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YouTube bans videos containing hacked information that could interfere with the election

CNET – The Google-owned video site will also take down content that encourages meddling in the voting process. “As Democrats and Republicans prepare to hold their national conventions starting next week, YouTube on Thursday announced updates to its policies on deceptive videos and other content designed to interfere with the election. The world’s largest video platform, with more than 2 billion users a month, will ban videos containing information that was obtained through hacking and could meddle with elections or censuses. That would include material like hacked campaign emails with details about a candidate. The update follows the announcement of a similar rule that Google, which owns YouTube, unveiled earlier this month banning ads that contain hacked information. Google will start enforcing that policy Sept. 1…”

Election 2020: Voters Are Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect To Have Difficulties Voting

Pew Research Center Report – Biden maintains lead despite Trump’s advantage in strong support: “As Democrats and Republicans prepare for their party conventions, a new national survey finds high voter engagement with the presidential campaign – and a record share saying it “really matters” who wins in November when it comes to making progress on… Continue Reading

How Trump Is Trying to Ensure an Early Election Night Lead

New York Magazine Intelligencer, Ed Kilgore: “For months now, I and other observers have suggested that the president’s demonization of voting by mail wasn’t just aimed at securing restrictions in the practice by the states. He also wants his own supporters to vote in person. Why? Well, because if they comply, he is likely to… Continue Reading

Sick of Zoom happy hour? Try these virtual team-building activities instead

FastCompany: “If you’re like many people who used to work in an office and are now stuck at home, you’ve likely gotten a bit tired of the tropes and rituals of Zoom coffee breaks and happy hours. While Zoom (or any other videoconferencing tool) might seem less demanding than in-person events, since there’s no need… Continue Reading

Public assessments of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak

“Three-quarters of Americans say that “not enough people following social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines” is a major reason the coronavirus outbreak has continued in the United States – the most commonly cited major reason among the six asked about in the Pew survey. Roughly six-in-ten (58%) also say a major reason for the continued spread… Continue Reading

Recommendations for researchers to more accurately measure time spent on Facebook

Facebook Blog: “People often ask whether spending time on social media is good or bad for us. To answer this question, researchers need accurate ways to measure how much time people spend on platforms like Facebook, among other things. The most common approach, found in the vast majority of published studies, is through survey questions… Continue Reading

U.S. was ‘unprepared’ for ‘greatest public health crisis’ in a century

Washington Post – “Years of underinvestment in public health infrastructure left the United States “unprepared” for the coronavirus pandemic — the country’s greatest public health crisis in 100 years — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said during an interview with WebMD on Wednesday. At least 163,000 people in the U.S. have… Continue Reading

‘Green’ household cleaners and coronavirus: What you need to know

Washington Post – “In recent years, some Americans concerned about the effects that harsh cleaners have on the environment and on the human body have switched to household products marketed as green, eco-friendly, nontoxic or natural. The concern is not unwarranted — the chemicals in some cleaning products can cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation… Continue Reading

Face masks with valves or vents do not prevent spread of the coronavirus

Washington Post: “In guidance updated late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against wearing masks with exhalation valves or vents, a type of face covering made for hot and dusty construction work that has become a popular pandemic accessory because of its seemingly high-tech design. “The purpose of masks is to… Continue Reading