Avaaz: Facebook continues to fail at flagging false and misleading posts about U.S. elections

Facebook continues to fail to spot and flag false and misleading posts about elections, according to a new report published by Avaaz. The U.S.-based nonprofit found in an analysis of a cross-section of Georgia-related election misinformation on Facebook that 60% of detected false and misleading posts reached thousands of voters without fact check labels.

The report comes as investigations suggest that Facebook is failing to stem the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech on its platform. In January, Seattle University associate professor Caitlin Carlson published results from an experiment in which she and a colleague collected more than 300 posts that appeared to violate Facebook’s hate speech rules. (Only about half of the posts were ultimately removed.) Separately, according to The Washington Post and others, allies of President Donald Trump have received few penalties under Facebook’s rules. Former employees told the publication that Trump-aligned accounts have been protected against

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GoPro Posts Record Online Sales From Black Friday-Cyber Monday

GoPro  (GPRO) – Get Report shares rose on Thursday after the video-products company reported record online sales for the Black-Friday-to-Cyber-Monday period.

That pushed its subscriber count above 670,000, GoPro said. 

“GoPro.com performed as we expected, handily breaking sales records over the Black Friday-Cyber Monday period, thus ensuring we’ll finish the year with well over 700,000 subscribers,” Founder and Chief Executive Nicholas Woodman said in a statement.

GoPro ended the third quarter with 501,000 subscribers, up 35% sequentially and 65% from a year earlier.

“We are confident about our ability to exit 2020 with low channel inventory and a promising outlook for 2021,” Woodman said. 

GoPro also said this week that its camera sales have exceeded 40 million since the debut of its first high-definition model in 2009.

The company’s stock recently traded at $8.11, up 4.1%. It has surged 87% year to date. A month ago it touched

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Argentina rugby captain Pablo Matera, two other players reinstated following ‘discriminatory and xenophobic’ social media posts

Two days after being disciplined, Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s rugby captain and, along with teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino, had his suspension from the squad lifted following an investigation into “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts dating from between 2011 and 2013.



Pablo Matera in a blue shirt: Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina's captain.


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Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s captain.

The trio were suspended on Tuesday for the derogatory posts that included remarks directed at Bolivian and Paraguayan domestic staff, women, Black people and insults about religion.

However, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) announced on Thursday that the players’ apologies and good behavior in the intervening years meant these punishments were now “unnecessary.”

“During the statement, the three players expressed their deep regret, reiterated the apology, ratified that it is not what they think and that it was a reckless act typical of immaturity,” the UAR said in a statement.

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Argentina rugby union rescinds Matera suspension over social media posts | Rugby union

The Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) has rescinded its sanction against captain Pablo Matera and two players who posted racial and xenophobic comments on social media and were left out of the team for Saturday’s Tri-Nations match against Australia.

Flanker Matera was stripped of the captaincy and, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino, suspended for comments posted between 2011 and 2013 which disparaged Black people and those from other South American nations. UAR said the players’ apologies, combined with their good behaviour in the years since the comments were posted, meant the suspension could be lifted.

“The preventive measures are unnecessary so we have resolved to lift the suspension of the three players and reinstate the captaincy to Pablo Matera,” the UAR said in a statement. “The disciplinary process continues and the commission will arrive at a final resolution in the next few days.”

None of the trio

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Argentina rugby captain Pablo Matera, two other players suspended for xenophobic social media posts

Pablo Matera has been stripped of his role as Argentina’s rugby captain and suspended alongside teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino for “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts dating from between 2011 and 2013, the Argentine Rugby Union (ARU) announced on Monday.



Pablo Matera in a blue shirt: Matera has been stripped of his role as captain of Argentina's rugby team.


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Matera has been stripped of his role as captain of Argentina’s rugby team.

All three players have featured in the ongoing Tri Nations tournament against New Zealand and Australia, with Matera instrumental in the Pumas’ first ever victory over New Zealand last month.

The decision means the trio will miss Saturday’s Test match against Australia.

“The Argentine Rugby Union strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Pumas squad on social media,” said a statement from the governing body.

It added: “Although the messages were expressed between 2011 and 2013 and do not represent the integrity as people

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Monterey County cop placed on leave after alleged lewd and disparaging social media posts against Black Lives Matter

PACIFIC GROVE — A Pacific Grove police officer has been placed on leave after he allegedly made a social media posting using offensive language about the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s the same officer who in May reportedly placed stickers on his private vehicle with anti-LGBTQ language as well as supporting a right-wing militia group.

At a Sunday press conference, PG Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she put an unidentified officer on administrative after it was discovered Saturday that lewd and disparaging remarks about the civil rights movement had been posted to his social media account.

“Yesterday it was brought to our attention that one of our officers posted ‘F-dot-dot-dot Black Lives Matter’ on social media,” Madalone said. “He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.”

She did not name the officer, citing a “personnel matter,” but did confirm that it is the same officer

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Pumas captain, players suspended over racist social media posts

By Ian Ransom



Pablo Matera standing in front of a crowd: Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool C - Argentina v U.S.


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Rugby World Cup 2019 – Pool C – Argentina v U.S.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Pablo Matera has been stripped of the Argentina captaincy and suspended along with team mates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino for posting racist comments on social media, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Tuesday.

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The scandal has thrown the Argentina camp into crisis days before their final Tri-Nations match against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The UAR said its board had met urgently after revelations of the players’ “discriminatory” posts between 2011 and 2013.

“The Argentine Rugby Union strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Los Pumas squad on social networks,” the UAR said in a statement.

“Although the messages were expressed between 2011 and 2013 … the Argentine Rugby Union condemns any expression of hatred and we consider it unacceptable that

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Argentina strip Pablo Matera of captaincy after alleged xenophobic social media posts | Argentina rugby union team

Argentina have stripped Pablo Matera of the captaincy and stood him down from Saturday’s final Tri Nations clash with the Wallabies as they investigate allegedly “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts.

Just weeks after becoming a national hero as he inspired the Pumas to their first win over the All Blacks, Matera is under fire for tweets he allegedly made between 2011 and 2013 relating to Bolivian and Paraguayan domestic staff and black people.

The Argentina Rugby Union issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the comments and announcing the sacking of Matera. It also said veteran lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino had been stood down before the weekend’s game in Sydney, but did not elaborate on why.

“The Argentine Rugby Union strongly repudiates the discriminatory and xenophobic comments published by members of the Los Pumas team on social media and meeting as an emergency, the board of directors

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Shopify Posts Record Black Friday Sales of $2.4 Billion

Online-shopping host Shopify  (SHOP) – Get Report posted record Black Friday global sales of $2.4 billion as concern about the coronavirus pandemic had vast numbers of consumers choosing e-commerce over brick-and-mortar shopping.

Shares of the Ottawa commerce platform at last check rose 1% to $1,045.12.

The company said that from the start of Black Friday in New Zealand through the end of Black Friday in California, Shopify-powered businesses saw a 75% increase in sales from Black Friday in 2019.

New York, London, and Los Angeles were the top-selling cities worldwide on Black Friday, Shopify said. Top-selling countries included the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

By 8 a.m. Monday U.S. Eastern, merchants on Shopify collectively had crossed $1 billion in sales.

Top product categories globally during Black Friday were apparel and accessories, followed by health and beauty and home and garden.

Sales on Black Friday were made two-thirds (67%)

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Groups criticize Alabama official over social media posts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of social justice groups criticized Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s social media posts Tuesday, including a since-deleted retweet that mentioned a “war on whites.”

The groups and individuals held a news conference at the Alabama Capitol, saying they were following up on a letter sent last week to the elected Republican expressing disapproval of the posts. Some speakers called on Merrill to resign. Others said said the posts were irresponsible from a statewide officer holder.

Project Say Something Founder Camille Bennett said “dog whistle politics” were the tool of past segregationist Gov. George Wallace and that Merrill needs to understand that could incite violence.

“Here we are in 2020 and we still have white men at the state Capitol dog whistling, talking about a war on whites. What war do you speak of?” Bennett said.

Merrill had recently retweeted one item that criticized

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