IN THE NEWS: TWITTER LIES
WASHINGTON (AP) — You’ve probably heard the old saying that a lie can make it half way around the world before the truth has time to put on its shoes. That seems to be the deal with Twitter — at least according to a new study. The study from MIT finds that false information on Twitter travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. And the research says you can’t even blame the bots for this. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 126,000 stories tweeted millions of times between 2006 and the end of 2016 — and found that “fake news sped through Twitter, “farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth.” The scientists found the average false story took about 10 hours to reach 1,500 Twitter users — versus 60 hours for a truthful story. Details of the study are in the latest issue of the journal Science.
IN THE NEWS: TRUMP AND TWITTER
NEW YORK (AP) — A lot of people follow President Trump on Twitter — 50 million of them, in fact. But not everybody who does is a fan. Some monitor Trump to troll him, mocking his proclamations, policies — and his person. Trump has followed up by blocking some of those critics — and that has become a legal issue. A judge has recommended that Trump mute his critics, rather than blocking them altogether. Some of those who’ve been blocked have lawyered up — claiming Trump’s blocking people opposing him is unconstitutional. The argument is that since Trump’s Twitter feed is an official government account that operates as a public forum, blocking critics violates the First Amendment.
ON THE WEB: COURT RULES IN eBAY DISPUTE
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Usually when someone sells something on eBay and doesn’t deliver it to a playing customer — it ends up in a dispute handled by the site. But this time, a deal gone sour has ended up in court. The Arizona Court of Appeals says a Phoenix woman must pay for backing out of a deal to sell her diamond ring on eBay. Court documents say Julie Rohr posted her 10-carat diamond ring on eBay for $100,000 in 2014 and Evangelos Armiros bought it using the “buy it now” option. Rohr reneged on the deal when she got a higher bid. Armiros sued for breach of contract and the Arizona Appeals Court ruled the “buy it now” deal was a binding contract. The court validated an award of $135,250 to Armiros, but he doesn’t get the ring.
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IN STORES: VIDEO GAMES AND VIOLENCE MEETING HELD IN WASHINGTON D.C.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Can violent video games lead people to do violent acts? A meeting on the subject at the White House yesterday did little to reach a consensus on the question. President Donald Trump has been raising concerns since the Florida school shooting about the violent nature of some shoot-’em-up games — even though there’s no evidence that such games are related to massacres like the one that left 17 dead at a Florida high school last month. Decades of research has turned up no direct link between fantasy violence and real-life violence. But after the meeting, the White House put out a statement suggesting Trump believes there is a correlation between video games and real violence — a comment that contradicted one put out by fellow Republican, Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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