January 2020

Facebook will remove some coronavirus conspiracy theories

Facebook is cracking down on coronavirus rumors and conspiracy theories. The company said that its fact checkers will debunk false claims about the coronavirus, and that it will remove some posts pushing conspiracy theories about it. “We will also start to remove content with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities that could cause harm to people who believe them,” the company wrote in… Read More »Facebook will remove some coronavirus conspiracy theories

Coronavirus conspiracy theories spread panic and dangerous misinformation

The deadly coronavirus has spawned dangerous, baffling conspiracy theories online as officials across the globe work to stop the virus’ spread.  As of Thursday afternoon, there had been more than 7,700 confirmed cases of the virus — which originated in Wuhan, China — and at least 170 deaths. Eighteen other countries, including the U.S., have confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization. But as bad as the virus is, conspiracy theories and misinformation are… Read More »Coronavirus conspiracy theories spread panic and dangerous misinformation

8 surprising things I learned after testing an electric bike for a year

For a little over 12 months, I’ve been testing the same model of the same $4,000 electric bike, the Gazelle CityZen Speed T10. This may seem an excessive amount of time; normally, bike reviewers might spend a few hours or a day or a week in the saddle. But nothing about this review is normal.  For one thing, it is completely non-technical. I’m not one of those gear-heads who knows or cares about drivetrains or… Read More »8 surprising things I learned after testing an electric bike for a year

Twitter finally rolls out its election disinformation reporting tool to U.S. users

As the country gears up for a bruising presidential election year, Twitter has finally announced that users in the U.S. will be able to report misleading content about elections. The reporting tool, which is currently used to alert the platform’s moderators of spam, harassment, or even self-harm, will be expanded to include the option to flag as misleading text, images, and videos in tweets about elections or voting. The tool has been in use since… Read More »Twitter finally rolls out its election disinformation reporting tool to U.S. users