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Trump’s social media complaints are like ‘your crazy uncle calling you about conspiracy theories’: MSNBC reporter

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MSNBC’s Dylan Byers on Wednesday said President Donald Trump’s complaint that social media platforms “collude” to silence conservative voices -including White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, who found himself unable to access Facebook when the platform mistook his account for a bot– reminded him of his “crazy uncle” who didn’t know how to use a computer.

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“It’s absolutely not a legitimate complaint from the White House,” said Byers. “With all due respect to the president and to Dan Scavino, it’s basically the equivalent of when your crazy uncle calls and tells you there’s a conspiracy theory against him, because his computer isn’t working.”

“In this day and age in 2019, tech has become such a great scapegoat and such a great target for myriad reasons,” Byers continued. “Some of them legitimate having to do with issues like data privacy, hate speech, fake news, and then for some of them that are actually quite illegitimate having to do with conspiracy theories about anti-conservative bias, which I can assure you at global companies operating at the scale of a company like Facebook, just quite honestly do not exist.”

“I don’t want to overuse the word ‘irony,’ but here’s the most powerful man in the world taking time out to go after Twitter,” chimed in contributor Charlie Sykes, saying that Trump was playing the “victim card” was rich. “Donald Trump and his movement are creatures of social media. He swims in this sea of paranoia and conspiracy theories that never would have gotten traction if not for the social media platforms.”

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New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors

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Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.

ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.

"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.

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‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’

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President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.

At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."

After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:

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