Craig Timberg
Craig Timberg
Longtime WashPost reporter, editor and author now covering technology.Source
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Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests

Men wearing Hawaiian shirts and carrying guns add a volatile new element to protests

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareA Tampa television reporter was broadcasting live from protests last weekend when two young men in Hawaiian shirts moved in front of the camera and began chanting the name of an obscure white nationalist group, drowning out protesters shouting “No Justice, No Peace!”The incident was one of a growing number in which far-right extremists who once organized mainly online have been inserting themselves into the real-world protests roiling much of the nation, sowing confusion about the nature of the protests and seeking...

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June 3, 2020
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As Trump warns of leftist violence, a dangerous threat emerges from the right-wing boogaloo movement

As Trump warns of leftist violence, a dangerous threat emerges from the right-wing boogaloo movement

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareA far-right extremist movement born on social media and fueled by anti-government rhetoric has emerged as a real-world threat in recent weeks, with federal authorities accusing some of its adherents of working to spark violence at largely peaceful protests roiling the nation.At a time when President Trump and other top U.S. officials have claimed — — that leftist groups were fomenting violence, federal prosecutors have charged various supporters of a right-wing movement called with crimes related to plotting to firebomb a...

June 17, 2020
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As QAnon grew, Facebook and Twitter missed years of warning signs about the conspiracy theory’s violent nature

As QAnon grew, Facebook and Twitter missed years of warning signs about the conspiracy theory’s violent nature

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareWhen an article on Facebook detailed a QAnon conspiracy theory about a “16-Year Plan to Destroy America,” commenters demanded death for those supposedly involved, including former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.Some Facebook commenters were specific in their calls for justice: “Firing squad---by SHOTGUN!”Others just craved speed: “TREASON = FIRING SQAUD [sic] OR HANGING! DO IT NOW PLEASE THAT’S THE LAW! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !”These posts — from January 2018, just...

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October 1, 2020
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With Election Day looming, Twitter imposes new limits on U.S. politicians — and ordinary users, too

With Election Day looming, Twitter imposes new limits on U.S. politicians — and ordinary users, too

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareTwitter will impose new warnings on politicians’ lies, restrict premature declarations of victory and block calls for polling violence or other disruptions, the company announced Friday as it rolled out wide-ranging changes designed to harden the platform against abuse related to the U.S. election Nov. 3.The moves also will temporarily alter the look and feel of Twitter, a service built on instantaneous conversation, quips and breaking news. Retweeting others, for example, will require an extra step designed to encourage...

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October 9, 2020
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Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.

Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.

Hours after President Trump’s about sending the military to the Minnesota protests, Trump called Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.The post put the company in a difficult position, Zuckerberg told Trump, according to people familiar with the discussions. The same message was hidden by Twitter, the strongest action ever taken against a presidential post.To Facebook’s executives in Washington, the post didn’t appear to violate its policies, which allows leaders to post about government use of force if the message is intended to warn the public — but it came right up to the line. The...

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June 28, 2020
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Protests spread, fueled by economic woes and Internet subcultures

Protests spread, fueled by economic woes and Internet subcultures

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareProtests against coronavirus-related government restrictions continued to spread on Friday as a coalition of gun activists, vaccine opponents and anxious business owners used the organizing power of social media to build increasingly visible and vocal opposition movements in several states.Crowds waving signs, honking horns and demanding an immediate relaxation of measures imposed to slow the pandemic gathered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Raleigh, N.C., on Friday. More protests were planned for the weekend,...

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May 1, 2020
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Nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly from NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation and others are dumped online

Nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly from NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation and others are dumped online

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareUnknown activists have posted nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly belonging to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and other groups working to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremism and terrorist groups.While SITE was unable to verify whether the email addresses and passwords were authentic, the group said the information was released Sunday and Monday and almost immediately used to...

April 22, 2020
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Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus

Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareApple and Google unveiled an ambitious effort Friday to help combat the novel coronavirus, introducing new tools that could soon allow owners of smartphones to know if they have crossed paths with someone infected with the disease.The changes the two companies announced targeting iPhone and Android devices could inject valuable new technological support into contact tracing, a strategy public health officials say is essential to allowing people to return to work and normal life while containing the spread of the...

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April 10, 2020
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Your Internet is working. Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything

Your Internet is working. Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareCoronavirus knocked down — at least for a time — Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, who offers this reflection on the experience: “I don’t recommend it … It’s very debilitating.”Cerf, 76 and now recovering in his Northern Virginia home, has better news to report about the computer network he and others spent much of their lives creating. Despite some problems, the Internet overall is handling unprecedented surges of demand as it keeps a fractured world connected at a time of global catastrophe.“This basic architecture is 50...

April 6, 2020
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Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.

Zuckerberg once wanted to sanction Trump. Then Facebook wrote rules that accommodated him.

This article was published more than 2 years agoCommentGift ShareHours after President Trump’s about sending the military to the Minnesota protests, Trump called Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.The post put the company in a difficult position, Zuckerberg told Trump, according to people familiar with the discussions. The same message was hidden by Twitter, the strongest action ever taken against a presidential post.To Facebook’s executives in Washington, the post didn’t appear to violate its policies, which allows leaders to post about government use of force if the message is...

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June 28, 2020
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