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'50% Of Americans' Is Trending On Social Media – What It Says About Our Divided Nation – Forbes



It has long been said that people either see a glass as half empty or half full – which is meant to suggest whether one is a pessimist or an optimist. In reality, 50% is always half, something that is perhaps lost to those on social media this week.

On Wednesday, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that 50% of Americans now predict that history will judge President Trump as a “failed” president. Most actual historians would say it is simply impossible to know how history will judge Trump as the lasting impact of his policies won’t be known.

History has generally been more favorable years after a president leaves the White House. Presidents Ford, Carter and both Bushes weren’t exactly seen in the most positive light immediately after their respective departures from the Oval Office, but all are now seen far more favorably.

Of course, it didn’t take long for the comments to fly on social media – and once again social media showed how divided the nation is, with many stating their contempt for the President, while others offered their continued support.

Some of the comments were downright hateful, and with comments such as those from @RepublicanSwine, “50% of Americans. I do know there are 74 million people who support an outright criminal and total degenerate as POTUS. Which means there are 74 million Americans I. want. nothing. to. do. with.”

Others saw it another way, including @SheepDogSociety, “Well, now we know that “50% of Americans” are totally brainwashed by the Left. And we all know that number is greatly inflated and their polls are fake!! Thank you @POTUS!!”

On that note, let the healing and unity begin!

How can there be any sort of healing if we continue to see such commentary spread across social media? The answer of course is that we’ll continue to see a divided country with outright contempt for the other half. It also highlights the fact that such polls are there just to throw gasoline on a wild fire, and to elicit such responses.

Mission accomplished.

At least a few took light of the findings of the poll. @AlbyWeiser was among those who suggested, “50% of Americans are just as f***** stupid as the other 50%”

@Crystal_Monroe suggested, “I don’t care how long Twitter makes 50% of Americans trend…. no one believes those fake Polls.”

The Other 50%

Once “50% of Americans” began trending it was of course picked up in ways that had nothing to do with President Trump or the election, but showed the contempt for politicians in general.

Ye4us (@ye4us), which is stated on Twitter to be the “Official Plug Kayne West Presidential Campaign,” may have summed up the situation best, “50% of Americans would be happy to never hear the words democrat or republican ever again”

@ThePoppedArts had a similar sentiment, “50% of Americans hate #congress. The other 50% despise them. #votethemallout #CongressIsAJoke”

And it wasn’t just politics that called out “50%” of the population.

MuslimMarine (@mansoortshams) took time to address another recent survey, “According to PEW over 50% of Americans say they’ve never met a Muslim. That’s crazy! PS: Here are some they should definitely meet. They are serving and protecting America.”

Investment strategist Charles Swope (@PFSinvesments) tweeted, “More than 50% of Americans gave themselves a personal finance grade of A or B in a recent survey. I sure hope you are making the grade, but in the same Equifax survey there were some disturbing facts.”

@qgenics shared news one wants to hear, “Less than 50% of Americans have waist, glucose, and blood pressure levels in the optimal range.”

And perhaps to put everyone in the Christmas spirit there was the tweet from @AdmiralOPG, “50% of Americans agree that It’s A Wonderful Life is a garbage movie and needs to go”

With exception of the actual Pew and Equifax surveys, most of these examples aren’t scientific. We don’t really know if half the country hates It’s A Wonderful Life or if it despises Congress. In the latter case, half the country probably gives the government too little thought.

However, all this shows yet again that more and more of the country are seeing the country and even the world as a glass that isn’t just half empty it is filled with something no one would drink anyway! Until some of the negative rhetoric is brought down we’re likely to stay so deeply divided.

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck pictured kissing as ‘Bennifer’ returns



Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have been pictured exchanging passionate kisses, apparently confirming weeks of fevered rumors that they have rekindled a romance that dominated celebrity media almost 20 years ago.

Paparazzi photos printed in the New York Post on Monday showed the two actors kissing while enjoying a meal with members of Lopez’s family at Malibu’s posh Nobu sushi restaurant west of Los Angeles on Sunday.

Representatives for Lopez, 51, declined to comment on Monday, while Affleck’s publicists did not return a request for comment.

Lopez and “Argo” director Affleck, dubbed “Bennifer,” became the most talked about couple in the celebrity world in the early 2000s in a romance marked by his-and-her luxury cars and a large 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring. They abruptly called off their wedding in 2003 and split up a few months later.

The pair have been pictured together several times in Los Angels and Miami in recent weeks, after Lopez and her former baseball player fiance Alex Rodriguez called off their engagement in mid-April after four years together. Monday’s photos were the first in which Lopez and Affleck were seen kissing this time around.

Celebrity outlet E! News quoted an unidentified source last week as saying Lopez was planning to move from Miami to Los Angeles to spend more time with Affleck, 48, and was looking for schools for her 13-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Max and Emme, along with the singer’s sister Lydia, were also photographed walking into the restaurant in Malibu on Sunday.

Lopez married Latin singer Marc Anthony, her third husband, just five months after her 2004 split with Affleck. Affleck went on to marry, and later was divorced from, actress Jennifer Garner.


(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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TikTok debuts new voice after Canadian actor sues




After noticing a new female voice narrating the videos on the popular video-sharing social networking service, users of TikTok were baffled as to why. It actually turns out that the Canadian actress behind the old voice filed a lawsuit against the platform for copyright violation as her voice was apparently being used without her permission.

Bev Standing, a voice actor based in Ontario, is taking China-based ByteDance to court. TikTok’s parent company has since replaced her voice with a new one, with Standing reportedly finding out over email after a tip-off from a journalist. On the matter, Standing said: “They replaced me with another voice. I am so overwhelmed by this whole thing. I’m stumbling for words because I just don’t know what to say.”

TikTok is said to be considering a settlement for Standing outside of the courts, but nobody knows whether or not this is true. According to legal experts, the fact TikTok now has a new voice on the popular social media app suggests they acknowledge Standing’s case and potentially understand that she may have suffered as a result of the company’s actions.

Thanks to the emergence of the powerful smartphone devices of today, alongside taking high-quality images for Instagram, getting lost down YouTube wormholes, and accessing popular slots like Purple Hot, people are turning to relatively new platforms like TikTok. The service has 689 million monthly active users worldwide and is one of the most downloaded apps in Apple’s iOS App Store. This latest news could harm the platforms future, although many of its younger users potentially aren’t aware that this type of scenario is unfolding.

For Bev Standing, the ordeal is a testing one. She wasn’t informed of the voice change, there is no mention of it in TikTok’s newsroom online, and the development is news to her lawyer also.


This all comes after her case was filed in a New York State court in early May after the voice actor noticed a computer-generated version of her voice had been seen and listened to around the world since 2020. Speculation is rife as to how TikTok managed to obtain the recordings but Standing believes the company acquired them from a project she took part in for the Chinese government in 2018.

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The Institute of Acoustics in China reportedly promised her that all of the material she would be recording would be used solely for translation, but they eventually fell into the hands of TikTok and have since been altered and then exposed to a global audience.

According to Pina D’Agostino, an associate professor with Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and an expert in copyright law, the fact that the hugely popular social media platform has now changed Standing’s voice could result in a positive outcome for the distraught voice actor. She said: “It’s a positive step in the way that they are mitigating their damages. And when you’re mitigating, you’re acknowledging that we did something wrong, and you’re trying to make things better.”

When assessing social media etiquette and how both companies and users should act, this type of news can only do more harm than good. Not only does it make the company look bad, but it could have an effect on revenues and, ultimately, TikTok’s reputation.

With a clear desire to move on and put this whole process behind her, Bev Standing is eager for the case to be resolved and get back to the daily work she loves and has been doing for a large part of her life. TikTok has until July 7 to respond to her claim.


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Nigeria orders broadcasters not to use Twitter to gather information



Nigerian television and radio stations should not use Twitter to gather information and have to de-activate their accounts, the broadcast authority said following the move to suspend the U.S. social media giant in Africa’s most populous country.

Nigeria’s government on Friday said it had suspended Twitter’s activities, two days after the platform removed a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish secessionists. Nigerian telecoms firms have since blocked access to Twitter.

International diplomats responded with a joint statement in support of “free expression and access to information as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria”.

Buhari, who was Nigeria’s military ruler in the 1980s, has previously been accused of cracking down on freedom of expression, though his government has denied such accusations.

Twitter has called its suspension “deeply concerning” and said it would work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on the platform to communicate and connect with the world.

The National Broadcasting Commission, in a statement dated June 6, told broadcasters to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately”.

“Broadcasting stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source of information gathering,” it said in the statement, adding that “strict compliance is enjoined”.

The statement comes two days after the attorney general ordered the prosecution of those who break the rules on the ban.

The foreign minister on Monday held a closed door meeting in the capital, Abuja, with diplomats from the United States, Britain, Canada, the European Union and Ireland to discuss the ban.

It followed the statement by their diplomatic missions on Saturday in which they criticised the move.

“These measures inhibit access to information and commerce at precisely the moment when Nigeria needs to foster inclusive dialogue…. as well as share vital information in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” they said in their statement.

Nigeria’s information minister on Friday said the ban would be “indefinite” but, in a statement late on Sunday, referred to it as a “temporary suspension”.

The minister did not immediately respond to phone calls and text messages on Monday seeking comment on the altered language.


(Reporting by Camillus Eboh and Abraham Achirga in Abuja; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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