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Claytoonz: F for Putin

If you’re standing with Russia, or blaming Biden for something Putin did, or you’re deflecting for Putin and spreading Russian propaganda, then as the great Cee Lo Green once sang, “F you too.”... Read more»

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Social media giants subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

The congressional committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed four large Silicon Valley social media companies Thursday, saying the companies had failed to furnish requested items vital to the investigation. ... Read more»

Facebook hosted surge of misinfo, insurrection threats leading up to Jan. 6 attack

A ProPublica/Washington Post analysis of Facebook posts, internal company documents and interviews, provides the clearest evidence yet that the social media giant played a critical role in spreading lies that fomented the violence of Jan. 6. ... Read more»

Biden’s border: 'an incredibly disappointing year' for immigrant advocates

As a candidate, Joe Biden emphasized how different his immigration policy would be from that of former President Donald Trump, promising to “take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage,” but after nearly a year of the Biden presidency, immigrant advocates are disheartened.... Read more»

Poll: Majority of Republicans falsely believe Arizona ‘audit’ found fraud

A majority of Republican respondents in a recent poll wrongly believe that the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa county definitely or probably found evidence of fraud.... Read more»

Scammers are using fake job ads to steal people’s identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front - and scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits. ... Read more»

How to avoid being scammed on Facebook Marketplace

Even though Facebook Marketplace is backed by the power of the social networking giant, buying and selling items through the service can still carry the same risks as making purchases on other peer-to-peer platforms or through the classified ads of the local newspaper.... Read more»

How Facebook undermines privacy protections for its 2 billion WhatsApp users

Since paying $22 billion to buy WhatsApp in 2014, Facebook has been trying to figure out how to generate profits from a service that doesn’t charge its users, and despite assurances to users that no one can see their messages, the company has an extensive monitoring operation. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick’s false claim about unvaccinated Black people

The majority of U.S. residents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are white, according to available state data and survey research - contradicting Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s claim that, “in most states,” Black residents are “the biggest group” of unvaccinated people.... Read more»

FactCheck: Video twists advice on Delta variant and vaccination

Studies indicate that currently available vaccines are largely effective against the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, but a video circulating on Facebook wrongly tells viewers the opposite.... Read more»

Arizona AG Brnovich launches U.S. Senate campaign

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is running for U.S. Senate, joining a growing field that already includes that already includes Jim Lamon and Michael “Mick” McGuire, in what could be a contentious fight for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly next year. ... Read more»

Watchdog: 83 border agents made racist, sexist Facebook posts; CBP leaders didn't act to prevent incidents

Facing racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive social media activity from their employees, senior leaders with U.S. Customs and Border Protection took no action on their own to prevent further misconduct, according to a report published Monday by a federal watchdog.... Read more»

FactCheck

Pfizer CEO got vaccinated, contrary to claim in video

The chief executive officer for Pfizer, Albert Bourla, has gotten his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, he told Axios in early March. But a video posted to Facebook on March 24 is blaring the false claim: “Pfeizer CEO refuses [vaccine],” with an emoji that looks like the SARS-CoV-2 virus and a syringe. ... Read more»

Native Americans use technology to keep traditions, language alive during pandemic

Many Native people have found innovative ways throughout the pandemic to continue sharing their culture despite physical distancing restrictions. Social media groups have provided some remedies, in ways that may continue after the pandemic wanes.... Read more»

Interview

26 words created the Internet. What will it take to save it?

Jeff Kosseff wrote the book on Section 230, the law that gave us the internet we have today. He talks about how we got here and how we should regulate our way out.... Read more»

'This Is War': Inside the secret chat where far-right extremists devised post-Capitol plans

Chats from a private Telegram group show how a suspect tied to the Jan. 6 insurrection tried to organize a self-styled militia. The hidden proliferation of such groups worries experts who say that despite a sweeping crackdown by U.S. law enforcement, appear dedicated to planning and participating in further violence.... Read more»

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