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A440
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Parler.com

Post by A440 » Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:29 pm

This site advertises itself as being an alternative to Twitter and, as such, attracts a significant user base of Trump supporters, conservatives, and Saudi nationalists. This site promotes content that is basically a combination of political disinformation, gossip, rumour and conspiracy theory.

parler.com
Parler is a social media platform that caters to conservatives and those that have been banned from other networks for a variety of reasons, including the promotion of hate as well as misinformation. . . Upon signing up you are asked to personalize your experience by choosing accounts to follow. In my case, I was presented with the following far-right questionable sources such as Sean Hannity, Prager U, Ted Cruz, Daily Mail, American Greatness, Mises, Mark Levin, and Zero Hedge. There were many others, but all were from a right-leaning perspective. Once on the site, you can follow accounts and can click the “Discover” link, which pulls up current posts from prominent members. For example, there is a new account called @StopTheSteal that is publishing election conspiracy theories from Questionable sources such as Steve Bannon and unverified/debunked Youtube videos. Most of the information posted here has already been debunked by fact-checkers. . . . Parler does not produce original content, however, its high profile members consist of those that frequently fail fact checks. Further, its founders have proclaimed that the site engages in minimal moderation and will not fact-check posts. They have also said they will allow posts that have been removed or flagged as misinformation on other social media networks like Twitter, including those that promote hate.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/parler/
and:
www.theverge.com/2020/11/6/21552752/facebook-stopthesteal-ban-twitter-parler-discord-trump

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/parler.com

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Parler.com Addendum

Post by A440 » Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:55 am

As for additional background on this site and services:
Swinburne University digital media expert Belinda Barnet attributed the spike in downloads to Trump supporters struggling to accept the US election results.

“Parler is a complete cesspool of misinformation,” Dr Barnet said, “but that said, a certain type of person is attracted to the platform in the first place, and they are probably already convinced that vaccines don’t work, or that Donald Trump is fighting a cabal of pedophiles.”
Parler users “are generally right-wing types, and have often in the past, been kicked off Twitter or kicked off Facebook or kicked off YouTube for their views,” Dr Barnet explained.
See: https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2020/11/10/parler-app-us-election/
and see (https://newrepublic.com/article/160157/parler-social-media-app-ranking-election-misinformation):
. . . Over the weekend, Parler became the most downloaded app in the country, a position it was still holding as of Tuesday morning. It’s also the app in which Lang Holland, the police chief of Marshall, Arkansas, on Friday called for his fellow users to join him in traveling to Washington, D.C., to “fight our way into the Congress and arrest every Democrat who has participated in this coup? We may have to shoot and kill many of the Communist B.L.M. and ANTIFA Democrat foot soldiers to accomplish this!!!” Holland added, “Death to all Marxist Democrats. Take no prisoners leave no survivors!!” He has since resigned. . .
In short, what Parler lacks is any truth quotient at all. You can scroll for hours and barely confront anything approaching a verifiable fact. It is a cauldron into which conservative personalities like Mark Levin, Sheriff David Clarke, and the QAnon-supporting Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene can pour a bitter stream of rhetoric about a stolen election, a hoax virus, and the many ways they have been betrayed by their political enemies. After just a day with Parler, I came away stunned and depressed and grateful for its occasional outages, when I would return to Twitter—a flawed, addictive platform that at least aspires, however ham-fistedly, to create a consensus reality based on truth.

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projectveritas.com addendum

Post by A440 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:05 am

More accounts of projectveritas.com and their unethical activity:
Richard Hopkins, the Erie postal worker who accused his supervisors of tampering with ballots in a sworn affidavit—then recanted, then recanted his recantation—admitted to Postal Service investigators that the right-wing disinformation group Project Veritas wrote the sworn affidavit he signed, which was then provided to the Trump campaign.
Project Veritas posted two-plus hours of recorded audio of the interview between Hopkins and two investigators from the USPS inspector general’s office to YouTube on Wednesday, after previously posting deceptively edited clips portraying the investigators as intimidating Hopkins. Another portion of the interview was not recorded, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the news.
See: https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkdpey/mail-voting-fraud-whistleblower-admits-project-veritas-wrote-his-affidavit

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OANN.com addendum

Post by A440 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:24 pm

Another very recent example of why OANN.com is a source of fakery:
President Trump tweeted on Thursday about a report from One America News Network that repeated debunked claims about election software by Dominion Voting Systems.

It was not the first time in recent months that the president helped amplify reports from the conservative cable outlet, which has developed a reputation for airing conspiracy theories. In fact, the network appears to have become one of the president’s favorite news outlets, along with Newsmax, another conservative cable news network. Neither network has called the election for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., while Fox News has.

In recent days, One America News has produced a series of videos that include false claims about the integrity of the vote and assertions that Mr. Trump won the election.
See: www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/12/technology/election-results-trump-biden#one-america-news-spreads-debunked-elections-claims

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Re: acu2020.org and affilates

Post by huckleberrypie » Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:58 am

A440 wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:27 am
huckleberrypie wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:18 am
acu2020.org
This has been brought to my attention by my aunt who passed a video on Facebook claiming that the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is just a strain of flu, despite evidence to the contrary. The video stresses that we've been deprived of liberty as of late as part of some conspiracy by tyrants and such, and that it is a "plandemic".
You appear to be correct.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center lists this site and organization as being pseudoscience, conspiracy and ultimately a form of political disinformation. See: www.factcheck.org/2020/10/doctors-in-video-falsely-equate-covid-19-with-a-normal-flu-virus/
A video posted by a European-based group called World Doctors Alliance falsely claims the novel coronavirus is “a normal flu virus” and there is no COVID-19 pandemic. Actually, COVID-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu, and some European nations are combating a second wave of cases. . . Heiko Schöning, a German physician and head of a group known by the German acronym ACU2020, announced formation of an organization called World Doctors Alliance to challenge the veracity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The alliance website claims it is “abundantly clear that the ‘pandemic’ is basically over and has been since June 2020.”
An 18-minute video announcing the group’s formation was posted on the ACU2020 website but has since been taken down by YouTube for violating its terms of service. Still, portions of the video featuring two doctors challenging the science behind the pandemic are circulating on Facebook with false assertions and statistics.
Staking out the group’s position, Elke De Klerk, a Dutch general practitioner, says on the video, “We do not have a pandemic” and calls COVID-19 a “normal flu virus” – claims flatly rejected by the WHO, CDC, and other experts.
Sites affiliated with this medical disinformation group are:
theplantstrongclub.org
coronawhistleblower.org
wabiz.org
(stop world control conspiracy)
principia-scientific.com (global conspiracy site)
marktaliano.net ("One America" linkage)
bsnews.info
ahrp.org
ageofautism.com
(yet again)
brandnewtube.com (anti-vax, conspiracy youtube clone)
Please feel free to rate this site, and the others, accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/acu2020.org
Had to bring that to my aunt's attention as she apparently bought into the hoax hook, line and sinker, thinking it was trustworthy as she claimed that a doctor shared said BS to her. Just because a doctor shared it doesn't automatically make it an infallible gospel.

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Re: acu2020.org and affilates

Post by A440 » Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:42 pm

huckleberrypie wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:58 am
Had to bring that to my aunt's attention as she apparently bought into the hoax hook, line and sinker, thinking it was trustworthy as she claimed that a doctor shared said BS to her. Just because a doctor shared it doesn't automatically make it an infallible gospel.
This is why, in this day and age, I believe WOT's mission should include sites which, though may not host software exploits, does host exploits of the mind and body, which could cause a great deal more harm in the physical world of hard, shiny objects.

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Newsmax.com

Post by A440 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:14 am

Newsmax is among the worst sites for the disemination of political disinformation, gossip, rumour, blatant lies as well as engaging in fraudulent behaviour such as cookie mining browsers for personal information and using the same sort of sting that scam online streaming sites use so as to charge micropayments to the unwary's credit card. Additionally, they have promoted the false claims of Donald Trump regarding election fraud in the 2020 election – all without valid evidence.

newsmax.com
I had a choice of subscribing to one or all of the news letters, accepting one or all of them beyond the free time and then being charged for a subscription(s), OR canceling, on one or all by using the cancel option, ( Remove from email list ), that came with every email they sent me, of which there were many. I used the ' Remove from email ' option on every one of the emails they sent me, over and over again. Now I get a credit card bill for $ 49.00 for a subscription to one of them, Newsmax* Franklin Report. I did not order it. See: https://www.complaintsboard.com/newsmax-franklin-report-unauthorized-subscription-charge-c329787

Newsmax also promotes political disinformation that goes beyond mere bias and into the realm of blatant falsehood:
On May 26, 2000, NewsMax published an article claiming Hillary Clinton refused to meet with the Gold Star Mothers, a group of mothers of servicemen. According to the Gold Star Mothers organization, this was false and "Senator Clinton greeted us graciously on Gold Star Mothers Sunday, 2005." This story was also debunked at other websites.

A 2005 NewsMax report about Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, claiming he was "teaming up" with rock band U2 for a fund-raiser, gained considerable attention. Santorum had actually purchased 66 tickets to a sold-out show and was reselling these to campaign supporters at $1,000 per seat. The band issued a statement denying it was involved in the practice, saying, "U2 concerts are categorically not fund-raisers for any politician; they are rock concerts for U2 fans." Rather than admitting the error and issuing a correction, NewsMax simply changed its article about the fund-raiser without telling readers it had been changed, stating that the story was misinterpreted.
See: https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/NewsMax.com

Newsmax combines aggressive advertising in their "around the web" section, with lies and decption to promote products:
Newsmax has a category on their sidebar called Around the Web, which is nothing more than deceptive advertising that looks like news links and leads to pseudo-science information and products. For example: “Suffer with Low Energy, Weight Gain & Fatigue”, which leads to a new website promoting products. In another category called Specials, they publish news with sensational headlines such as: “Nobel Prize-Winning Discovery Makes Your Cells Nearly “Immortal” SPECIAL: New way to grow biologically younger,“ which again leads to an advertisement.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/newsmax/

Newsmax routinely promotes psuedoscience and rumour as being factual. It is not:
. . . When it comes to science, Newsmax does not always align with the consensus of experts in the given field, for example, they often promote that there is “no global warming“, which is simply untrue. Further, they have promoted misinformation regarding the safety of vaccines, chemtrails, CoronaVirus conspiracies, and unproven 2020 election fraud disinformation.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/newsmax/

Newsmax has failed numerous fact checks. Here is a partial example of such:
Does President Barack Obama support taxing motorists based on the number of miles they drive?False
World Health Organization (WHO) has rescinded its advice which urges isolation for COVID-19 patients and social distancing in public.False
Government Fast-Tracked $29 Million to CharlestonMisleading
Hillary Clinton refused to meet with a contingent of Gold Star mothers. – False
The Obama administration provided a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.Mostly False
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter your DNA? False
“He basically controls global health policy. What’s the plan? Using vaccines to track people.”False
As an example of voter fraud, “we have literally 9,000 people who voted in this election (in Nevada) who don’t live in Nevada.”Pants on Fire
Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/newsmax.com

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Re: Newsmax.com

Post by NotBuyingIt » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:40 pm

A440 wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:14 am
newsmax.com

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/newsmax.com
The site's Twitter feed twitter.com/newsmax seems mostly to be about name-calling and character assassination at the moment. The WoT scorecard for the Twitter feed is at
https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/_p_nzsxo43nmf4a.twitter.com

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Re: Newsmax.com

Post by Myxt » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:15 am

NotBuyingIt wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:40 pm
The site's Twitter feed twitter.com/newsmax seems mostly to be about name-calling and character assassination at the moment. The WoT scorecard for the Twitter feed is at
https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/_p_nzsxo43nmf4a.twitter.com
Actually, compared to newsmax.com, the content of twitter.com/newsmax is relatively tame (disregarding that it promotes its mothership) - likely because (1) the public can directly and immediately dissent, and (2) Twitter's page-rank is high enough to immediately broadcast that dissent.

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Re: OANN.com addendum

Post by NotBuyingIt » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:11 pm

A440 wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:24 pm
Another very recent example of why OANN.com is a source of fakery:

See: www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/12/technology/election-results-trump-biden#one-america-news-spreads-debunked-elections-claims
YouTube has issued the tiniest of rebukes against OANN's YouTube channel.
YouTube has barred One America News Network from posting new videos for a week and stripped it of its ability to make money off existing content after the … channel uploaded a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19
See https://www.axios.com/youtube-temporarily-suspends-demonetizes-oann-420e8ea9-66c1-4eab-9754-6e3b708483c9.html

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