Trump’s media domination fueled his rise — and now could backfire

Biden, by contrast, makes relatively little news for a major-party nominee. There are times, especially since the conventions, when he has attacked Trump in harshly personal terms. But even after emerging from months of basement seclusion, Biden generally uses the more prosaic language of conventional politicians. His social media feed is a snooze.

Iran’s new attempt to introduce ‘military control’ over social networks

Protection from ‘manipulation’ Pejmanfar is keen to see access to Twitter prohibited, with the military responsible for the implementation and details of a ban — which also means the exceptions. The influential lawmaker has a Twitter account he uses regularly, just like almost all high-ranking politicians in the country, from President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign […]

We can have social media as we know it, or we can have democracy

In my book The Reality Game, I discuss a nearby future in which AI-enabled technologies will be used to manipulate public opinion. In 2016, a lot of people wrote about how artificial intelligence had brought about the “info-pocalypse,” but it really hadn’t—not yet. Most of the tools, including simple bots, were clunky and relatively easy […]

Media Shamelessly Advances ‘Trump’s America’ Lie From Biden Campaign | Opinion

Literally all of the sustained rioting and other violence has occured in Democrat-run cities. The federal government does not have jurisdiction to always send in the feds to wander rioting streets and quell the civil unrest. If Trump did always have such authority and if he acted upon it, he’d be called a fascist. Indeed, […]

The ‘Crisis’ In Social Security and Other Nonsense

As I note in a new Verdict column, that will surely change after the election. Republicans will be looking to take big swings at the new President Clinton, and trying to force her to have her fingerprints on a bill that begins to unravel Social Security would be a huge win. (Even if Trump somehow […]

Iranian MPs want military to enforce Twitter, online rules

Well-known for his reports on widespread corruption in Iran, the investigative business journalist Mohammad Mosaed was awarded the 2020 DW Freedom of Speech Award in May. Two months later, he was one of four reporters to be honored with the the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) honored with the 2020 International Press Freedom Award. […]

Kangana Ranaut to be probed over drug-use claim, says Maharashtra home minister

On Monday, Ranaut took to Twitter to share a video clip of the officials visiting her office and accused the BMC of “forcefully taking over” her office and said that the BMC is going to demolish her property on Tuesday. A team of officials from building proposals department inspected her office to check for alterations […]

Turkish MPs to vote on bill that could block Facebook and Twitter

Erdoğan had earlier this month appeared rattled by comments on Twitter criticising his daughter and son-in-law after the birth of their fourth child, telling members of his Justice and Development party (AKP) that the “immoral” platforms “do not suit this country and our people” and should be “brought to order”.

Texas Governor Asks Politicians, Residents To Sign Pledge Against Defunding Police Departments In State

“A new study showed that Austin, Texas, is the No. 1 city in America in the year-to-year percentage increase in murders, with a percentage increase of more than 64 percent for the first half of this year,” Abbott said. “Austin also has a year-to-year increase in the percent rate of aggravated robberies, increasing by 14 […]

The Latest: Clemson to remove name of pro-slavery politician

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has weighed in on a debate over whether to remove the word ‘race’ from Germany’s constitution, after some lawmakers and activists said using the term supports the discredited notion of separate human races.