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Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Alex Hern @alexhern Last modified on Tue 6 Feb 2018 07.25EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Trump supporters in 2016. Photograph: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing…

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Shop Owner Feeds Deer That Wandered In, Deer Comes Back With Entire Family

Photographs via Satar on Twitter A recent story has gone viral on Twitter after user Satar posted photos and the following story: “A deer entered one of the shops in Colorado. The shop owner gave him some chocolate biscuits and chocolate. He came out of the store and returned after half an hour with all his family members 😂” I mean how could you say no to a face like that! A deer entered one of the shops in Colorado. The shop owner gave him some chocolate biscuits and chocolate….

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Why Hillary Clinton said ‘activist bitches supporting bitches’

Yes, it’s true. Hillary Clinton did say “activist bitches supporting bitches,” as other media outlets reported on Friday after a tweet from political commentator Alex Mohajer went viral.  Why? Someone who ran an activist organization named after that phrase asked her to do so during a lunch event in New York this week.  SEE ALSO: Why Hillary Clinton’s former CTO left politics for a fitness startup You can watch Clinton say it here:

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Yelp reviewers found the perfect word to describe Trump hotels

Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly asked lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” during a White House discussion on America’s immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged. Trump’s offensive words struck a chord with people from El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa, along with many others, and unfortunately for him, some of those disappointed people have Yelp accounts. Now, angry Yelp users are flooding the comments of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., with one-star reviews, labelling Trump’s establishment…

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Obama photographer has the perfect reaction to Trump’s ‘really smart’ tweets

The United States President Donald Trump sitting in the drivers seat of a truck.Image: REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump had one of his most unforgettable series of tweets Saturday morning, touting his own mental stability, claiming that he’s, “like, really smart,” and calling himself a genius. SEE ALSO: Pete Souza throws shade at Trump for ‘nuclear button’ tweet Pete Souza, the former photographer for the Obama White House who has become one of the internet’s foremost Trump shade-throwers, had the perfect reaction to the tweets: …like, really smart… A post shared by…

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Chrissy Teigen is NOT having this messed up conspiracy theory about her kid

Watch out.Image: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Chrissy Teigen is not here for your bullshit, especially if that bullshit involves suggesting she and her husband John Legend are involved in a pedophile ring involving their own daughter.  On Saturday, Teigen laid into a conspiracy theorist on Twitter that had tweeted out pictures of her daughter and insinuated that she and husband John Legend were part of some sort of secret society of celebrity pedophiles.  This latest addition to the Pizzagate delusion began on Dec. 27. In a now-deleted tweet, a conspiracy theorist posted photos…

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‘Black Mirror’ just tweeted an eerie new episode poster

We don’t know exactly when Season 4 of the infinitely bleak-but-brilliant Black Mirror will be out on Netflix, but it’s looking like it will be soon. Now we have the episode titles, a bunch of details about the storylines, and even a creepy little teaser video that was shared on Twitter a couple months back. SEE ALSO: ‘Black Mirror’ creator: ‘We should be billing Apple and Google for this stuff’ Then, on Black Friday, after a couple of months of silence, the official @blackmirror account shared this: Back to black….

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NYT reporter wonders how Twitter’s going to handle this fake news about Joe Biden being creepy

As Twitchy reported Monday, Twitter user Richard Armande Mills (@RAMRANTS) compiled a number of video clips showing former Vice President Biden interacting with women — often young women and girls — in creepy ways. You know, the hair sniffing thing. The New York Times’ Nicole Perlroth has caught wind of Mills’ thread and is wondering how Twitter is going to “handle” it. In the past 24 hours, a new alt-right fake news meme had emerged of Biden as predator. How will @twitter handle? https://t.co/AfOCnJLu0D — Nicole Perlroth (@nicoleperlroth) November 14, 2017 “A…

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Twitter officially expands its character count to 280 starting today

Twitter’s expansion to 280 characters is rolling out publicly today to all users in supported languages, including English. The company had first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in September, noting at the time how a longer character count allowed users to express more of their thoughts without running out of room to tweet. The expansion was initially available to a select group of Twitter users as a trial. At the time of its original announcement, the company cited data backing up its decision that referenced…

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Removing 200 Years of Varnish from a Painting Looks Deeply Satisfying

A video of 200 years of varnish being removed from a painting has gone viral on Twitter after it was uploaded by Philip Mould, an art dealer and host of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? Check out the incredible video embedded below: A remarkable Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish 1/2 pic.twitter.com/yBGNGDcNd7 — Philip Mould (@philipmould) November 6, 2017 Details on the ‘Woman in Red’ are sparse but we do know that she is 36 years old and from the inscription, that it was painted in 1618! You can…

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Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate

Institutions with close links to Kremlin financed stakes through business associate of Trumps son-in-law, leaked files reveal Two Russian state institutions with close ties to Vladimir Putin funded substantial investments in Twitter and Facebook through a business associate of US politics and the role played by social media in last years presidential election. It may also raise new questions for the social media companies and for Kushner. What are the Paradise Papers? The Paradise Papers is a special investigation by the Guardian and 95 media partners worldwide into a leak…

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Stephen Colbert delivers brutal smackdown on Donald Trump Jr. Halloween tweet

Stephen Colbert has no time for born-rich people making obnoxious points about socialism, using innocent children.  We’re referring to Donald Trump Jr.’s incredibly tone-deaf tweet on Halloween, which included a picture of his daughter Chloe looking sad, and a supposedly economic and political “lesson.”  “Yes, it’s never too early to teach kids the danger of sharing,” Colbert said. “Also, it’s never too early to learn the proper spelling of ‘too.’” “But while we’re at it, Don Jr., on Halloween, kids go to door to door to get free candy from…

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Twitter bans Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its service

Twitter has banned Russian media companies Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising on its service after it found that both had “attempted to interfere with the [2016 U.S.] election on behalf of the Russian government” using the social network. “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government,” the company said. Twitter confirmed that the two media firms are the…

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