On Parler, MAGA’s post-election world view blossoms with no pushback

Since the election, President Donald Trump and his allies have faced fact-checks, condemnation and restrictions when trying to spread inconclusive evidence of voter fraud and leftist violence on social media.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer  as they attend a "Stop The Steal" rally at the Oregon State Capitol on Nov. 14, 2020, in Salem, Ore.


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Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as they attend a “Stop The Steal” rally at the Oregon State Capitol on Nov. 14, 2020, in Salem, Ore.

But over on Parler, there’s a new, millions-strong MAGA universe where conservatives are freely spreading these claims and reinforcing their belief that Democrats have stolen the election from Trump.

Hashtags on Parler denoting Trump’s favorite conspiracy theories — #Dominion, #Sharpiegate, #QAnon — trend freely, without the restrictions Twitter and Facebook have instituted to suppress them. Stories from fringe sites pushing baseless allegations of voter fraud are not flagged as disinformation, as they often are elsewhere. Videos from the Million MAGA March depicting heated confrontations between MAGA supporters, counter-protesters and

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House Democrats’ tensions flare on post-election call

Georgia to conduct its first ‘risk limiting audit’ before certifying election results

Another wrinkle to the closely watched tabulation in Georgia: Before certifying results, Georgia election officials, under a new state law, will begin Friday what they’re calling a risk-limiting audit to ensure the votes were accurately counted.

Under a risk-limiting audit (RLA), a statistically meaningful sample of ballots are examined by hand to see whether the declared winner truly won. The audit is mathematically designed to catch anomalies that would arise from misconfigured machines, procedural errors or intentional attack.

But in a lawsuit filed by election technology activists, University of California, Berkeley, statistics professor Philip Stark, who helped pioneer the concept of RLAs, said in an affidavit the state’s procedures are more of a “pilot” than a true RLA. That’s because of lax chain of custody procedures, the use of “duplicated”

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Analysis: High-flying U.S. tech stocks get post-election lift, near new highs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A weaker-than-expected election performance by Democrats and fears of new coronavirus restrictions have prompted investors to double down on high-flying technology stocks, which have come roaring back in recent days to put the Nasdaq within striking distance of a record.

FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo/File Photo

Since Election Day, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is up 6.6%, easily outpacing the 4.2% gain in the broad S&P 500 over the same time. This was partly driven by investors and traders unwinding trades placed on pre-election assumptions of a Democratic sweep which they thought would usher in higher taxes and more regulation.

Polls had forecast Democrats would solidly win the presidency on Tuesday, extend their control in the House of Representatives and potentially win control of the

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High-flying U.S. tech stocks get post-election lift, near new highs

By David Randall



FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City


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FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A weaker-than-expected election performance by Democrats and fears of new coronavirus restrictions have prompted investors to double down on high-flying technology stocks, which have come roaring back in recent days to put the Nasdaq within striking distance of a record.

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Since Election Day, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite is up 6.6%, easily outpacing the 4.2% gain in the broad S&P 500 over the same time. This was partly driven by investors and traders unwinding trades placed on pre-election assumptions of a Democratic sweep which they thought would usher in higher taxes and more regulation.

Polls had forecast Democrats would solidly win the presidency on Tuesday, extend their control in the House of Representatives and potentially win control of the

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Post-election grief is real, and here are 5 coping strategies

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(THE CONVERSATION) Shortly after Abraham Lincoln was elected on Nov. 6, 1860, a woman from Alabama, Sarah Espy, documented her concerns in her diary. She wrote that she felt “grieved,” and explained why. “For it is thought now to be certainty that Lincoln…and that the Southern States are going to withdraw from the Union. If so, it is the beginning of woe.”

While the particular concerns change, every election triggers distress for some people. That certainly held true for the previous two presidential elections: Many Americans were deeply upset following the victories of Barack Obama in 2008 and of Donald Trump in 2016.

Symptoms of depression – sadness, loneliness and fatigue – seem to be common responses to electoral loss. This may prove to be a particularly widespread phenomenon in the aftermath of the

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JPMorgan Readies for Post-Election Market Shift by Cutting Tech

(Bloomberg) — JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategists are dropping their longtime preference for technology stocks one day before the U.S. elections as they forecast a change in market leadership, no matter who wins the vote.

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After being overweight tech for almost two years, strategists led by Mislav Matejka slashed to neutral the sector that has driven the recovery rally since March and raised their recommendation on banking and insurance stocks to overweight. Their call comes after the Nasdaq 100 Index has tumbled nearly 9% since Oct. 12.

“We believe the markets are primed for a broadening in leadership, having seen record-ever bifurcation so far year-to-date,” write JPMorgan strategists, including Prabhav Bhadani and Nitya Saldanha, in a Monday note. “The sector and style rotation is likely to get underway irrespective of the U.S. elections winner, while the regional rotation would be more dependent on the actual election outcome.”



chart: JPMorgan cuts technology stocks to neutral before U.S. elections


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Former Facebook content moderator warns of post-election violence

  • Viana Ferguson, a former Facebook content moderator, said during a panel hosted by the nonprofit the Real Facebook Oversight Board that users have become more vocal about the “violence they are willing to execute” toward people.
  • Ferguson said there would “definitely” be calls for violence after the election, regardless of the winner. 
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress on Wednesday to address a law that shields social-media companies from being held liable for the content of users’ post.
  • “We’ve applied lessons from previous elections, hired experts, and built new teams with experience across different areas to prepare for various scenarios,” a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider.
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A person who was responsible for looking at some of the most hateful content on Facebook said she was sure there

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