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    President Joe Biden’s inauguration concert called “Celebrating America” kicked off Wednesday night with Bruce Springsteen opening with his song, “Land of Hope and Dreams” and ending with Katy Perry singing “Firework” along with a spectacular fireworks show in Washington D.C.’s National Mall. The almost-two-hour event hosted by Tom Hanks showcased musical talent from all over the United States with some of the country’s heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. People took to social media to share their thoughts about all the musical performances and guests who performed live and in pre-tapped segments. We broke down each section of the special with reactions from Twitter users from beginning to end. These were some of the highlights: Bruce Springsteen’s performance in front of the Lincoln Memorial: The entire state of #NewJersey is proud of our hometown boys @springsteen and @jonbonjovi wholl be performing at the #lnauguralCelebration . No, I didnt speak with everyone in...
    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla employs full-time remote support staff with other duties to deal with complaints people send to Elon Musk. Resolving or redirecting complaints and issues in the work responsibilities of Tesla support professionals and addressing social media issues sent to the CEO through critical thinking. The company dropped out of the PR sector last year, and support professionals are now at the forefront and face of the Tesla brand, according to the work list, the Arab technology news portal. Elon Musk is generally the target of disgruntled customers on social media sites, as Tesla canceled its PR department last year looking for someone to thwart attacks against the CEO. Job Description: Tesla Support Specialists handle a wide range of complaints and issues while delivering world-class customer service. Requirements and qualifications include experience working in a call center, the ability to think outside the box and the ability to...
    Embarrassing yourself in front of your significant other is bad enough... but these people's stupidity was so awful that they went viral on social media. Diply rounded up a selection of hilarious posts from people around the world who were left baffled by their significant other's lack of common sense.  Among the snaps is a man who thought he had revolutionised baking when he used a whisk attached to an electric drill to whip cream, and another who was stunned to see their spare charcoal destroyed after being stored under their hot barbecue. Elsewhere, a disgruntled diner discovered a sheet of paper still attached to their sliced cheese after biting into a sandwich made by their partner. Diply rounded up a selection of hilarious posts from people who noticed their partner's stupidity - including a man who thought using an electric drill to whisk cream was revolutionary  One woman...
    Bernie Sanders has a knack for online stardom. The senator from Vermont is already the subject of one well-known meme — we’ll get to that in a second — and on Wednesday, thanks to his inauguration outfit, socially-distanced spot and demeanor at the Capitol, he earned another one.  First off, props to Sanders who was sporting the same jacket from the original “I am once again asking” meme. If the jacket still fits and is in good shape from 2019, why not keep wearing it?  So aside from the coat, he’s got a new meme thanks to a photo that popped up of the 79-year-old senator sitt ing in a folding chair socially distanced from everyone. He sat in said coat, with his arms crossed and warm mittens on his hands and his legs crossed — and, of course, he had on a mask.  Following COVID-19 protocols, Sanders became a social...
    Parler claims that Amazon deliberately left a security hole open, giving hackers the ability to target the social media platform’s inner workings. Parler said in a court filing on Monday that Amazon deliberately left open Amazon Route 53, a Domain Name System web service, which invited hackers, according to a report by Washington Times. “In other words, AWS essentially illuminated a large neon arrow directing hackers to Parler’s backup datacenters,” said Parler in the court filing. “And the hackers got the message, launching an extremely large attack — one 250 times larger and 12-24 times longer than the average [Distributed Denial-of-Service] attack,” Parler added. The social media platform went on to say that AWS later eliminated the Route 53 link, but that the damage was already done, as the “AWS-facilitated attack” made it clear to others that if they hosted Parler, they would experience hacks as well. “AWS didn’t just put Parler up a...
    Influencer marketing continues to be a high-value activity for brands and companies, therefore, it is not surprising that firms like Later report that in 2020 63 percent of marketing professionals indicated that for this current year they would increase their budget for influencer marketing. Are those responsible for marketing your company in this group? If so, you should know that you must get the most out of the investment to obtain a good return, therefore, this time we will see some of the most useful ways to work hand in hand with these content creators on social networks . According to various experts, these are some of the most effective weapons brands have to work with influencers on social media: Generating social shares The idea with this way of working with influencers is to take advantage of their scope to give greater exposure to the contents of the brand or...
    TWITCH has “indefinitely” banned former President Donald Trump from its using its platform.  It has now joined Twitter, Shopify, Facebook and Snapchat in permanently banning the former president in the wake of the siege on the Capitol building earlier this month.  Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in and Donald Trump's exit... 4Trump has been exiled by a string of social media giantsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4The ex-president breached Twitch's rules. it saysCredit: Getty Images - Getty The move by Twitch comes two weeks after the site disabled Trump’s account after the January 6 storming of the Capitol by his fans. Following the riots, which left five people dead, it said it would reassess his account after he left office — which was exactly what they did today.  A Twitch spokesman told Verge: "We have indefinitely suspended President...
    SOCIAL media giants are a danger to democracy and must be reined in, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen says. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter had let rampant conspiracy theories spread like wildfire, she claimed. 3Ursula von der Leyen says social media giants are a 'danger to democracy'Credit: Alamy Live News It had fuelled the storming of the US Capitol building that shocked the world, she told MEPs. Mrs von der Leyen said: "We should take these images from the USA as a sobering warning. We are not immune to similar events. "We too see this hate and contempt for our democracy spreadingunfiltered through social media to millions of people." And she vowed: “We must make sure that messages of hate and fake news can no longer be spread unchecked. 3The EU chief claims sites such as Facebook and Twitter fuelled the storming of the US Capitol buildingCredit: Getty...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite the fact President Trump left Washington D.C. Wednesday, he left clues hinting that he’ll be back. And so did his supporters. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports on what happens as a new president takes aim at the insurrectionists who targeted the U.S. Capitol. Those who study extremism said days like today are crossroads. Some of the extremists in the Trump camp may break off. Others may double down. But the first indicator of what’s next is what gets said online. Just as important: where it is said. How will the tougher approach on insurrectionist America be received by those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6? “The more hardcore elements or the more dedicated elements will continue the fight in some form or another. We just don’t know yet what form that will take.” Professor Amarnath Amarasingam studies extremism at Queens University in Canada. He...
    During MSNBC’s Inauguration coverage on Wednesday, former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said that there are huge questions on “whether or not someone has to step in and regulate these platforms so that it’s not left to the CEO of Twitter to make a decision to kick President Trump off a couple weeks before his term ends” and that if social media companies don’t “step up” then “government’s going to have to step in as well.” Rhodes said, “I think from a policy perspective, Nicolle, there are big questions about the future of social media in this country, whether or not someone has to step in and regulate these platforms so that it’s not left to the CEO of Twitter to make a decision to kick President Trump off a couple weeks before his term ends and after the Democrats have won back control of government. But rather, can government...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite the fact President Trump left Washington D.C. Wednesday, he left clues hinting that he’ll be back. And so did his supporters. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports on what happens as a new president takes aim at the insurrectionists who targeted the U.S. Capitol. Those who study extremism said days like today are crossroads. Some of the extremists in the Trump camp may breakoff. Others may double down. But the first indicator of what’s next is what gets said online. Just as important: where it is said. How will the tougher approach on insurrectionist America be received by those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6? “The more hardcore elements or dedicated elements will continue the fight in some form or another. We just don’t know yet what form that will take.” Professor Amarnath Amarasingam  studies extremism at Queens University in Canada. He said which online...
    An Obama-era deputy national security adviser painted Trump supporters as an "issue of Homeland Security" and called for government and Big Tech to regulate information on social media in a televised interview Wednesday afternoon. "It’s going to take many years to detox the disinformation, the lies, the hate that has been spread," Ben Rhodes told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. "A whole segment of the American population has been radicalized over what’s happened the last four years, and by the fact that Donald Trump is no longer there – they can no longer see Donald Trump representing their grievances in the highest office." He said the result would be "a lot of work" for national security officials. "I think from a policy perspective, Nicolle, there are big questions about the future of social media in this country, whether or not someone has to step in and regulate these platforms so that...
    Critical Vogue readers and magazine collectors can finally rejoice about Kamala Harris’ February 2021 issue. The revered fashion publication announced Tuesday evening that it will be printing a limited quantity of its digital cover as a special Inauguration Day edition. VOGUE'S KAMALA HARRIS COVER SPARKS SOCIAL MEDIA FRENZY: 'WHAT A MESS UP' "In celebration of this historic moment, we will be publishing a limited number of special edition #InaugurationDay issues," Vogue Magazine wrote in posts shared to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The digital cover shows America’s first Black-South Asian woman Vice President-elect wearing a powder blue suit from the Michael Kors Collection suit. Harris smiles brightly with her arms crossed while donning an American flag pin. Several social media users, journalists and culture writers have dubbed this cover as the "presidential" version, while the regular print issue where Harris is wearing a more casual Donald Deal jacket and Converse sneakers...
    Activists promise to continue fight against ‘Talbot Boys’ Confederate monument This is democracys day: Biden sworn in as 46th president of the United States Why All Parents Should Think Twice Before Posting Photos of Their Kids Online Today’s parents know a lot of kids they’ve never met. College buddies, co-workers, former neighbors, and distant relatives dump dozens of images of their kids on Instagram almost on a daily basis. Kids’ photos are so common on social media that they barely register. But the dangers of social media still apply.  © Provided by Fatherly We’ve accepted sharing photos of our kids as an everyday occurrence. And most of the time, that isn’t a problem. About 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook alone every single day. The photo of your kid’s first day at school will almost certainly get lost in the shuffle. But while sharing photos of kids is...
    DUSTIN POIRIER takes on Conor McGregor in a huge main event at UFC 257. The 32-year-old takes on Notorious in a rematch of their UFC 178 clash - and will have his beautiful wife Jolie on hand to cheer him on. 6 Jolie Poirier is a regular feature at Dustin's fights 6 Jolie is an avid supporter of her fighter husband, often showing her support Who is Jolie Poirier? Jolie was born on March 4, 1989. She is often spotted ringside watching her husband, while also enjoys a good social media following. Mrs Poirier has over 27K  followers on Instagram, where she regular posts about family life and her travels around the globe. She also helped to found the Good Fight Foundation along with Dustin. 6 Jolie Poirier has attracted a good social media following as she keeps her fans updated with home life and her travels 6 Jolie gave...
    Mike Huckabee said on Fox News Wednesday that President Joe Biden should show unity with a “stern rebuke” to Congress and to social media companies. Huckabee said that elections do have consequences but said Biden could do some things in the spirit of unity and healing: “If he would issue a firm rebuke to his own party about the impeachment nonsense. Donald Trump is no longer president. He really can’t be thrown out of an office that he doesn’t hold,” he said. “So if Joe Biden could say for the sake of the country and the fact that there’s nothing to be gained, let’s end this little charade.” Congress is proceeding with an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump over his rhetoric that led to the violent riots at the Capitol building, including the flat-out false claims of a stolen election he made over and over and over. Even...
    When Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, he inherited several social media accounts, including the @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS and @VP Twitter accounts.    Unlike after the last inauguration in 2017, when then-President Barack Obama’s followers were transferred to his successor Donald Trump, Biden inherited none of the @POTUS account’s existing 33 million followers.    Biden’s current official Twitter account, @PresElectBiden became @POTUS, bringing with it all followers.    President Biden’s first tweet shortly after he was sworn in Wednesday said, “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”  There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to...
    Tesla is looking for specialized customer service representatives to protect CEO Elon Musk from critical giants on social media. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been garnering a lot of attention from the media and social media these days. Not always in a positive sense, many criticize him. Musk is now receiving a number of complaints that Tesla has decided to hire workers To protect Administrator from the Giants. They need to identify uncomfortable situations on social media and respond to them with critical thinking. This is a very unusual twist even in the field of technology. Such work is otherwise full-time and, according to Tesla’s official website, it can be done remotely. Such customer serviceEnergy customer support specialistWill be used as. Prospective employees don’t have many requirements anyway: Be a team player and have a year of experience in the call center. However, they consider the professional...
    When Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, he inherited several social media accounts, including the @POTUS, @WhiteHouse, @FLOTUS and @VP Twitter accounts.    Unlike after the last inauguration in 2017, when then-President Barack Obama’s followers were transferred to his successor Donald Trump, Biden inherited none of the @POTUS account’s existing 33 million followers.    Biden’s current official Twitter account, @PresElectBiden became @POTUS, bringing with it all followers.    President Biden’s first tweet shortly after he was sworn in Wednesday said, “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”  There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to...
    It’s not a good time to be a member of an extremist hate group who wants to go on vacation. In the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Airbnb says it has been taking more aggressive actions to prevent members of violent hate groups from using its service. The company reiterated, however, that its concern is focused on people who may commit violent acts, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. Airbnb used dummy accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other online forums to identify users with ties to various hate groups. (iStock) In a report from Engadget, which cited a tech website called The Information, Airbnb has been using dummy accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other online forums to identify users with ties to various hate groups. Members of Airbnb’s team would reportedly avoid interacting with individuals and would only search out public posts to make...
    Noah Beck and Dixie D'Amelio Dixie D'Amelio/YouTube In just a year, Noah Beck went from a college athlete to a social media hearthrob. His first TikTok video was posted on January 9 and less than a year later he has over 24 million followers. Beck is dating one of the most famous influencers on the app, Dixie D'Amelio, and is gearing up for the launch of his new show. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok star Noah Beck is probably most famous for his relationship with TikTok royalty Dixie D'Amelio, but now, his new, explicit photoshoot with photographer Damon Baker is going viral on social media all on its own. The photos were shared and reposted thousands of times by users on different platforms. As of Tuesday afternoon, Beck's name has been mentioned in 43,000 recent tweets. A post shared by Noah Beck (@noahbeck) —Pop...
    SCAMMERS have been again using emails, text messages, and other methods to target recipients of stimulus payments. Americans lost $221 million this past year to COVID 19 scams and stimulus payment fraud according to the Federal Trade Commission. 4NINTCHDBPICT000631576613-2Credit: Getty Images - Getty Multiple outlets report that some people in the US have again been contacted via phone, post and email by fraudsters posing as the IRS, this time during the second round of payments. Watch out for bogus texts claiming to help you track your stimilus check by clicking on a link to “access benefits.” This scam tries to lure you into giving up your private information or even downloading malware on your phone. The better business bureau also warns about another type of stimulus check scam. “Basically they send you a fraudulent check, the scammers do, and you think it’s real because it looks real and you...
    The trust and safety employees reportedly don’t interact with others using the dummy accounts. They only search public posts. Many Airbnb users link their accounts to Facebook, which could make it easier to kick out those with connections to hate groups. Airbnb has reportedly adopted such practices since the lead up to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. The company, which prohibits “violent racist groups” from using its services, is said to have banned more than 100 accounts of people with links to hate groups. The likes of Twitter, Facebook and other platforms have been kicking people connected to hate groups and those who post QAnon-related content off of their services in recent months. As such, Airbnb may find it more difficult to use social media to monitor those people.  “When signals suggest a hate group member may be using Airbnb, we investigate and take appropriate...
    This article is republished from The Conversation. After rioters flooded the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, there was an immediate call for those who overran officers on the scene and swarmed the House and Senate floors, as well as congressional members’ personal offices, to be identified, arrested and prosecuted. The coordinated law enforcement response to this incident is massive. As researchers who study criminal justice, we see that law enforcement agencies are accessing large amounts of information via technological sources to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol building. High-definition security cameras, facial recognition technology, location services acquired from cellphones and third-party apps, and archival evidence on social media are all used to identify perpetrators of crimes and tie them to specific places and times. While watchdog groups have raised legitimate concerns about the use of government and private-sector surveillance technology to identify people who might commit violent acts...
    The President who tweets is now gone from Twitter. Whether they followed @realDonaldTrump or not, Americans are now facing a jarring readjustment — on top of what is otherwise already a moment of national crisis (or several). To know that daily life is now no longer subject to the sudden insults, dire policy pronouncements or signal-boosting of conspiracy theories that made up the soon to be former President’s feed is, for many, a comfort. But the suspension of @realDonaldTrump doesn’t erase the meaning or power exerted by the last four years of his tweets. Recent cries of “censorship” from right-wing figures invoking British author George Orwell make this plain. Even as the de-platformed, who include more than Trump himself, and the pundit class focus on possible destinations for continuing their far-right conversation online, missing tweets by President Donald J. Trump still matter for a different reason. We may no longer...
    Baby CEO, a rapper who first made headlines at 14, is reportedly dead at 20. No official cause of death has been announced and despite rampant social media tributes, his passing remains unconfirmed at this time, the Sun reported. However, news of the young rapper’s alleged death was first reported by hip-hop news site My Mixtapez to its 406,000 followers overnight. Twitter was lit up Wednesday morning with memorial posts to the young artist who was born Jonathon Brown, according to sources at juvenile court in Memphis, Tennessee. Baby CEO’s passing comes just three years after the death of Chicago-born hip-hop star Fredo Santana of Savage Records fame. Baby CEO was often described by local media outlets as Santana’s “protégé” before the 27-year-old suffered a fatal seizure in 2018. “RIP Baby CEO, Fredo would be proud,” one Twitter user posted in tribute early Wednesday. Baby CEO first made...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s judiciary released the country’s telecom minister on bail Wednesday after he was summoned for prosecution by Iran’s general prosecutor, state TV reported. The state media outlet quoted Jamal Hadian, a spokesman for the telecommunications ministry, as saying Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi appeared before a prosecutor Wednesday, was released and had already returned to his office. The office of the general prosecutor had summoned Jahromi for prosecution over his refusal to block Instagram and other foreign social media messaging systems, according to earlier reports. It was unclear how much bail money Jahromi posted or when he might have to appear again. The move was seen as part of the push and pull between hard-liners and President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate administration ahead of June presidential elections. Jahromi, Iran’s information and communications technology minister, is a possible contender in the election. He worked for the Intelligence Ministry before...
    WASHINGTON - The incoming Biden administration is inheriting from President Donald Trump an Iran-focused social media campaign that dramatically boosted U.S. engagement with Iranians by sharply criticizing their Islamist rulers, a strategy that President-elect Joe Biden appears set to change.   Trump and his State Department used a variety of social media channels, messaging techniques and languages to exert what they called “maximum pressure” on Iran’s ruling clerics to stop perceived malign behaviors.   One dividend of that strategy was a huge increase in audience for the State Department’s Farsi-language Instagram account, according to Gabriel Noronha, who ran its Farsi social media channels from late 2019 to late 2020. In a recent interview with VOA Persian, Noronha said the department’s USAdarFarsi (USA in Farsi) Instagram account grew its followers from 147,000 in January 2019 to 759,000 in January 2021, a more than five-fold increase in a two-year period.  ...
    Using a smartphone while driving is dangerous and against the law in most places these days. Including race tracks. Taylor Gray in the DGR-Corsley Ford Fusion speeds down the backstretch during the ARCA Menards Series Dutch Boy 150 on Aug. 29, 2020, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Ill. (Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Fifteen-year-old ARCA Menards Series driver Taylor Gray has been fined $1,000 and put on probation for the entire 2021 season after he posted a video on social media of himself driving around Daytona International Speedway during a test session last Friday that he shot with a handheld device. The video was quickly shared on social media and Gray was brought in to discuss the matter with officials from NASCAR, the sanctioning body for the series. Fox Sports reporter Bob Pockrass first reported on the penalties for Gray, who drives for David...
    WASHINGTON - The incoming Biden administration is inheriting from President Donald Trump an Iran-focused social media campaign that dramatically boosted U.S. engagement with Iranians by sharply criticizing their Islamist rulers, a strategy that President-elect Joe Biden appears set to change.   Trump and his State Department used a variety of social media channels, messaging techniques and languages to exert what they called “maximum pressure” on Iran’s ruling clerics to stop perceived malign behaviors.   One dividend of that strategy was a huge increase in audience for the State Department’s Farsi-language Instagram account, according to Gabriel Noronha, who ran its Farsi social media channels from late 2019 to late 2020. In a recent interview with VOA Persian, Noronha said the department’s USAdarFarsi (USA in Farsi) Instagram account grew its followers from 147,000 in January 2019 to 759,000 in January 2021, a more than five-fold increase in a two-year period.  ...
    Q: I keep reading about Section 230, and heated arguments back and forth. Just what is going on there? -F.S., Los Angeles Ron Sokol  A: Section 230 is a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that protects companies that host user-created content from lawsuits over posts. It shields not just internet service providers (for example, Comcast and Verizon), but also social media platforms such as Twitter, Google and Facebook. Section 230 reads, in part: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” Thus, the website can avoid responsibility for what others post. It does not provide blanket protection, however, as there are exceptions, such as for federal crimes and intellectual property claims.  Efforts have been and are being made to either repeal or modify Section 230. Some argue that tech firms...
    New York (CNN Business)At the moment Joe Biden is sworn in as the next president of the United States, another transition of power will take place on social media. On Wednesday, Biden and his team will gain access to a long list of official government accounts across the major social media platforms, including the @POTUS account on Twitter. With the tap of a button, the Biden administration will inherit a digital megaphone with the potential to make news and shape the public image of the US government.The transfer of these official accounts, which include not just those representing Biden and the White House but nearly every arm of government, has emerged as an important aspect of the broader transition of power, especially after Twitter became the favored online platform of President Donald Trump."It certainly has a big symbolic value," said David Lazer, a political science and computer sciences professor at...
    Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team will return to F1 over the upcoming season after a massive six-decade absence. Amid such a sensational return, the world-famous British team are looking to target more fans by bolstering their social media presence. Aston Martin’s part-owner, Lawrence Stroll, is looking eager to attract fans toward the team and mentioned it as a “serious ambition” of the team. Stroll’s plan for social media Speaking to Aston Martin, Stroll Sr opened up that Aston Martin is planning to invest a lot of money in social media, and many other fields. Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace “I want them to know that we want to bring them right into the heart of this team and our journey. That might sound like a platitude,” he said....
    Bollywood actor Gulshan Devaiah on Wednesday said he is eager to play Ayushmann Khurrana’s heroine in the latter’s upcoming film! Gulshan’s quip on social media came as a reaction to a news piece that actress Mrunal Thakur had allegedly walked out of Ayushmann’s upcoming film, Doctor G. “Shall I walk in then? Let’s see if I can pull off being Ayushmann’s heroin (sic),” Gulshan wrote in a tweet. Doctor G: Ayushmann Khurrana Announces New Movie Which Will Be a Campus Drama (View Post) The actor is known for his sarcasm and sense of humour on social media. Earlier in the day, the actor reacted to the news of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani renaming dragon fruit to Kamalam due to its resemblance to the lotus flower. Hrithik Roshan Reacts To Viral Video of Assam Doctor Grooving to Ghungroo, Appreciates Surgeon’s ‘Terrific Spirit’ “Oh so cool !! While we are at...
    A police car at a crime scene. Angel Zayas/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images FBI agents arrested Brendan Hunt, a 37-year-old assistant court analyst of Queens, on Monday. Hunt used Facebook, Parler, and a personal website to promote extremist rants, which included threats to Biden's inauguration. A federal magistrate judge denied Hunt bail on Tuesday due to the "seriousness of danger to the community." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal magistrate judge denied bail to a New York man accused of threatening to kill Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic leaders in "chilling" social media posts, according to The Queens Daily Eagle. On Monday, FBI agents arrested Brendan Hunt, a 37-year-old assistant court analyst from Ridgewood, Queens, in his home and charged him with making threats against elected officials. According to a criminal complaint, Hunt called for "the public execution" of Congressional Democrats on his Facebook...
    Officials revealed Instagram influencer Alexis Sharkey died from strangulation. The Houston medical examiner revealed the autopsy report would not be available until after the investigation into Sharkey’s death is concluded, according to a report published by the New York Post. More than two months after influencer Alexis Sharkey’s remains were found on the side of a Houston road, authorities announced her cause of death. All the details: https://t.co/OPCnOXt3jt pic.twitter.com/RcHtb0cweL — E! News (@enews) January 19, 2021 Sharkey, 26, originally went missing on Nov. 27 during the Thanksgiving holiday, the outlet reported. Her naked body was found on the side of the I-10 service road roughly three miles from where she lived with her husband, according to the New York Post. Sharkey’s dead body had no visible wounds to it, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Derrius Guice Allegedly Strangled His Girlfriend Until She Was Unconscious) Sharkey’s mother originally told a local...
    On Saturday, January 16, American model and businesswoman Devin Brugman made the workweek a little more exciting by sharing a series of sizzling snaps with her 1.3 million Instagram followers. The tantalizing photos showed the 30-year-old posing in a white-walled room. The geotag suggested that the pictures were taken in Los Angeles, California. In the first image, the co-founder of Monday Swimwear sat on the hardwood floor. She rested her head on the black recliner chair behind her, as she pressed her forearm on the carpet. She raked her fingers through her hair and looked directly at the camera with her mouth slightly open. Devin altered her position for the following photo by placing both of her hands on the top of her head. She closed her eyes and flashed her beautiful smile. For the casual photo shoot, Devin opted to wear a plunging long-sleeved black crop top with front-tie...
    PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Thirty-five-year-old Zachary Sean Layne from Wylie was sentenced for child exploitation violations after pleading guilty on Jan. 6, 2020, to distributing child pornography. “Those who dare to prey on children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox. “Other would-be exploiters are on notice that EDTX and its law enforcement partners have zero tolerance for such despicable crimes.” Layne was sentenced to 17 and a half years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan on Jan. 15, 2021. According to information presented in court, in the spring of 2019, federal agents served a search warrant at Layne’s home in Wylie following a report from a social media company about suspected child pornography being shared from a user at Layne’s residence. Layne admitted that he used the social media applications and that he regularly chatted with other...
    On Tuesday, January 19, American model Natalie Roush shared a series of sizzling snaps with her 1 million Instagram followers. The photos showed the 25-year-old posing on a sidewalk in front of a beautiful beach. She opted to wear a plunging white bikini top that left little to the imagination. She paired the skimpy garment with a high-waisted plaid miniskirt. The revealing ensemble put her ample cleavage, toned midsection, and sculpted thighs on full display. Natalie finished off the sexy look with layered necklaces and a ring worn on her forefinger. The brunette bombshell also wore her hair down in a slightly tousled style, giving her even more sex appeal. In the first image, Natalie stood with her shoulders and faced the photographer. She brought her hands together and looked directly at the camera lens with a small smile playing on her lips. She turned slightly to the side for...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The fifth Coloradan charged in the Capitol insurrection from earlier this month bragged about it on social media, according to the FBI. In the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Patrick Montgomery was seen in photographs posted on Facebook inside the U.S. Senate Chamber. Patrick Montgomery (credit: U.S. District Court) Montgomery, of Littleton, is facing charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. The FBI circled a man in red, that they identify as Montgomery standing inside the Senate Chamber. (credit: U.S. District Court) The FBI claims in one of the posts, Montgomery wrote, “We stormed the Senate…” One person commented, “Yeah don’t get into trouble man” to which Montgomery replied, “[Y]ou guys got to quit being scared to get in trouble! The USA is in trouble! I’ll go down fighting...
    By Larry Keane Michael Bloomberg’s The Trace is on a campaign to turn gun companies against the leading online voices that speak about the importance of gun rights. The Trace, which is nothing but a gun control megaphone disguising itself as pseudo-journalism, sent out a “name-and-shame” email last week putting companies on notice. They listed 13 specific firearm personalities with large social media followings. That was followed by leading questions that left little room for doubt what they were really after. “Has your company reevaluated relationships with any of these creators in light of their political content?” And… “Has it considered connections between this content and the political rhetoric on display last week?” Those weren’t questions designed to illicit a thoughtful response. Those are questions that tell the recipient that if they don’t dump them and run away fast, they’ll trash their company in the media. They accused these social media personalities...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The fifth Coloradan charged in the Capitol attack from earlier this month bragged about it on social media, according to the FBI. In the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Patrick Montgomery was seen in photographs posted on Facebook inside the Capitol Building Senate Chambers. Patrick Montgomery (credit: U.S. District Court) Montgomery, of Littleton, is facing charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. The FBI circled a man in red, that they identify as Montgomery standing inside the Senate Chamber. (credit: U.S. District Court) The FBI claims in one of the posts, Montgomery wrote, “We stormed the Senate…” One person commented, “Yeah don’t get into trouble man” to which Montgomery replied, “[Y]ou guys got to quit being scared to get in trouble! The USA is in trouble! I’ll go down...
    Rochelle Walensky, who has been nominated to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks after US President-elect Joe Biden announced his team tasked with dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on December 8, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who were sidelined by the Trump administration during the Covid-19 pandemic will "get heard again," President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the agency said Tuesday. Last year, the CDC went months without addressing the U.S. public after Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, warned in February that schools and businesses may have to close to contain the coronavirus. "We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad," Messonnier said in prescient remarks...
    Elon Musk is occasionally the target of disgruntle customers and trolls on social media and with Tesla reportedly scrapping its PR department last year, the firm is looking for someone to diffuse such 'attacks' against the CEO.  A job posting on Tesla's websites is for hiring a remote, full-time 'energy customer support specialist.' 'Tesla Energy Support Specialists handle a variety of customer issues while delivering on world class customer service,' the listing reads. 'The role of a specialist is to resolve or escalate complaints through appropriate channels and address social media escalations directed at the CEO with critical thinking.' Requirements and qualifications include experience at a call center, ability to think outside the box and a team player attitude, but a salary range for the position is now shown.  Not only is Musk a frequent tweeter, but Tesla is widely known for its lack of quality control regarding its vehicles...
    Chinese state-run media condemned Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of President Donald Trump last week, suggesting that the U.S., which is generally thought to represent democracy, isn’t democratic, according to a New York Times report. “The banning of the US president’s social media account for ‘risks of further incitement of violence’ shows that freedom of speech does indeed have boundaries in every society,” Chinese state-run Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin wrote. While state media used the purge to say that free speech doesn’t exist in the U.S., Chinese social media websites, usually quick to ban posts that criticize the Chinese Communist Party, allowed users to openly criticize American censorship, The New York Times reported. Chinese state-run media, known for its censorship of dissenting viewpoints, pointed to Big Tech’s banning of President Donald Trump as evidence that there is no country with truly free speech. Chinese state-run media condemned Twitter...
    More On: Influencers Instagram influencers among first to get COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia Star weight loss influencer weds stepson and has his baby Ripped personal trainer got jacked through vegan diet Controversial YouTuber PewDiePie is finally making a comeback Social media influencer Alexis Robinault Sharkey, whose naked body was found along a Texas roadway after she went missing over the Thanksgiving holiday, was strangled to death, officials announced Tuesday.  The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled Tuesday the 26-year-old Houston resident’s death was a homicide.  Sharkey went missing on Nov. 27 and her death has been shrouded in mystery ever since. Her mother originally told local media she left her house that evening following a fight with her husband, Tom Sharkey, and did not take her car.  The next morning around 8:30 a.m., municipal workers discovered her nude body, which had no visible wounds, on the side of...
    NCAA announces plan for holding Division I womens basketball tournament Dwyane Wades Kids Are Not Happy About His Revealing Birthday Photo Top Analyst Sticks With 4 Sizzling Large-Cap Internet Stocks to Buy for 2021 As is the case every year, the major Wall Street firms we cover here at 24/7 Wall St. come out with a list of stocks that they feel will be the top performers for the coming year. Last year was a veritable train wreck compared to most years, with everything from the COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the economy on and off and killed hundreds of thousands, to a roller-coaster stock market that dropped 35% in less than a month and has since rallied to all-time highs, and more. Nonetheless, Wall Street analysts are doing their jobs and the top picks are coming out fast. Load Error With so much concern that valuations...
    (CNN)Egyptian authorities have arrested a pastry chef for baking cakes with genital-shaped toppings after images of them went viral on social media.The cakes drew the attention of authorities after a Facebook post showing a group of women eating them at a birthday party in an exclusive Cairo community club went viral, state newspaper Al-Ahram said Monday.The baker was arrested and later released from custody after posting EGP 5000 ($318) bail, semi-official newspaper Akhbar el-Yom said.The pictures of the women eating cupcakes with penis and vagina-shaped iced toppings at the Gezira Club circulated widely on Facebook this week, stoking debate between Egyptian social media users.Egyptian TikTok stars acquitted after charges of violating family values"After investigations, it was possible to determine the manufacturer of the sweets... security services were able to detain her at her residence in Cairo where she was using her home to manufacture the sweets," said Al-Ahram. Read MoreThe...
    Some Illinois state lawmakers could set their sights on regulating social media companies in the new legislative term as other states consider allowing lawsuits over alleged user censorship. In North Dakota, a state lawmaker filed a measure to allow for social media companies to be sued by a citizen if that citizen is censored. "If Big Tech doesn't follow their terms of service and they are banning one particular political party ... and they censor outside the scope of [federal statute] Section 230, then there's this civil liability,” State Rep. Tom Kading, R-N.D., told Fox News about his proposal. He said when social media companies censor users, it could make the division even worse. "All it really does is make those who have been silenced dig in deeper and be more suspicious of what's going on," Kading said. Without seeing the specifics of the North...
    INFLUENCER Lele Pons is facing fresh controversy after being accused of animal cruelty when she posted a clip of her posing with a baby crocodile with its mouth taped shut. The Venezuelan beauty, who regularly posts comedy sketches alongside saucy images to her Instagram account, posted the video on Twitter of her swimming in a pool in Florida with the croc. 8Influencer Lele Pons, 24, has been accused of animal cruelty online 8The Venezuelan model posted a video of her swimming with a croc in a chlorinated pool with it's mouth taped shut But in contrast to her usual adoring comments, the 24-year-old was instead accused of animal cruelty due to the tight tape over the croc's mouth and it being placed in a chlorinated pool. In the footage the pink-haired influencer, who has amassed 43.3 million Instagram followers, is seen posing with the crocodile and resting her head on...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Two self-described militia members facing federal charges that they participated in the assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month were jailed Tuesday. Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl, both from Ohio, are being held at a county jail in Dayton, after being arrested Monday. Federal documents identify them as members of the Ohio State Regular Militia, dues-paying members of the Oath Keepers. The FBI complaints call the Oath Keepers a paramilitary group that believes in a “shadowy conspiracy” to strip Americans of their rights. It often recruits current and former military, police or other first responders. Federal investigators used social media posts and news media interviews the suspects gave to help identify them. They each face three charges: entering a restricted building or grounds; violent entry or disorderly conduct, and obstruction of an official proceeding. No information was available immediately on whether they had attorneys yet. They...
    Renewed and Canceled TV Shows 2021 Guide Is the Stock Market Open on Inauguration Day 2021? NASCAR fines 15-year-old just $1K for posting video of himself at Daytona to Snapchat NASCAR has fined Taylor Gray for the Snapchat video he posted during an ARCA test session at Daytona. Gray, 15, has been fined $1,000 and placed on probation for the 2021 season after he filmed himself driving at Daytona on Friday. Gray was participating in the annual January ARCA test at the track and he used his phone to film himself driving down the backstretch at Daytona at a high rate of speed. No cars appeared to be around Gray when he filmed the video. But NASCAR rules prohibit drivers from having their phones or any recording devices in the car while they’re racing, practicing or testing. The simple presence of Gray’s phone in the car violated that...
    A baker was arrested in Egypt after making a selection of 'indecent' cakes that were topped with icing in the shape of genitals and lingerie.  The provocative desserts shared by a group of women at a party were described as an 'assault on the value system, and a crude abuse of society' by a top Islamic authority in Egypt which deemed them forbidden under religious law.  But the crackdown drew criticism from some Egyptians who said it was 'eliminating any space for personal freedoms in Egypt'.   The baker was arrested, then released on bail soon afterwards, while authorities have also identified three others involved in the party at a high-end sports club in Cairo.  This box of 'indecent' cakes caused trouble in Egypt where the baker was arrested and three guests tracked down by authorities after holding a party at a Cairo sports club  Pictures of the...
    FOOTBALL authorities have held their first serious all-party meeting with social media giants to combat online hate as Anton Ferdinand demanded they be held to account. Anti-racism leaders Kick It Out convened the gathering of the game’s senior organisations. 2Kick It Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari has described the 'culture of impunity' behind online hateCredit: PA:Press Association 2Former Premier League defender Anton Ferdinand addressed today's meetingCredit: PA:Press Association Facebook and Twitter were invited to the talk alongside the Premier League, PFA, FA, EFL and LMA. Former West Ham defender Ferdinand told the meeting: “As footballers we are held accountable for our actions all the time - why aren’t the people that are sending abuse, and the social media platforms, held to account too? “I had no escape from being racially abused, whether that was on the streets or social media. “The ripple effect the abuse had on me and my family,...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Two self-described militia members facing federal charges that they participated in the assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month were jailed Tuesday. Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl, both from Ohio, are being held at a county jail in Dayton, after being arrested Monday. Federal documents identify them as members of the Ohio State Regular Militia, dues-paying members of the Oath Keepers. The FBI complaints call the Oath Keepers a paramilitary group that believes in a “shadowy conspiracy” to strip Americans of their rights. It often recruits current and former military, police or other first responders. Federal investigators used social media posts and news media interviews the suspects gave to help identify them. They each face three charges: entering a restricted building or grounds; violent entry or disorderly conduct, and obstruction of an official proceeding. No information was available immediately on whether they had attorneys yet. They...
    WWE star Lacey Evans has lifted the lid on the harrowing level of abuse she has received on social media. The Sassy Southern Belle was a US Marine before becoming one of the most recent breakout wrestlers in Vince McMahon's company. 2WWE star Lacey Evans has revealed she has been sent death threats online How it started. How its going. Theyve created me. The work put in, hills Ive climbed, the routes Ive had to take, the negative & belittling "fans" the death threats, &disgusting messages left daily.Yet here I am. Still standing through it all. Not backing down from anyone. pic.twitter.com/3tWq2mUwjS— Lacey Evans ~ WWE Superstar. karaoke champion ???? (@LaceyEvansWWE) January 15, 2021 Evans - real name Macey Estrella-Kadlec - has mainly portrayed the same heel character on screen that she first debuted on NXT back in 2018. Already during her short main-roster career, the 30-year-old has feuded with...
    In a Monday op-ed, the Washington Post called on heavyweight telecommunications corporations to shut down conservative cable news outlets including Fox News, One America News, and Newsmax TV, comparing the need to do so with that of shutting down foreign terrorist influencers. The essay, penned by prominent Trump critic Max Boot, a Post columnist and CNN global affairs analyst, begins by explaining how merely holding the president accountable for “his role in inciting this violent insurrection” is “insufficient.”  “There is a whole infrastructure of incitement that will remain intact even after Trump leaves office,” Boot writes. “Just as we do with foreign terrorist groups, so with domestic terrorists: We need to shut down the influencers who radicalize people and set them on the path toward violence and sedition.” The essay then heaps praise on the recent purging of conservative voices on social media platforms by tech giants, hoping that broadcast media...
    (CNN)It's "Goodbye for now" for Alec Baldwin and Twitter.The actor bid adieu to the social media platform Monday in the wake of uproar over his wife's claims of having a Spanish heritage."Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming," his tweet read. "Not much of a party. Goodbye for now." Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming.Not much of a party.Goodbye for now.— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) January 18, 2021 Hilaria Baldwin faced backlash after some on social media began accusing her of faking a Spanish accent and questioning whether she was born on the Spanish island of Mallorca.Videos of her speaking with an accent appeared on social media and people who claimed to have attended high school with her also posted to dispute her claim that she came to the US at the age of 19 to attend college.Read MoreThe lifestyle expert and podcaster sought to explain what...
    FROM the ashes of Trump's social media empire emerges a new platform that bills itself as the "anti-Facebook". American app MeWe has seen a surge in users in recent weeks after Facebook, YouTube and Twitter booted Trump – some only temporarily – in the wake of the deadly assault on Capitol Hill incited by the US President. 6American app MeWe has positioned itself as the 'anti-Facebook'Credit: Getty Images - Getty Roughly 829,000 US users downloaded the app in the week after the attack on January 6, according to data analytics firm SensorTower. That's an almost seven-fold increase on the week prior, a stratospheric rise mirrored by surging interest in privacy-first chat apps Signal and Telegram. What is MeWe? MeWe is a 4-year-old, full-featured social media company positioned as an anti-Facebook. It says it does not collect data on its users, and features a Privacy Bill of Rights. 6Trump supporters are...
    The Australian Open kicks off on February 8. Getty/Mike Owen The Australian Open is descending into chaos before it has even begun thanks to strict new protocols around COVID-19. Seventy-two players are now in quarantine after positive coronavirus test results on three separate inbound flights to Melbourne on January 16. Some of those players are not best pleased, saying that the quarantine is disrupting their preparations. "It's a complete disaster," one said. World number one Novak Djokovic is among those unhappy with the preparations, writing to tournament director Craig Tiley with a list of changes he wants. Daniel Andrews, the head of the government in Victoria said: "People are free to provide lists of demands, but the answer is no." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Australian Open is descending into chaos before it has even begun with players complaining about quarantine, making demands to tournament organizers,...
    Reuters January 19, 2021 0 Comments U.S. lawmakers are moving ahead with efforts to ban facial recognition software even as the technology helps identify supporters of President Donald Trump who ransacked their workplace and forced them to evacuate this month. Researchers and law enforcement have been running photographs from the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol through facial recognition, which looks for similar faces in databases of mugshots, social media headshots or other images. “It’s a great tool,” said Michael Sheldon, research associate at the nonprofit Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, whose mission includes protecting democratic institutions. Sheldon said he provided the FBI possible names of several people in the violent mob thanks to a facial recognition program he purchased. Senator Ed Markey said in a statement that the technology may not be worth the risks. Racial justice activists have warned that facial recognition can perpetuate discriminatory policing...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country. The law — which human rights and media freedom groups say amounts to censorship — forces social media companies to maintain representatives in Turkey to deal with complaints about content on their platforms. Companies that refuse to designate an official representative are subjected to fines, followed by advertising bans and could face bandwidth reductions that would make their platforms too slow to use. Facebook avoided the advertising ban after it announced Monday that it had begun the process of assigning a legal entity in Turkey, joining LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, Dailymotion and the Russian social media site VKontakte, which have agreed to set up legal entities in Turkey. “We hope that Twitter and Pinterest which...
    New York : Camilo. Photo: Rondene PR / Courtesy “This is a story based on real events, which are not told because they are so personal, about when I met a girl with good manners and many followers on social networks”… So it begins ‘Expensive clothes’, the song that premiered today Camilo and that is dedicated to an ex. Yes, the Colombian singer stopped singing beautiful love songs to his wife for a while, Evaluna Montaner, to return to his past. “It’s a song that talks about those mutations that one has and does for love, no matter how crazy they seem. The story occurred at a time in my life when I too was mutated out of love. I have been very open with my present and what I am living and I felt it was time to tell a little about my past...
            by Bret Swanson  For nearly two decades, Silicon Valley made net neutrality its highest policy priority. Under the banner of a “free and open” internet, Google, Facebook, and Twitter sought regulations to ensure the uninterrupted flow of information by treating every bit equally. Or so they said. Beginning last Friday night, these firms and others executed an unprecedented digital purge of the social media and video accounts of their political rivals. After several years of accelerating suspensions and suppressions, this time YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter permanently banned a number of high-profile conservatives and deplatformed thousands of others, at least temporarily. Many of these accounts had nothing to do with last Wednesday’s heinous events at the Capitol. Yet their histories are erased. Shopify, Twitch, Reddit, and other online services and forums followed social media’s lead. Then something bigger happened: when app stores and cloud service providers...
            by Colby McCoy  Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said Monday that Hungary is considering sanctions against big tech firms over alleged “systemic abuses” of free speech, Reuters reported. Varga plans to meet with the Hungarian Competition Authority this week to discuss possible penalties for what he says are unfair commercial practices utilized by social media firms including Facebook and Twitter, according to Reuters. In addition, the minister plans to convene a meeting with the state-sponsored Digital Freedom Committee. Government officials have begun to criticize alleged censorship of conservatives on social media platforms.  Varga decried supposed “shadowban” techniques used by social media firms in a Facebook post, saying “To reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions. I also have personal experience of that.” In the post, Varga cited a tweet by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe describing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s plan to ban President...
    Engagement in social networks continues to be a crucial aspect for the content of brands and companies to go further or have a better performance in general, therefore, part of the objectives set by many of those responsible for these channels continues to be increased engagement. Are you already generating the necessary actions to promote it? This time we will see some tips that can help you. So that your engagement this year continues to increase, consider the following recommendations issued by various experts: Monitor According to the Orient firm, as a starting point so that engagement does not fall this year, beyond the changes that may occur with the algorithms of networks or things that are outside our center, it is advisable to monitor this aspect in the different platforms. There are several free applications that can help with reading the metrics to determine how the brand is progressing,...
    Salma Hayek is celebrating a social media milestone: 17 million followers on Instagram. The Oscar-nominated actress took to the platform on Sunday to share the exciting news and let her fans know that she's "grateful" for their support.  "17 million, millones, milioni, milhões... !! #love #grateful #17 #green," she captioned the post with a green heart emoji. Hayek shared a series of photographs, which showed the star wearing a green dress featuring a plunging neckline and side cut-outs along with the caption.  SALMA HAYEK STARTS THE NEW YEAR OFF WITH A SULTRY BIKINI SNAP Hayek, 54, accessorized with a pearl necklace and earrings.  Salma Hayek is celebrating a social media milestone: 17 million followers on Instagram. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) A beachy destination served as the backdrop of the "Savages" and "Grown Ups" actress's snapshots.  SALMA HAYEK TURNS 54: TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF HER AGELESS SWIMSUIT SNAPS Another photo featured the word "Seventeen"...
    Online misinformation about the presidential election plummeted after President Donald Trump was suspended from Twitter and several other social media platforms. Claims of election fraud dropped 73 percent after the ban, according to a new report from research firm Zignal Labs, from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000. The fastest and biggest decline was on Twitter, which booted the president on January 8, two days after pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol building on January 6. Other platforms followed Twitter's lead, including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitch, Snapchat and even Spotify. Twitter also blocked several Trump supporters— including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and 'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander— as well as some 70,000 accounts affiliated with QAnon conspiracy theories. Scroll down for video  A new report indicated misinformation about voter fraud, ballot tampering and related topics plunged nearly 75 percent after Twitter permanently suspended...
    The Parler social media platform supposedly favored by conservatives should be up and running again by the end of the month, CEO John Matze said. The company was able to launch a static website over the weekend and recover the companys date, Matze told Fox News. "Im confident that by the end of the month, well be back up," Matze said during a telephone interview. Parler reportedly has moved its domain registration to the company Epik after Amazon Web Services abruptly suspended the social media site for what it claimed was "egregious content" related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It essentially blamed Parler for allowing people to use the platform to organize during the chaos. Amazon apparently made no such claims of Twitter during the riots in numerous cities of the summer. Twitter reportedly uses Amazon as well. Parler must still find a company whose...
    The Associated Press is targeting tech companies that host decentralized podcast marketplaces, including Apple and Google, alleging that they host “extremist” content — and the AP includes President Trump’s statements under that umbrella term. The AP says “white supremacists” and “conspiracy theorists” are using podcasts to propagate their views, while describing President Trump’s arguments regarding election fraud as “extremist.” Podcasts made available by the two Big Tech companies let you tune into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory, wallow in President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election and bask in other extremism. Accounts that have been banned on social media for election misinformation, threatening or bullying, and breaking other rules also still live on as podcasts available on the tech giants’ platforms. AP lumps in QAnon with white supremacists, quoting the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an organization that moved to the far left under the leadership of former...
    Bradley Cortright January 17, 2021 5 Comments Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hopes President Donald Trump’s presidency will be a cautionary tale for voters going forward. During an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Johnson expressed his belief that “history will not view the Trump presidency and those who supported it kindly.” He said that he is holding out hope that the Senate will vote to convict Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection.” However, he said that if the Senate does not vote to convict Trump and ban him from holding office, it will be up to the American people to decide — based on what he sees as the failure of the Trump presidency — to reject a potential future presidential bid. “Four years ago, we engaged in a very dangerous experiment by electing someone who was utterly unqualified for office, who had no moral or legal compass...
    Parler CEO John Matze says the social media platform will be back soon, adding that “free speech is essential, especially on social media.” “Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,” said Matze in a statement over the weekend. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media.” Matze posted his statement on Parler’s website, which appears to have come back online with a single statement from its CEO. “Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both,” continued Matze. “We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon,” added the Parler CEO. “We will not let civil discourse perish!” Matze’s announcement arrives after Parler registered its domain with the web-hosting company Epik. The social media platform...
    Kim Kardashian sizzled in the latest update that was shared on her Instagram feed. The post was added to her page on Monday, January 18, and it’s been earning plenty of attention from her 200 million-plus fans. The image captured Kardashian posing in front of a bathroom mirror. The setting was simple and included a gray door and a shower with a white curtain in the corner. There were also a few bottles of soap or lotion on the counter in front of the reality star. Kardashian stood slightly off-center, popping one hip to the side to accentuate her curves. Kardashian held her cell phone in one hand and ran the opposite through her dark tresses. She pursed her lips for the camera and showed off her fantastic figure in a coordinating set that did her nothing but favors. On her upper half, Kardashian rocked a brown bra that fit...
    Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said Monday that Hungary is considering sanctions against big tech firms over alleged “systemic abuses” of free speech, Reuters reported. Varga plans to meet with the Hungarian Competition Authority this week to discuss possible penalties for what he says are unfair commercial practices utilized by social media firms including Facebook and Twitter, according to Reuters. In addition, the minister plans to convene a meeting with the state-sponsored Digital Freedom Committee. Government officials have begun to criticize alleged censorship of conservatives on social media platforms.  Varga decried supposed “shadowban” techniques used by social media firms in a Facebook post, saying “To reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions. I also have personal experience of that.” (RELATED: Twitter Confirms They Will Be Able To Ban Trump Starting January) In the post, Varga cited a tweet by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe...
    QAnon fan Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is among the latest to have social media accounts suspended. High-profile Republicans are slamming social media platforms in the wake of Twitter bans and suspensions for inciting violence on social media in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) condemned Twitter on Sunday after the platform temporarily suspended her account due to inflammatory statements potentially encouraging violence by Donald Trump supporters after their deadly attack on the Capitol Jan. 6. Greene is best known for backing Trump's false election-fraud claims as well as her promotion of the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is the GOP's defender against a secret cabal of cannibalistic, child-trafficking Democrats in U.S. leadership roles.
    Loading the player... After taking social media by storm late last year, Dionne Warwick took to Twitter last weekend to officially announce she is joining TikTok. Warwick’s persona on Twitter became a viral sensation in December. From her tweeting about Chance the Rapper’s stage name to praising Cardi B and Offset, Warwick’s Twitter presence immediately captured a lot of attention, even making its way to NYC billboards. Now the legendary singer appears poised to rock another popular social media app. Dionne Warwick performs onstage at Le Chalet at L’Avenue at Saks in December 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Avenue) Read More: Dionne Warwick hilariously tweets about her discovery of Cardi B and Offset Warwick tweeted out a link to her official TikTok account on Saturday, writing, “Ok… Auntie created a TikTok. If I get enough followers I’ll start using that platform....
    Liberal journalists and social media voices have stepped up their calls to "deprogram," deplatform or outright threaten right-leaning voices in the aftermath of the deadly Capitol riot earlier this month. During an appearance Friday on "Real Time with Bill Maher," former CBS News anchor Katie Couric ripped the Republicans in Congress who voted against impeaching President Trump over a charge of inciting rioters on Jan. 6. "The question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump," Couric said.  CAPITOL RIOTS WILL BE USED TO 'DEPLATFORM' TRUMP SUPPORTERS: BEN DOMENECH Her language mirrored that of liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson in the aftermath of the riot, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building in a deadly melee. Robinson said last week on MSNBC "there are millions of Americans, almost all White, almost all Republicans, who somehow need to be deprogrammed," calling them members of...
    MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski said Monday that social media platforms like Facebook need “to be shutdown” because they have only decided to censor “disinformation” now that President-elect Joe Biden is entering the White House. “You need to be shutdown. Nobody needs what you have to offer. You’ve destroyed this country and quite frankly, it’s still happening right now,” she said. “If this is some last minute suck up by Twitter or Facebook, all you’ve done is shown just how impactful everything that you have been doing so far has been in terms of spreading disinformation,” she continued, suggesting that these companies have decided to act because Biden will soon be president. (RELATED: Twitter Follows Trump Suspension With Massive ‘Purge’ Of Conservative Accounts) “You have shown that you should have done this a long time ago,” she said, referring to a report that says “election misinformation” has dropped...
    More On: Brittany Matthews Patrick Mahomes reflects on a life-changing 2020: ‘Bigger than football’ Patrick Mahomes recalls first Christmas with now-fiancée Brittany Matthews What to know about Brittany Matthews, Patrick Mahomes’ fiancée Brittany Matthews’ engagement ring from Patrick Mahomes worth six figures “#HenneThingIsPossible,” Chiefs Kingdom. Backup quarterback Chad Henne kept the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl dreams alive over the weekend after stepping in for starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was ruled out midway through Sunday’s playoff game against the Cleveland Browns after getting hit in the head. Brittany Matthews, Mahomes’ pregnant fiancée, supported Henne on social media, tweeting: “HENNEEEEEEEEE LFGGGGG.” The Chiefs defeated the Browns, 22-17 advancing to next week’s AFC Championship game against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Matthews, 25, who is expecting a baby girl with Mahomes, also thanked fans for their well-wishes. “I’m fine, Patricks fine, thanks for all the prayers!” she tweeted. “WE...
    This is the heartwarming moment a dog imitates his injured owner's limp out of sympathy as he walks beside him. Russell Jones, whose leg had been placed in a plaster cast, took to social media to share footage of his beloved lurcher hop along the street with his paw raised above the ground in an effort to mimic his owner's movements. Mr Jones, who is believed to be from London, later explained that he had paid £300 in vet fees and X-rays for his limping canine - only to discover the dog was copying him out of sympathy.  The lurcher lifts his paw above the ground and imitates his owner Russell Jones, whose leg is in a plaster cast, out of sympathy  The canine copies his injured owner out of sympathy as he walks beside him along the street The proud dog owner, whose video has since...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — Facebook has started the process of assigning a legal representative in Turkey to comply with a law governing social media companies, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said Monday. The law, which passed in July, requires social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to maintain representatives in Turkey to deal with complaints about content on their platforms. Companies refusing to designate an official representative are subject to fines, advertising bans and bandwidth reductions that would make their networks too slow to use. The local representative of social media companies would be tasked with responding to individual requests to take down content violating privacy and personal rights within 48 hours or to provide grounds for rejection. The company would be held liable for damages if the content is not removed or blocked within 24 hours. The law also requires social media data to be stored in Turkey, raising...
    Bri Teresi showed off her sporty side in the most recent photo that was shared on her Instagram feed. The model and social media influencer posted the shot over the weekend, and her fans have been loving the jaw-dropping display. The photo captured the model posing in the center of the frame. She appeared to be on the links, and she was surrounded by greenery on every side. Bri had her chest facing toward the camera, and her club was over her shoulder as if she had just taken a swing. Her back foot was pivoted on the ground, and the front was turned at a slight angle. Bri gazed into the distance with her lips slightly parted. She showed off her bombshell body in a sexy set that did her nothing but favors. On her upper-half, she wore a tight pink top with a deep v-neckline that offered a...
    Mediaite is searching for a Social Media Editor to work on our presence on social platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The ideal candidate will have an expert understanding of how social media works — from building a following to driving engagement — as well as a keen sense of the Mediaite voice. Responsibilities include: – Writing daily social media posts for Mediaite content across social platforms. – Working on strategy to increase and build our social presence. – Monitoring engagement and analytics reporting. – Promoting articles, videos and any new initiatives. – Researching and staying ahead of social media trends, tools, and news. – Analyzing top competitors. – Monitor comments, questions, and inquiries across all social media channels. – Interacting with each site’s audience via social platforms. Qualifications: – Social media experience (preferably with a publisher). – Expertise with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and more. – Strong,...
    Chad Henne was forced to come into Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game for the Kansas City Chiefs when Patrick Mahomes went down with a head injury and left the game. Henne, the 11-year veteran quarterback who was making his first career playoff game appearance, was mocked on social media when he threw a bad interception to Cleveland Browns defensive back Karl Joseph in the fourth quarter. But he became the hero on the Chiefs’ next drive. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM On 3rd-and-14 with two minutes left in the game, Henne scrambled for 13 yards, nearly diving for a first down to seal the game. On the next play, Henne threw a short pass to Tyreek Hill to get the first down and eventually win the game. Kansas City won, 22-17. Mahomes tweeted about Henne after the game. #HenneThingIsPossible was trending on Twitter. The veteran quarterback seemed to admit...
    The authorities restricted online services and social media ahead of last week’s election Ugandans are celebrating the resumption of internet services after a shutdown was imposed ahead of last week’s election. However, social media platforms remain blocked and are only accessible using Virtual Private Networks (VPN). President Yoweri Museveni, who won an unprecedented sixth term in office, had accused the platforms of being biased. Bobi Wine, presidential candidate for the opposition National Unity Platform, alleged the poll was marred by fraud. The party’s spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi accused Mr Museveni of shutting down the internet to prevent them from sharing evidence of fraud. He told the BBC’s Newsday programme that the party was in the process of collecting election results forms that have evidence of irregularities. But President Museveni said on Saturday that the poll could be the “most cheating-free” in the history of the country. The electoral commission declared...
    Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Breeders\ Cup Actor Taylor Lautner attends the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2016. The Bachelor is often a springboard for its contestants’ fame. Yet Kit Keenan, daughter of acclaimed designer Cynthia Rowley, grew up around the limelight. A recent New York Post article about the New York native revisited the more than a decade old photo of her with actor Taylor Lautner.  He rose to fame for his work on The Twilight Saga, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Valentines’s Day and Scream Queens. The photo featured an 11-year-old Keenan alongside Lautner. According to Getty Images, the photo was taken on June 28, 2010, at The Cinema Society & Piaget’s after-party for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The event took place at the Crosby Street Hotel. Lautner is by no means the only notable name with which she has...
    EXCLUSIVE -- Parler chief executive officer John Matze is "confident" that his social media platform will be back online in the near future after his team was able to launch a static website and recover the company’s data over the weekend in a series of positive developments."I’m confident that by the end of the month, we’ll be back up," Matze told Fox News during a telephone interview on Sunday night. Parler chief executive officer John Matze is "confident" that his social media platform will be back online in the near future after his team was able to launch a static website and recover the company’s data over the weekend. Parler registered its domain with host sharing website Epik last week, following Amazon Web Services' decision to shut Parler down for failure to moderate "egregious content" related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The move was a tiny-yet-important step that helped Matze realize...
    A fresh cohort of pro-Trump rioters involved in the January 6 sacking of the U.S. Capitol have been arrested, many of whom were largely undone by their own ill-advised social-media posts, according to a series of newly filed criminal complaints. Some uploaded selfies to Facebook that placed them at the scene, along with vivid descriptions of breaking into, and being inside of, the Capitol building during the attempted insurrection. Others implicated themselves online, then sealed the deal with the active tracking apps they had had open on their phones, which the FBI subsequently used to recreate their precise whereabouts that day. The latest round of arrests come as the Department of Justice intensifies its search for participants in the violent Capitol siege, which left a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. More than 125 arrests related to the riots have been made so far, according to the FBI, which...
    More On: Parler Apple CEO defends removing Parler from App Store Parler CEO says Big Tech gave him just 24 hours notice before boot Parler CEO and family go into hiding amid threats Letters to the editor — Jan. 16, 2021 The website for Parler, the conservative-friendly social media platform, was back online on Sunday — with a message for the company’s “lovers and haters.” “Hello world, is this thing on?” Parler CEO John Matze wrote on the website, above a note from the company saying the platform would be restored after challenges were resolved. “Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,” the note read. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise...
    Donald Trump's campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley says the president can't  denounce the Capitol riots because he doesn't have access to social media. Gidley also told Fox News on Sunday that Trump's election fraud claims came from 'attorneys and advisers' and the president 'doesn't make these things up'. 'The media are trying to have it both ways,' Gidley said, referring to calls for Trump to criticize the violent siege while he is banned from Twitter. Scroll down for video  Donald Trump's campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley insists the president can't denounce the Capitol riots because he has been de-platformed by social media. Gidley also told Fox News on Sunday that Trump's election fraud claims came from 'attorneys and advisers' and the president 'doesn't make these things up' 'On the one hand, [media says] he should be censored by big tech and not be allowed to talk,' he added.  'He also shouldn't...
    Kansas City Chiefs’ fans had some thoughts on their close playoff win. The Divisional Round has been a bit of a snoozer so far but the Kansas City Chiefs gave their fans a major scare today. Patrick Mahomes left with a concussion in the second half but the Chiefs managed to hold on and defeat the Cleveland Browns 22-17 to advance to the AFC Championship Game. The game came down to the wire as Chad Henne proved to be the hero, converting a fourth and inches on a rollout pass to Tyreek Hill in the final minutes to ice the game. Mahomes certainly approved, tweeting his enthusiasm after the game.Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs fans react to playoff win over Browns#HenneThingIsPossible pic.twitter.com/2TkkWiyf0p — Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) January 17, 2021 The nail-biting finish was definitely a nerve-racking experience and Chiefs fans shared plenty of emotions on Twitter. Andy F. Reid....
    A high school principal has been relieved of his duties — at least temporarily — after he criticized social media censorship to students this week. Principal Barton Thorne, who leads Cordova High School in Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools “was critical of the riots at the Capitol,” WREG reported, but “he objected to actions taken by several social media platforms.” “It’s what’s going on with Twitter and Facebook and Google and Apple, and their decision as private companies to filter and to decide what you, you hear and know about,” Thorne told students in a recording which the news station did not air. Thorne reportedly did not make the comments in defense of President Donald Trump, but rather free speech. “That was ignorance at the highest level,” he said of the riot. “I don’t know of too many people that are going to be okay with what happened. I don’t care...
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    A Tennesee man was arrested on Saturday in connection to his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Jack Jesse Griffith (Photo courtesy of Department of Justice) According to charging documents from the Department of Justice, Jack Jesse Griffith, who also uses the name Juan Bibiano on Facebook and the "Liberty Dragon" account on Twitter, has been indentified through incriminating social media posts obtained by the FBI which appear to show Griffith celebrating the breach while inside the Capitol Crypt--the columned, circular space one floor below the Rotunda.  FBI ARREST ANOTHER TENNESSEE MAN OVER CAPITOL RIOT SELFIE, FACEBOOK POST DECRYING ANTIFA, BLM In a Facebook post, Juan Bibiano, aka Griffith, appears to be wearing a red MAGA hat, clear glasses, a blue jacket, two distinctive light colored necklaces, and is holding a closed fist in the air while standing in the Crypt. Photo courtesy of Department of Justice "I hate to be that guy, but The New...
    Loading the player... A new study has found that misinformation regarding election fraud has dropped 73 percent after several social media sites, including Twitter, permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. The research firm Zignal Labs made this determination by reviewing the number of mentions across social media platforms discussing election fraud after Trump lost his primary means of spreading baseless theories about his defeat to Joe Biden. The previous 2.5 million mentions dropped to nearly 688,000 in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter, according to The Washington Post. Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump https://t.co/3zn6pJH6Q1 — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 16, 2021 Months before the Nov. 3 election and afterward, Trump and his allies pushed election disinformation, but Zignal found it dropped swiftly on Twitter and other platforms in the days following the Twitter ban that began on Jan. 8. Read More: Obama says...
    Social media giveth; social media taketh away. A Florida man who used Instagram and Facebook to post about his participation in the pro-Trump siege of the U.S. Capitol Complex last week was charged with four federal crimes on Friday. Notably, one of those posts contained his stated belief that he had recently aced an interview with federal agents. “Just finished speaking to an FBI agent,” Samuel Camargo wrote on Facebook on January 8. “I believe I’ve been cleared.” A previous Facebook post begged forgiveness over his admitted role in the violent attack on the national seat of government: To all my friends, family, and people of the United States of America I apologize for my actions today at the Capitol in D.C. I was involved in the events that transpired earlier today. I will be getting off all social media for the foreseeable future and will cooperate with all...