Twitter flags President Trump’s tweets about ballot-counting

Twitter flags President Trump’s tweets about ballot-counting

Twitter flagged four tweets from President Trump on Saturday morning for making “potentially misleading claims about an election,” a company spokesperson said, continuing its attempts to try to rein in misinformation on its platform. The president tweeted, without evidence, that “tens of thousands of votes were illegally received after 8 P.M. on Tuesday, Election Day, totally and easily changing the results in Pennsylvania and certain other razor thin states.” He claimed thousands of votes were “illegally not allowed to be OBSERVED,” and said “bad things took place,” during a time when “LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed.” The... Read More
Voters rejecting the war on drugs is a win for public health

Voters rejecting the war on drugs is a win for public health

Enlarge / On Tuesday, Washington, DC, voted to decriminalize psilocybin, and Oregon’s voters approved two landmark reform measures—Measure 109, which legalizes psilocybin therapies, and Measure 110, which decriminalizes personal possession of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, and opioids. Getty Images As election night ended in the United States, people went to bed still wondering who had won the presidential race, which party would control Congress, and what the future held. But one subject unified the electorate with unexpectedly decisive consistency: drugs. When asked to relax laws around the use of psychoactive substances, voters said yes, whether they were in the reddest... Read More
First major modular nuclear project having difficulty retaining backers

First major modular nuclear project having difficulty retaining backers

Enlarge / NuScale’s reactor-in-a-can. NuScale Earlier this year, the US took a major step that could potentially change the economics of nuclear power: it approved a design for a small, modular nuclear reactor from a company called NuScale. These small reactors are intended to overcome the economic problems that have ground the construction of large nuclear plants to a near halt. While each only produces a fraction of the power possible with a large plant, the modular design allows for mass production and a design that requires less external safety support. But safety approval is just an early step in... Read More
BioWare confirms Mass Effect remaster in 2021, new Mass Effect later

BioWare confirms Mass Effect remaster in 2021, new Mass Effect later

BioWare BioWare today confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in video games: an HD remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy will be coming to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as PC, in 2021. The company also surprised fans, however, by announcing that an all-new Mass Effect game is additionally in the works. BioWare general manager Casey Hudson revealed the news in a post on the BioWare Blog this morning. “We really struggled to keep this one a surprise,” Hudson admitted, “But now it’s official: today we announced the Mass Effect Legendary Edition!” The remastered edition will include all single-player... Read More
Netflix is testing a linear channel in France that should help with decision fatigue

Netflix is testing a linear channel in France that should help with decision fatigue

Netflix is testing a programmed linear content channel in France, Variety reported. The channel, called Netflix Direct, will be available to Netflix streaming subscribers and will provide content from its existing streaming library in a linear format, much like cable and broadcast TV stations do. “Maybe you’re not in the mood to decide, or you’re new and finding your way around, or you just want to be surprised by something new and different,” Netflix said in a statement announcing the new service. It chose France for the launch of Netflix Direct because traditional TV is “hugely popular” there, and people... Read More
Trump will lose his Twitter ‘public interest’ protections in January

Trump will lose his Twitter ‘public interest’ protections in January

President Donald Trump will lose Twitter privileges he enjoys as a world leader when President-Elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, 2021. Twitter confirmed that Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account will be subject to the same rules as any other user — including bans on inciting violence and posting false information about voting or the coronavirus pandemic. Twitter applies special policies to world leaders and some other officials, leaving rule-breaking content online if there’s “a clear public interest value to keeping the tweet on the service.” The public interest policy was formalized in 2019, codifying a rule that had been informally... Read More