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Social media gets thumbs-down in new US poll

Social media gets thumbs-down in new US pollAmericans are fearful about the impact of social media firms such as Facebook and Twitter, with many saying they spread misinformation and divide the country, even though most people still use these networks, a new poll showed Friday. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 57 percent of Americans believe social media sites do more to divide the country, and 55 percent said the networks are more likely to spread “lies and falsehoods” than genuine news and information. “Social media — and Facebook, in particular — have some serious issues in this poll,” said Micah Roberts of the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the survey with the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates.



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Trump renews attack alleging social media's political bias

Trump renews attack alleging social media's political biasU.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Twitter of favoring his Democratic opponents over him and his fellow Republicans. “But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA,” he said in a tweet. MAGA refers to Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc declined to comment.



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Social media scrambles to remove videos of New Zealand Christchurch mosque shooting

Social media scrambles to remove videos of New Zealand Christchurch mosque shootingA gunman who opened fire inside a New Zealand mosque on Friday live-streamed his attack in a 17-minute video.



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New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedom

New Zealand mosque massacre proves social media giants don't deserve their power, freedomIt is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants. For too long terrorists have used them with impunity.



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UK interior minister says social media firms must act after New Zealand shootings

UK interior minister says social media firms must act after New Zealand shootingsLONDON (Reuters) – Britain's interior minister Sajid Javid said social media firms must take action to stop extremism on their channels after Friday's shootings at two mosques left at least 49 people dead. Online accounts linked to the gun attacks had in recent days circulated white supremacist imagery and extreme right-wing messages celebrating violence against Muslims. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube said they would take down content involving the mass shootings which were posted online as the attack unfolded. …



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Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan and Kate

Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan and KateIn an unprecedented move, the Royal Family has introduced a set of social media rules in order to create a "safe environment". Under the new rules, users posting abusive comments will be blocked or reported to police, and comments in breach of the guidelines will be hidden or deleted.  The move comes after reports that royal staff are inundated with abusive comments aimed at Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. The guidelines will apply to comments posted on channels run by the Royal Family, Kensington Palace, and Clarence House. SEE ALSO: Why the royal statement on trolling is unprecedentedComments must not "promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.""Comments must not: contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence," the guidelines read. Image: www.royal.uk/"We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities," the guidelines continue. Per these rules, anyone engaging with any of the royal family's social media channels will be subject to these requirements. Anyone in breach of these rules will be blocked or even reported to the authorities. "We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines," reads the guidelines. "We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law." WATCH: Lifetime just released a movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in honor of their upcoming wedding



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How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows

How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.



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Booker urges activists, leaders to heed social justice call

Booker urges activists, leaders to heed social justice callIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — On his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker urged Democratic activists and black leaders on Friday to heed his call for social justice and apply it to the fight for universal health care coverage and a fair criminal justice system.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter useThe lesson comes as a generational divide between members of Congress and the tech platforms they oversee has been on full display.



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Blue sky at night lights up social media in New York

Blue sky at night lights up social media in New YorkThe sky flashed an eerie blue over New York City on Thursday night and social media users feared the worst. “Apparently aliens are landing in New York City right now bcs the sky’s blue,” wrote another. In this trying time, some saw the hand of God at work: “Don’t worry, New Yorkers.



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