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Trump Wields Presidential Power to Threaten Twitter Over Fact-Check Labelling

When Twitter labelled a tweet by President Trump and linked to fact-checking sites, the president reacted by threatening to strongly regulate or shut down platforms that squelch free speech. Since then, he signed an executive order making such platforms liable to lawsuits the same as publishers when they exercise editorial decisions, rather than merely allow […]

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Singer Bryan Adams Rages Against Wet-Market Bat-Eaters Who Killed His Gigs

ICYMI stories of the week in the latest episode of Steve Green’s Right Angle Lightning Round… –Internet usage way up, but the internet is fine. Did we spend too much time debating net neutrality? –Singer Bryan Adams faces backlash and accusations of racism after he rages in Tweet about wet-market bat-eaters who killed his Royal […]

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Coronavirus: What You CAN Do to Fight the Most Dangerous Symptom

COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, poses a danger. But death from respiratory failure is not the most insidious consequence for America. Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Stephen Green grapple with how to fight off the most dangerous symptom…and it’s something you CAN do. “Un-Fearing the Coronavirus,” the episode of Bill Whittle Now that Scott Ott mentions. […]

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IRS Cures News Bias: Grants Struggling Newspaper Nonprofit Status

The IRS grants the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper nonprofit status, setting a precedent for the survival of journalism in the 21st century. Will donors who crave fairness and accuracy make tax-free donations to the Tribune, or The New York Times? Does abandoning the pursuit of profit free journalists to tell the unvarnished truth without taint of opinion.

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Facebook Saves Journalism and Truthiness (Should Reporters Still Learn to Code?)

Facebook’s recently-announced news tab will provide a reliable place for Americans to find accurate reporting, credible journalism and truthiness — far from the fake news and disinformation of social media. Is this good news for fact-hungry Americans and a rebirth of actual journalism, or is it the final death knell of the great American newspaper, […]

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Study: Tiny Fraction of Twitter Users Do Vast Majority of Political Tweets

New study shows that almost all political tweets come from a tiny fraction of Twitter users. Does this mean that America is not as divided as we’d think from scanning social media? Should government step in to stop these bad actors from splitting our Republic, risking a civil war?

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Social Disease Epidemic: Study Reveals Our Bipolar View on Success and Fame

A new study shows almost everyone thinks that almost everyone desires fame. But the survey also shows that almost no one craves it for himself. Instead, the vast majority say they believe that personal success means “following your interests and talents to be the best you can be at something you love.”

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Facebook’s Mark “$70 Billion” Zuckerberg Backs Bernie “Ban Billionaires” Sanders

Facebook’s CEO Mark “$70 Billion” Zuckerberg echoes Bernie “Ban Billionaires” Sanders — tells his staff that “no one deserves that much money.” But he’s not sure how much money someone should have.

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Get Off the Plane: Your Social Credit Score Just Went Negative

China expands its system of tracking a citizen’s behavior with a social credit score, and limiting his freedoms if it goes negative. Your neighbor reports you smoking a cigarette at your house, and when you try to fly to Hong Kong the flight attendant says, your score is too low, get off the plane. Is this just a dystopian nightmare spawned by communism, or could measures taken by American companies to nudge consumer behavior lead to such a scenario in the land of the free?

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Hong Kong Throng: Can Chinese Tear Gas Choke the Voice of Liberty Rising?

How long can the Communist Chinese government stand against the relentless onslaught of a people who’ve tasted freedom, and want more. Hundreds of thousands daily form the Hong Kong throng, waving the American flag and singing the U.S. national anthem. After more than four months it seems even tear gas can’t choke the voice of liberty rising.

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Historic Slap on the Wrist: Facebook Pays $5 Billion, Yet Zuckerberg Stays on Throne

The FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, and forces several changes on the social media giant to protect the privacy and security of its users. But many see the settlement as a slap on the wrist because founder Mark Zuckerberg stays on his throne, pays nothing personally, and his organization doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing. Should the government have gone further to send a clear signal to the industry?

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Stranger Danger: Facebook Messenger Kids Security Hole Exposes Your Child

The Verge reports a security hole in Facebook’s allegedly kid-friendly, parent-approved, Messenger Kids app that let’s your child join a group chat with people you don’t know, and have not approved, exposing him to untold stranger danger. This is the latest breach of trust between the social media giant — that also owns Instagram and Whatsapp — and the users whose personal information it monetizes for billions of dollars each year. Proper privacy and security measures harm Facebook’s bottom-line, so how long will people continue to trust them?

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Storm Area 51: Meme Creator Fears Slaughter as Millions Sign Up to “See Them Aliens”

A 20-year-old man who created a joke meme on Facebook called “Storm Area 51” to “see them aliens” now fears mass slaughter as nearly 2 million people sign up to raid the Air Force property, overwhelming the training facility’s security contingent. Are all these people in on the joke, or will they really show up and “Naruto run” onto the base in order to dodge the bullets?

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Independence Day USA: Great Future for the Greatest Nation on Earth?

On the 243rd Independence Day USA, Stephen Green, Bill Whittle and Scott Ott reflect on the storied past and great future for the greatest nation on Earth. Are forces that seek to divide us any match for the ideas that unite us?

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“Knitting” Bots: Talk About Google’s Forbidden Topics without Going Broke

Stephen Green finds a way to talk about one of Google’s forbidden topics without going broke. He’s forced to refer to certain companion robots as “knitting” bots to avoid getting flagged and demonetized for appealing to prurient interests. Together with Bill Whittle and Scott Ott, Steve examines the benefits and drawbacks of these high-tech “knitting bots” while trying to avoid Google and YouTube’s secret defamation.