From Donald Trump's visit to the WEF meeting in Davos to Swiss rules on how to cook lobsters, here are the stories from Switzerland that captured global attention over the last 12 months. 1) Hundreds protest in Zurich over Trump's visit to Davos In January, more than a thousand people protested in central Zurich against the planned arrival of US President Donald Trump in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF). It remains to be seen if the same will happen again when Trump returns to Davos next month. 2) Swiss cooks ordered to stun lobsters before boiling At the start of this year, the Swiss government ordered an end to the common culinary practice of throwing flailing lobsters into boiling water, ruling that they must be knocked out before they are killed – part of a wider overhaul of Swiss animal protection laws. 3) Tearful Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title It's not a Grand Slam tournament if Roger Federer doesn't cry. Photo: AFP Tennis … [Read more...] about The Swiss stories that made international headlines in 2018
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The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers. It turns out the video is totally bunk, spliced together from a computer-generated clip and unrelated real news footage. But that didn't stop the Facebook post from arriving in my News Feed via a friend last month. I watched it. Maybe you did, too: It has nearly 14 million views. Everyone now knows the web is filled with lies. So then how do fake Facebook posts, YouTube videos and tweets keep making suckers of us?To find out, I conducted a forensic investigation of the fake that fooled my social network. I found the original creator of that CG plane clip. I spoke to the Facebook executive charged with curbing misinformation. And I confronted my friend who shared it.The motives for a crazy plane report may be different from posts misdirecting American voters or fueling genocide in Myanmar. Yet some of the … [Read more...] about Essay: I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have board drama at Tesla! I live. I’m going to read some tea leaves, because James Murdoch very rarely speaks on the record. Last week, The New York Times indicated that “some directors” thought Murdoch might do a really good job as the new chairman of the Tesla board, now that Elon Musk is being forced by SEC settlement to step down. I’d bet $420 that James Murdoch is among the directors who think James Murdoch is the front-runner, based on one sentence, which has one very likely source: “But Mr. Murdoch hasn’t volunteered for the post nor has he discussed it with any other director.” Here’s the tea leaf part: Only Murdoch knows whether he’s had that discussion or not. Even a confidante or assistant couldn’t categorically speak to all of his conversations; you’d need a clause that says “to the best of the source’s knowledge.” It’s possible that NYT talked to all the … [Read more...] about If James Murdoch is the new Tesla chairman, that’s bad news for Elon Musk
Updated 6:43 am PDT, Thursday, August 23, 2018 Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. less Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul ... more Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul … [Read more...] about GoBlueDressGo: Sprinting intern competes to break news
(Reuters) — False news stories spread much more quickly and widely on Twitter than truthful ones, an imbalance driven more by people than automated “bot” accounts, researchers said on Thursday. A study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab examining about 126,000 stories shared by some 3 million people on Twitter from 2006 to 2017 found that false news was about 70 percent more likely to be retweeted by people than true news. The study, published in the journal Science, was one of the most comprehensive efforts to date to assess the dynamics behind how false news circulates on social media. Twitter and other social media companies such as Facebook have been under scrutiny by U.S. lawmakers and international regulators for doing too little to prevent the spread of false content. U.S. officials have accused Russia of using social media to try to sow discord in the United States and interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential … [Read more...] about Study finds fake news is 70% more likely to spread on Twitter