Brook University


Facebook users change their language before an emergency hospital visit

The language in Facebook posts becomes less formal and invokes family more often in the lead-up to an emergency room visit.
Tags: Facebook, Science


Google Asks All U.S. Staff to Work From Home as COVID-19 Spreads

Google has asked all of its North American employees—well over 100,000, counting all those working under parent company Alphabet, and a similarly massive number of contractors—to work from home due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Business Insider reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Technology, Medicine, Microsoft, Outbreak, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Google Asks All U S Staff


Facebook Will Ban Ads for Face Masks on Its Platforms to Keep People From Profiting Off The Coronavirus Crisis

Facebook announced this week that it’s temporarily banning ads and commerce listings for medical face masks on two of its platforms—Facebook and Instagram—in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Company officials said that they were against people exploiting this public health emergency to make a profit.
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Facebook Will Ban Ads for Face Masks


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 …Read more...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Previous coronavirus daily briefing updates, March 5-6

Current daily briefings on the coronavirus can be found here. Scroll below to read previous reports, listed in eastern time.United, Delta and American Airlines have adjusted their policies temporarily to accommodate for COVID-19; however, some customers have expressed that their response is not enough, as most airlines have only offered free flight changes for bookings made in the month of March."I requested a refund of an upgrade purchase, made the same day because my company canceled a Global ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Japan, Usa, New York, Science, Minnesota, Maryland, Greece, Microsoft, Colorado, California, Cdc, Washington


Previous coronavirus daily briefing updates, March 5

China CDC released a report online on Feb. 17 that overall found 2.3% of confirmed cases died. However, the fatality rate was 14.8% in people 80 or older, likely reflecting the presence of other diseases, a weaker immune system, or simply worse overall health. By contrast, the fatality rate was 1.3% in people in their 50s, 0.4% in people in their 40s, and 0.2% in people 10 to 39.Masked tourists visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, Thursday, March 5, 2020. With the COVID-19 virus taking firmer hold ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Usa, New York, Science, Maryland, Microsoft, Colorado, Cdc, Washington, China, Boston, New York City, San Francisco


Down The Strange, Sometimes Upsetting Rabbit Hole Of Twitch Streamers' TikToks

Over the past 72 hours, I’ve spent an ungodly amount of time watching TikToks created by Twitch streamers. It all began with a simple question: Can people whose whole line of work is built around creating the lengthiest, least-filtered form of pop culture possible excel in a medium where minimalism thrives?Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Youtube, Streaming, Twitch, Mixer, Fortnite, Tiktok


Clearview AI Reportedly Worked On a Mug Shot Repository to Go With Its Face Recognition App

The controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI has already landed in hot water for purportedly letting both law enforcement and rich investors play around in its database of billions of photos scraped from the public internet. However, a new report suggests the company didn’t just stop there. Apparently, at…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, ClearView, Surveillance Tech, Clearview AI


Facebook Closes Seattle Office After Worker Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A Facebook worker in Seattle has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has infected at least 150 people on U.S. soil and killed 11 in Washington and California. Facebook employees in the Seattle area are being told to work from home.Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Washington, Seattle, Pandemics, California Facebook, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Facebook Closes Seattle Office


After tornadoes leave Tennessee in ruins, how can you help?

The deadliest day of tornadoes in the United States since 2013 claimed at least 24 lives, while leaving many others injured, still others unaccounted for and an entire state turned upside down throughout Tennessee. The series of Tuesday morning twisters leveled much of Nashville and other majorly populated areas, as drone footage captured the swath of destruction that leveled hundreds of structures throughout the state.Rescue workers such as firefighters have worked tirelessly in the aftermath t...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, United States, Tennessee, Nashville, Red Cross, Accuweather, Wilson, Brock, Lee, Middle Tennessee, Davidson, John Cooper, Community Foundation, East Nashville


Coronavirus live updates: number of confirmed cases in UK jumps to 85

More cases in Scotland and Ireland, Italians in India test positive while Facebook says it will take down hoax claimsCoronavirus epidemic in UK is likely, says chief medical officerFears of global slowdown grow as US stimulus fails to rally marketsWhite House’s ‘muzzled’ messaging is dangerous, experts sayPodcast: Is Britain prepared for a mass outbreak of the coronavirus?Share your experiences 2.33pm GMT It looks like the (already troubled) British airline FlyBe risks becoming one of the fi...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Science, Biology, Scotland, India, US, World news, Iran, Medical Research, Britain, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, House, Microbiology


Coronavirus live updates: Italy closes all schools and universities until mid-March

More cases in Scotland and Ireland, Italians in India test positive while Facebook says it will take down hoax claimsCoronavirus epidemic in UK is likely, says chief medical officerFears of global slowdown grow as US stimulus fails to rally marketsWhite House’s ‘muzzled’ messaging is dangerous, experts sayPodcast: Is Britain prepared for a mass outbreak of the coronavirus?Share your experiences 1.33pm GMT Another person has tested positive for coronavirus in England. A spokesman for Greater ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, India, US, World news, Iran, Medical Research, Britain, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, House


Coronavirus live updates: first case confirmed at European Union offices

More cases in Scotland and Ireland, Italians in India test positive while Facebook says it will take down hoax claimsCoronavirus epidemic in UK is likely, says chief medical officerFears of global slowdown grow as US stimulus fails to rally marketsWhite House’s ‘muzzled’ messaging is dangerous, experts sayPodcast: Is Britain prepared for a mass outbreak of the coronavirus?Share your experiences 12.31pm GMT Brighton College, an independent day and boarding school in south east England, is one...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, Science, Biology, Scotland, India, US, European Union, World news, Iran, Medical Research, Thailand, Britain, Ireland



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