Who Is Patrick Byrne? ‘Overstock’ Founder Under Fire After Claiming He Can Save Election

A Trump-supporter and conservative says he can gather a team of “hackers and crackers” to save the election and have Trump become president again. 

Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com, is no stranger to controversial topics. He was asked to step down as CEO of the company last year when he had a relationship with a Russian spy, and now, he’s claiming he knows how to fix the fraud in the election. 

Like Trump’s accusations, Byrne believed that the Democrats had something to do with the election and how Joe Biden had so many votes. 

He told Youtube channels and various podcasts this past week that he has funded an army of hackers, cybersleuths and people with odd skills to crack the fraud, according to The Daily Beast. 

His claims were again, similar to those of the Trump administrations. He explains how the voting machines were compromised or miscounted, but

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Opinion | Social media may have contributed to record voter turnout in the 2020 election

Beyond their role as a comforting escape from the horrors of traditional election coverage, there’s a case to be made that such posts may have contributed to the election’s record turnout. It’s one way in which social media — rightly criticized for its part in increasing polarization and spreading disinformation — may have helped democracy.

At first glance, this claim probably seems counterintuitive. The 2020 turnout was undoubtedly bolstered by strong feelings on both sides. One would think that the pandemic-driven expansion of mail-in voting also contributed to turnout by making it easier to vote — a plausible explanation that has nothing to do with social media. The problem with this reasoning is that there’s plenty of evidence — for example, from the United States and Switzerland — that mail-in voting has historically had a very limited impact on turnout.

This phenomenon is elucidated in a remarkable 2010 paper by

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False claims about media’s 2016, 2020 election coverage

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Dr. Anthony Fauci compared the transition of power to a relay race when describing its importance.

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The claim: The media said ‘Russia stole the election’ in 2016 and now says the 2020 election is ‘impossible to steal’

As President Donald Trump’s election challenges fail and he begrudgingly begins to accommodate a transition of power, he is looking at the 2016 election to draw false comparisons and point fingers at journalists he says never accepted his victory. His supporters aren’t far behind, offering up a meme suggesting hypocrisy in media coverage of the 2016 and 2020 elections.

“2016 MEDIA: RUSSIA STOLE THE ELECTION,” reads a meme ForAmerica posted to Facebook Nov. 12. “2020 MEDIA: OUR ELECTIONS ARE LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL.”

The meme includes two images of CNN anchor Don Lemon and makes a blanket statement about “the media.”

Fact check: Claim that voting noncitizens affected 2020 election

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Facebook releases election and hate speech enforcement data

The company estimated it helped register 4.5 million voters in the United States this year across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, and helped 100,000 sign up to be poll workers. Since its launch, 140 million people have visited the company’s voting information center, and on Election Day, 33 million people visited its election center, which included results as they came in.

The report comes days after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was grilled about Facebook’s handling of content during the election on Capitol Hill. He said at the time that Facebook was working on a post-mortem of its election actions but did not say when it might be completed.

The prevalence of hate speech continues to be a problem on Facebook. About one out of every 1,000 things users see on the flagship site contains hate speech, Facebook said in its third-quarter Community Standard Enforcement Report. It did not release a similar

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Facebook’s Labels On Trump’s Election Lies Haven’t Stopped His Posts From Going Viral

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Facebook’s attempt to slow the spread of President Trump’s misinformation and outright lies by affixing warning labels to the content has done little to stop the posts from going viral—and the platform is apparently well aware.

According to internal conversations reviewed by Buzzfeed News, data scientists in the employ of Facebook freely admit that the new labels being attached to misleading or false posts as part of a broader strategy to stop the spread of election-related misinformation—referred to internally as “informs”—have had little to no impact on how posts are being shared, whether they’re coming from Trump or anyone else.

“We have evidence that applying these informs to posts decreases their reshares by ~8%,” the data scientists said, according to Buzzfeed. “However given that Trump has SO many shares on any given post, the decrease is not going

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CIA Director Gina Haspel ‘Should Be Fired’ for Ignoring Election Software Warnings, Trump Lawyer Says

Sidney Powell, an attorney representing President Donald Trump, said that CIA director Gina Haspel “should be fired” for not objecting to the use of election software the president and his supporters claim—without providing evidence—allowed President-elect Joe Biden to win through “fraud.”



a man and a woman looking at the camera: CIA Director Gina Haspel looks on as President Donald Trump meets with his cabinet on May 19, 2020 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.


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CIA Director Gina Haspel looks on as President Donald Trump meets with his cabinet on May 19, 2020 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were declared winners of the presidential election on November 7, after the Associated Press, Fox News and other television networks called Nevada and Pennsylvania in their favor to push them past the 270 electoral votes needed to claim victory. Trump has refused to concede, baselessly claiming they won through widespread voter fraud.

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Powell attempted to add credibility to Trump’s assertions in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, pointing

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Conservatives Flock To ‘Alt’ Social Media In US Election Dispute

Conservatives backing President Donald Trump’s claims of election malfesance have sparked a migration to alternative social media sites which have refrained from filtering unverified claims.

The shift has boosted right-wing favorites like Parler, Newsmax and Rumble which have rejected the approach of Facebook and Twitter in labeling and limiting the reach of conspiracy theories.

Parler, founded in 2018, saw more than 3.3 million downloads from Apple and Google marketplaces since November 3 to reach 7.3 million installs globally, according to market tracker Sensor Tower.

Large gains were also seen for other conservative-friendly services such as Newsmax — which Trump himself endorsed — as well as MeWe and Rumble.

These sites have left up Trump’s claims of manipulation of election results in states he lost.

While alternative social networks have seen ephemeral gains in the past, the post-election trend “has reached more mainstream conservatives” who are frustrated with the large internet

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‘Free Speech’ Social-Media Apps See Enormous Growth After the Election

Dave Wright, a Trump supporter based in Decatur, Illinois, was sick and tired of Facebook. A video he had posted in September of a woman reportedly being arrested for not wearing a mask was flagged for spreading misinformation, and last week during the election, a screengrab he shared hinting at false claims of electoral fraud in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was similarly flagged by the platform. Someone close to him was also permanently banned from Twitter for posting in support of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was charged with killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August.

So Wright decided to start an account on MeWe, a social networking app that has touted itself as the “free-speech” alternative to Facebook. He’s only been on it a day, but so far, he’s a fan. “MeWe ought to start planning, cuz a red wave is coming!” he wrote in a post.

In the

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Industry 4.0 Will Help Fuel Economy Post Election

Days after the election, individuals, communities and the nation at large are still trying to predict how the results will impact the markets. 

Despite the differences of the parties’ platforms, however, both Democrats and Republicans ultimately support strengthening the economy and increasing jobs in the U.S. That said, how will emerging tech markets respond and expand in these uncertain times?  

In the Midwest, some of the most promising tech sectors are emerging from a long history of world-class manufacturing companies headquartered in the heartland. These companies are a big part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, this is not your grandfather’s industrial revolution. This is the transformation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices that is using modern smart technology, a powerful blend of hardware, software and artificial intelligence. When you peel back the layers, you’ll find trillions of

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Tech companies brace for the long haul with Trump’s unrelenting attacks on election outcome

Technology companies are bracing for a prolonged period of uncertainty as long as President Trump and his allies dispute the outcome of the election, testing whether the companies can sustain the pace of enforcement they put in place over the past week.



The election has forced social media companies to operate differently in a highly charged political environment.


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The election has forced social media companies to operate differently in a highly charged political environment.

Social media firms insist that the dramatic changes to their policies and practices instated ahead of the election are not permanent, but they have amended them in the past week. Facebook said Wednesday that it is extending its ban on political and social ads — initially forecast to last one week — for another month, an acknowledgment that ad campaigns disputing election results present significant risk for disinformation. Experts say the companies will have a hard time retracting the changes in this hyper-charged political environment.

“There has never been

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