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Hurricane Season Starts June 1st – 4 Lessons From The Coronavirus Pandemic To Apply

Hurricane Season Starts June 1st – 4 Lessons From The Coronavirus...

It comes around like clockwork every year. The start of the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st, and many tropical meteorology experts are forecasting above-normal activity. The nation is still reeling from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which may place preparation for hurricane season into the “I’ll cross…
Trump’s ‘disinfectant injections’ idea comes straight from internet conspiracy theories

Trump’s ‘disinfectant injections’ idea comes straight from internet conspiracy theories

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US President Donald Trump yesterday sent the mainstream media and partisan social media into a Godzilla-sized tizzy after floating the idea of treating COVID-19 patients with UV lights and “disinfectants.” The president claimed he’d gotten his information during a briefing with medical experts and said it would be “interesting” for doctors to “check that.” But…
AI study of Twitter bots reveals boredom is what separates us from machines

AI study of Twitter bots reveals boredom is what separates us...

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Our horrible attention spans distinguish us from bots, according to a new study of human and fake accounts on Twitter. Researchers from the University of Southern California made the discovery after analyzing activity patterns in two Twitter datasets. The first was a set of posts about the 2017 French presidential election. The second was a collection of tweets…
WhatsApp teams up with the WHO to release 21 new stickers about quarantine life

WhatsApp teams up with the WHO to release 21 new stickers...

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The coronavirus pandemic may mean that we won’t get any new emoji until 2022, but stickers a thing people use, right? To acknowledge the reality of our new stay-at-home lives, WhatsApp partnered with the World Health Organization to create 21 stickers you can share with friends and family. Officially dubbed the ‘Together at Home’ sticker…
Now’s the Time to Discuss Online Sexual Predators With Your Kids

Now’s the Time to Discuss Online Sexual Predators With Your Kids

Photo: ShutterstockDo you know what Zoom-bombing is? Neither did I—until about 2 minutes ago. My 15-year-old cousin was Zoom chatting with her high school basketball teammates. It was all hoops and happiness until—boom!—they were hacked by an unknown predator and his not-so-private parts. Obviously, the girls were pretty shocked by what they’d been exposed to.…
Facebook apologizes after AI blocks posts about DIY coronavirus masks

Facebook apologizes after AI blocks posts about DIY coronavirus masks

Facebook’s AI moderators claimed another innocent victim this week when an algorithm blocked content on DIY coronavirus masks. The system threatened to ban mask makers in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California, The New York Times reports. These groups were set up to fill a gap in protective gear that has forced hospital staff to don ski…
What Parents Should Know about Teens and Social Media Fame

What Parents Should Know about Teens and Social Media Fame

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Photo: ShutterstockRhiannon Ragland has never been particularly interested in building her own social media presence. But as the mom of a teenager, she adheres to parental best practices—she follows her daughter Brenna’s accounts, pays attention to what she posts, and has talked with her about sharing information responsibly.One thing that isn’t in the typical parental…
Instagram is testing self-destructing messages too

Instagram is testing self-destructing messages too

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Facebook appears to be going all-in on the whole ephemeral messaging shindig. Recently, we reported that the company is apparently working on bringing self-destructing texts to WhatsApp, and Messenger has had the ability for a few years. Now it seems the company is preparing to bring the feature to Instagram as well. Developer Jane Manchun Wong,…
Social media firms will use more AI to combat coronavirus misinformation, even if it makes more mistakes

Social media firms will use more AI to combat coronavirus misinformation,...

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Social media platforms have been flooded with falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and exaggerations about the coronavirus since the outbreak emerged last December in Wuhan, China. The outbreak has been falsely blamed on the 5G rollout damaging immune systems, an experiment gone wrong in a Chinese research facility, and, of course, the Rothschilds wanting more money, this…
Instagram will place coronavirus advice front and center on your feed

Instagram will place coronavirus advice front and center on your feed

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Instagram may be one of the world’s most popular social media services, but unlike Twitter or Facebook, the platform tends to largely remain ambivalent about current events and politics. Not so with coronavirus. As reported by TechCrunch, Instagram will leverage its popularity to offer advice about the novel coronavirus and how to stay safe during…

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