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Will Social Media Take Down Politicians Like Andrew Cuomo And Lauren Boebert? – Forbes

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On Tuesday afternoon, news broke that a sixth woman has come forward against embattled New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. To date Cuomo has maintained that he has no intention of stepping down from his office, even as calls for his resignation and impeachment grow louder on social media.

Among those was Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan), of the six accusers and who has since blasted him as a monster. She posted on Twitter on Tuesday, “This smear was a blatant abuse of power by @nygovcuomo. He retaliated against me and others for speaking up. I look forward to the AG investigating this.”

However, many users on Twitter also noted that many liberal voices have remained silent on the issue.

“Kamala Harris said she believed Christine Ford and called for Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached but she can’t say a single word about Andrew Cuomo harassing multiple women,” wrote @CassyWearsHeels.

#LaurenBoebert4Prison Trending… Sort Of

It wasn’t just Cuomo whose name was circulating across social media on Tuesday. Earlier in the day the hashtag #LaurenBoebert4Prison began to trend – and it wasn’t really because of anything the outspoken Republican Congresswoman from Colorado actually did or said.

It apparently began in the late morning when user @TG22110 posted, “I feel like getting #LaurenBoebert4Prison trending today. Who’s with me?”

@TG22110 then added, “I have one goal on Twitter today, and It’s to make the above tweet trend. Please retweet above, quote tweet, etc. We can do this. I bet we’ll get 10k retweets by end of Tuesday.”

It didn’t take long for the hashtag to make the rounds on Twitter, and by the early evening it had become the number one topic in politics with more than 15,000 tweets.

Of course it wasn’t just those opposed to Rep. Boebert that took to social media. Early in the afternoon the Congresswoman posted, “#LaurenBoebert4Prison? Really? The Left is so terrified of me they literally want me in prison. Newsflash: I’m not going anywhere. Donate $17.76 to my campaign today because as you can see they’re going to do EVERYTHING they can to get rid of me!”

As has been said many times by publicists over the years, there is no such thing as bad press and by Tuesday evening, Rep. Boebert’s post had been retweeted more than 750 times, and received some 3,000 likes.

Some users than shared a series of memes with Rep. Boebert, including one from a 1930s Ku Klux Klan march in Washington, D.C. with her image superimposed. She took it in stride and posted, “Fake news! I don’t march with Democrats.”

While the original tweet, which included the #LaurenBoebert4Prison received 940 likes and was retweeted about 400 times, Boebert’s response was actually retweeted more than 1,400 times and had well over 8,200 likes.

Such Direct Outrage

There is no denying that social media has the ability to influence public opinion and it was just last month that Disney and LucasFilm responded to the public outcry over comments made by actress Gina Carano on social media that resulted in the actress’s firing from The Mandelorian.

The question is whether social media will actually put pressure on elected officials. In the case of Cuomo, it is possible he will see the tide of public support turn against him but with Boebert it seems more are standing by her. While 15,000 tweets responding to #LaurenBoebert4Prison is not insignificant it isn’t actually breaking any records.

“A widely held misconception is that strong activity on social media reflects a topic’s genuine interest to people,” explained Jim Purtilo, associate professor of computer science at the University of Maryland.

“That might be so, but just as commonly such volume reflects the business interests of corporations which are served by an illusion of popular support. We’re in the era of big data, where machine learning technologies can harvest nuanced insights about public opinions,” added Purtilo. “But people have not yet learned to be choosy consumers with data, which means hucksters can manufacture sentiment just by manipulating key choke points where sentiment is harvested. This is why we now have social influencers, right? To drive folks to generate data which serve corporate interests. An entire industry revolves around the fact that the public can be made to show support for just about anything.”

In other words things that look scientific and came from the Internet then it must be true.

Not really suggested Purtilo.

“The Gina Carano firing makes this point,” he noted. “I frankly doubt there was much organic interest in her political view, in fact I bet a lot of people (including me) didn’t know who she was outside her film role in The Mandalorian. The big money of special interest groups opposed what she said, though, and put their muscle behind the manufacture the sentiment which was used to press for her to be crushed. Voila! Overnight they had ‘evidence’ that people who’d previously never heard of her were outraged. Maybe a few people were, but based on what I know of algorithms driving the influence industry, I presume she was just another victim of a digital drive-by.”

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'We're the same as everyone else, just smaller': Local student promoting dwarfism awareness on social media – CTV News Kitchener

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Isabella Lamanna is using the power of social media to raise awareness about dwarfism.

The first-year University of Guelph student was born with a form of dwarfism called diastrophic dysplasia.

“I’m trying to raise awareness and educate people who may not know about it,” said Lammana, who’s originally from Markham.

She joined TikTok at the start of the pandemic and began posting videos about what it’s like to live as a little person.

“There’s also the fun ones, the dancing ones, singing ones … the past year, I’ve gained almost a million followers, it’s pretty crazy,” said Lammana.

Lammana said her goal is to promote a better understanding of people with dwarfism.

“We prefer to be called our names … but if anything ‘little person,’ ‘dwarf’ is OK too as long as it’s not used in a harmful way,” she said. “But one word that is not tolerable in the community is the m-word.”

In some of her TikTok videos, Lammana debunks misconceptions like not being able to drive or have kids, hoping to remove barriers for others.

“We’re the same as everyone else, just smaller,” said Lammana.

Lammana’s work goes beyond the screen. She is a patient ambassador for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and a volunteer with Little People of Ontario, a non-profit advocacy group for those with dwarfism and their families.

The group’s president, Allan Redford, said Lammana is helping share their key message that “we’re not a character, we’re a real person. We would like to be treated the way you would like to be treated.”

Lamanna and Redford both said while there are still those who are ignorant, pointing and laughing or telling insensitive jokes about little people, they’re hopeful for more acceptance.

“With a little bit of accommodation, a little bit of help, a little bit of equitable treatment and kindness and inclusion … we can get there and that’s where we want to go,” said Redford.

National Dwarfism Awareness Day is Oct. 25, a day to wear green, the official colour of support.

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Trump's Truth Social media platform is a perfect mess – MSNBC

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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the launch of a media company and a social media platform designed, in his words, to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.” And so far the platform, called Truth Social (of course!), has been as true to form as one could’ve imagined: a ramshackle, derivative project that expresses Trump’s desperate thirst for power and profit.

Trump isn’t trying to win over the market by creating a unique media experience.

The janky and rushed nature of Truth Social was immediately apparent. While in his announcement Trump said a beta version is meant to be available to invited guests in November and a national rollout is expected in early 2022, pranksters and curious journalists found what appeared to be an unreleased test version of the site within hours and proceeded to flood it.

Immediately people snatched up VIP handles like “donaldtrump” and “mikepence.” The person who grabbed “donaldjtrump” swiftly pinned a photo of a pig defecating on their profile. That site has been pulled offline, but at least one other test version has been circulating, as well, suggesting striking technical vulnerabilities.

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As Washington Post tech reporter Drew Harwell notes in his analysis, the website is a crude, uncreative knockoff of Trump’s favorite social media platform — and it is also somehow already violating licensing codes:

The site looks almost entirely like a Twitter clone: A user can post Truths, which are like tweets, or Re-Truths, which are retweets. There’s also a news feed, called the Truth Feed, a notification system so users can know “who’s interacting with your TRUTH’s,” the social network’s App Store profile states.

The site’s code shows it runs a mostly unmodified version of Mastodon, the free, open-source software launched in 2016 that anyone can use to run a self-made social networking site.

Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko told The Post Thursday that Trump’s site may violate Mastodon’s licensing rules, which require developers to share any modifications and link to the original source code. Rochko said he has contacted the company’s legal counsel to make a determination.

Using a link to what appeared to be another test site that hasn’t been taken down, I was easily able to create a profile. Given its extreme similarity to Twitter (although with a strikingly drab color scheme) it wasn’t hard to navigate. But when you publish posts you don’t hit “Tweet” — you hit a button that says “TRUTH!”

Every post from every user is a “Truth,” not because of the substance of what someone is saying, but by virtue of where they are saying it.

In addition to the vapid design, it was easy to sense the next step in Trump’s project to lay waste to the idea of shared reality. Every post from every user is a “Truth,” not because of the substance of what someone is saying, but by virtue of where they are saying it: Trump’s social media space. This principle is key to Trump’s authoritarian paradigm, in which truth is not tethered to reality or reason, but instead to the will to power and tribalism — something is true because my tribe and I want it to be true.

The site’s technical woes and uninspired design might not deter new users, because Trump isn’t trying to win over the market by creating a unique media experience. Instead he’s looking to create a unique ideological space. Trump’s media group claims it wants to create a “non-cancellable global community,” by which it means a social media platform that is populated solely by people on the right, and establishes little to no regulation surrounding abuse, disinformation, calls to violence and bigotry.

The crux of the matter, however, is to create a forum where Trump has free rein to speak as he wishes to and be adulated for it. “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced,” he wrote in his announcement. “This is unacceptable.”

Trump’s new media venture ticks all the classic Trump boxes: money, power, ego. If it’s successful, it could be an asset in keeping his potential 2024 aspirations alive. But whether his base finds the site to be a tolerable experience remains an open question.

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Media Advisory: Premier Furey to Provide Details on Period Products in Schools – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador will join the Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for the Office of Women and Gender Equality and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education to provide an update on plans for providing free period products in K-12 schools.

The event will take place Monday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Brother Rice Junior High, 75 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s.

The event will be live-streamed on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Facebook account. Media are invited to attend and are asked to RSVP by contacting Tina Coffey (tcoffey@gov.nl.ca).

Physical distancing and other public health guidelines will be in place.

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Media contacts
Meghan McCabe
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
meghanmccabe@gov.nl.ca

Tina Coffey
Education
709-729-1906, 687-9903
tcoffey@gov.nl.ca

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