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Trump 2020 Advisory Board Member Censored On Facebook — And She Says It’s No Algorithm Fluke

Facebook blocked Trump 2020 campaign advisory board member Jenna Ellis Rives from sharing a screenshot of a tweet by citing “hate speech,” but Rives believes this is a part of a deliberate attempt to censor conservative commentary until it is no longer timely. Rives took a screenshot of a tweet from conservative commentator Matt Walsh and attempted to post it ...

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Is Facial Recognition Technology Capable Of Identifying Suspects? Here’s What Tech Experts Say

San Francisco prohibited city police from using facial recognition technology to identify suspects, and now experts warn that the fledgling big tech tool might not be ready for prime time. Critics believe such technologies carry a huge risk as they are heavily guarded and the companies that deploy them tend to shy away providing too much information about their use. ...

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SpaceX Set to Launch 60 Internet Satellites [video + details]

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Update: Wednesday night’s planned launch has been postponed. Upper winds over the launch area exceeded safety limits and the launch has been moved to Thursday night. Elon Musk’s private space company, SpaceX, plans to launch a multitude of internet-connectivity satellites from a Falcon 9 spacecraft Wednesday night. SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, May 15 for the launch of 60 Starlink satellites ...

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White House Invites Americans To Share Stories Of Being Banned On Social Media With Trump

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The White House is inviting Americans to share their experiences having their social media accounts banned or suspended for “unclear” reasons through an online tool that launched Wednesday. “Social media platforms should advance freedom of speech. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” the webpage reads. “No matter ...

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The United States Had Fewer Babies This Year Than In The Past 30 Years: Report

The United States birth rate hit a record low in 2018 with numbers reflecting the lowest birthrates in the past 30 years, reports say. A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that almost every age group of women under 35 showed birth rate declines in 2018. The ...

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Facebook provides data to academic researchers to determine social media influence during elections

Ever since the emergence of social media, political activities have never been the same. It has completely changed how political communications take place and especially during elections. Political components such as politicians, political parties or foundations can use social media platforms like Facebook to communicate with voters during elections. Individuals are also able to voice their political opinions and connect ...

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Google Executives Crack Down On Leakers As Employees Fear The Worst

Google is locking down internal communications as the Silicon Valley giant works to contain a rash of leaks, BuzzFeed reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources inside the company. Google legal executive Kent Walker sent an email May 9 reminding employees that obtaining documents noted as “need to know” could result in termination, the report noted. Employees reportedly saw it as a ...

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Always look on the bright side of life

By Bob Holmes, Knowable Magazine A sunny disposition isn’t just good for your mental health. It’s good for your body, too. It can even add years to your life. Sarah Pressman, a health psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, has spent her career investigating the link between positive emotions and physical health. In the 2019 Annual Review of Psychology, ...

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American Diver Smashes Record For Deepest Ocean Dive

American diver Victor Vescovo descended nearly 7 miles into the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, breaking the world record for the deepest ocean dive in history. Vescovo, a private equity investor who climbed the world’s highest peaks before taking on the worlds deepest ocean depths, funded the diving expedition into the Mariana Trench himself, according to the BBC. The Mariana Trench ...

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Confirmed: Google Favors Liberal News Outlets Over Conservative Ones

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Google’s algorithms appear to favor the likes of CNN, The New York Times, and other major outlets by a significant margin, a new study from the Columbia Journalism review notes CJR’s study also shows that Google’s Top Stories box directs users to liberal news outlets over conservative outlets by a 5 to 1 margin The study also shows that only ...

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Twitter Temporarily Suspends Trump’s Favorite Troll After He Posts Tweet Mocking CNN’s Jim Acosta

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A Twitter account that President Donald Trump frequently retweets was partially suspended Thursday for allegedly violating the company’s rules of conduct. “His account is in a locked state. He’ll be required to delete a Tweet that violated the Twitter Rules before he can be reinstated,” a Twitter spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation, referring to the profile of pro-Trump ...

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‘Amazing Things Will Happen’: Jeff Bezos Wants To Build A ‘Road To Space’

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos outlined his vision to “build a road” to space at an event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, The New York Times reports. Bezos openly spoke about his plans for his rocket company Blue Origin, a rare event for such a topic. Bezos has given few public statements about the work of his space company ...

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Will the food of the future be genetically engineered or organic? How about both?

By Rachel Ehrenberg, Knowable Magazine Plant biologist Pamela Ronald is concerned with the pressing problem of feeding the world without destroying it. The question of how to grow enough food for an expanding global population has grown more urgent in the face of climate change. And it’s only made harder, she says, by the push-back against the use of the ...

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Facebook Is Actively Promoting ISIS Propaganda, Whistleblower Says

ISIS terrorists are likely using Facebook’s auto-generated video features to spread propaganda, a new complaint alleges Facebook’s AI tools failed to ding a large number of easily identifiable ISIS-related content, a new complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission notes. The complaint comes as the company is focused on eliminating white nationalist material  Researchers complain after a new study alleges ...

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