Facebook failed to warn Georgia voters about misinformation, activists say

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Facebook is still grappling with political misinformation after election day.


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Facebook has been using labels to warn users about posts that contain misinformation, but a global activist group says false claims are still slipping through the cracks ahead of runoff elections in Georgia that will decide which party controls the US Senate.

Avaaz, a global activist group, said Friday it examined 204 Facebook posts in English and Spanish that contained 12 false Georgia election-related claims debunked by fact checkers. As of Nov 20, about 60% of these posts didn’t have a label that warned users the post contained false information. Some of the posts weren’t labeled at all and others had a different label that directed Facebook users to an online hub with election information.

The analysis raises questions about whether

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Hackers targeting supply chain that keeps coronavirus vaccines cold, experts warn

Hackers backed by foreign governments are targeting companies involved in the shipping and storing the coronavirus vaccine at a low enough temperature to keep it from spoiling, IBM said in research released Thursday.

The announcement is the latest in a series of cybersecurity research reports that point to foreign governments employing hackers to break into the networks of groups working to rush out a vaccine, and comes as the U.S. prepares to ship refrigerated boxes of vaccines across the country this month.

While not every potential vaccine requires the same refrigeration, the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, which was approved Wednesday in the U.K. and may soon become the first coronavirus vaccine approved for distribution in the U.S., has to be shipped in special boxes of dry ice that must be opened quickly before use. The White House has claimed that as many as 20 million doses of the vaccine could

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Doctors, Nurses Use Emotional Social Media Pleas to Warn Americans about Deadly COVID Surge

As current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. soar, several doctors and nurses have taken to social media in recent days to warn Americans about the deadly virus, which has killed more than 252,800 people, as of Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).



a group of people looking at a cell phone: Medical workers outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers during the pandemic on May 26 in New York City. Doctor and nurses have taken to social media in recent days with emotional pleas warning Americans about the deadly virus.


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Medical workers outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers during the pandemic on May 26 in New York City. Doctor and nurses have taken to social media in recent days with emotional pleas warning Americans about the deadly virus.

Several have shared emotional pleas and personal accounts of their day-to-day experiences at the frontlines of the outbreak.

On Wednesday, Twitter user @darakass, a Yahoo News medical contributor, tweeted: “The situation is dire. Hospitals are getting over run. Healthcare workers are exhausted. People are getting sicker and dying. It won’t change

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Researchers warn of internet security risks connected to Tesla Backup Gateway

Researchers have outlined weak security points in Tesla Backup Gateway and the ways in which they can be exploited. 

On Tuesday, Rapid7 described the security risks associated with connecting Tesla Backup Gateway to the internet; in particular, ways that open connections can be used to violate user privacy and security. 

Tesla Backup Gateway (.PDF) is a platform designed by the automaker for managing solar and battery/Powerwall installations. The system is able to connect directly to the grid, monitor outages, and gives users the option to watch and control energy reserves via a connected mobile application. Connections can be established via wifi, Ethernet cable, or mobile. 

In order to access the gateway, users connect to the software’s wifi network, enter its serial number — which acts as a password — and access Tesla Backup Gateway from an internet browser. Each gateway uses a self-signed SSL certificate.

The first time a user

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Shops warn of Christmas stock shortages as PPE shipments clog key UK port

Retailers are warning a logjam at the country’s biggest container port could result in product shortages this Christmas, as it emerged 11,000 containers of government-procured PPE is clogging up Felixstowe.



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Congestion at Felixstowe is a problem for the whole country as the Suffolk port handles approximately 40% of all the containers coming into and out of the UK.

The port is facing two problems that are together hitting deliveries and causing delays, just as the key Christmas trading period – when retailers rely on daily deliveries of stock to keep their shelves full – is getting underway.

Firstly, a huge surge in freight volumes is currently underway as retailers load up their warehouses ahead of Christmas and the Brexit deadline.

The volumes are greater than usual because the flow of goods into the UK was seriously disrupted during the spring lockdown when,

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The Technology 202: Democrats warn Big Tech’s extended ad bans could hurt their chances in Georgia

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s executive director Scott Fairchild criticized the decisions, saying the bans “amount to unacceptable voter suppression.” 

Tech companies seeking to quash election disinformation are in a bind. 

On the one hand, ads can help candidates on both sides get information to potential voters. Fairchild warned in a statement that the move could actively harm efforts to inform voters about the runoffs. He called for an exemption for ads in Georgia over the next two months. 

But companies are also scrambling to extend what were meant to be temporary changes amid a chaotic and uncertain political environment in which President Trump is refusing to concede and makes baseless claims of election fraud. It’s unclear if the companies can sustain the pace of enforcement they have had in the last week, my colleague Elizabeth Dwoskin reports. 

Facebook and Google initially indicated the ad bans would last about a

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