2020-02-29: Social Media Postees

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'We've seen no evidence': Social media networks blow up US officials' claim of 'Russian coronavirus disinformation campaign'
rt.com | 2020-02-29
Social media titans Twitter and Facebook poured cold water on the State Department's latest conspiracy theory, insisting they'd seen no sign "Russian operatives" were spreading falsehoods about Covid-19 on their platforms. | Weighing in after a number of senior State Department officials told AFP that thousands of "Russian malign actors" were hawking "disinformation about coronavirus" on social media, two of the largest networks have cast serious doubt on the assertion. | "In general, our investigation hasn't substantiated this cl…

SSP Commissioner Deletes Harassing Posts, Commits to "Professional Interactions" in Future
Santa Cruz News Network | indybay.org | 2020-02-29
Damon Bruder, Supervisor Ryan Coonerty's appointee to Santa Cruz County's Syringe Services Program (SSP) Advisory Commission, has deleted the harassing and bullying statements he made on on Facebook on February 14 about County Health officer Rachel McCullough-Sanden. Bruder, who was complaining about delays in the publication of the monthly public SSP report to the County's website, called McCullough-Sanden "daft" and made other harassing statements on social media posts that displayed a disparaging photo of her. McCullough-Sanden is an Epidemiologist and HIV Surveillance Coordinator at the Santa Cruz County Heal…

Coonerty Appointee Bullies County Health Officer
Santa Cruz News Network | indybay.org | 2020-02-29
Damon Bruder, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty's appointee to the County's Syringe Services Program (SSP) Advisory Commission, has made harassing and bullying statements on social media directed at Rachel McCullough-Sanden, an Epidemiologist and HIV Surveillance Coordinator at the County Health Services Agency (HSA). On February 14, a disparaging screen capture of McCullough-Sanden taken from video of a Board of Supervisors meeting was posted to the Santa Cruz, CA: Keepin' It Real Facebook page. The photo was featured on the blog along with criticism of the County Health Department for being late in pos…

Reuters issues correction, deletes tweet after backlash for reporting 'just 1 American with coronavirus in hospital: VP Pence'
rt.com | 2020-02-29
Reuters raised quite a few eyebrows, invoking a storm of online mockery after it posted an ambiguous tweet about Mike Pence's handling of the coronavirus crisis, prompting some to fear for the VP's health. | Punctuation is important, especially in the middle of a global health crisis, and Reuters learned this the hard way after it got pilloried by netizens for leaving too much room for interpretation in a recent tweet about the coronavirus situation in the US. | "Just one American with coronavirus still in hospital: Vice President Pence," the agency reported early on Saturday in an attempt to convey the words…

Cuban Foreign Minister Denounces Measures Against Western Union
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-29
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez today called as interference the suspension of remittances to the Antillean nation through Western Union from all countries, except the United States. | RELATED: | Cuba Defies US Blockade with Booming Tattoo Trade | The new regulation violates the sovereignty of third states and reinforces the extraterritorial component of Washington's inhuman policy against the island, said the head of Cuban diplomacy on Twitter. | This measure against the Western Uni…

Dashcam Footage of Meteor Exploding Over Croatia Goes Viral – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
Dashcam video footage of an object streaking across the sky above Croatia in spectacular fashion and subsequently exploding has since gone viral on social media…

Pakistan's New Data Localization, Censorship Laws Upset Google, Facebook, Twitter: Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan has passed new laws aimed at taking more control over how its citizens use social media. The new laws include data traceability and the ability to block information deemed offensive.

Indian Professor In Legal Trouble For 'Inappropriate' Facebook Post Provoking Hot-Tempered Hindus
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
New Delhi (Sputnik): Following religious clashes between Hindus and Muslims in India's capital, social networking giants including Facebook and Twitter have come under fire for not monitoring the circulation of misinformation, provocative messages and inappropriate content via their platforms throughout the country.

Killer Whale Spotted Off Israel's Coast For the First Time – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-29
The marine mammal was seen by divers on Friday morning and was reported to the Nature and Parks Authority.

Turkish jets neutralize 6 PKK terrorists in N. Iraq
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-29
Turkish jets neutralized at least six PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Saturday.The terrorists plotting an attack were neutralized in an air-backed operation in Metina and Gara regions, the ministry said on Twitter. | It added that operations will continue undeterred. | Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.YPG/PKK terrorists often seek shelter in northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border, to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PK…

US senator says Turkey 'doing the right thing' in Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-29
Turkey is "doing the right thing" as it seeks to thwart a Syrian regime offensive on northwestern Syria, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday."Russia and the Assad regime are to blame for the humanitarian disaster unfolding in northwest Syria," the lawmaker from Arkansas said on Twitter. "Our NATO ally Turkey is doing the right thing. Putin and Assad must honor their commitments and stop the massacre."Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump "expressed his condolences and condemned yesterday's attack that killed Turkish personnel in Syria" during a telephone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, White House…

Amy Klobuchar's wrongful convictions, Twitterstorm will demand justice for Myon Burrell
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-28
Minneapolis, MN – On Friday, February 28, activists will be making noise on Twitter and other social media platforms to demand freedom for Myon Burrell and urging voters to reject Amy Klobuchar, who is responsible for his wrongful conviction. The Twitterstorm is being initiated by Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar (TCC4J) using the hashtags #FreeMyon and #NoAmyK to spread their message. | Organizers say presidential hopeful Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has used Myon's case – a case full of holes – to claim success as Hennepin County attorney and as an example of her work for the African American c…

Chris Packham criticises anti-bird netting on Cambridge University trees
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-28
Chris Packham has branded Cambridge University's move to cover a row of trees with nets to stop birds from nesting as "absolutely outrageous", with activists from Extinction Rebellion responding by tearing some of the netting down. | The conservationist's social media post was prompted by photographs of the trees, with their branches completely encased in netting, on the university's West Campus. | He wrote: "Seriously? I thought we'd been through this last year! This is absolutely outrageous!" | Seriously ? I thought we'd been through this last year ! This i…

George Monbiot nails why trolls are hell bent on vilifying people like Greta Thunberg
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-02-28
Greta Thunberg joined climate strikers in Bristol on 28 February. The trolls came out in force on Twitter to complain about the ideas and actions of the well-known climate activist. | Reading tweets from boomers complaining about #GretaThunberg is exactly why this planet is fucked |

'The Shillary Show?' Hillary Clinton is launching a podcast and Twitter isn't on board
rt.com | 2020-02-28
News that failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning to launch her very own podcast has been met with a collective eye roll and plenty of sarcasm on social media. | Clinton is planning to launch the podcast in late spring, "just in time for her to have a powerful new megaphone during the 2020 election," Politico reported on Thursday. | The show will be co-produced by iHeartMedia, which distributes a bevy of right-wing radio shows as well as the left-wing Joe Rogan Experience, which has endorsed Clinton's 2016 archrival Bernie Sanders for president. | As if a literal plague weren't bad enough, Hi…

Bloomberg's Billionaire BS
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
We've all seen them. They are on television, on Instagram and every other social media platform. Like the flu virus, they have infected almost every facet of the public square. As the date for the Super Tuesday nears, their numbers seem like they will overwhelm the airwaves. Every day, another infected person acknowledges that they…

The DWP Universal Credit boss just tweeted the most jaw-dropping thing possible
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-02-28
The Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) head of Universal Credit has been a bit busy on social media. Because on Thursday 27 February, something he tweeted about the benefit got quite a public response. And it shows the staggering denial that exists in the DWP about the impact the benefit has on people. | The DWP: universal chaos: | Neil Couling is the DWP's 'change director general and senior responsible owner for…

We've just heard the most tone-deaf reason for voting for Keir Starmer and Rosena Allin-Khan
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-02-28
After voting in the UK Labour leadership and deputy leadership elections, actor Reece Dinsdale announced his decision on social media. He explained he'd voted for Keir Starmer and Rosena Allin-Khan. Dinsdale tweeted: | Just voted in the @UKLabour elections. | On basis that being in power is EVERYTHING & that the electorat…

Corona and Flu in Beijing: a Report From the Chinese Capital
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
Beijing. There is no room for complacency or outright fear. The new coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, sounds menacing and is. But there's another viral epidemic hitting countries around the world: the flu. COVID-19 has, since December, led to more than 75,000 illnesses and 2,000 deaths, primarily in mainland China. But, statistically the flu is more menacing. The Centers…

Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish
rt.com | 2020-02-28
A high school student tricked Twitter into verifying an account he made for a fake candidate for Congress from Rhode Island, proving the platform's vaunted election integrity efforts are no match for a bored teen. | Rhode Island Republican Andrew Walz's Twitter has been suspended as of Friday, but before that, the blue-checked politician was seemingly a candidate like any other. Perhaps the platitudes that graced his page were a little emptier – "Let's make a change in Washington together," really? – and the follower count a bit low, but the co…

Prominent Iranian physician clears up misconceptions about outbreak & impact of sanctions
Sina Toossi | iranian.com | 2020-02-28
Prominent Iranian physician & member of the Health Ministry Minoo Mohraz has for her part defended the health ministry's data but has also said the number of people infected has been underreported because sanctions had blocked access to diagnostic kits: twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1233409214002999296 twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1233409467125059584 twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1233409591616118786 twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1233409679872663562 twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1233409919447117824 twitter.com/SinaToossi/status/1233410030164226049 twitter.co

'Defund racist border wall!' Warren's 'solution' to coronavirus crisis causes mass eye-rolling on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-02-27
Senator Elizabeth Warren announced a bill that would use funding for President Donald Trump's "racist border wall" to combat the coronavirus outbreak

Facebook adds fuel to coronavirus panic by CANCELING 'in-person' part of developer conference
rt.com | 2020-02-27
A developer conference hosted by Facebook is the latest victim of growing international alarm over the spread of coronavirus, with the tech giant calling off the 'in-person' part of the event a month before it is to take place. | The F8 Facebook Developer Conference is scheduled to run on May 5 and 6 in San Jose, California. | "This was a tough call to make," Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said in a company blog post on Thursday. "But we need…

America's Iran Policy Backed Into a Corner By MEK in Albania
Anne Khodabandeh | iranian.com | 2020-02-27
Since well before President Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, the U.S. and Iran have been in a de facto state of non-military warfare with sanctions, economic sabotage, cyber-attacks, disinformation campaigns and social media attacks the weapons of choice. Both countries have exploited conflict in the region, especially after the rise …

With Head Lowered And Eyes Averted: Israeli Racism And The "Honourable" Robert Peston
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-26
Robert Peston is one of the UK's most high-profile broadcast journalists, renowned for his theatricality and… curious… halting… delivery. As political editor of ITV News he has enormous influence, including 1 million followers on Twitter, just behind the BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, with 1.1 million. He also hosts a weekly ITV political discussion show, …

JCPOA Members Remain Committed to the Deal: Russian Official
The Iran Project | iranian.com | 2020-02-26
The Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Wednesday that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is regarded as an important part of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Mikhail Ulyanov made the remarks in tweet about the meeting of the Joint Commission of the …

In the Midst of Infighting, Anti-LGBTQ Church Network's Website and Social Media Disappear
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2020-02-21
The New Independent Fundamental Baptist network, most prominently associated with anti-LGBTQ pastor Steven Anderson, appears to be in turmoil as infighting again erupts, this time between Anderson and fellow pastors in the network.