Influencers say Russia-linked PR agency asked them to disparage Pfizer vaccine

Fazze offered money to YouTubers and bloggers to falsely claim jab was responsible for hundreds of deaths French and German YouTubers, bloggers and influencers have been offered money by a supposedly UK-based PR agency with apparent Russian connections to falsely tell their followers the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is responsible for hundreds of deaths. Fazze, which saidContinue reading “Influencers say Russia-linked PR agency asked them to disparage Pfizer vaccine”

Will America’s disregard for science be the end of its reign? | Big Think

From America’s inception, there has always been a rebellious, anti-establishment mentality. That way of thinking has become more reckless now that the entire world is interconnected and there are added layers of verification (or repudiation) of facts. As the great minds in this video can attest, there are systems and mechanisms in place to discernContinue reading “Will America’s disregard for science be the end of its reign? | Big Think”

Taiwan health official warns of China’s ‘cognitive warfare’

There has been a spike in misleading information from China amid a recent surge in domestic COVID-19 infections The government is proactively debunking online misinformation amid a recent surge in domestic COVID-19 infections, with a fine of up to NT$3 million (US$107,300) for those who spread fake pandemic information, a senior health official has said.Continue reading “Taiwan health official warns of China’s ‘cognitive warfare’”

U.S. to ramp up tracking of domestic extremism on social media

The Department of Homeland Security plans to ramp up social media tracking as part of an enhanced focus on domestic violent extremism. While the move is a response to weaknesses exposed by the deadly U.S. Capitol insurrection, it’s raising concerns about undermining Americans’ civil liberties. President Joe Biden’s top appointees have called white supremacists theContinue reading “U.S. to ramp up tracking of domestic extremism on social media”

How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens

In the months before the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup, the country’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow the army to eavesdrop on the communications of citizens, sources with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters. The technology gives the military the power to listen in onContinue reading “How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens”

St. Paul ‘sovereign citizen’ records himself stealing vaccines from workers

A 32-year-old St. Paul man has posted multiple Facebook videos of himself stealing Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines by pretending he wants to get vaccinated and walking out with the vials. Thomas E. Humphrey said on the videos he’s a member of the sovereign citizen movement, which is an anti-government extremist group thatContinue reading “St. Paul ‘sovereign citizen’ records himself stealing vaccines from workers”

Trump seen as likely to run in 2024; Facebook ban enrages GOP

Sources close to former President Trump believe he’s increasingly likely to run in 2024 — and that was even before the Facebook Oversight Board inflamed conservatives by upholding the ban on the former president. Why it matters: Trump and his inner circle view Facebook reinstatement as crucial to his political comeback. The independent Oversight Board’s decision, which givesContinue reading “Trump seen as likely to run in 2024; Facebook ban enrages GOP”

US seen as bigger threat to democracy than Russia or China, global poll finds

Belief in importance of democracy high in 53 sampled countries but inequality and big tech companies seen as biggest threats The US faces an uphill task presenting itself as the chief guardian of global democracy, according to a new poll that shows the US is seen around the world as more of a threat toContinue reading “US seen as bigger threat to democracy than Russia or China, global poll finds”

Southern GOP leader defends slavery because “many of the slaves loved their masters”

The anti-LGBTQ president of the Women’s Republican Club of New Orleans has taken to social media to vociferously defend the “good” parts of slavery. Martha Huckabay, the president of the Women’s Republican Club of New Orleans, unloaded on social media in defense of a state legislator who said schools ought to teach the “good” partsContinue reading “Southern GOP leader defends slavery because “many of the slaves loved their masters””

Facebook claims it mistakenly hid posts calling for India’s prime minister to resign

The company says it didn’t block posts at the request of the Indian government When Facebook users tried to view a hashtag calling for the resignation of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, they instead saw a message saying that Facebook was temporarily hiding the posts in order to keep the community safe. Buzzfeed News reports that the postsContinue reading “Facebook claims it mistakenly hid posts calling for India’s prime minister to resign”

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