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Stop taking the police solely at their word

Senior New York City police officers and union bosses created and quickly propagated a story falsely accusing employees at a lower Manhattan Shake Shack location of intentionally poisoning three officers. One union head said the nonexistent incident was proof that the police were “under attack.” Right-wing commentators, as well as […]
Stop taking the police solely at their word
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Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts that used ‘#dcblackout’ to spread false reports of a communications blackout

Twitter suspended hundreds of “spammy” accounts on Monday related to the “#dcblackout” hashtag. The hashtag was associated with the false claim that the federal government, “jammed protesters’ phones, stopping them from making calls or protesting online,” according to CBS affiliate WUSA9. Twitter said it suspended said accounts for violating its […]
Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts that used ‘#dcblackout’ to spread false reports of a communications blackout
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Facebook was wrongly blocking news articles about the coronavirus pandemic for a full day — here’s why it took so long to fix such a major issue

Facebook accidentally blocked users from posting legitimate news articles about coronavirus for a full 24 hours. The error, and the duration of the error, caused some users to believe that Facebook was censoring their speech. Facebook’s slow response to such a major issue was due to communication issues as staffers […]
Facebook was wrongly blocking news articles about the coronavirus pandemic for a full day — here’s why it took so long to fix such a major issue
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A viral rumour about Costco toilet paper being recalled is a hoax

Costco has been the subject of false online rumours regarding a Kirkland toilet paper recall. The internet hoax claims that the warehouse chain’s in-house brand has been somehow tainted by the coronavirus. Fact-checking site Snopes debunked the outlandish claim. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. False rumours that Costco […]
A viral rumour about Costco toilet paper being recalled is a hoax
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A YouTube star admitted his girlfriend is still alive after he uploaded fake videos saying she’d been killed by a drunk driver and he had made contact with her spirit via a Ouija board

ImJayStation, a YouTuber with 5.4 million subscribers, has been called out for a hoax video he put out a week ago. In the now-deleted video, called “My Girlfriend Alexia Died… *Rest In Paradise*,” he said his girlfriend Alexia Marano had been killed by a drunk driver. ImJayStation, real name Jason […]
A YouTube star admitted his girlfriend is still alive after he uploaded fake videos saying she’d been killed by a drunk driver and he had made contact with her spirit via a Ouija board