Election Results: Tracking Viral Disinformation

Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, has spread a litany of falsehoods and conspiracy theories in media appearances and social media over the past week.

Mr. Giuliani, who has a long history of fudging the truth and who has led the Trump campaign’s largely unsuccessful legal fight over the election, has focused particularly on debunked claims of barred poll workers and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about a voting software company affecting the election’s outcome.

In interviews on Fox News, Mr. Giuliani has repeatedly claimed that Democratic officials blocked Republican poll watchers from observing ballot counting in “10 different crooked Democratic cities,” including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee, Reno, Phoenix and Atlanta. And in the counties where Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are, he has said, the lack of access affected over 680,000 votes.

There’s no evidence to support any of these allegations. Mr. Trump’s own legal filings acknowledged the presence of Republican

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Small Covid Test Maker Is Going Viral

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COVID-19 is surging throughout the country, creating an opportunity for agile diagnostic businesses. This is how one newcomer is building an empire.

Elon Musk made news last week when the Tesla ((TSLA) -Get Report) founder claimed to test both positive and negative for the novel coronavirus, twice. Forty five weeks into the global pandemic and the United States still has a testing problem.

Fulgent Genetics ((FLGT) -Get Report), a smaller company with a $908 million market cap that most investors don’t know, has a solution.

The problem, apart from the raging infection rates globally, is that not all tests are created equally.

Some, like the four given to Musk,

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Viral Misinformation in the 2020 Election Results: November 17, 2020

President Trump has posted over 300 tweets attacking the integrity of the 2020 election since election night, unleashing a cascade of false and misleading claims. Here’s a review.

Just hours after polls closed on Nov. 3, Mr. Trump began sowing mistrust in the vote counting process, as he tweeted ominously about “surprise ballot dumps,” “finding Biden votes” and “miraculously” disappearing leads.

What he was describing was simply vote counting. Election officials warned for months that counting ballots might take days or even weeks to complete, given the prevalence of absentee ballots this year. Studies and experts predicted that Mr. Trump could lead on election night in key states, but that lead could be slowly eroded as officials continued to count mail-in ballots.

The president has objected to counting votes past Election Day, claiming at least twice that late-arriving ballots are “illegal.” But 23 states and Washington, D.C., accept

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Facebook’s Labels On Trump’s Election Lies Haven’t Stopped His Posts From Going Viral

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Facebook’s attempt to slow the spread of President Trump’s misinformation and outright lies by affixing warning labels to the content has done little to stop the posts from going viral—and the platform is apparently well aware.

According to internal conversations reviewed by Buzzfeed News, data scientists in the employ of Facebook freely admit that the new labels being attached to misleading or false posts as part of a broader strategy to stop the spread of election-related misinformation—referred to internally as “informs”—have had little to no impact on how posts are being shared, whether they’re coming from Trump or anyone else.

“We have evidence that applying these informs to posts decreases their reshares by ~8%,” the data scientists said, according to Buzzfeed. “However given that Trump has SO many shares on any given post, the decrease is not going

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Election Results: Live Tracker of Viral Disinformation

Disinformation about election fraud is thriving on YouTube, and right-wing outlets that most aggressively push false information are gaining new, conservative viewers on the video service, according to new research.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, has not taken down videos challenging the outcome of the election, including content that spreads false allegations. Instead, the company has said that it is fighting disinformation by elevating authoritative news sources in search results and recommendations, while slowing the spread of so-called borderline content — videos that bump up against its policies but do not violate them.

But data from an independent research project called Transparency Tube found that fringe, right-wing news channels aggressively pushing unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud are gaining a larger share of views among conservative YouTube channels than before the election.

At the same time, Fox News, which has been more reserved in promoting unsubstantiated claims of a

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One America News, ‘Stop The Steal’ Rallies: Live Tracker of Viral Disinformation

The country song has a jaunty, folksy cadence and offers the false narrative that the Democrats stole the election. It has also gone viral on social media, turning the ditty by a 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Pensacola, Fla., into a protest anthem for President Trump’s supporters.

“When I went to sleep Trump had the lead,” begins the song, which is called “Pallets Full of Ballots.” It continues: “They found pallets full of ballots at 3 a.m. All the way from Georgia to Michigan.”

The song, which erroneously suggests that Democrats stuffed “pallets full of ballots” to try and swing the vote, underlines how President Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations of voter fraud are infiltrating popular culture.

By Thursday, a video of the song had logged more than 650,000 views on YouTube, a week after it was posted. It was also released on Spotify. While YouTube affixed a label to the video of the

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Vape news: Microsoft forced to respond to viral videos of smoke billowing out of Xbox Series X

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Anytime a company has to start a tweet with “We can’t believe we have to say this,” you just know you’re in for some real 2020-level nonsense. Microsoft’s Xbox division did just that on Wednesday in response to viral videos that show smoke coming out of the top of its newly released Xbox Series X.

The tech giant waded into a meme-filled mess apparently started by internet trolls who hoped to make it look like Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console was catching fire. In actuality, it seems like users are blowing vape smoke into the $500 console and recording the effect as smoke billows from the top of the black tower above the device’s internal fan.

At least one video on Twitter has attracted millions of views — and a whole host of replies ranging from hilarious to horrible.

“Please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series

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Please don’t vape into your Xbox Series X, Microsoft says, after viral videos that appear to be faked show smoke billowing from the new $500 console



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  • “Please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X,” Microsoft tweeted Wednesday night.
  • It followed viral videos of the new $500 console, which was released Tuesday, showing smoke billowing from its vented top.
  • Users claimed the Xbox Series X was overheating — but the videos appear to be fake.
  • Others quickly pointed out that blowing vape smoke into Microsoft’s console produced the same effect.
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Microsoft issued an unusual safety warning to owners of its new $500 console Wednesday night.

“Please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X,” the tech giant tweeted.

It turns out some owners may have been doing exactly that.

Less than a day after the console’s Tuesday release, videos cropping up across social media showed smoke billowing from the new consoles. Some of these have

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Viral vaccines preserved without refrigeration — ScienceDaily

Ever receive a vaccination that seemed to burn a lot while it was injected? The vaccine solution likely contained a lot of salt or sugar — natural preservatives that help keep it stable, in addition to the cold temperature at which it was kept.

The viruses in vaccines, which train our cells to identify and vanquish viral invaders must be kept cold to keep them from bursting apart. The typical shipping temperature for vaccines ranges from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius (35 to 47 degrees Fahrenheit).

Viruses are kept cold for the same reason we refrigerate food items. “You wouldn’t take a steak and leave it out on your counter for any length of time and then eat it,” said Caryn Heldt, director of the Health Research Institute at Michigan Technological University and professor of chemical engineering. “A steak has the same stability issues — it has proteins, fats, and

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New findings for viral research on bicycle crashes at railroad crossings — ScienceDaily

New research by Professor Chris Cherry follows his previous research that drew worldwide attention to the frequency of bicycle crashes at a railway crossing near his UT office.

His new work, “A jughandle design will virtually eliminate single bicycle crashes at a railway crossing,” was published in the Journal of Transport & Health and provides a unique opportunity to assess the before and after safety performance of fixing a skewed rail crossing for single bicycle crashes.

A jughandle design realigns the bicycle approach to about 60 degrees, virtually eliminating the risk of a rider’s tire being caught in the gap between the rail and the pavement, a cause of serious crashes. This significant finding varies from previous design recommendations of a 90-degree approach.

The initial study conducted in 2017 evaluated video data, shown below, that was collected for two months, capturing 13,247 cyclists crossing two sections of the railway along

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