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Half a billion Facebook users' information posted on hacking website, cyber experts say

Half a billion Facebook users' information posted on hacking website, cyber experts say

New York (CNN Business)The personal information of about half a billion Facebook users, including their phone numbers, have been posted to a website used by hackers, cybersecurity experts say. There are records for more than 32 million accounts in the United States, 11 million in the United Kingdom, and 6 million in India, according to Alon Gal, the CTO of cyber intelligence firm Details in some cases include full name, location, birthday, email addresses, phone number, and relationship status, he said. Hudson Rock showed CNN Business the phone numbers of two our senior staff which are...

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been banned from Twitter

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been banned from Twitter

(CNN Business)Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, was banned from Twitter Monday night, according to a Twitter spokesperson.Twitter made its decision based on a new policy it enacted after the Capitol insurrection whereby people who repeatedly share election misinformation can be permanently banned. "The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy," the spokesperson told CNN.It is not immediately clear which tweets lead to Lindell's ban. stopped selling MyPillow products after Lindell voiced continued support for former...

August 19, 2020
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Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

Facebook posts promoting violence still circulated even after insurrection

(CNN Business)Facebook posts promoting violence during inauguration week have circulated on the platform over the past week despite a crackdown by the social media giant since the January 6 insurrection, a tech watchdog group found. "Patriots January 20, 2021 is your Tiananmen Square moment!!!" one post in a private pro-Trump Facebook group read."We need to organize our militia... Wars are won with guns.. and when they silence your commander in chief you are in a war," read another posted on January 9 to a public "Patriot Party" group with over 12 thousand members.Other posts include people...

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Jan 18
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Twitter temporarily suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for election misinformation

Twitter temporarily suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for election misinformation

Washington (CNN)Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place earlier this month, a company spokesperson told CNN. "The account referenced has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy," the spokesperson said. As a result, the congresswoman will be locked out of her account for 12 hours. Greene, who has a track record of incendiary rhetoric and ties to , had tweeted a conspiracy-laden thread earlier Sunday about the Georgia Senate...

Jan 9
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Republican who temporarily blocked certification of Detroit's results shared election conspiracy theories on Facebook

Republican who temporarily blocked certification of Detroit's results shared election conspiracy theories on Facebook

(CNN)William Hartmann, a Republican member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers who of election results in the Michigan county, has recently shared conspiracy theories about the election and Covid-19 on Facebook, CNN has found. He also shared racist posts about President Barack Obama during his presidency. On Tuesday, he was one of two Republicans on the four-person Wayne County bipartisan canvassing board to temporarily block certification of votes based on dubious claims of voting irregularities in Detroit.The initial vote against certification drew the attention of the President, who...

Nov 18
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Zuckerberg: Bannon's beheading comments aren't enough to ban him from Facebook

Zuckerberg: Bannon's beheading comments aren't enough to ban him from Facebook

(CNN Business)Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told staff at a company meeting on Thursday that Steve Bannon suggesting that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded was not enough of a violation of Facebook's rules to permanently suspend the former White House chief strategist from the platform, according to a Facebook employee.Bannon was permanently suspended from Twitter last week after making the comments in a video.The video was live on Bannon's Facebook page for about 10 hours last Thursday and had been viewed almost 200,000 times before the company removed...

Nov 6
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Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading

Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading

(CNN Business)Twitter permanently suspended an account belonging to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested Thursday morning that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded. His comments were made in a video posted to his Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts. Bannon falsely claimed President Trump had won reelection, despite several key states still being too close to call, and said that he should fire both Fauci and Wray.He then said he would go further: "I'd put the heads on pikes. Right. I'd put them at the two corners of the...

Nov 3
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Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading

Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading

(CNN Business)Twitter permanently suspended an account belonging to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he suggested Thursday morning that Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded. His comments were made in a video posted to his Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts. Bannon falsely claimed President Trump had won reelection, despite several key states still being too close to call, and said that he should fire both Fauci and Wray.He then said he would go further: "I'd put the heads on pikes. Right. I'd put them at the two corners of the...

Nov 3
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How a Michigan election map with false information went viral and landed in Trump's Twitter feed

How a Michigan election map with false information went viral and landed in Trump's Twitter feed

(CNN Business)"WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?" President Trump asked in a tweet on Wednesday morning. He had shared an image of an electoral map of Michigan that purported to show an unexplained jump overnight in the number of returned ballots in the state. The charge: According to the data in the map, 138,000 ballots had come in out of nowhere, and all of them were for Biden.The claim had been going viral in parts of the right all morning. A headline on one right-wing website read, "Voter Fraud in Michigan -- Massive Dump of Over 200,000 Ballots for Biden All the Sudden Appear Overnight." At...

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Oct 29
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Surgeon general issues warning over vaccine misinformation as White House turns up the heat on Facebook

Surgeon general issues warning over vaccine misinformation as White House turns up the heat on Facebook

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy warned Thursday health misinformation is "a serious threat to public health," as administration officials grow increasingly concerned about misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines, leading to a confrontation with social media giant Facebook. Covid-19 vaccine myths: These reasons for not getting a shot don't hold up. In fact, they'll set the US back "I am urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond," Murthy wrote in a 22-page advisory released Thursday. "Health misinformation is a...

Jul 16
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