– Advertisement – Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday suspended several recently created and mostly right-leaning news accounts posting information about voting in the hotly contested US election for violating their policies.Twitter said the accounts had been suspended for violating its policy against “coordination” by posting identical content while appearing independent or engaging in other covertly automated behaviour.- Advertisement – Other accounts suspended by Twitter included FJNewsReporter, Crisis_Intel and Faytuks. Some of the accounts in the past suggested that readers follow the others.Facebook also suspended several accounts behind US-based pages called SV News and FJ News, citing inauthentic behaviour. The SV page had more than 20,000 followers.Some of the suspended accounts were closely read by the media in Russia, which has been accused of meddling in the 2016 election. Both SVNewsAlerts and Faytuks, which had only 11,000 followers, have had their tweets highlighted dozens of times in state-controlled Sputnik and RT, as observed by researcher Chris Scott and confirmed by Reuters.- Advertisement – One of those suspended, SVNewsAlerts, had more than 78,000 Twitter followers, after adding more than 10,000 in the past week.The account frequently warned of election-related unrest and highlighted issues with voting safety and reliability. It pointed to fraud claims about Democrats and called attention to Republican President Donald Trump’s rallies and speeches.In fact, few if any major disruptions were reported at polling sites on Tuesday as civil liberties groups and law enforcement were on high alert for any interference with voters.- Advertisement – Even as social media companies took action, false or exaggerated reports about voting fraud and delays at the polls circulated throughout the day, in some cases helped along by official Republican accounts and online publications.The FBI and the New York attorney general also said they were looking into a spate of mysterious robocalls urging people to stay home, which were reported in multiple battleground states.Twitter appended fact-checking labels to multiple tweets from the @PhillyGOP account, which was among those using the hashtag #StopTheSteal. The Philadelphia Republican Party did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Twitter labels.Far-right sites Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit both published articles claiming “the steal is on” in Pennsylvania that racked up thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter.#StopTheSteal spiked from a few dozen mentions to more than 2,000 mentions over a 15-minute period in the morning, according to media intelligence firm Zignal Labs.Zignal said unfounded claims about closed polling stations and excessively long lines in Republican-leaning areas in Pennsylvania, one of the most closely contested states, received more than 33,000 mentions on Twitter.Alex Stamos, former chief technology officer of Facebook and now director of the Stanford Internet Observatory, told reporters there were coordinated efforts to deliberately blow some problems out of proportion.“Specifically in Pennsylvania – to say this example is a demonstration of something nefarious going on, and not just the kind of random mistake that happens all the time,” he said on a call organised by the Election Integrity Partnership.In one video shared widely among conservative audiences, including by both of Trump’s sons, a Trump poll-watcher was seen being turned away from a site. The video was viewed 2.5 million times on Twitter.Philadelphia officials investigated and concluded the man had mistakenly been barred under an expired law, which required authorisation to enter a specific polling spot. He was then admitted.Followers of the conspiracy movement QAnon also spread the Pennsylvania reports, according to researchers at misinformation tracking firm Alethea Group.© Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Ruler Of The World is on course to return to the scene of his finest hour, with next month’s Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom his intended target. While that investment did not pay immediate dividends, with Ruler Of The World only 13th of the 16 runners at Meydan, Al Shaqab advisor Harry Herbert believes the style of the race just did not suit. He said: “The plan is to go for the Coronation Cup at Epsom. Having acted around the track before in winning last year’s Derby, it seems the obvious race for him. That was the plan Aidan drew up two or three weeks ago and I haven’t heard of any changes. “I think the World Cup just didn’t suit him. We saw how strung out the field were – some horses can handle that and some can’t. It was a shame, as he seemed in good form going into the race. “He is not a horse I know well yet, but looking at him in the paddock, you would have to have been really pleased with the way he looked, and we’ll go back to Epsom now.” The four-year-old won the Investec Derby last term but failed to strike gold in four subsequent outings, although he finished a creditable third behind Farhh when dropped back to 10 furlongs in the Champion Stakes on his final 2013 outing. Al Shaqab Racing snapped up a 50 per cent share in the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt ahead of his run in the Dubai World Cup earlier this year and are now joint-owners with the Coolmore team. Press Association
The first-ever Luv FM Inter-Bank and Family Fun Games underway at the Opoku Ware School park in Kumasi.Twelve financial institutions are vying for honours in soccer, table tennis, snooker, sack race, females penalty shoot-out etc. Kids have bouncy castles, electric train, among others.Bankers and their families are being provided with the stage to vie for honours in various sporting disciplines, with football, as usual, as the flagship annually.The competition, organized by Luv 99.5 FM, seeks to foster closer relations among competitors in the financial services sector. Individuals and teams are expected to receive awards for emergingas winners in their respective fields at the end of the programme.