Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia

As Tamu Shatallah walked past the inauguration stage draped in gold, his thoughts were on the deadly civil war that has plagued Ethiopia for nearly a year. It’s a war “between brothers, between sisters,” Tamu said. A war that, as far as he can tell, has done nothing for his country. That stage in Ethiopia’sContinue reading “Social media misinformation stokes a worsening civil war in Ethiopia”

Misinformation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

Far-right Covid conspiracy theories fuelling antisemitism, warn UK experts

Organisers of exhibition on history of British fascism say parallels can be drawn with current thinking A surge in Covid-19 conspiracy theories risks boosting antisemitism, hate crime campaigners have warned after the opening of an exhibition shedding light on interwar British fascism and its parallels today. The Wiener Holocaust Library in London is staging the exhibition –Continue reading “Far-right Covid conspiracy theories fuelling antisemitism, warn UK experts”

Let’s talk about Southwest airlines, disruptions, and evidence – Beau of the Fifth Column

Fanatic anti-vaxxers and coronavirus deniers are continuing to radicalize | COVID-19 Special – DW News

A 20-year old petrol station worker was shot dead in Germany after asking a customer to mask up. The country has seen many protests, sometimes violent, over its hygiene rules – but the shooting was the first death directly linked to the restrictions. It prompted widespread shock and condemnation. It’s an escalation of conspiracy theories.Continue reading “Fanatic anti-vaxxers and coronavirus deniers are continuing to radicalize | COVID-19 Special – DW News”

Whistleblower’s SEC complaint: Facebook knew platform was used to “promote human trafficking and domestic servitude”

For the first time, read the whistleblower’s complaints to the SEC that led to 60 Minutes’ report on Facebook. For the first time, 60 Minutes is publishing whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission against Facebook by former employee Frances Haugen. The filings, submitted by Haugen’s lawyers, state, “Our anonymous client is disclosingContinue reading “Whistleblower’s SEC complaint: Facebook knew platform was used to “promote human trafficking and domestic servitude””

European politicians call for Facebook investigation after whistleblower revelation

Two members of the European parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook (FB.O) prioritised profits above the public good. The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, who had worked as a product manager on the civic misinformation team at Facebook, shared internal documents with newspapers and attorneys general from several U.S. states. read more AContinue reading “European politicians call for Facebook investigation after whistleblower revelation”

Ex-Facebook manager alleges social network fed Capitol riot

Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in last year’s elections in a moneymaking move that a company whistleblower alleges contributed to the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol. The whistleblower, former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen, also asserted during an exclusive interview thatContinue reading “Ex-Facebook manager alleges social network fed Capitol riot”

Sovereign Citizens Are Trying To Set Up Their Own Anti-Vax Schools in the UK

The plans could wreak havoc with the education of thousands of children, experts told VICE World News. Radical anti-vaxxers in the UK are pulling their kids out of mainstream education and mobilising to set up their own schools instead, founded on militant sovereign citizen ideology they mistakenly believe exempts them from British law. Those behind the initiativeContinue reading “Sovereign Citizens Are Trying To Set Up Their Own Anti-Vax Schools in the UK”

‘Unruly’ anti-vax protesters force New Hampshire state meeting to shut down after storming building: report

On Thursday, WBZ News reported that anti-vaccine protesters forced a meeting of the New Hampshire Executive Council at Saint Anselm College to be canceled. “The council was set to discuss federal funding and vaccination efforts around the state, but anti-vaccine protesters argued that New Hampshire was giving up their sovereignty by doing so,” said the report. “SomeContinue reading “‘Unruly’ anti-vax protesters force New Hampshire state meeting to shut down after storming building: report”

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