Last month, Facebook gave money to three members of Congress who refused to condemn QAnon

When it comes to QAnon conspiracy theorists, Facebook is wagging a finger with one hand, and slipping some enablers cash with the other. According to ProPublica’s database of congressional contributions, in September, Facebook donated money to 45 members of Congress … Read more…

Facebook, Instagram reportedly censor posts about Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests

Facebook wrongly tagged posts about anti-police brutality demonstrations in Nigeria as fake news — suppressing the content, according to a report Thursday. The social media giant, and its company Instagram, admitted to filtering out hashtags linked to the protests, which … Read more…

Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, Californian appeals court affirms

The battle over Uber and Lyft drivers’ status saw a significant development Thursday. A Californian appeals court has unanimously upheld a ruling that the ride-hailing companies’ drivers must be classified as employees, meaning they’re eligible for healthcare, paid sick leave, … Read more…

Watch Nancy Pelosi struggle to explain to Wolf Blitzer why she won’t allow a stimulus vote

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got into a tense exchange with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday over her resistance to allowing a Trump administration stimulus bill to come up for a vote in the House. Pelosi wants an all-encompassing, multi-trillion-dollar … Read more…

After supporting coronavirus lockdowns for months, the WHO just made the reversal of the year

After months of warning of the necessity of coronavirus lockdowns as a means of getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control, the World Health Organization has apparently had a change of heart. Lockdowns, one WHO official said in a recent interview, … Read more…

Trump falsely claims there’s ‘a cure’ for COVID-19 in rambling Facebook, Twitter posts

Donald Trump is spreading dangerous misinformation — again — about the coronavirus on both Facebook and Twitter.  Late Wednesday afternoon the president posted a rambling video to both social media platforms in which he claims, falsely, that there is “a … Read more…

Washington State emergency teams use SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet

Emergency teams in Washington State have been harnessing SpaceX’s Starlink internet technology to provide connectivity in areas devastated by wildfires. “Happy to have the support of @SpaceX’s Starlink internet as emergency responders look to help residents rebuild the town of … Read more…

Twitter scraps foreign accounts for attempting to ‘disrupt’ debate conversation

Twitter on Wednesday said it had removed 130 foreign accounts that tried to “disrupt the public conversation” during the first 2020 presidential election debate. The social media giant trashed the accounts — which appeared to originate in Iran — “based … Read more…

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Best Purell sale of 2020, portable projector, NIOSH N95 masks, bed sheets, more

Of all the great daily deals out there on Sunday, there are 10 in particular that you really shouldn’t miss. Today’s roundup includes the biggest discount we’ve seen all year on 12-packs of Purell 16oz bottles plus 12-packs of Purell … Read more…

Video call lens turns gestures into comic-style text bubbles for when you’re on mute

With video calls now an unfortunate 2020 staple, unmuting your microphone to briefly agree with someone has become a common, awkward nuisance. Fortunately, a new video lens is providing a pretty stylish solution to this irritation. Netflix engineer Cameron Hunter … Read more…

MIT researchers figured out how to track sleeping positions without cameras or sensors

Sleep trackers analyze a variety of data to score the quality of one’s sleep, but they can’t easily measure one’s sleeping position. Sleep position may be critical in some illnesses, and monitoring may require cameras and sensors that a person … Read more…

FBI and police departments say wildfire conspiracy theories spreading on Facebook aren’t true

As wildfires devastate the West Coast, the FBI and local officials in California, Oregon, and Washington are also fighting the spread of something else: rampant misinformation. Conspiracy theories about the wildfires are quickly spreading on Facebook. While they vary, most … Read more…