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Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook

Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook

n early May, QAnon braced for a purge. Facebook had a small subset – five pages, six groups and 20 profiles – of the community on the social network, and as word of the bans spread, followers of Q began preparing for a broader sweep.Some groups changed their names, substituting “17” for “Q” (the 17th letter of the alphabet); others shared links to back-up accounts on alternative social media platforms with looser rules.More than just another internet conspiracy theory, QAnon is a movement of people who interpret as a kind of gospel the online messages of an anonymous figure – “Q” – who...

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Jun 25
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Elon Musk reopens California Tesla factory in defiance of lockdown order

Elon Musk reopens California Tesla factory in defiance of lockdown order

Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Tesla would resume production at its northern factory on Monday afternoon, in defiance of a local public health order designed to slow the spread of coronavirus.“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,” the billionaire CEO . “I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”Musk’s announcement followed a weekend of that is home to Tesla’s only car factory in the US, in the city of Fremont. On Saturday, Tesla sued Alameda county, alleging that the local public health order violated...

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May 11
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California sues Uber and Lyft for misclassifying drivers as contractors

California sues Uber and Lyft for misclassifying drivers as contractors

is suing Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law, in the most significant challenge to the ride-hailing companies’ employment model to date.Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a news conference. The labor law, known as AB5 and considered the nation’s strictest test, took effect on 1 January and makes it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees who are entitled to minimum wage and benefits such as workers compensation and...

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Coronavirus: Facebook will start warning users who engaged with 'harmful' misinformation

Coronavirus: Facebook will start warning users who engaged with 'harmful' misinformation

will begin showing notifications to users who have interacted with posts that contain “harmful” coronavirus misinformation, the company announced on Thursday, in an aggressive new move to address the spread of false information about Covid-19.The new policy applies only to misinformation that Facebook considers likely to contribute to “”, such as false claims about “cures” or statements that physical distancing is not effective. Facebook’s policy has been to remove those posts from the platform.Under the new policy, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, users who liked, shared,...

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Apr 16
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One year inside Trump's monumental Facebook campaign

One year inside Trump's monumental Facebook campaign

Illustration: Griffin Barnett/The GuardianA Guardian investigation of 218,100 ads reveals how the campaign’s sophisticated social media machine targets conservative votersby in San FranciscoMain image:Illustration: Griffin Barnett/The Guardians the Democratic candidates for president spent 2019 battling each other in early voting states, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign built a sophisticated social media machine to communicate with conservative voters, grow its email list and fine-tune its messaging.Over the course of 2019, the Trump campaign spent nearly $20m on more than 218,000...

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Jan 29
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Google fires employee who protested company's work with US border patrol

Google fires employee who protested company's work with US border patrol

On Friday, about 200 employees rallied outside Google’s office in San Francisco to demand that two suspended worker activists be reinstated. By Monday, at least one of the suspended workers said she had been fired, with reports that three other Google staffers had also been let go. Rebecca Rivers, a software engineer at Google who had been involved with internal protests against Google’s work with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), announced her firing on Twitter on Monday afternoon. Three other Google staffers were also fired Monday, according to an internal company memo obtained by...

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Nov 26
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