Commentary: Facebook has become ghoulish, so I'm taking a break
Bored with the pandemic, my neighbors are going all out for Halloween.One yard is covered with skeletons — pushing their way out of the ground, walking skeleton dogs, driving a carriage pulled by a skeleton horse. In other yards, there are ghosts dancing around trees, and witches gathered around kettles.It’s pretty scary, especially when you’re out for a walk at dusk.But the scariest thing about Halloween this election year is Facebook. It terrifies me every day.Beloved relatives and old friends are saying false and ghastly things, making it hard to recognize people I thought I knew.One kindhe...
Commentary: Don't tread on our competitors and suppliers
As a new and growing social media platform, Parler has experienced firsthand some of the types of misconduct by Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google detailed in the recently released House Antitrust Report on Big Tech. You might think that if anyone would support the solutions offered by the House Democrats and Republicans — as well as the just-filed antitrust suit against Google — it would be us.Apple once threatened to remove Parler from its app store unless we agreed to remove from our platform member-generated content that it deemed offensive. The company will not permit us to implement part...
Tribune News Service
Susan Tompor: Social media scams skyrocket during the COVID-19 crisis
Social media is a great way to spot a sweet picture of your little niece getting a flu shot or your nephew scoring that big goal in hockey — especially as we try to embrace a new socially-distant lifestyle.But the scammers know exactly where to find you during the fight against the spread of COVID-19.Social media isn’t just for keeping up with family — or arguing about politics. You suddenly might be scrolling through Facebook one day and spot a way to track down a missing stimulus payment.Or find a new love of your life. Or a job. Or a great deal on a pair of designer shoes.And, you might los...
Detroit Free Press
College political groups shift to Zoom, social media amid pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ahead of the first presidential debate in late September, the College Republicans at UCF posted a bingo card on Instagram with spaces reading, “Trump calls Biden ‘sleepy Joe,’” “Candidates share an awkward elbow bump,” and, “Moderator can’t control the debate.”The pandemic created a need for a revamp of the group’s website and a stronger focus on virtual strategy to connect with students, said its president, Didi Malka. Among the changes: A social media manager was added to the board of directors.“In terms of social media, we have definitely upped the ante,” he said.Hannah Anto...
Two congresswomen created social media buzz when they played 'Among Us' on Twitch
In one of the more fascinating moments in gaming, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., were trying to find murderous imposters on a spaceship. They weren’t alone. The two congresswomen were joined by popular streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo and Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker as they all played hit social deduction game “Among Us” on Twitch. For the uninitiated, think of it as a murder-mystery dinner party played on computers and without four-course meal.The experience was surreal to say the least as the lawmakers took to Twitch in order to encourag...
The Mercury News
Dahleen Glanton: Black support for Trump is a mirage, despite what foul-mouthed rappers say
If you have been paying attention to the news lately, it might appear as though African Americans are abandoning Democrats and lining up to vote for Donald Trump.That would be a disaster for Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who has no chance of becoming president unless Black voters turn out for him in large numbers.The polling organization FiveThirtyEight reported Monday that Trump is losing ground with white voters but seems to be gaining momentum with Latinos and African Americans, particularly young Blacks.Trump always has had the support of a handful of high-profile African Americans such...
Uniformed Miami cop spotted wearing pro-Trump mask near voting site will be disciplined
MIAMI — A uniformed Miami police officer was photographed sporting a protective mask with a pro-Trump slogan while on duty and voting at Government Center Tuesday morning.The backlash from his department was swift.Miami’s police chief, after seeing the photo posted on social media, said Officer Daniel Ubeda would be disciplined. Though exactly how had not been determined. The mayor also called the officer’s actions “inappropriate,” even if he was there to cast a ballot.“It’s a violation of departmental orders. A police officer is supposed to be impartial,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said from ...
Twitter blocks tweet of Trump coronavirus adviser who undermined importance of mask usage during pandemic
Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was flagged by Twitter for a tweet that violated the social media site’s “misleading information” policy, a spokesperson confirmed to the New York Daily News Sunday.“Masks work? NO,” Atlas, one of President Donald Trump’s closest medical advisers, tweeted Saturday with a link to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues that masks are ineffective. “LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes (sic), UK, Spain, Israel.”Atlas then followed up the tweet with praise of Trump’s lax guidelines.“Use masks f...
New York Daily News
Silvio De Sousa is leaving KU's basketball team to focus on 'some personal issues'
LAWRENCE, Kansas — Kansas senior forward Silvio De Sousa has decided to leave the KU basketball program, he reported Friday on Twitter.“I have made the difficult decision to opt out of this season to focus all of my energies on some personal issues,” De Sousa said on Friday on social media. “I have a lot of things weighing on my mind and need to address these by taking time for myself and stepping away from basketball. I do not know what my next plan will be right now, but I will decide that when the time is right.“This was not an easy decision to leave the basketball program, but it’s the bes...
The Kansas City Star
Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott cherishes well wishes, will be back 'stronger and better'
FRISCO, Texas — Quarterback Dak Prescott has a message for his Dallas Cowboys teammates: he will be back better than ever.Prescott sent his first public message since suffering a compound fracture of his ankle in last Sunday’s game via his Instagram story on Wednesday morning.The message was in response to a get well video published on social media by his teammates on Tuesday in hopes of cheering him up and keeping him in the loop after Prescott suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocation on his right ankle in Sunday’s 37-34 victory against the New York Giants.Prescott had surge...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram