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Photo credit: Getty Images As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases. Photo credit: Getty Images Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced they both tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia while filming their…

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, even the Hollywood community has been affected. From actors to executives, here is a list of confirmed celebrity coronavirus cases.


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Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced they both tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia while filming their Elvis Presley biopic. The couple isolated themselves and are keeping their spirits up, sharing their experience on Instagram.


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Former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko posted on Instagram Sunday that she was self-quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus. She appeared in “Quantum of Solace” opposite Daniel Craig in 2008 and in the sci-fi movie “Oblivion.”


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Idris Elba posted a video on Twitter Monday saying that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The British actor said he is asymptomatic and encourages people to stay pragmatic.


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Lucian Grainge, longtime chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, tested positive for the coronavirus and has been hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. On April 6, he sent a memo to staff saying he was going to make a full recovery. 



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Kristofer Hivju posted on Instagram Monday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. The “Game of Thrones” alum is set to star on season 2 of Netflix’s “The Witcher.” 


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Rachel Matthews, the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II” and an actress known for “Looking for Alaska” and “Happy Death Day 2 You,” said in a series of posts on her Instagram story (via Page Six) that she tested positive for the coronavirus. Matthews described her symptoms over the course of a week in her posts and added that she found tests for the virus “INSANELY hard to come by.” 
 


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Kevin Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and currently a player for the Brooklyn Nets, was one of four players who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Athletic. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” he told The Athletic.


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Actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Instagram Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. “For all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is,” the former “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0” star pleaded. He has since recovered from the virus.


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Prince Albert of Monaco is the first known head of state to contract the coronavirus.


Sean Payton

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Sean Payton told ESPN he tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first confirmed case in the NFL


Colton Underwood

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Colton Underwood, former star of “The Bachelor,” revealed in a Twitter video that despite being 28-years-old and healthy, he still tested positive for the coronavirus.  


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Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo, announced he tested positive on March 20.


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Actress Debi Mazar (“Goodfellas,” “Younger”) announced on March 21 that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough,” she wrote. “I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days.”


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Opera legend Placido Domingo announced on March 22 that he tested positive for COVID-19. “Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he wrote on Facebook.


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“Les Miserables” actor Aaron Tveit announced he tested positive for the virus in a lengthy Instagram post. “I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild,” he wrote.


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Sen. Rand Paul became the first U.S. senator to test positive for the virus Sunday.


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Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the virus in prison, according to a report from the Niagara Gazette.



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“Game of Thrones” actress Indira Varma revealed she was sick with the virus last week.


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Daytime Emmy Award winner Greg Rikaart (“The Young and the Restless”) announced on Instagram that he tested positive for the coronavirus. “Nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys,” he wrote, referring to his husband and son.


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Houston rapper Slim Thug said he tested positive for coronavirus.

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Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus but remains in “good health,” his office announced on Wednesday.


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Jackson Browne, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, also announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is recuperating in his Los Angeles home.


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In a memo to staff Thursday, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus and “improving every day.”


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Chef Floyd Cardoz died of coronavirus complications on March 25. He won the third season of “Top Chef Masters” and appeared in numerous other cooking programs. He was 59.


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Mark Blum, who starred in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “You,” died of coronavirus complications on March 26. He was 69.


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ESPN NBA analyst and reporter Doris Burke revealed Friday she tested positive for the coronavirus, and that it took eight days for her to get her results. Fortunately, she has been symptom-free.


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Chuck Billy, frontman for the thrash-metal band Testament, told Rolling Stone, “I had an achy body, headaches, coughing, tight chest, I lost my sense of smell and taste — the whole thing.” A few days later, he and his wife Tiffany learned they had the coronavirus.


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Houston rapper Scarface revealed in a livestream with Geto Boys’ bandmate Willie D. that he tested positive for COVID-19 after having symptoms that began with the lack of taste and smell.


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Adam Schlesinger, the songwriter best known for his work with the rock band Fountains of Wayne and the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” has been hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms. Sadly, the 52-year-old rocker died on April 1.


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Chris Cuomo announced on March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The anchor has been hosting the show from his basement. Cuomo also revealed shortly after his own diagnosis that his wife too tested positive.


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Tennis commentator Patrick McEnroe announced March 31 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The brother of John McEnroe says he quarantined himself in his basement and is “feeling fine.”


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Eddie Large, one-half of the comedy duo Little and Large, contracting coronavirus while hospitalized for heart failure. Sadly, he died on April 2 at age 78.


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Jim Edmonds, MLB player turned “Real Housewives of Orange County” star, said he tested positive for both pneumonia and the coronavirus but is “completely symptom-free” now.


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Actress Ali Wentworth, who is married to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, revealed on Instagram she tested positive for the coronavirus and “has never been sicker.” She is quarantined from her family.


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Tony-award winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell tweeted he tested positive for the coronavirus and was self-isolating. He added he was feeling better and “over the hump.” 


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“Love Song” singer and Broadway star of the musical “Waitress” Sara Bareilles revealed she had tested positive for the virus and is already feeling better, she said in an Instagram story Friday.



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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin tested positive for coronavirus despite practicing social distancing. “I am okay,” she posted on Instagram. “It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever. I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me.”


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Christopher Cross, the singer-songwriter best known for “Sailing,” announced he tested positive for cornonavirus in a lengthy Instagram post. “Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” he wrote.


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The pop singer Pink revealed on Twitter that she tested positive for coronavirus but said that after two weeks of self-isolating, she then tested negative for COVID-19 and had recovered. Pink then agreed to donate $1 million split among two different crisis relief funds.


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The singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull, who came to fame as part of the 1960s British Invasion with her single “As Tears Go By,” was hospitalized in London after testing positive for the coronavirus, her reps told Rolling Stone. On April 22, Faithfull’s team revealed that after being hospitalized for the past 22 days, she was released from the hospital to recuperate in London. Her team also added that the hospital staff from the British NHS “without doubt, saved her life.”


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Duran Duran singer John Taylor announced on Facebook that he had tested positive for coronavirus — and fully recovered. “I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing,” he wrote.


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Reality TV star Todd Chrisley (“Chrisley Knows Best”) revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus on his podcast. “It has been the sickest I have ever been on this earth,” he said. “Hopefully, I will get better every day, but as of right now, folks, I still am not clicking on all cylinders.”


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“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Jennifer Aydin revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus after asking her husband — a plastic surgeon — to bring home a test. The reality TV star has been quarantining herself away from her five children.


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“Fox & Friends” weekend host Jedidiah Bila said on Instagram that she has been recovering from her coronavirus diagnosis while absent from the air. The former “View” host said she’s “very much on the mend.”


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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds told his Instagram followers on April 10, which is also his birthday, that he and his family tested positive for COVID-19 but have since recovered. “It’s an incredibly scaring thing to go through my friends,” he wrote.


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Country music singer Sturgill Simpson posted a photo on Instagram On April 11 of him lying on a hospital bed, wearing a face mask. “After almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for Covid-19,” he wrote.


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“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos announced he tested positive for the coronavirus just a few days after his wife, Ali Wentworth, revealed her diagnosis. Fortunately, the tv host says he has been asymptomatic and is “feeling great.”


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Wreckless Eric, the ’70s pop rock star and singer of the track “Whole Wide World,” revealed in a blog post on April 19 that he tested positive for coronavirus after weeks of experiencing symptoms but being unable to receive a test. “I haven’t actually been very well in the past three or four weeks – chest and rib pains, cough, low level fever, intermittent headaches – I was pretty sure it must be the virus though I was told the only way I could get confirmation of this was by presenting myself at the emergency room, death’s door, sick to the point of dying, ready to be hospitalised…No f—ing thank you.” Wreckless Eric, real name Eric Goulden, revealed that though he tested positive his wife did not.


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CNN International anchor Richard Quest revealed via Twitter on April 20 that he “caught coronavirus. I am blessed in that I have few symptoms – just a cough.”


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Broadway star Danny Burstein said in a video interview with “CBS This Morning” on April 21 that he had just been released from the hospital after a five-day stay. He told the morning show that he will “absolutely” return to the stage once he is healthy and theaters reopen.

NFL Draft and College Football Analyst Todd McShay revealed on the day of the 2020 NFL Draft that he would not be able to work the gig this year because he is “home recovering from coronavirus.” “I’ll be back,” he promised — just not in time for this year’s festivities.


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“60 Minutes” host Lesley Stahl revealed on-air on May 3 that she had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and had made a full recovery after being hospitalized. In tribute to the doctors and nurses, she said, “We all owe them our gratitude, our admiration and, in some cases, our lives.”


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Legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye is “very weak” after combating COVID-19 and other medical conditions, TMZ reported on May 21. Sadly, he died June 1.


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Former New York Knicks star and current Georgetown University coach Patrick Ewing announced on May 22 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He said on Twitter, “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”


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Neera Tanden, who the president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress and a frequent guest on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, announced on Twitter on May 23 that she has the coronavirus. “I only went out for necessities and wore masks,” she wrote. “This is obviously a very transmissible virus. People need to take a lot of care and the idea we can just reopen is very scary.”


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Andrea Bocelli revealed in a Facebook post that he and members of his family had tested positive for COVID-19. He added that they had a “swift and full recovery” and that he later donated blood to coronavirus research.


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Longtime “Days of Our Lives” star Judi Evans was hospitalized with COVID-19 in May and nearly lost both of her legs, according to a Facebook post from her representative.



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Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that he contracted coronavirus but that recovered after he “kicked its butt.”


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On June 20, comedian D.L. Hughley said he tested positive for COVID-19 when he was hospitalized in Nashville after collapsing on stage during a stand-up performance the night before. “In addition to all the other stuff you have to look out for, if your ass pass out in the middle of a show, onstage, you probably need to get tested,” he said.


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Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 tennis player, announced he tested positive for coronavirus June 23 after organizing and playing in the Adria Cup tournament earlier this month with no social distancing guidelines.


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NBA player Malcolm Brogdon announced on June 24 that he recently tested positive for coronavirus and was in quarantine. He said he is “feeling well” and plans to rejoin his Pacers teammates when recovered. Brogdon has been vocal following the death of George Floyd and participated in protests.



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Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza who sought the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2011, announced July 3 he had been hospitalized in Atlanta after testing positive for COVID-19. The week before, he had attended a rally for Donald Trump’s re-election in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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On July 3, NASCAR announced that seven-time NASCAR Cup series champion  Jimmie Johnson had tested positive for COVID-19.


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Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News personality and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for the coronavirus on  July 3. Guilfoyle, a top fundraiser for the president’s re-election campaign, had planned to attend an event at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore.


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Model and reality TV star Shana Moakler shared in an Instagram Stories post on July 2 that she had testified positive for COVID-19. She joked, “On this date in July last year, I broke my foot and then this year I got COVID. So, you know, I’m just going to officially just remove Julys from my calendar because [it’s] not my month.”


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Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted a message to his fans on July 11, saying that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized. He wrote, “family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !”



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Houston Rockets’ star Russell Westbrook revealed July 13 that he tested positive shortly before the team traveled to Orlando for the NBA restart. 


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In a CBS telecast on July 19, legendary pro golfer Jack Nicklaus revealed that he and his wife both tested positive for COVID-19 early in the pandemic. The two 80-year-olds recovered relatively quickly.


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Actor-director Mel Gibson disclosed in July that he came down with a bad case of COVID-19 back in April. People reports that he spent a week in the hospital but recovered and has tested negative since then.


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“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador revealed in an Instagram post on July 24 that she and her three daughters tested positive for the coronavirus. “Today, we are Covid positive times 4,” she wrote. “The girls and I are blessed to be quarantining in the same home (but isolating in separate rooms).”


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In an interview with London-based website Capital Xtra, rapper Doja Cat said she tested positive for COVID-19 — just months after dismissing concerns about the pandemic (“It’s a flu! Ya’ll are pussies.”)

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How Social Media’s Fixation with Scale Supercharged Disinformation

The attack on the U.S. Capitol building was the culmination of years of disinformation and conspiracy theories that had been weaponized on social media networks. Could that weaponization have been prevented? Perhaps. The dominant business model of these platforms, which emphasized scale over other considerations, made them particularly vulnerable to disinformation networks and related backlash…

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How Social Media’s Fixation with Scale Supercharged Disinformation

The attack on the U.S. Capitol building was the conclusion of years of disinformation and conspiracy theories that had actually been weaponized on social media networks. The dominant service design of these platforms, which emphasized scale over other factors to consider, made them particularly vulnerable to disinformation networks and related reaction against those networks– both the loss of infrastructure support, as in the case of Parler, and the threat of regulative crackdown, as in the case of Facebook and Twitter.

Over the last four years, disinformation has actually ended up being a global watchword. After Russian meddling on social networks during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, experts expressed issues that social media would continue to be weaponized– cautions that were typically dismissed as hyperbolic.

But the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol developing shows simply how effective a networked conspiracy can be when it’s magnified through social media. The attack was the conclusion of years of disinformation from President Trump, which increase after Biden was stated the president-elect– and largely the item of social networks business’ inability to control the weaponization of their items.

Throughout the years, we’ve experienced various approaches to weaponization take shape. While Russian meddling showed the potential for well-placed disinformation to spread out across social networks, the 2017 “Join the Right” event in Charlottesville, Va. demonstrated how a group of white supremacists might use social media to plan a violent rally. The Capitol siege had components of both– it included a larger ideological spectrum than Charlottesville, and individuals had actually not just collaborated over social networks, however had been combined through it. The insurrectionists were unified by their support for Donald Trump and their false belief that the election had actually been stolen from him. At the peak of the moment, Trump used social networks to message to the rabid crowd in actual time from his smart phone at a safe get rid of.

This has actually raised fundamental questions about the future of the platforms where this all played out.

But in order to understand what comes next, we require to ask: How did social networks become a disinformation device? And how do business designs of these tech business explain how that occurred?

Whatever open will be made use of.

For more than a years, business design for today’s social media giants, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter has been to pursue scale. Excellent ideas, such as the video sharing platform Vine, were left in this pursuit, while investor KPIs were pegged to broadening the user base. This technique has a considerable weak point: When a platform’s growth depends on openness, it’s more susceptible to malicious usage. As we can now see, this open company model can leave companies exposed in manner ins which these businesses are now are being required to consider.

There have been a few crucial phases that lead to this minute. Each, in its own method, highlighted how the vulnerability of the open, scale-centric business model of social media platforms might be exploited.

Relatively early on, the focus on growth set the conditions for the advancement of a shadow industry of phony fans and synthetic engagement According to insiders, this was well-known, but social media companies avoided conversations about the abuse of their items

When internet marketing was turned into a political tool, however, the field of bad stars expanded significantly– as did the possible damage they could do. The connection between social media and political occasions such as Brexit and Trump’s win became clear after Carole Cadwalladr broke the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The occurrence offered a case research study in how information gathered from social networks might be repurposed to target specific audiences with material that irritated political stress and fractured coalitions, not to discuss plant scrap news and normally make mayhem and confusion reign.

Rising from the ashes of the Pizzagate conspiracy, which declared Hilary Clinton was part of a child-exploitation network in D.C., a strange account named “Q” started publishing cryptic missives on a message board understood for memes, anime porn, and white supremacist arranging. While comprehensive, the core story of QAnon was that Trump was privately engaged in a war with the “deep state” to arrest Clinton and stop a Democrat-run cabal of Satan worshiping pedophiles engaged in massive human trafficking.

With QAnon, the fringe transferred to the mainstream, with Q discussion threads turning up on Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter. The platforms’ growth model indicated content and groups that produced high engagement were rewarded with greater priority in recommendations. In other words, QAnon communities delivered the kind of material that social networks reward and benefited appropriately. A couple of specific events, like the arrest of Jeffery Epstein and the Las Vegas mass shooting, generated bursts of brand-new interest in Q’s posts and analysis of them. Q networks likewise included the development of Covid-19, launching a scam declaring the pandemic was a Democratic plot versus Trump and arranged several protests to this end.

Belatedly, some tech business reacted. Facebook and Twitter took some action to get rid of Q networks on their items this summer Reddit did not have the same issues because they acted early to remove Q online forums, and the conspiracy theory never acquired a strong foothold on the platform. But by the time Twitter and Facebook took action, Q communities had actually currently prepared for deplatforming, producing redundant networks on other apps with smaller sized networks, like Gab and Parler.

With the election of Joe Biden in November, the impacts of these trends became clear. The outcome of the election was disconcerting to those who were filled by these conspiracy theories. The sensation of being pushed away politically, while also isolated during a pandemic, had fired up numerous Q followers to the point where Trump only required to light the match on social media to spread out election conspiracies like digital wildfire.

In every circumstances leading up to January 6, the moral task was to minimize the scale and pay more attention to the quality of viral material. We saw the cost of stopping working to do so.

Where we go from here.

In his book Anti-Social Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan writes, “If a global advertising company leverages its vast variety of files on its two billion users to restrict competition and welcome antidemocratic forces to infest its channels with disinformation, democratic states must move to break it up and to limit what companies can discover and utilize about residents.” In the wake of the attack on the Capitol, we’re seeing a growing interest in doing just that.

As we, as a society, think about next actions, we need to remember that emphasizing scale has a trade off with security. In addition, failing to act upon disinformation and viral conspiracy does not imply they will ultimately simply disappear; in fact, the reverse holds true. Since social media seems to move the fringe to the mainstream, by connecting people with similar interests from the mundane to the utterly bizarre, tech business need to develop a prepare for content curation and community small amounts that reflects a more human scale.

Tech companies, consisting of start-ups wary of overreach, and VCs must start to prepare model policies for regulators to consider, remembering that openness and scale pose considerable threats not only to earnings, however to democracies.

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Republican sources say McConnell is thinking about a vote to found guilty Trump and expel him from the United States federal government forever

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering a vote to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial, Republican sources told Insider. “He’s seriously entertaining it,” said one GOP source familiar with the Kentucky Republican’s thinking. “He wants to hear it out.” Convicting Trump and removing him from office isn’t the end game here since…

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Republican sources say McConnell is thinking about a vote to found guilty Trump and expel him from the United States federal government forever
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering a vote to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial, Republican sources told Expert.
  • ” He’s seriously entertaining it,” stated one GOP source knowledgeable about the Kentucky Republican politician’s thinking. “He wishes to hear it out.”
  • Convicting Trump and removing him from office isn’t completion game here considering that the impeachment trial likely will not begin in earnest up until after his term is up. The Senate would next vote to ban Trump from ever holding a federal government position again, and a simple bulk is all that’s required to make that take place.
  • McConnell understands Trump is at his most vulnerable today as he prepares to leave office while facing a raft of prospective criminal charges, according to Republicans close to the bulk leader and the White Home.
  • ” It’s the time to shiv him and after that brace for the fallout,” said one GOP source with ties to the Trump White House.
  • See Organization Insider’s homepage for more stories

McConnell is stated to be enraged at Trump for directing the heavily-armed mob that swarmed the Capitol in protest of Congress licensing President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election success. He now sees the Democrat-led Home effort that culminated Wednesday with a bipartisan 232-197 vote to impeach the president as a prospective opportunity to rid his party and American politics once and for all of Trump.

McConnell is attempting to drum up the essential 17 Republican votes needed to assist convict the president at a Senate trial, according to a source close to the Trump White Home.

And the president has actually currently been prohibited from the potent social media networks that helped fuel his political increase, damaging his capability to speak straight to his advocates and influence some of the fence-sitting GOP senators who have the power to end Trump’s profession.

” Now is the time,” a source close to the White House said of McConnell’s potential relocation.

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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Senate Republican politician to back convicting Trump during his very first impeachment trial in early2020

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Moderate Republicans like Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Mitt Romney of Utah are extensively seen as possible yes votes to found guilty Trump at an impeachment trial. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, the president’s adult boys, also threatened main obstacles versus any Republicans who didn’t support their dad’s effort to overturn Biden’s election.

Maybe the most engaging reason Republicans have to back Trump’s conviction is what would come right after the impeachment trial.

Trump by all accounts is likely to wage war versus any GOP defectors. It’s how he reacted to Romney when the celebration’s 2012 presidential candidate broke ranks last February as the only Senate Republican to support Trump’s conviction on one count following the last impeachment trial. The GOP sources state McConnell acknowledges the dangers if it suggests say goodbye to Trump.

” It’s going to be a short-term blood bath,” the source near to the White House said. “He’ll most likely go on the warpath against all the senators and attempt to get them gotten rid of from workplace and all that. I believe the much better thing, they believe, is to knock him out than let him remain.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi displays the resolution impeaching President Trump for inciting an insurrection at the United States Capitol.

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‘ If McConnell comes out in favor of conviction, then he has the votes’

McConnell isn’t stating yet how he will vote throughout an impeachment trial.

” While journalism has had plenty of speculation, I have actually not made a decision on how I will vote and I mean to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” the majority leader composed in a letter sent out Wednesday afternoon to his GOP coworkers.

The Republican leader likewise has no plans to bring the Senate back into session till January 19 th, a day prior to Biden’s inauguration. That implies a trial to hear the House’s proof arguing in favor of Trump’s removal due to the “insurrection” from the riots likely will not occur up until after he’s already out of office and with Senate Democrats taking over the bulk for the brand-new Congress.

Republicans viewing McConnell’s movements say that his group’s decision to leakage word he would think about voting to found guilty Trump should be of alarm to the president. McConnell is a master tactician who wouldn’t let that signal head out without having a reason.

” I believe if McConnell comes out in favor of conviction, then he has the votes,” stated one previous Senate Republican politician staffer. Other Republicans near to McConnell and the Senate Republican conference echoed that sentiment: McConnell would not be floating Trump’s conviction if he didn’t already have the votes lined up.

At the White House, Trump and his fast-depleting personnel have not begun preparing an impeachment defense. Sources near the White Home state the president’s team remains in mayhem after recently’s riot. They likewise don’t think McConnell has the votes to convict him, according to another Republican close to the White Home.

In an interview on Tuesday, law teacher Alan Dershowitz told Insider he had actually not been asked to protect Trump in an impeachment trial and most likely would not do so.

Trump released a declaration on Wednesday just before the House voted to impeach him advising his advocates against dedicating acts of violence at Biden’s inauguration next week.

Republicans tracking McConnell’s moves warned that it’s still no assurance that the 17 GOP votes will ultimately emerge to found guilty Trump.

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Facebook hesitates of apps that can replace WhatsApp

Facebook responded to the backlash over the new WhatsApp privacy policy changes, explaining in a FAQ that the app will not lose end-to-end encryption and other privacy features in the upcoming update. WhatsApp prompted users to agree to the new privacy policy a few days ago. Millions of people downloaded competing instant messaging apps like…

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  • Facebook reacted to the backlash over the new WhatsApp personal privacy policy changes, explaining in a Frequently Asked Question that the app will not lose end-to-end encryption and other privacy features in the upcoming update.
  • WhatsApp triggered users to accept the brand-new privacy policy a few days back. Millions of people downloaded competing instant messaging apps like Signal and Telegram in response.
  • Signal and Telegram provide the exact same end-to-end encryption as WhatsApp and deal with iPhone and Android.
  • Facebook now informs clients that it’s WhatsApp company and commerce features that will result in data sharing with Facebook.

Facebook validated a few days ago that it’s about to destroy WhatsApp, as users discovered triggers on Android and iPhone telling them the chat app would start sharing personal data with Facebook. The choice to start getting information from WhatsApp users is likewise controversial, thinking about that the only alternative to opt out is to leave WhatsApp completely. Millions of users have actually reacted to WhatsApp’s notice by flocking to competing apps that offer comparable services.

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The reason WhatsApp is so popular is rather easy. The app uses end-to-end encryption, much like iMessage and works on both iPhone and Android. It’s the perfect app on your phone, tablet, and desktop to stay connected with all your family and friends, no matter what gadgets they may use. WhatsApp isn’t the only chat app that can do that

Signal and Telegram both support end-to-end file encryption and work on iPhone and Android. Like WhatsApp and iMessage, they likewise use the same features you ‘d expect from an immediate messaging client, including file-sharing, call, emoji, and a lot of the bells and whistles you ‘d want from an iMessage option.

Both Signal and Telegram have actually seen enormous rises in downloads because the WhatsApp privacy timely hit phones, with millions of people flocking to download the apps. WhatsApp’s dominance isn’t likely to be threatened anytime soon.

We wish to deal with some reports and be 100%clear we continue to secure your personal messages with end-to-end file encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98 MP

— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021

Facebook is already addressing the privacy problem it developed, showing it’s really aware of the reaction. The business published a FAQ area that discusses exactly what WhatsApp information Facebook will not be able to gather from users and shared the infographic above on social networks.

That was never ever a concern, as Facebook doesn’t mean to remove end-to-end file encryption from the app. Facebook also states that WhatsApp will not keep messaging and calling logs and will not see shared location data. WhatsApp will not share contacts, and groups will stay personal.

These are all good things, naturally. But Facebook doesn’t include in the infographic the data WhatsApp will show Facebook, even though the Frequently Asked Question area does contain more details about the brand-new WhatsApp privacy update.

” We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or household in any way. Rather, this update includes modifications related to messaging an organization on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides more transparency about how we collect and utilize information,” the page checks out.

Facebook discusses that WhatsApp users who choose to interact with companies will have a few of their data shared with those business. “Whether you interact with an organization by phone, email, or WhatsApp, it can see what you’re stating and may utilize that details for its own marketing functions, which might consist of advertising on Facebook,” the Frequently Asked Question area checks out

” If you pick to interact with Shops, your shopping activity can be utilized to individualize your Shops experience and the ads you see on Facebook and Instagram, the FAQ states. “Features like this are optional, and when you use them, we will tell you in the app how your information is being shown Facebook.”

Finding companies on Facebook and after that contacting them via WhatsApp could also lead to more data tracking. “If you have WhatsApp set up on your phone, you’ll have the alternative to message that business,” the page checks out. “Facebook may use the way you connect with these advertisements to personalize the ads you see on Facebook.

Chris Smith began writing about devices as a pastime, and prior to he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world.

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