Parler, the “free speech” Twitter wannabe, explained
Nov24

Parler, the “free speech” Twitter wannabe, explained

In recent weeks, you may have been hearing more about a site called Parler, which conservatives are touting as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. From Ivanka Trump to the governor of Nebraska, right-wing influencers are asking those frustrated with alleged Big Tech censorship to join them on Parler, a two-year-old app and website that promises free speech online. It’s social media — minus the curation algorithms and content...

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Twitter announces Fleets and audio spaces, two new things Twitter didn’t really invent
Nov17

Twitter announces Fleets and audio spaces, two new things Twitter didn’t really invent

Twitter is finally letting users post ephemeral content, starting today. The new feature — which has been tested in various markets this year — is called Fleets, and it looks an awful lot like Snapchat Stories. Twitter is also testing out a new audio feature called audio spaces that largely resembles the embattled, invitation-based startup audio app Clubhouse which launched earlier this year. Together, these new efforts show how...

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No, Joe Biden did not mysteriously gain 130,000 Michigan votes all at once
Nov04

No, Joe Biden did not mysteriously gain 130,000 Michigan votes all at once

While votes are still being counted in Michigan, President Trump retweeted a claim that an update in Michigan’s vote count yielded 138,339 votes for Joe Biden and 0 for Trump. The tweet that the president amplified — which was later deleted — included side-by-side screenshots from the Decision Desk election map that appeared to show an unusual jump. In reality, though, there was no conspiracy: A data glitch had momentarily caused the...

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Twitter and Facebook both label Trump’s post baselessly asserting that the election is being “stolen”
Nov04

Twitter and Facebook both label Trump’s post baselessly asserting that the election is being “stolen”

Twitter and Facebook both labeled a post President Trump shared at the end of Election Day in which he baselessly said the election is being “stolen” from him. Twitter took more aggressive action by warning users that the post is “potentially misleading” and slowing its reach; Facebook posted a label saying that ballots could take days or weeks to count. In fact, it’s standard process in the United States for votes to be counted well...

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Misleading claims about voter fraud in Pennsylvania are going viral online
Nov03

Misleading claims about voter fraud in Pennsylvania are going viral online

Just hours after the polls opened, misleading claims about voting in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the presidential election, were running rampant on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The flurry of social media posts focused on alleged examples of voter suppression and polling location malfeasance, such as broken voting machines and ballots being discarded. Conservatives — including the official...

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