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It's not often that you see an official U.S. government Twitter page seemingly type out a tweet with their elbows.
The strange tweet comes from the U.S. Strategic Command Twitter account. It was posted on 7:48 pm, March 28th, and read as follows; ;l;;gmlxzssaw. Confusing right? The tweet was retweeted more than 11,000 times before a follow-up tweet was issued, stating, "Apologies for any confusion. Please disregard this post." Then, the U.S. Strategic Command Twitter account removed the entire tweet.
The tweet was only live for around half an hour, but that was plenty of time for people to screenshot the tweet and provide their own theories to what the U.S. Strategic Command was talking about. People humorously theorized that the U.S. Strategic Command was attempting to communicate with aliens or was revealing a "nuclear launch code", both of which are very unlikely. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Facebook has said that it's removed 1.3 billion "fake accounts" between just October and December of 2020, with over 35,000 people working on sorting through misinformation on the largest social network in the world.
But it's not just the 1,300,000,000 fake Facebook accounts that were deleted, but over 12 million pieces of content regarding COVID-19 and vaccines that were flagged by global health experts as misinformation have also been removed. Guy Rosen explained on an official FB blog post: "Let's start with fake accounts. We take a hard line against this activity and block millions of fake accounts each day, most of them at the time of creation".
He continued: "Between October and December of 2020, we disabled more than 1.3 billion of them. We also investigate and take down covert foreign and domestic influence operations that rely on fake accounts. Over the past three years, we've removed more than 100 networks of coordinated inauthentic behavior from our platform and keep the public informed about our efforts through our monthly CIB reports".
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.
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.
For the first time, Facebook has removed one of President Trump's posts citing its coronavirus misinformation policy.
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".
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".
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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%.
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'".