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When a story is breaking, AI can help consumers identify fake news

Warnings about misinformation are now regularly posted on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, but not all of these cautions are created equal. New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that artificial intelligence can help form accurate news assessments -- but only when a news story is first emerging.
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Gab, the social-media platform booming on the far-right, has posted direct QAnon quotes on Twitter

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Gab displayed on a smart phone with its website in the background in Arlington, Virginia, on January 11, 2021. Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images Gab quoted a message from the QAnon conspiracy-theory cult on the company's Twitter page. "DARK TO LIGHT. BLACKOUT NECESSARY," Gab said in the tweet. The platform has become popular on the far-right.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The corporate Twitter account...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Social Media, Tech News, Jesus, Donald Trump, Pepe, Jesus Christ, Twitter Facebook, Arlington Virginia, US Capitol, Digital Culture, Olivier Douliery, Gab, QAnon, Twitter GAB


Solis orders vaccines for LA County residents 65 and older starting Jan. 21

As debate over the slower-than expected rollout heated up anew, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis on Monday, Jan. 18 ordered that coronavirus vaccines be made available to residents 65 years of age and older beginning Thursday, Jan. 21. “The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been an enormous undertaking, especially during an unprecedented surge where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket,” said Solis in a statement. “However, if we are to ever get out of th...
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LA County residents 65 and older can get coronavirus vaccines starting Thursday

As debate over the slower-than expected rollout heated up anew, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis on Monday, Jan. 18 that coronavirus vaccines be made available to residents 65 years of age and older beginning Thursday, Jan. 21. “The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been an enormous undertaking, especially during an unprecedented surge where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to skyrocket,” said Solis in a statement that accompanied her . “However, if we are to e...
Tags: News, California, Paul Simon, City, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Pasadena, Valencia, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Downey, Twitter Facebook, Department of Public Health, LA County, George Takei


Report: Trump’s Twitter ban led to a 73% drop in election fraud misinformation

Trump‘s bans from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms may have been controversial, but they appear to have been effective in achieving one goal: combatting misinformation. According to research firm Zignal Labs, and as reported by the Washington Post, online misinformation about election fraud dropped by 73%, following Trump’s ban. According to the report, which covers the period from January 9 to 15: “Conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,00...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Washington Post, Insider, Trump, Twitter Facebook, Zignal Labs


Election fraud lie withered after Twitter banned Trump

President Donald Trump's lie that he was cheated of a victory in the November election, which he peddled on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, was a driving factor in spreading misinformation on this issue. How do we know? Research released Friday found that online discussions about election fraud plunged a whopping 73% since Twitter and other social media companies banned Trump and his key allies on January 8.
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Opinion: What if Twitter had banned Trump sooner?

President Donald Trump's lie that he was cheated of a victory in the November election, which he peddled on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, was a driving factor in spreading misinformation on this issue. How do we know? Research released Friday found that online discussions about election fraud plunged a whopping 73% since Twitter and other social media companies banned Trump and his key allies on January 8.
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Election lie withered after Twitter banned Trump

President Donald Trump's lie that he was cheated of a victory in the November election, which he peddled on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, was a driving factor in spreading misinformation on this issue. How do we know? Research released Friday found that online discussions about election fraud plunged a whopping 73% since Twitter and other social media companies banned Trump and his key allies on January 8.
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15 steps to fundraising a new VC or private equity fund

David Teten Contributor Share on Twitter David Teten is founder of Versatile VC and writes periodically at teten.com and @dteten. More posts by this contributor Flexible VC: A new model for startups targeting profitability In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 followers Launching is easy; fundraising is harder. I’ve been fortunate to be a partner at two different VC firms over the past n...
Tags: Column, Linkedin, Tech, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Twitter Facebook, David Teten, Institutional Limited Partners Association, Yohei Nakajima, Richard Dukas, Dukas Linden Public Relations


Twitter, Facebook and Co.: The Growing Problem of Online Radicalization

The raid on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., has shown clearly just how dangerous online radicalization can be. By promoting hate and inciting violence, social media platforms represent a danger to democracy.
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Oklahoma, Wyoming, and West Virginia had the highest rate of Parler users leading up to the Capitol Siege, new data shows

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Data from Global Wireless Solutions shows daily users on Parler nearly doubled following the Capitol riots. Users of the social media application, which eschews moderation, were more likely to be Caucasian, over 45, and upper middle class, according to GWS. After the election, Parler users prioritized the NewsMax app over the FoxNews app, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, News, US, West Virginia, Trends, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Carter, Capitol


Parler's Laughably Bad Antitrust Lawsuit Against Amazon (techdirt)

As you may have heard, over the weekend Amazon removed Parler from its AWS cloud hosting services, causing the website to shut down. I've been working on a longer piece about all of this, but in the meantime, I did want to write about the laughably bad antitrust lawsuit that Parler filed against Amazon in response. Notably, this came just days after Parler's CEO claims that his own lawyers quit (would these be the same "lawyers" who stupidly advised that the company doesn't need Section 230?). I...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, News, Washington, Aws, Ny, Los Angeles Times, Amazon Web Services, Trump, Mike Pence, Mike Masnick, Congressional, Twitter Facebook, Amazon Amazon, Capital Hill, Berin Szoka


Jack Dorsey breaks his silence on Twitter's decision to ban Trump after Capitol riots

Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Jack Dorsey broke his silence Wednesday on Twitter's decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump. Dorsey called it "the right decision for Twitter" amid "an extraordinary and untenable" circumstances, but said a ban was a "failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation" and that could set a "dangerous" precedent. In the series of tweets, Dorsey also advocated for more open and decentralized approaches to developing social me...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Politics, News, US, Trends, Social Media, House Of Representatives, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Dorsey, Trump, Capitol, Twitter Facebook, Apple Google, US Capitol


Snapchat Will Terminate Donald Trump’s Account, Citing ‘Public Safety’

In the latest deplatforming of President Trump, Snap said Wednesday that it will permanently ban his account on Snapchat in the “interest of public safety.” The move by Snap to boot Trump from the social app comes after Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Twitch and other internet platforms have issued similar bans. YouTube yesterday suspended Trump’s […]
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Snapchat will terminate Trump's account on Jan. 20

Snap joins Twitter, Facebook and other tech companies in denying service to the president after last week's mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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'President Trump lost many of his supporters, including me.' Billionaire Trump donor Doug Leone blames Trump for the insurrection.

Sequoia's Doug Leone is the latest conservative billionaire businessman to renounce his support for Trump after last week's insurrection. Getty Images Billionaire VC Doug Leone was once one of Trump's strongest supporters in Silicon Valley, donating over $100,000 to his 2020 reelection campaign. He told Insider he no longer supports the president after his role in inciting the riots on Capitol Hill last week.  "After last week's horrific events, President Trump lost many of his sup...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Politics, Congress, US, America, Trends, Tim Cook, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, Blackstone, Khosla Ventures, Vinod Khosla, Sequoia


Without Twitter, Trump remains largely invisible

By Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak | CNN On the day he will be impeached for a history-making second time, President Donald Trump lacks a comprehensive legal strategy, has nothing on his public schedule and is without his preferred social media methods of responding — in part because his son-in-law put a stop to efforts establishing his presence on fringe platforms after he was banned from Twitter. It amounts to near-invisibility for the President at the most perilous moment of his presidency, ...
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CES Daily: Electric vehicles, immersive reality and a whole lot of innovation

Missing Las Vegas yet? CES has been doing its best to replicate the aura of deal-making and industry camaraderie that its annual in-person event is famous for, but there’s no denying it is not the same; your home office is just not a cavernous convention hall with a 50-foot screen, and no matter how well-stocked your fridge is, it probably can’t compare to the Bellagio buffet. One thing this year’s all-digital CES is not lacking, however, is innovation. With 200 sessions and 1,800 industry-le...
Tags: Verizon, Motorola, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Advertising, Disney, General Motors, Gm, Las Vegas, Electric, Lenovo, Sony Music Entertainment, Alexa, Pluto TV, Philo


MyPillow's CEO is standing by Trump after the deadly Capitol riots, and offering customers a discount with the code 'FightForTrump'

US President Donald Trump (right) shakes hands with Mike Lindell, founder of My Pillow. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, is continuing to stand by President Donald Trump following the US Capitol riots on January 6, even as other businesses cut ties. MyPillow was offering the discount code "FightForTrump" on Tuesday, allowing customers to get cheaper deals on pillows, the New York Times reported. Twitter flagged two of Lindell's tweets on Sunday and Monday, whi...
Tags: Minnesota, Washington, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Capitol, Lindell, Twitter Facebook, NewsMax


YouTube suspends Trump content, newcomers join Super Bowl line-up; Wednesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.  YouTube suspends Trump content YouTube is the latest Big Tech platform to bar President Trump from posting online, announcing last night on Twitter that it has suspended his account to new uploa...
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YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel for at Least Seven Days

YouTube is the latest tech company to bar the president from posting online, following Twitter, Facebook and others.
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Study finds around one-third of Americans regularly get their news from Facebook

Around a third of Americans regularly get their news from Facebook, according to the latest study from Pew Research Center, whose surveys aim to better understand the current media landscape in the U.S. In the updated report, Pew Research found that around half of U.S. adults, or 53%, said they “often” or “sometimes” use social media to get their news. This is spread out across a number of sites, but Facebook is at the top of the list. The study found that 36% of U.S. adults said they “regularly...
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What We Can Learn From Parler's Meltdown

I won’t bemoan the the right-wing exodus from Twitter, Facebook, and various other social networks over the past few months. (The fewer people sharing messages of support for armed insurrection or coddling Nazis on my social networks, the better.) But the fact that many of of these people fled to the “free speech”…Read more...
Tags: Privacy, Lifehacks, Free Speech, Phishing, Data Security, Twitter Facebook, Account


Trump bans by Twitter, Facebook will trigger Big Tech giants' 'downfall,' says 'Social Dilemma' star

One of the key figures in the hit Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" feels that Twitter and Facebook banning President Trump will...
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Sacha Baron Cohen shamed Google for keeping Donald Trump's YouTube account live after Facebook and Twitter banned him

Sacha Baron Cohen. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Actor and satirist Sacha Baron Cohen has called on Google's YouTube to follow other major social media platforms in banning or restricting US President Donald Trump's account.  In a tweet posted on Monday, the "Borat" star wrote: "Trump's YouTube channel is STILL showing videos of his election lies to MILLIONS of people!" A host of social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, banned or restricted the President following the viole...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Susan Wojcicki, Donald Trump, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Trump, Capitol, Twitter Facebook, Baron Cohen, US Capitol


Pelosi Calls Trump ‘Imminent Threat’ To Democracy, House To Proceed With Impeachment Legislation

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In a letter penned to colleagues, Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called President Trump a threat to Democracy and laid out the next steps in the House’s bid to impeach him following the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Pelosi said Majority Leader Hoyer “will request Unanimous Consent to bring up the [Congressman Jamie] Raskin resolution,” which calls on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to declare Trump incapable of his presidential duties. In an ...
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Twitter, Facebook and Others Silenced Trump. Now They Learn What's Next

The social-media platforms’ actions in recent days show the companies’ influence over online discourse.
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The Capitol riots led to Twitter suspending Trump, while Parler erupted with talk of violence, and Simon & Schuster cancelled a senator's book.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images What happened last week? Twitter and Facebook suspended President Donald Trump's accounts as armed Trump supporters ransacked the Capitol on Wednesday. Twitter made its ban permanent on Friday.  On Wednesday, alternative social media app Parler erupted in calls for a violent revolution. Google banned it from its app store on Friday.  Publisher...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, United States, Washington Dc, Alibaba, Mark Cuban, Jack Dorsey


What happened last week? The Capitol riots led to Twitter suspending Trump, while Parler erupted with talk of violence, and Simon & Schuster cancelled a senator's book.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images What happened last week? Twitter and Facebook suspended President Donald Trump's accounts as armed Trump supporters ransacked the Capitol on Wednesday. Twitter made its ban permanent on Friday.  On Wednesday, alternative social media app Parler erupted in calls for a violent revolution. Google banned it from its app store on Friday.  Publisher...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, United States, Washington Dc, Alibaba, Mark Cuban, Jack Dorsey