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Hacks, bugs and vulnerabilities: Trump's new social site plagued by problems -- and it hasn't even launched yet

There was a kind of "soft" launch overnight for former President Donald Trump's new social media site, TRUTH Social, but apparently, there are so many bugs that it may stall the actual launch.

Washington Post tech reporter Drew Harwell wrote an extensive thread on Twitter detailing the problems with the website from the terms of service to security and the accounts.

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Intelligence expert explains how Trump took over Russia's war against the US with his own

Intelligence expert Malcolm Nance spoke to MSNBC about the ways in which the Russian government are able to wage a war against a country without even firing a shot.

Host Maria Teresa Kumar noted that President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans seem to have taken up the playbook of Russia and created their own propaganda machine. As a Russia propaganda expert, Nance agreed, saying that the plot Russia concocted in the early 2000s, the Gerasimov Doctrine, handed Trump and his team the plan.

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Failing to take on Facebook will result in 'grave consequences': tech columnist

Gizmodo editor Brian Kahn penned an editorial in which he argued that if Americans let Facebook get away with their behavior that it will end up like the oil spills that "big oil" gets away with.

Writing Wednesday, Kahn cited whistleblower Frances Haugen, who testified this week about disturbing details involving the Facebook algorithm and the intentional efforts the site made to lead users into extremist groups. At the same time, the site's sister network, Instagram, was outed for knowledge that it was causing psychological damage to teens using their site.

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Facebook swears it was just a maintenance error that took them down for 6-hours

By Sheila Dang

(Reuters) -An error during routine maintenance on Facebook's network of data centers caused Monday's collapse of its global system for more than six hours, leading to a torrent of problems that delayed the repairs, the company said on Tuesday.

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'A disturbing ruling': Legal experts shocked after court revives Devin Nunes' defamation lawsuit

A court has partially revived a defamation lawsuit filed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) against reporter Ryan Lizza, who claimed in an Esquire piece that the congressman's family had abandoned California for Iowa. Nunes claims to be a dairy farmer but was accused by critics of being a "fake farmer" because the family dairy was gone. Nunes then bought a farm.

Several legal experts said the ruling was unusual.

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SpaceX ready to launch private, all-civilian crew into Earth orbit

Elon Musk's company is set to launch four people into space Wednesday, on a three-day mission that is the first to orbit the Earth with exclusively private citizens

Washington (AFP) - SpaceX is set to launch four people into space Wednesday on a three-day mission that is the first to orbit the Earth with exclusively private citizens on board, as Elon Musk's company enters the space tourism fray.

The "Inspiration4" mission caps a summer that saw billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos cross the final frontier, on Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin spaceships respectively, a few days apart in July.

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Republicans ridiculed for addressing media threats to Yahoo CEO who left in 2017

This week, House GOP leaders threatened that they would obstruct any effort to obtain the phone records of Republican officials who may have been involved in the Jan. 6 attack. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) drew criticism and accusations that his efforts to block the subpoenas were an obstruction of justice, while others asked what he had to hide.

But there was one piece of the formal threats that are drawing mockery even days after. McCarthy and 11 other GOP leaders joined in sending letters to media heads so they would have a written threat. One of those letters was addressed to the President and CEO of Yahoo. At least, she was the CEO four years ago.

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Anti-vax reporter threatens big donors will help him sue Twitter for being booted

More and more people are banging their chests claiming they'll sue Twitter for violating their constitutional rights to free speech. The latest is disgraced former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson who was booted from the site after spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

"I am still considering my legal options, including what lawyer or firm to hire. A potential suit is complex and would cover - a minimum - First Amendment issues, contract law, and drug/vaccine law," he wrote in a statement.

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Trump whines about being banned from Twitter while the Taliban spokesperson remains

In an interview with Newsmax on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the social media site Twitter, which banned him after the attack on the U.S. Capitol and he left office.

"It's disgraceful whenever you suppose that you've got killers and muggers and dictators and horrible … some horrible dictators and nations, and they're all on however the president of the United States, who had a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of individuals, by the method, he will get taken off," Trump said in a phone interview.

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Rubio wants Biden to block TikTok in the US after Chinese government stake in subsidiary of parent company

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republican Senator Marco Rubio urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to block short-form video app TikTok in the United States after China took an ownership stake in a key subsidiary of ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of TikTok.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene has one more chance before she's banned from Twitter forever

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defiantly lashed out at Twitter on Tuesday after being suspended for a week for posting comments about COVID-19 the site labeled "misleading." The Georgia Republican says she won’t stop repeating what the social media company says are lies spread by anti-vaxxers about the lifesaving shots. “I refuse to be silenced about these important life changing issues,” Greene said in a statement to reporters. “Twitter won’t allow any discussion of the truth.” Greene doubled down on her earlier post attacking vaccines and masks to limit the spread of the deadly pandemic. “...

Russia busted pushing anti-vax propaganda on Facebook using bizarre 'Planet of the Apes' memes

Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down a disinformation operation which sought to spread Covid-19 vaccine hoaxes by duping social media influencers into backing false claims.

The leading social network labeled the operation a "disinformation laundromat" which sought to legitimize false claims by pushing them through people with clean reputations.

Influencers who caught onto the sham turned out to be the undoing of a deceitful influence campaign orchestrated by marketing firm Fazze in Russia, according to Facebook.

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Legal experts mock Trump-loving lawyers after a judge uses a GOP-backed law to punish them

A Colorado court ruled Wednesday that pro-Donald Trump lawyers not only lost their class-action lawsuit, but they are also now going to be sanctioned to pay for all of the legal fees for Facebook, Dominion Voting Systems, the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin, and the non-profit Center for Tech and Civic Life.

Speaking about the case on MSNBC, host Lawrence O'Donnell smirked as he explained how amazingly the 68-page legal decision was written. O'Donnell particularly enjoyed the point at which the judge shamed the Trump-loving lawyers for claiming something was a "fact" because the former president tweeted it.

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