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Twitter goes down, global outage stops people from posting tweets

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Oct 15 2020 6:35 PM CDT

Twitter is suffering a global outage right now, and while I thought it was just me -- it's not, it is affecting millions worldwide who can't tweet.

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Twitter users are being met with notifications that the server is "temporarily over capacity", with tweets not being able to be sent. I went to tweet that I was about to breach 2000 followers, and it wouldn't work -- the above image is from my personal Twitter. My DMs were very patchy too.

It started for me personally overnight, waking up a few hours ago to my notifications that I couldn't tap into -- it would just be a blank page. Then I couldn't tweet, and DMs have been weird for hours.

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Facebook snuffs this post by Trump, citing coronavirus misinformation

Jak Connor | Thu, Aug 6 2020 3:32 AM CDT

For the first time, Facebook has removed one of President Trump's posts citing its coronavirus misinformation policy.

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So what post from the President was taken down? Trump's post was a video from a Wednesday interview on Fox News. The video showed Trump talking about the coronavirus and how it affects children. In the video, Trump says that children should be able to return to schools for in-person education because they are "almost immune" to the virus.

Here's what Trump said, "I don't know how you feel about it, but they've got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this than we do, and they don't have a problem. They just don't have a problem." A Facebook spokesperson got into contact with NBC News and gave a reason for the removal of the President's post, saying, "This view includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation".

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President Trump on UFOs: 'pretty good transparency' needed

Anthony Garreffa | Wed, Aug 5 2020 11:54 PM CDT

It seems we're a few steps away from full disclosure at this point, between The New York Times and its report from The Pentagon on UFOs being 'off-world vehicles not made on this Earth' -- blowing up because Joe Rogan shared it on social media.

And now? President Trump has said that we should have "full transparency" on UFOs in a recent chat with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business.

Dobbs questioned President Trump, asking: "Your administration, you promised would be transparent and you have done your level best to do that despite the Deep State's efforts to bury everything about as deeply as they could. But I have one question as we conclude here".

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Microsoft considering acquiring TikTok, in talks with Trump admin

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Aug 2 2020 7:40 PM CDT

TikTok has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for months, leading into the Trump administration talking about banning TikTok from operating in the US.

But over the weekend, news popped up that Microsoft would buy the US portion of TikTok with US Fox Business Network's Charles Gasparino tweeting that he confirmed that his sources told him Microsoft were in talks to buy TikTok.

Gasparino added that Microsoft is "probably the only big US tech co that can do the deal since the others are probably prohibited from getting bigger by regulators" he said, according to "bankers with knowledge of the matter".

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Facebook now has 2.7 billion monthly active users

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Jul 30 2020 11:53 PM CDT

With hundreds of millions of people across the world stuck inside thanks to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, social networking giant Facebook couldn't be happier.

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Facebook reported their Q2 2020 earnings, smashing analyst expectations and seeing FB shares spiking 7% in extended trading. We now know that Facebook revenue for Q2 2020 was a bold $18.69 billion for the three-month period, up 98% year-on-year.

As for the amount of people using Facebook, that has also been boosted in a big way -- with 1.79 billion daily active users (DAUs) while the monthly active users has reached a gigantic 2.7 billion monthly active users MAUs.

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McDonalds on coronavirus: 'no mask, no hamburgers' starting August 1

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Jul 26 2020 5:29 AM CDT

McDonalds has just announced that all of its restaurants across the United States will require all of its customers to wear a face mask before entering one of their restaurants.

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The new changes come into effect starting August 1, where the company also announced it would still be still halting in-store dining from re-opening for another 30 days. McDonald's USA said in a press statement that "From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've based decisions on our top priority: protecting the health and well-being of our and our franchisees' employees and customers".

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German sniffer dogs are getting better at sniffing to detect COVID-19

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Jul 26 2020 3:33 AM CDT

The future of detecting COVID-19 coronavirus in the wild might just be a... sniffer dog.

New research is being conducted by scientists over at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, who have been training sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 on human samples.

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Their recent tests have been quite accurate, where the scientists taught 8 separate sniffer dogs from the German Bundeswehr for just a few weeks to be able to tell the difference between the saliva and mucus of people that had coronavirus, and didn't have coronavirus.

After that, the dogs were then presented with both positive and negative samples on a random basis by a machine. What the tests showed is that the German sniffer dogs had an 83% success rate of positively detecting SARS-CoV-2 infected secretions -- while the control secretions were much more successful at 96% to bring it to a combined overall detection rate of 94%.

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President Trump gets real, regrets some of his tweets and retweets

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, Jul 25 2020 10:33 PM CDT

We all do it: send a message, email, or tweet and instantly regret it. Especially Twitter, where you can't edit your tweets once they hit Dorsey's servers.

President Trump has said he "often" regrets some of his tweets and retweets, where in a recent interview at the White House with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, he compared using Twitter today to the old days where you'd write a letter.

President Trump explained: "It used to be in the old days before this, you'd write a letter and you'd say, 'this letter is really bad,' you put it on your desk and you go back tomorrow and you say, 'oh, I'm glad I didn't send it'".

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Qanon also blocked by TikTok, joins Facebook, Twitter, Reddit bans

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, Jul 25 2020 9:11 PM CDT

Qanon poses no harm to anyone, doesn't advocate violence (unlike many other groups on social media that don't get banned) but that hasn't stopped Big Tech from banning as much as Q as they can. Facebook was first, then Twitter just recently.

Now we have TikTok blocking multiple Qanon-related hashtags, but the Chinese video sharing giant won't be removing videos using the hashtag. TikTok will however be banning the terms "Qanon", "Fall Cabal" and "QAnonTruth" but then The Verge reporter Kim Lyons gets this very pivotal bit wrong. She adds that they're banning "Out of Shadows" which is a "related phase" used by "QAnon believers".

I'll call her out now -- no it's not: Out of Shadows is not some "related phrase". Go and search "Out of Shadows" and see what it is, and how it has been all but removed from the internet, it's near impossible to find on YouTube yet has millions of views and should've been trending on YouTube but it wasn't for obvious reasons (once you've watched it, you'll understand).

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Facebook removed one of the largest anti-coronavirus mask groups

Jak Connor | Tue, Jul 21 2020 7:31 AM CDT

Facebook has banned one of the largest anti-mask groups on its platform for distributing misinformation.

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The group which was called 'Unmasking America!' has over 9,600 members and has now been taken down for violating Facebook's policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19. According to the 'About' section of the group, the group is described to be "here to spread the TRUTH about masks!". The group went onto make claims that have since been widely debunked by numerous scientists and researchers around the world about masks obstructing oxygen flow and causing negative psychological impacts on users.

Here's what was stated, "It is a psychological anchor for suppression, enslavement and cognitive obedience. When you wear a mask you are complicit in declaring all humans as dangerous, infectious and threats." Facebook stated all the way back at the start of the pandemic that it will be removing misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic from its platform to ensure the news people are reading is legitimate.

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