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How my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threats | Dr Andrew Hill

I was sent images of coffins and hanged Nazi war criminals after finding medical fraud in clinical trialsThe story of online threats and abuse is very dark. In early 2021, my research team was analysing a new drug called ivermectin. In the first clinical trials, this drug seemed to prevent new infections and improve survival. When I first wrote about this, I started getting regular threats on Twitter, demanding that ivermectin should be approved worldwide and questioning the safety of vaccines.I...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Gates Foundation, Andrew Hill, Coronavirus


Scientists abused and threatened for discussing Covid, global survey finds

Poll of 321 scientists found 15% received death threats after speaking publicly on the pandemicHow my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threatsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists around the world have received threats of death and sexual assault after speaking to the media about Covid-19, a survey has revealed.Of 321 scientists asked by Nature magazine, 15% said they had received death threats and 22% had been threatened with physical or sexual violence ...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, World news, Nature, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Nicki Minaj's vaccine tweets were the latest test of social media's imperfect system for stopping misinformation's spread

Twitter has not deleted or added a warning label to Nicki Minaj's tweet containing unverified information about COVID-19 vaccines. Getty/Gilbert Carrasquillo Twitter has not deleted or added a warning to Nicki Minaj's tweet containing COVID misinformation. Twitter said Minaj's tweet will stay up because the rapper shared a personal anecdote. When celebrities post misinformation, the result can be "incredibly damaging" to public health, one expert said. See more stories on Insi...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Cook, News, Cdc, Nicki Minaj, White House, Trends, Atlanta, Analysis, Oxford University, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trinidad, Misinformation


Twitter Finally Embraces Bots

After spending the past few years trying to usher out the many, many bots populating its platform, Twitter is finally trying to give some of them a chance. On Thursday, the company announced it would begin testing out labels for some automated accounts—better known as Twitter bots—to let users suss out which ones are…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Bots, Operating Systems, Twitter Bot, Internet Bots, Social Bot


Twitter’s New Reactions Are Too Friendly for Twitter

In yet another example of Twitter cribbing features from its direct competitors, the company announced it would be trying out emoji reactions for users across Turkey over the coming weeks with a possible wider rollout if all goes well. Per the company, the new emoji roster is meant to help people “quickly express…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Linkedin, Turkey, Software, Internet Slang, Computing, Emoji, Internet Culture, Online Chat, Face With Tears Of Joy Emoji, Japanese Writing System, Emoji Domain


Twitter’s New Communities Feature Gives Laser-Eyed Bitcoin Bros and Dog Lovers a Space to Talk Among Themselves

Furthering its quest to suddenly become every other app, Twitter is now introducing Facebook Group/Reddit subreddit-like groups called Communities that revolve around shared interests.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Taylor Swift, Social Media, Software, Computing, Reddit, Jack Dorsey, Clubhouse, Real Time Web, Brown, Facebook Group, Tay, Elliot Management, Mobile Applications


3 concerning variants have caught scientists' attention since Delta emerged - here's how they compare

A medical worker performs a PCR test for COVID-19 on August 31, 2020, at a testing booth in Montreuil, France. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images Three coronavirus variants - Lambda, Mu, and C.1.2 - have raised red flags among scientists lately. The variants show signs of being highly transmissible, able to circumvent vaccine protection, or both. But so far, none is more concerning than Delta, the world's dominant strain. See more stories on Insider's business page. After the Delta vari...
Tags: Twitter, Science, News, China, US, Trends, Colombia, South Africa, Delta, Belgium, Peru, Who, Helix, South America, Lambda, Pfizer


GoDaddy Is Giving Texas Abortion Snitching Site the Boot

After users threatened to boycott the internet domain service GoDaddy for hosting the newly-established tip line that allows Texans to anonymously snitch on private citizens they suspect of performing an abortion after six weeks or anyone who “aids or abets” such abortions in the state, the company abruptly announced t…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Internet, Godaddy, Web Hosting, Abortion, Computer Networking, Dan C Race


Twitter Has Some Big Privacy Changes It Would Like to Test on You

In an effort to get more people onboard with their whole sharing-intimate-thoughts-and-opinions-with-strangers-on-the-internet thing, Twitter plans to trial a host of new features that will allow for greater privacy customization.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Terms Of Service, Internet Privacy, South of Market San Francisco, Facebook Like Button, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Svetlana Pimkina


Guillermo del Toro's Netflix Horror Anthology Series Is Overflowing With Talent

Audiences are about to get a peek into the twisted mind of Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro—actually, eight peeks, to be precise. Netflix just announced the cast and crew for a new show called Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. It’s a series of genre-bending stories, curated by The Shape of Water …Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Film, Netflix, Guillermo Del Toro, Oscar, Ana Lily Amirpour, Vincenzo Natali, Andrew Lincoln, Willard, Mandy, Guillermo, Lovecraft, Ben Barnes, HANNAH, Crispin Glover


Coinbase Accidentally Scared 125,000 Users Into Thinking Their Accounts Had Been Hacked

The popular crypto exchange Coinbase freaked out a helluva lot of people this past weekend when it sent them erroneous alerts telling them that their 2-factor authentication settings had been messed with. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Coinbase, Operating Systems, Text Messaging, Corporate Finance


Why Congressman Paul Gosar Is Tweeting a Green Arrow Pointed at His Dick

Paul Gosar, Republican representative from the state of Arizona who has been called a friend to white nationalists, recently posted a picture of himself on Twitter that appears to show a long green arrow pointed at his penis. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Joe Biden, United States, Arizona, Donald Trump, Dick, Trumpism, Trump, Epstein, Paul Gosar, Rivelino, QAnon, Right Wing Populism In The United States, Far Right Politics In The United States


Inspiring: Tucker Carlson Offered Money to Help a Banned Anti-Vaxx Conspiracy Theorist Sue Twitter

Wow. When this anti-mask, anti-vaxx conspiracy theorist got permanently suspended from Twitter, one Fox News host was there for him with the offer of cash in hand: Tucker Carlson.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Deception, Fake News, Vaccine Hesitancy, Alex Berenson, Pseudohistory, Right Wing Populism In The United States, Far Right Politics In The United States, American Writers, Twitter Suspensions


Twitter Is Letting Some iOS Users Start to Sell Tickets to Their Live Audio Rooms

If you’re dying to get into someone’s Twitter Space, and are willing to pay for it, you might be in luck.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Tickets, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Google Spaces, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Social Networking Services, Social Audio, Twitter Space


Updates From Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, American Horror Story, and More

American Horror Story reveals its latest cryptic cast of characters. Lakeith Stanfield will help bring Victor LaValle’s Changeling to life. Game of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson joins AMC’s Interview With the Vampire. Plus, what’s coming on Riverdale and Chapelwaite. Spoilers, away!Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Danai Gurira, Fiction, Amc, American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Bruce Banner, Riverdale, Wakanda, Amick, Kaia Gerber, Lily Rabe, Leslie Grossman


Facebook Releases Shelved Transparency Report on Its Most Popular Posts

After facing widespread criticism, Facebook has unveiled a transparency report that it initially shelved about the most popular posts on its public News Feed in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2021. The report offers a glimpse into how far misinformation about the covid-19 vaccine has spread online. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Articles, Software, Gizmodo, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Fake News, Vaccine Hesitancy, Andy Stone, QAnon, Guy Rosen, Pseudohistory, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Far Right Politics In The United States


A Complete Guide to Not Getting Hacked

As safe as you might feel sitting at your laptop, happily typing and posting and scrolling, we all know the truth: the internet is actually a giant hellscape full of spies, criminals, ransomware, and all kinds of other dangerous shit.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Identity Management, Cryptography, Password, Protonmail, Filevault, Computer Security, Yubico, Internet Privacy, Peter Finch, Crypt, Try, Random Password Generator


No, Your Acorns Account Wasn’t Hacked—That Email Was a Mistake

Have no fear, Acorns users. Your accounts have not been hacked. Probably. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Email, Microsoft, Social Media, Software, Computing, Webmail, Spamming, Acorns, Outlookcom, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Private Message


OnlyFans Reveals How Often Police Demand User Data (Sort Of)

OnlyFans on Thursday released its first transparency report, providing insight into the number of times law enforcement agencies asked for information about its users over the past month. The report also details the number of accounts suspended by the company as well as the number of accounts believed to have posted…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Software, Operating Systems, Video Hosting, Transparency Report, Child Pornography, Internet Privacy, National Center for Missing Exploited Children, OnlyFans, Law Crime


Netflix's Witcher Prequel Blood Origin Adds a Slew of New Stars

The animated Witcher spin-off movie Nightmare of the Wolf is only a few days away, but there’s still more Witcher coming down the pike. Netflix has announced the many, many people who’ll be joining Blood Origin, the live-action miniseries set more than a thousand years before the smash-hit show starring Henry Cavill…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Fiction, Netflix, Levy, Henry Cavill, Wolf, Laurence, Wyatt, Witcher, Elie, Andrzej Sapkowski, Karen Pirie, Speculative Fiction, Sophia Brown, Dylan Moran


Twitter Backpedals on Design Changes After Users Complain of Headaches, Eye Strain

A few days after it released some new design changes meant to make it more accessible, Twitter is going back to the drawing board, and for a very good reason. The design choices were literally hurting some users’ eyes and giving them headaches. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Headache, South of Market San Francisco, Twitter Accessibility, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Alex Haagaard, Psot


You May Never Get Verified on Twitter

This year, many of those longing for a blue checkmark on Twitter were filled with hope when the company reopened its public verification process for the first time in almost four years. That hope was short-lived, though, as Twitter proceeded to pause the process, only to reopen it again in June. Well, shockingly,…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Identity Management, Social Media, Computing, Internet Culture, World Wide Web, Twitter Verification, Verification, Computer Access Control, Account Verification


HBO Max Knows Its App Sucks

Enough is enough: HBO Max has heard your constant whining and wheedling on Twitter about how its app is “designed like they’re mad at you for using it” and “bravely answers the question ‘what if the people who designed an app fucking hated their customers.’” They know that the app all but spontaneously combusts when…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Hbo, Science, Television, Netflix, Game Of Thrones, Roku, Hbo Now, Mass Media, Apple TV App, WarnerMedia, Home Box Office Inc, HBO Max, Entertainment Culture, Technology Internet


The Cryptocurrency Lobby Is a New Major Climate Enemy

The United States Senate on Tuesday approved the weak $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package after negotiating for weeks. It will now head to the House of Representatives for final approval. Tucked into the end of the bill are provisions on cryptocurrencies that became a major sticking point in the waning hours…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Cryptography, Bitcoin, House Of Representatives, Janet Yellen, Kiss, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Blockchain, Ron Wyden, Rob Portman, Gary Gensler


Guy Behind Fake Cormac McCarthy Twitter Account is Actually a California Gubernatorial Candidate

Cormac McCarthy, author of many a novel about dark, dark things, has never been on Twitter, but that hasn’t stopped other people from tweeting for him. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Youtube, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Election, Terry, Patton Oswalt, Writers, Joe, Cormac Mccarthy, No Country for Old Men, Daniel Watts, American Writers, Entertainment Culture, Behind Fake Cormac


Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 5 August, 2021

Tuesday saw the world total of reported Covid cases pass through 200 million.  Here in the US we’re just over 36 million cases, and rising now at a new rate of 100k or greater every day. I created a new chart, comparing the seven day average new case count in the US for each day this year with the same day last year.  This helps us to answer a key question – are we winning or losing the battle with Covid?  Are we better off? As you can see, for all of June and most of July, the answer was triu...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Florida, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, Mexico, France, Germany, Israel, US, Georgia


Facebook Is Awash in Oil Money

Facebook makes close to 98% of its billions and billions of dollars off of targeted ads. The company hasn’t shied away when it comes to taking ad dollars from sources—including the oil industry. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Environment, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Bp, Shell, Chevron, Exxon, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, InfluenceMap, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet


Big Oil Spent $9.6 Million on Facebook Ads Blaming You for Climate Change

Facebook makes close to 98% of its billions and billions of dollars off of targeted ads. The company hasn’t shied away when it comes to taking ad dollars from sources—including the oil industry. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Environment, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Bp, Shell, Chevron, Exxon, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, InfluenceMap, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet


TikTok, the Only Social Media Platform Without Stories, Is Getting Stories

As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so too is it all but guaranteed in 2021 that social media platforms will eventually test some ill-fated version of Instagram Stories in their feeds. And as of Wednesday, TikTok is no longer the exception: The platform is reportedly experimenting with a new…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Video Hosting, Byte, Variety, Video Software, Bytedance, Tiktok, Application Software


MAGA Twitter Clone Gettr Pivots From Being Filled With Porn to Being Filled With ISIS

Last month, members of Donald Trump’s insufferable inner circle launched GETTR, a half-assed and poorly built Facebook/Twitter clone that previously seemed to mostly serve as a vanity project for a far-right, fugitive Chinese billionaire with a cult-like following.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Isis, Science, Social Media, Software, Tumblr, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Sean Hannity, Facebook Twitter, Jason Miller, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Right Wing Populism In The United States



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