Donald Trump supporters claim they’re censored but dominate Facebook

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President-elect Joe Biden says ‘it’s an embarrassment’ that President Donald Trump is still refusing to concede the presidential race.

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A former Democrat-turned-Trump supporter from Knightstown, Indiana, Gayla Baer-Taylor’s blood pressure rose every time Facebook and Twitter fact-checked and restricted claims by President Donald Trump and other Republicans that the November election was rigged.

A couple weeks ago, Facebook put a notice referring users to official election results on one of her posts: “I’m going to need a MUCH bigger swear jar before President Trump completes his second term.”

“When did we get so stupid that we need social media to tell us what to think?” she told USA TODAY.

A recent poll shows that majorities in both parties think political censorship is likely occurring on social media, but that belief is most prevalent on the political right. And, with the country in the throes of an unparalleled

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False claim that voting software companies have closed

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President-elect Joe Biden is denouncing President Donald Trump as the “most irresponsible president in American history.” Biden warned that “incredibly damaging messages are being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions.” (Nov. 19)

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The claim: Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic have closed and their executives are on the run

In the weeks since the election, numerous false claims have cropped up about Dominion Voting Systems, a company that sells electronic voting software used to help conduct elections across the United States.

Some users claimed that the company’s machines deleted and switched votes cast for President Donald Trump. USA TODAY debunked that.

Others claimed links between the company and Democrats, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Diane Feinstein. USA TODAY found those claims to be misleading, too.

Smartmatic, another company that makes electronic voting software, has also been the subject of post-election misinformation

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World’s biggest computer chip can simulate the future ‘faster than the laws of physics’, creators claim

A recent test of the biggest computer chip in the world found that it can predict what is going to happen in the future “faster than the laws of physics produce the same result”, researchers have said.



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The Cerebras CS-1 chip, which contains 1.2 trillion transistors, performed 200-times faster than a supercomputer when simulating combustion within a powerplant.

The 462 cm2 chip proved so powerful in analysing over a million variables – from fluctuating temperatures to 3D air movement – that it was able to show what would happen faster than real-time.

Developed in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Cerebras CS-1 is described as “the world’s most powerful AI compute system”. The number of transistors is 22-times that of the recently announced Nvidia A100 80GB chip, designed for state-of-the-art supercomputers.

“This work opens the door for major

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Joyy rejects short-seller fraud claim that sent its shares plunging

Chinese social media platform Joyy on Thursday tried to fend off an attack by short-seller Muddy Waters, saying a report that sent its share price plunging was full of “errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions.”



a man looking at the camera: Carson Block, chief investment officer and co-founder of Muddy Waters Capital LLC, speaks during the Sohn Hong Kong Conference in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Shares of Man Wah Holdings Ltd. sank in Hong Kong after Muddy Waters questioned the firms profitability. Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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Carson Block, chief investment officer and co-founder of Muddy Waters Capital LLC, speaks during the Sohn Hong Kong Conference in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Shares of Man Wah Holdings Ltd. sank in Hong Kong after Muddy Waters questioned the firms profitability. Photographer: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Shares in Joyy closed down more than 26% in New York on Wednesday after Muddy Waters published its report accusing the company of making up revenues and labeling the business “a multibillion-dollar fraud.” The shares recovered a lot of those losses on Thursday, closing up nearly 17%.

The fraud allegations come just days after Baidu, China’s dominant search engine,

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GitHub agrees RIAA claim is bunk, restores popular YouTube download tool

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Enlarge / A sign featuring the YouTube logo, outside the YouTube Space studios in London on June 4, 2019.

GitHub has reversed its decision to boot YouTube-dl, a popular tool for archiving YouTube videos, from its platform. The company restored repositories this week after “additional information” convinced it that an archiving tool is not in and of itself a copyright violation—no matter what the music industry says.

The repositories in question got shut down in late October, before coming back yesterday. “We share developers’ frustration with this takedown—especially since this project has many legitimate purposes,” GitHub explained in a corporate blog post. “Our actions were driven by processes required to comply with laws like the DMCA that put platforms like GitHub and developers in a difficult spot. And our reinstatement, based on new information that showed the project was not circumventing a technical protection measure (TPM), was inline with our

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You have 6 days to claim a stimulus payment from the IRS, but time is running out

With the House of Representatives returning to work this week, Washington lawmakers still have time before the end of 2020 to return to the table and hammer out another economic package that would include a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 per qualifying adult. But if the IRS still owes you a first stimulus check, you only have less than a week to claim it by the end of the year.



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There are pockets of people who are still owed a stimulus payment from the IRS. Sarah Tew/CNET



a close up of text on a white surface: The IRS this month will contact 9 million Americans who may still be owed stimulus money.


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The IRS this month will contact 9 million Americans who may still be owed stimulus money.


Several groups of Americans eligible for a payment need to take an extra step to receive the first stimulus payment that started going out in the spring, but they have just a handful of days to claim

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Conservatives Flock To Parler App; Claim Censorship On Facebook And Twitter : NPR

Parler bills itself as a “free speech” social network and puts few restrictions on what users can post.

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Parler bills itself as a “free speech” social network and puts few restrictions on what users can post.

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Maria Bartiromo, the Fox Business host, declared herself done with Twitter two days after the election.

She tweeted a link to an article that falsely claimed Democrats were trying to steal the election. Twitter hid the post behind a label warning that it contained misleading content. Twitter also notified Bartiromo that someone had complained about her account (even though it did clarify she had not violated any rules and it was taking no action against her).

For Bartiromo, the label was the last straw.

“This is the same group who abused power in 2016,” Bartiromo

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Trump spreads baseless claim about voting software

President Trump and campaign surrogates have claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud occurred in the key battleground states that gave President-elect Joe Biden the necessary Electoral College votes to become the projected 46th president of the United States. The latest claim, that Dominion Voting Systems, a voting software company used in 28 states, deleted and switched votes intended for Mr. Trump, also does not hold water. 



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“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” said a statement posted Thursday by the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The joint statement, from the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees, called the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.” 

Nevertheless, the president on Thursday tweeted an unsubstantiated story from the

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