Tag: Rumors and Misinformation

I’m an E.R. Doctor in Michigan, Where Unvaccinated People Are Filling Hospital Beds

Like in the rest of Michigan, an overwhelming majority of patients in our hospital are unvaccinated, including 98 percent of acute critical care patients. Given that only about 62 percent of Michigan residents have had at least one dose of vaccine, lagging behind the national rate by about nine points, I fear we won’t see […]

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In Russia, the Pandemic Is Beating Putin

Alexandra Arkhipova, a social anthropologist who studies anti-vaccine sentiment in Russia, noted that there’s been a sharp uptick in vaccination-related public disturbances in Russia’s regions — from barely a dozen in October to over a hundred in November. Starting off as mostly peaceful gatherings where a few dozen people read aloud an appeal to the […]

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Rudeness Is On the Rise. You Got a Problem With That?

Some time ago I tried to write a sympathetic column about women named Karen, people who — through no fault of their own — now find their names synonymous with a particular kind of bad behavior associated with indignant white women of privilege. I posted an open call on Facebook, asking women named Karen to […]

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Voting Battles of 2022 Take Shape as G.O.P. Crafts New Election Bills

A new wave of Republican legislation to reshape the nation’s electoral system is coming in 2022, as the G.O.P. puts forward proposals ranging from a requirement that ballots be hand-counted in New Hampshire to the creation of a law enforcement unit in Florida to investigate allegations of voting fraud. The Republican drive, motivated in part […]

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Anti-Vaccination Ad Mysteriously Appears at N.Y.C. Bus Stop

At first glance, it looked just like an official New York City public service announcement that listed the top 10 reasons people should get vaccinated against Covid-19. But a closer reading revealed that the poster at a B43 bus stop in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn displayed 10 reasons NOT to get vaccinated. Reason […]

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The Metaverse Is Coming, and the World Is Not Ready for It

Digital espionage has already been used by dozens of countries to gain access to commercial intellectual property, proprietary military technology and personal and financial information. A metaverse that contains nearly all aspects of life — work, relationships, assets, identity — could be susceptible to breaches or manipulation from across the globe. Countries and corporations alike […]

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How Twitter Can Fix Itself After Jack Dorsey’s Resignation

Labeling works only so well, of course. Too often, labels on misinformation posts contain mealy-mouthed language like “disputed” or “misleading,” or they ineffectually direct users to other sites for more definitive information. By one measure, Twitter’s own data showed that such labels contributed to a decrease in some of the spread of offending tweets of […]

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Big Tech ‘Amplification’: What Does That Mean?

Lawmakers have spent years investigating how hate speech, misinformation and bullying on social media sites can lead to real-world harm. Increasingly, they have pointed a finger at the algorithms powering sites like Facebook and Twitter, the software that decides what content users will see and when they see it. Some lawmakers from both parties argue […]

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Let’s End the Covid Blame Games

Over the summer, as Covid cases started rising from their midyear lows, it became popular to blame Republicans for fueling the pandemic. The argument was that Covid had become a red-state scourge because of lower rates of mask-wearing and vaccination — along with high doses of vaccine misinformation — in places that went heavily for […]

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Inside the ‘Misinformation’ Wars

This hints at a weakness of the new focus on misinformation: It’s a technocratic solution to a problem that’s as much about politics as technology. The new social media-fueled right-wing populists lie a lot, and stretch the truth more. But as American reporters quizzing Donald Trump’s fans on camera discovered, his audience was often in […]

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They Died From Covid. Then the Online Attacks Started.

Reached by phone, the commenter said she stood by her online sentiments. “I do believe in everything I say,” she said. “I can be very passionate, sometimes a little too passionate.” She declined to discuss the matter further, but shortly after the call ended, her Facebook comments disappeared. Grappling With Grief (and Trolls) Drew Scott […]

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Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ Special Leads Two Fox News Contributors to Quit

For his part, Mr. Goldberg said he has been thinking about William F. Buckley, the late founder of National Review, who saw as part of his mission “imposing seriousness on conservative arguments” and purging some extreme fringe groups, including the John Birch Society, from the right. Understand the Claim of Executive Privilege in the Jan. 6. […]

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Fact-Checking Kevin McCarthy’s 8-Hour Speech

Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the minority leader, mounted his case against President Biden’s social spending bill in a record-breaking speech that stretched for more than eight hours from Thursday to Friday. Here’s a fact check of some of his remarks. What Mr. McCarthy Said “Just a few weeks ago, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Push to Take Over the State’s Elections

Republicans have seized in particular on a March 2020 commission vote lifting a rule that required special voting deputies — trained and dispatched by municipal clerks’ offices — to visit nursing homes twice before issuing absentee ballots to residents. The special voting deputies, like most other visitors, were barred from entering nursing homes early in […]

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Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War

ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, Germany — Sven Müller is proudly unvaccinated. He thinks Covid vaccines are neither effective nor safe but a way to make money for pharmaceutical companies and corrupt politicians who are taking away his freedom. Under state rules to stem coronavirus infections, he is no longer allowed to go to restaurants, to the bowling alley, […]

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The Steele Dossier Indicted the Media

The dossier’s credibility suffered a grievous blow in December 2019, when an investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general found that F.B.I. investigations “raised doubts about the reliability of some of Steele’s reports.” The F.B.I. “also assessed the possibility that Russia was funneling disinformation to Steele,” the report said, adding that “certain allegations were […]

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Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Nevertheless, some European leaders considered Austria’s new measure a step too far. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, which has suffered a rash of new cases in recent weeks, kept his resistance to mask mandates and health passes. “Our friends on the continent have been forced to respond with various degrees of new restrictions, from […]

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Chris Christie Wants the Post-Trump G.O.P. to Move Past 2020

Chris Christie wants to be very clear about something: The election of 2020 was not stolen. “An election for president was held on November 3, 2020. Joe Biden won. Donald Trump did not,” Mr. Christie writes in his new book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of […]

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Chris Christie Wants the Post-Trump G.O.P. to Move Past Trump

Chris Christie wants to be very clear about something: The election of 2020 was not stolen. “An election for president was held on November 3, 2020. Joe Biden won. Donald Trump did not,” Mr. Christie writes in his new book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of […]

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Social Media Is Polluted With Climate Denialism

Employees at Facebook have wrestled internally with how to approach climate change misinformation since at least 2019, according to documents released by the former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. According to one exchange, an employee seemed flummoxed by the company’s refusal to remove posts featuring climate change denial, because global warming is not a matter of […]

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Covid-19 Misinformation Goes Unchecked on Radio and Podcasts

“People develop really close relationships with podcasts,” said Evelyn Douek, a senior research fellow at Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute. “It’s a parasocial medium. There’s something about voice that humans really relate to.” Marc Bernier, a talk radio host in Daytona Beach, Fla., whose show is available for download or streaming on iHeart’s and […]

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Trump Allies Help Bolsonaro Sow Doubt in Brazil’s Elections

BRASÍLIA — The conference hall was packed, with a crowd of more than 1,000 cheering attacks on the press, the liberals and the politically correct. There was Donald Trump Jr. warning that the Chinese could meddle in the election, a Tennessee congressman who voted against certifying the 2020 vote, and the president complaining about voter […]

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Germany’s Fourth Covid Wave: ‘A Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’

BERLIN — The University Hospital of Giessen, one of Germany’s foremost clinics for pulmonary disease, is at capacity. The number of Covid-19 patients has tripled in recent weeks. Nearly half of them are on ventilators. And every single one is unvaccinated. “I ask every patient: Why didn’t you get vaccinated?” said Dr. Susanne Herold, head […]

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Scientists Fight a New Source of Vaccine Misinformation: Aaron Rodgers

This spring, he was auditioning to be the host of “Jeopardy!” Nearly every day, he pops up on television ads for national brands like State Farm insurance. And on Sundays this fall, he has led the Green Bay Packers to a division-best 7-2 record. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not just the N.F.L.’s reigning most valuable […]

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In Romania, Hard-Hit by Covid, Doctors Fight Vaccine Refusal

COPACENI, Romania — As a new wave of the coronavirus pandemic crashed over Eastern Europe last month, devastating unvaccinated populations, an Orthodox Church bishop in southern Romania offered solace to his flock: “Don’t be fooled by what you see on TV — don’t be scared of Covid.” Most important, Bishop Ambrose of Giurgiu told worshipers […]

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How I Became Extremely Open-Minded

It is difficult to convey just how weird it was when the thing actually arrived — not just the boxy console itself, which looked like it belonged in an ’80s sci-fi movie, but the accompanying instruction booklet, whose preamble informed me that “as an American national, you have the legal right to medically treat yourself […]

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In Trump Election Interference Investigation, Grand Jury Looms

As the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot fights to extract testimony and documents from Donald J. Trump’s White House, an Atlanta district attorney is moving toward convening a special grand jury in her criminal investigation of election interference by the former president and his allies, according to a person with direct knowledge […]

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The Way We Work Now (or Don’t)

To the Editor: Re “Even With a Dream Job, You Can Be Antiwork,” by Farhad Manjoo (column, Oct. 23): One of capitalism’s enduring contradictions is that it fosters a value system that teaches us to find meaning in our work, while employers’ relentless pursuit of profits ensures that millions of people must earn their livelihood […]

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Smartmatic Sues Newsmax and One America News Network, Claiming Defamation

The legal battle against disinformation from right-wing media outlets is expanding. Smartmatic, an election technology firm that became a target of pro-Trump conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential race, sued Newsmax and One America News Network on Wednesday for defamation, demanding that the conservative cable networks face jury trials for spreading falsehoods about the company. […]

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No, Vaccine Mandates Aren’t an Attack on Freedom

The Delta surge in Covid-19 seems to be receding. That’s good news, and not just because fewer people are dying. Fear of infection was one reason the economic recovery hit an air pocket in the third quarter. Resuming normal life will be a huge relief. But the U.S. right is, in effect, trying to keep […]

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