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Fact-checking Facebook

Private Facebook groups enable dangerous medical scams. A Business Insider investigation finds closed groups have allowed unlicensed medical “cures” to proliferate, and the social network’s response hasn’t been enough to stop them.

Unlicensed medical 'cures' are flourishing in closed Facebook groups, where cancer treatments — and even surgery — are sold beyond the reach of the law

That, here, precisely demonstrates how Facebook and other current social media are ill-equipped to address dangerous quackeries. They are flourishing, not because they are not forbidden, but because their rational can remain unchallenged forever inside closed online groups.

Future of finance

What is better than neobanks? Neobank killers. Venture capitalists have poured billions of dollars into digital bank startups like Revolut, but some investors think they’ve found an even better bet in the fintech sector.

As neobank valuations bubble up, some investors think there’s an even better bet in fintech

Doubt is growing about the sky-high valuations for tech unicorns, including the much hyped fintechs. I've been speaking with investors who are wary that these companies will ever truly be worth these lofty price tags. At this point, they are looking for less sexy alternatives.

In the meantime, judgement

Doubt is growing about the sky-high valuations for tech unicorns, including the much hyped fintechs. I've been speaking with investors who are wary that these companies will ever truly be worth these lofty price tags. At this point, they are looking for less sexy alternatives.

In the meantime, judgement day will come for the neobanks, if they survive long enough to try to go public.

What comes after the iPhone?

Game on... and off

More details on the row. China had reportedly asked the NBA to sack Morey for his tweet. The league—which is trying to protect a reputation for standing up for human rights—hasn’t caved.

The backlash over China’s NBA bullying is only going to get worse

There's so many good takes about this thriller. Who would've thought Morey's tweet could cost the NBA a substantial amount? To quote a smug tweet I read this morning, "that's talent." But there's something deeper at play. I'm going to spitball (another term I learned on sports twitter) that the CCP -

There's so many good takes about this thriller. Who would've thought Morey's tweet could cost the NBA a substantial amount? To quote a smug tweet I read this morning, "that's talent." But there's something deeper at play. I'm going to spitball (another term I learned on sports twitter) that the CCP -- I make an effort to separate the Chinese government from the Chinese people -- woefully miscalculated. My take is that they've become increasingly confident with expanding censorship beyond their borders but missed a couple of factors in their current impasse with the NBA:

1. NBA is wokest professional league in the United States. We're not dealing with the NFL if you catch my drift.

2. In the US (ironically) private corporations call the shots not the gov't. However CCP has witnessed the demagogic rule of President Trump who has succeeded in extinguishing careers (remember Kathy Griffin. Hollywood blackballed her.)

3. Daryl Morey is one of the most powerful GMs and innovators in the NBA off the court. He's a strong proponent of analytics-driven basketball dubbed "Moreyball" that transformed basketball from a mid jumper shot game to the land of triples that suits the likes of the Warriors and Rockets. He also cofounded the very popular MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

4. NBA's decision would set a precedent for future interactions with China and uncharacteristically of an American firm the NBA chose values over money.

5. Morey didn't do anything egregiously wrong. The CCP has adopted an increasingly subjective and capricious "prone to be offended" disposition that makes it difficult to understand what actually IS offensive. I mean this is the same government that banned Winnie the Pooh.

Let's see how this story develops.

The US presidency

The next G7 will be held at a Trump resort. The White House announced the 2020 summit will take place at Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami, Reuters reports.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties: White House official

As we reported last month, if any other federal employee were to make this deal, they would likely be prosecuted: https://qz.com/1706517/trumps-bid-to-bring-g7-to-his-doral-resort-is-probably-illegal/

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost

Allowing this to happen flies in the face of the Emoluments Clause. I don't care if they make you believe it will save money. His Doral property, like a lot of his properties, aren't doing well, and having taxpayers pay to bail out his properties is insanity.

It doesn't matter if it's done at cost. This is still using federal dollars to keep his properties above water. It's all he cares about. If you don't believe me, when was the last time he talked about the GLWA? Or Feral Hogs invading new states? Or fires out west? Only when he thinks it averts attention to something else he doesn't want to talk about.

The optics here don’t look good. Mulvaney may say that it’s being held at cost but unless they open up the books why must we believe them. More than anything this is an endorsement of any leader who uses their position to profit and that has long term ramifications.

How can you know which Trump impeachment polls to believe? As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked, and when.

How to know which Trump impeachment polls to believe

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or

Here’s what this comes down to:

(1). Is national support for impeachment and removal north of 70%?

(2). Is GOP support north of 50%?

(3). Support for impeachment in the key Senate races in 2020.

(4). Data on whether Congressional Republicans are better off with Trump at the top of the ticket or someone else (like Romney).

This is a mathematical question and nothing else.

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When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life

When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life

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  • Terrifying tale of an online disagreement escalating and then destroying someone’s career and reputation. The European law “the right to be forgotten” should absolutely exist here.

  • “You should be able to remove untrue stories without spending $100,000.” There’s a lot to be concerned about in this article, but I was most struck by seeing that there are people who read posts like this and take the time to find your friends and business and share it - the social media-empowered “gossiper

    “You should be able to remove untrue stories without spending $100,000.” There’s a lot to be concerned about in this article, but I was most struck by seeing that there are people who read posts like this and take the time to find your friends and business and share it - the social media-empowered “gossiper” can now ruin your life. Particularly chilling is “BadBizReport doesn’t respond to court orders and that “there’s no way in hell to get off of BadBizReport once you’re listed on it,” adding “American lawyers make us laugh.”

  • Scary stuff

    “Mrs. Glennon is in fact a kind and compassionate person with whom I share many common values,” wrote Rosenblum. “Please accept my deepest regret for the harm I have brought to the lives of her and those whom love her.”

    “Glennon won her lawsuit against Rosenblum and Lupian, with a federal

    Scary stuff

    “Mrs. Glennon is in fact a kind and compassionate person with whom I share many common values,” wrote Rosenblum. “Please accept my deepest regret for the harm I have brought to the lives of her and those whom love her.”

    “Glennon won her lawsuit against Rosenblum and Lupian, with a federal court in northern Alabama finding in her favor on claims of copyright violation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and interference with her business. The judge ordered websites that published Rosenblum’s story to remove it.”

  • What we have created without the societal, legal and regulatory framework in place. Part 423.

  • this story will never go away for the victim. " but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed. "

  • Fake news and disagreement is beginning to run online, which will result in a stronger need of a universal social credit system.

  • This is terrible and terrifying. It makes one consider reducing their digital footprint and ceasing all commentary with strangers.

  • “She had thought I was this mean, rich bitch. That’s the problem with social media. You just make these assumptions about people,” Glennon said. “After meeting me, she did an affidavit admitting everything she did. She understood who I was then.”

  • Personally I think it's ridiculous that it's a site like this able to put something out that's not true. If the sites going to let people submit things like this they need to at least ask for proof. Store like this could ruin somebody's life and literally did for a while. Just because the law protects

    Personally I think it's ridiculous that it's a site like this able to put something out that's not true. If the sites going to let people submit things like this they need to at least ask for proof. Store like this could ruin somebody's life and literally did for a while. Just because the law protects you doesn't mean that you don't have the obligation to double check the facts.

  • This is one of the many reasons why Facebook should have an iron-clad policy on fake news sharing as it can ruin lives of innocent people! This is very horrifying and can happen to anyone. There are way too many psychos out there who can do this and even take your identity. This is why I always make

    This is one of the many reasons why Facebook should have an iron-clad policy on fake news sharing as it can ruin lives of innocent people! This is very horrifying and can happen to anyone. There are way too many psychos out there who can do this and even take your identity. This is why I always make sure my social media settings are set in private. People can grab simply grab your photos, create stories about you and worst take your identity. She’s lucky she was able to unmask the culprit but not without shedding hundreds of thousand of dollars. This is really sad.

  • This is absolutely terrifying that so many people feel that they need to go real life and try to ruin people’s lives over something said on a social media platform. I’m not sure what goes through people’s minds when having debates with strangers or what makes them think they know someone well enough

    This is absolutely terrifying that so many people feel that they need to go real life and try to ruin people’s lives over something said on a social media platform. I’m not sure what goes through people’s minds when having debates with strangers or what makes them think they know someone well enough to try to ruin their life after a 5 minute Facebook argument. Makes me want to get off of social media all together.

  • What if someone had died because of these lies........then everything changes...........