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    The defamation trial of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones continued on Friday as parents of a child murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 seek punitive damages against Jones for calling the shooting a hoax. Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of murdered 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, were awarded $4.1 million by a Texas jury on Thursday in compensatory damages. Lawyers for the parents put forensic economist Bernard Pettingill on the stand Friday morning to lay out the net worth and financial operation behind Alex Jones and Free Speech Systems LLC (FFS), the company behind his InfoWars conspiracy theory show. “Alex Jones was a revolutionary, a maverick,” Pettingill said on the stand, praising Jones as a “very successful guy.” “He did not ride a wave, he created a wave,” Pettingill said of Jones’s business model, which he praised as an innovative operation that harnessed the power of the internet and has gained scores of “rabid” fans that pour money into InfoWars buying all kinds of products from merchandise to vitamins. When confronted with the fact that Jones was banned...
    Eric Greitens, the former governor of Missouri who is running to replace Roy Blunt to represent the state in the U.S. Senate, has been censored by Twitter and Facebook for using a metaphor about “hunting RINOS” — Republicans In Name Only. The ad features Greitens, a former Navy Seal, storming a house looking for “RINOs,” with Greitens narrating in the style of a nature documentary. “Today, we’re going RINO hunting,” says Greitens in the ad. “The RINO feeds on corruption, and is marked by the stripes of cowardice.” “Join the MAGA crew, get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire til’ we save our country” Despite the obviously metaphorical, tongue-in-cheek nature of the ad, Facebook has blacklisted it under its “policies prohibiting violence and incitement.” Mark Zuckerberg Smiles during testimony (Pool/Getty) Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal (Google Cloud/YouTube) Twitter also censored Greitens, cutting off sharing and engagement on the tweet, meaning no one can retweet or reply to it. The tweet itself can only be accessed via the link, or by navigating...
    by Eric Lendrum   On Thursday, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) demanded that Big Tech companies Facebook and Twitter preserve all internal documents related to the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Issa’s office sent letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, Facebook communications director Andy Stone, and former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The letters all ordered the companies to “immediately initiate document preservation for all materials relating to questions, inquiry, conversation, strategy, and response to the media reporting of the Hunter Biden laptop and/or its contents that first appeared in the New York Post on October 14, 2020.” The companies were additionally instructed to notify employees, consultants, and subcontractors who may have access to the relevant information. Issa’s requests are in reference to an apparently coordinated campaign by Big Tech companies and the mainstream media to suppress the bombshell story about Hunter Biden’s laptop. First reported on by the New York Post, the story broke less than one month before the 2020 election in which Hunter’s father, Joe Biden, was running against incumbent...
    The House select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas to four major social media companies on Thursday as it questions the role of “misinformation” in proving the violence and what the companies knew about the riot or the “spread of extremism that enabled the attack.” Alphabet, Meta, Reddit, and Twitter received subpoenas. The committee in August 2021 requested the companies voluntarily turn over information, but letters to the companies sent alongside subpoenas Thursday alleged they failed to produce documents to the committee in a timely manner or, in Reddit’s case, refused altogether. “Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps — if any — social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence,” said Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, in a statement. ‘ABUSE OF POWER’: KEVIN MCCARTHY REFUSES TO COOPERATE WITH JAN. 6 COMMITTEE “It’s disappointing that after months...
    SHOCKING footage from Texas showed flames rising from a local business as fire officials raced to the scene. According to fire officials, the massive fire broke out at Matts Cash and Carry in Pharr, Texas, on Saturday morning. 1A massive fire broke out at Matts Cash and Carry in Pharr, Texas, on Saturday morningCredit: Twitter Video from the scene showed thick black smoking rising from the building near 400 East Expressway. Officials are asking drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area as firefighters attempt to put out the massive blaze. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories!Do you have a story for The US Sun team? Email us at [email protected] or call 212 416 4552. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS
    Facebook filed a motion Monday to dismiss a revised Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit, arguing for a second time that the agency's claim that Facebook is a monopoly is incorrect because it has many competitors in the social media market. Biden-appointed FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan , a well-known anti-monopolist, filed an amended antitrust complaint against Facebook in August after the agency's first lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge in June. Facebook says in its motion that there is no factual basis for the claims that it has a monopoly power, that it doesn't maintain a monopoly power through unfair or exclusionary conduct, and that the FTC's new complaint has been incorrectly filed by Khan, who should be recused from the case due to her prior history of criticizing Facebook. The social media giant wants this second attempt to accuse Facebook of behaving like an illegal monopoly to be shot down like the first one. “The FTC’s fictional market ignores the competitive reality: Facebook competes vigorously with TikTok, iMessage, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube … The FTC cannot credibly...
    Donald Trump went after Big Tech again on Sunday when he claimed Facebook and Twitter are 'not immune' from his lawsuit against them. 'They're immune from so many different things, but they're not immune from this lawsuit because what they've done is such a violation of the Constitution,' Trump told Fox News in a Sunday morning phone interview. 'A violation like we've never seen before.' The ex-president railed against Section 230 protections, which provides immunities for social media platforms from being held responsible for what their users post. 'They're getting the biggest subsidy that any company has ever gotten from a government,' Trump said of the protection in the Communications Decency Act. Trump announced at a press conference on Wednesday his lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube, along with their CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai. He demanded at the New Jersey press conference that his accounts be reinstated. The suit claims that Trump and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored. Donald Trump railed against social media on Fox News Sunday morning, claiming: 'They're immune from...
    Don Trump Jr has issued a fundraising appeal asking for donations to support his father's class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google. 'Guys my dad is suing big tech!!!' Trump Jr wrote in a post Thursday on Telegram, an alternative social media platform. He added: 'you can click to link to donate to his PAC to help out!!!' The link directs supporters to a joint fundraising page for the Save America PAC and Make America Great Again PAC, which asks potential donors: 'Will you stand with President Trump and support him in this fight?' Trump Jr's fundraising appeal was largely met with supportive comments on his Telegram channel, with many vowing to donate and questions about how to join the class-action suit.  Don Trump Jr has issued a fundraising appeal asking for donations to support his father's class-action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google Trump Jr wrote in a post Thursday on Telegram asking for donations to his dad's PAC RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next No last minute nerves? Smiling Jeff Bezos arrives in...
    THE majority of anti-jab propaganda spread on social media can apparently be traced back to just a handful of people. Researchers found that just 12 fake news factories are responsible for two-thirds of false claims made about Covid-19 vaccinations. Get all the latest Science news Keep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy stories All the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts 2Just 12 fake news factories are responsible for two-thirds of false claims made about Covid-19 vaccinationsCredit: Getty They've been branded the "disinformation dozen" by experts at the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which identified the accounts. Once posted, the dangerous lies they create proliferate on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Overcoming the pandemic can only be achieved with a high vaccine uptake, a challenge that may be impeded by online misinformation. According to the CCDH, the disinformation dozen are responsible for 65 per cent of shares of anti-vaccine posts on social media. 2Overcoming the pandemic can only be achieved with a high vaccine uptake, a challenge that may be impeded by online misinformationCredit: AFP "A tiny...
    Former President Donald Trump has launched his own communications platform, allowing him to speak directly to followers after months of being banned from popular social media platforms. The new platform, called "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” can be found at www.DonaldJTrump.com/desk. Users can see posts, images, and videos from Trump and share them to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The site currently does not have a way for users to comment or interact with the posts on the platform. "This is just a one-way communication," one source familiar with the platform Fox News. "This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers." Trump has already added a few posts to the site, including a video introducing users to the new platform that promises to be “straight from the desk of Donald J. Trump.” FACEBOOK PULLS TRUMP INTERVIEW FROM LARA TRUMP'S ACCOUNT AND SAYS CONTENT IN HIS 'VOICE' WILL BE REMOVED “Heartwarming to read new polls on big-shot warmonger Liz Cheney of the great State of Wyoming. She is so low that her only chance would...
    Tech moguls who made their fortunes from Facebook, Twitter and Netflix have donated at least $7.5 million to groups tied to BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who has in turn publicly backed their policy goals, according to a new report. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, and Patricia Ann Quillin, the wife of Netflix's billionaire CEO, all gave generously to Cullors' PAC and associated charities, according to the New York Post.  Cullors for her part has strongly advocated for 'net neutrality', a policy that financially benefits online content providers such as Netflix and social media sites.  And the cozy relationship has even seen Facebook and Twitter censor perceived criticism of Cullors, with Facebook going so far as to block users from sharing a DailyMail.com article detailing a controversy over her expensive real estate holdings. Groups tied to Patrisse Cullors, the activist who co-founded Black Lives Matter, have received at least $7.5 million in donations from tech moguls tied to Twitter, Facebook and Netflix Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who has an estimated net worth of $14 billion, chipped in...
    The Democratic attorneys general for 12 states have demanded Facebook and Twitter 'take immediate steps' to stop the spread of what they say is false information about COVID-19 vaccines on the social media sites. In a letter to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, the attorneys general said on Wednesday that 'anti-vaxxers' lacking medical expertise and often motivated by financial gain have used the platforms to downplay the danger of COVID-19 and exaggerate the risks of vaccination.  They accused the social media giants of doing too little to stop people from using their platforms to spread the false information that coronavirus vaccines are unsafe.  They called on both companies to enforce their own community guidelines by removing or flagging vaccine misinformation.   In a letter to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, the attorneys general demanded on Wednesday that the companies crack down on anti-vaccine posts The Democratic attorneys general for 12 states, including Connecticut's William Tong, have demanded Facebook and Twitter 'take immediate steps' to stop the spread of what they say is false information about...
    Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Erin Scott | Reuters A coalition of 12 state attorneys general on Wednesday called on Facebook and Twitter to enforce their community guidelines and rid their services of misinformation being spread by accounts promoting anti-vaxxing ideas. "Misinformation disseminated via your platforms has increased vaccine hesitancy, which will slow economic recovery and, more importantly, ultimately cause even more unnecessary deaths," the coalition of attorneys general wrote in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The coalition highlights that just 12 accounts and their associated organizations are responsible for 65% of the public anti-vaccine content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In particular, the accounts target people of color to discourage them from getting the Covid-19 vaccines, the letter said. The letter comes a day before Zuckerberg, Dorsey and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai are set to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the topic of misinformation on their services.VIDEO18:5818:58The big, messy business of content moderation on Facebook, Twitter, YoutubeTech
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told believers that the COVID-19 vaccine is a 'vial of death,' a claim that was shared on Twitter and Facebook despite their misinformation policies.  A video of Farrakhan saying the vaccine 'is death itself' was reportedly shared on Facebook and YouTube, where it remained until Saturday night, according to Fox News.  A link to the video still remains on Twitter despite Farrakhan comparing the vaccine to the Kool-Aid from the Jonestown Massacre of 1978 when more than 900 members of an American cult called the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide-murder under the direction of their leader Jim Jones. 'This is the biggest dose of Kool-Aid that the enemy has ever offered... created by what you call warp speed. You know anything that's warped is misshaped. Anything that's warped is crooked.   Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (pictured) told believers that the COVID-19 vaccine is a 'vial of death,' a claim that was shared on Twitter and Facebook despite their misinformation policies. 'By rushing so fast to get something out, bypassing normal...
    Texas governor Greg Abbott said Facebook and Twitter are leading a "dangerous movement to silence conservative voices and religious freedoms" as he backed a state bill Friday that would allow any Texans temporarily removed or banned from Facebook or Twitter to sue the social media companies in order to get reinstated. The bill, introduced earlier this week by Republican state senators, is the latest of more than a dozen efforts that have emerged around the country in recent weeks, following the banning of former President Donald Trump from the two social media platforms in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot. At a press conference in Tyler, Texas, Abbott argued that the social media companies have the obligation under a 1996 federal law known as Section 230 to keep their platforms open, and that violations of that law by Facebook, Twitter and others give Texas the right to impose its own state-specific regulations.  "Big tech's efforts to censor conservative viewpoints is un-American, and we are not going to allow it in the Lone Star State," Abbott said. Texas...
    “The most extreme Trump supporters were already well established on alternative platforms,” ​​said Nick Backovic, a researcher at Logically.AI, a company specializing in digital disinformation. “Facebook and Twitter have been very slow to respond, it has allowed influencers to rebuild their audiences almost without interruption.” After the January 6 riots in Washington – when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters violently invaded the seat of the US Parliament – major social networks cracked down on the organizations involved, such as the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, and the Proud Boys . Facebook has thus intensified the purges against the armed movements: nearly 900 were evicted in all. Twitter, for its part, permanently banned the former president, and deleted 70,000 accounts affiliated with QAnon, a nebula whose followers were convinced, or still are, that it will save the world from corrupt elites and pedophiles. “It’s a strategy that works,” said Jim Steyer, president of Common Sense Media. “Look at Trump without Twitter: he lost his megaphone, his messages are no longer amplified.” Anti-vaccines But millions of more or less fervent extremists...
    An Idaho internet provider has announced it has blocked access to Twitter and Facebook due to censorship 'concerns' after both social media sites banned President Donald Trump.  YourT1Wifi, which services North Idaho and parts of Washington, informed its customers of the decision this week after receiving multiple complaints from subscribers.  In an email sent out on Monday, the company claimed it had been 'fielding calls' over the last few days from customers calling for the websites to be blocked from the network. Screenshots of the message were shared on Twitter by customer Krista Yep, who slammed the move as 'insane.'   'It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information,' the email began.  YourT1Wifi, which covers North Idaho and parts of Washington, informed customers Monday it was blocking access to Twitter and Facebook amid censorship concerns Customer Krista Yep shared screenshots of the email on Twitter, describing the move as 'insane' 'We have the past couple of days been fielding calls from customers voicing the concern that they...
    Parler CEO John Matze warned in his final post before the 3am deadline that 'we will likely be down longer than expected' as tech firms distance themselves from the site Parler CEO John Matze said Monday he was doing more than Facebook and Twitter to try and remove violent content from his app after it was scrubbed from the web overnight.  The right wing social media site vanished from the Apple and Google app stores after the tech giants cut ties with the platform in the wake of the deadly mob attack at the US Capitol. Parler went offline shortly after 3am EST after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting it down until it can find a new hosting partner.   In a statement Monday morning self declared libertarian Matze said: 'Evaluated objectively, our system worked as well or better than the methods used by our competitors, while adhering to our principles.' He argued 'up until Friday afternoon it seemed Apple, Amazon and Google agreed' the app had been effective in their efforts to remove 'objectionable content', adding:...
    Protesters gather on the second day of pro-Trump events fueled by President Donald Trump's continued claims of election fraud in an to overturn the results before Congress finalizes them in a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.Kent Nishimura | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images It was the last straw. Following the takeover of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday by a crowd of pro-Trump supporters, Twitter and Facebook pulled the plug on President Trump's accounts, suspending him from posting based on the fear that his messages would incite even more violence than we already saw in the halls of Congress. But Wednesday was hardly the first time Trump has violated policies on social media that would get a normal person banned. Wednesday's events were an inevitable conclusion thanks to the conspiracy-laden chatter in the darker corners of the internet that social media companies allowed to freely spread. Over the course of Trump's presidency, Facebook and Twitter rewrote their policies to give the president more runway to say dangerous things under the guise that...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Who's going to be sorry to say so long to 2020? From the coronavirus pandemic that's killed thousands of Coloradans — and counting — to the blazes that ravaged so much of the state to the demonstrations that marched through a deserted downtown, this has been a real dumpster fire of a year. One with too much action to confine to a single roundup. So we've dumped the action into a series of stories, which you can read here: "The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Denver Political Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Sports Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Restaurant and Food Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Arts and Culture Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Music Stories of 2020" There's more to come, of course. And just days before we finally get to...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Lasagna styles vary from chef to chef, but the dish is always warming and comforting and perfect for big meals at home. Do you like a thick and meaty lasagna oozing with cheese and ground beef? Or do you prefer a delicate tomato cream sauce speckled with fresh ricotta and thick, tender noodles? Béchamel makes an appearance in some versions, as does Bolognese sauce, Italian sausage, pesto and other tasty ingredients. These nine restaurants and delivery kitchens are making delicious take-and-bake lasagnas and meal kits to feed your whole family. Alex's DeliDelivery Only 303-901-6443 This small eatery has served the students and staff of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Lakewood for two years, but this year owner Michelle Hernandez switched to doing just delivery. While she changes the small menu weekly, the family-sized lasagna meal is always available for $40. The lasagna rolls are filled...
    America paid attention on Tuesday as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg both appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election."  In a full committee hearing long-awaited by both Republicans and Democrats, the two tech leaders were challenged to explain their policies on content moderation and the decision to quash a report by the New York Post on Hunter Biden just weeks before the 2020 presidential election.  Testifying remotely, Dorsey and Zuckerberg admitted to making mistakes and pointed to their remedial effort to undo the snap decision to censor the New York Post. With those admissions, the two tech CEOs provided a revealing look into how they hope to change the narrative going forward.   The only problem is that many senators, from both sides of the aisle, are not convinced that either Facebook or Twitter is prepared to make the necessary changes needed to avoid regulation.   DAN GAINOR: TWITTER, FACEBOOK WERE A BIG PART OF TAKEDOWN EFFORTS AGAINST TRUMP IN 2020 ELECTION Here are 7 top takeaways from Tuesday's hearing....
    Barack Obama warned tech firms they cannot keep their blanket protections that protect them from lawsuits in a sign Democrats could soon target companies like Facebook and Twitter. In an interview with The Atlantic ahead of his memoir, 'A Promised Land,' being published on Tuesday, Obama charged social media companies with turbocharging the rise in misinformation that has led to greater division in the country. The former president that disinformation the 'single biggest threat' to democracy. And he said President Donald Trump was a result of it.  'I think it is the single biggest threat to our democracy. I think Donald Trump is a creature of this, but he did not create it. He may be an accelerant of it, but it preceded him and will outlast him,' he told the news magazine. Barack Obama warned tech firms they cannot keep their blanket protections that protect them from lawsuits and called for greater regulation of companies like Facebook and Twitter Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook use section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to protect themselves...
    The bosses of Twitter and Facebook plan on warning senators on Wednesday that removing a special designation for tech firms that means they cannot be held liable for content posted on their platforms will endanger free speech. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg, the head of Facebook, will appear via videolink before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, will also testify.  Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook (left) and Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, will testify Wednesday The meeting has been called to discuss Section 230 - part of an internet law created in the 1990s that prevents tech platforms from being treated as publishers. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Twitter calls Donald Trump 'misleading' for saying there are... Facebook could deliberately suppress posts it deems... Share this article Share The law means that, unlike newspapers, social media platforms cannot be held liable for content that people post on their sites, including hate speech and misinformation. Tech firms maintain that Section 230 is what protects...
    Time and again we have seen bills pushed to control the ability of women of color to make our own reproductive health decisions, from when to become pregnant and raise children to creating more obstacles to abortion access. We heard the horrific news that immigrant women were being forced to have hysterectomies — and over the past year, bans on abortion have swept the nation. Let’s be clear: This is all part of a political agenda to deny autonomy to women of color. We are told when we can and can’t have kids, and what kind of health care we are allowed to get. This is all while people ignore the very real plight that Black women are facing when we seek to try to have healthy pregnancies. Black women are dying in childbirth at the same time I hear lawmakers talk about how much they value life. Where is the care for the lives of Black women when it comes to Breonna Taylor, who was gunned down by police, or Deidre Johnson, a 35-year-old woman in Colorado...
    Late last month, 38 members of the University of Denver swimming and diving crew were suspended from team activities through the fall quarter for allegedly attending a large party in violation of COVID-19 safety protocols. But a source tells Westword that some of these athletes have continued throwing bashes so large and boisterous that the Denver Police Department has been notified. The DPD says it has received such complaints but is unable to confirm whether the incidents involved DU students, let alone swimmers or divers. The university can't verify that, either, but a statement provided to Westword contains heavy threats against anyone who might engage in such activities. Meanwhile, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment reveals that it has imposed quarantines on seven DU Greek houses and hit one sorority with a criminal summons over a get-together that is said to have included several people with the virus.Related Stories Dear Denver Mask Haters: Stop Being A$$holes Trader Joe's COVID-19 Outbreak Part of Yet Another Colorado Record Denver Cites Walmart and More for Violating COVID-19 Health Orders The October 7...
    Twitter has now locked the account of Trump's re-election campaign for posting the Joe Biden Ukraine story after shutting down the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's account over the same thing.  Conservatives on Thursday said the extraordinary move - taken just 19 days before the election - gives Biden's campaign an unfair advantage. On Wednesday night, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her account locked over the same thing.  Trump has now threatened to revoke Twitter and Facebook's Section 230 protections - which shield them from being sued over content posted on their platforms.  Facebook announced on Wednesday that it had started 'reducing distribution' of the New York Post's story until their army of third-party 'fact checkers' had vetted it.  Since then, the social media giant hasn't given any information about why it took the step, or who the fact checkers are.  Twitter followed them, blocking people from posting links to the article online. On Wednesday night, CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for the opaqueness of the decision and said it was 'unacceptable' that the company didn't explain themselves...
    By now, the annual green chile harvest and selling season have nearly wrapped up, with tens of thousands of bushels of roasted peppers from both Colorado and New Mexico safely stored in freezers. But the fiery rivalry between the Pueblo growing region and the world-renowned Hatch Valley in New Mexico lives on. At Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden, the battle will take on liquid form today when co-owner Thad Briggs taps two different chile beers, one made from Pueblo chiles and one made from the Hatch version. "We do a Smoked Hatch Pale Ale every year," Briggs says. But this time around, when the brewery posted about it on social media, a regular customer "teasingly called us out for not representing Colorado's Pueblo chiles. We accepted the challenge and said if he could bring us some hot Pueblo chilies, we'd brew with them. So he did and I asked him what he thought the base should be, and he agreed that a light crisp pale ale would be best." We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of...
    Catherine Wallace Hope might live in the Pacific Northwest these days, but her roots are planted deep in Colorado soil. From her ancestry to her education, it’s all Denver. And so is her novel Once Again, a science-fiction thriller released this month that takes advantage of the local landscape and asks the question What if you had one chance to save someone you lost? It's an interesting question, especially during this pandemic, but also one long asked in literature and entertainment. Works including H.G. Wells, W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw," Stephen King's 11/22/63 even Avengers: Endgame have all given their takes on time and the possibility and price of traveling within. We caught up with Hope to talk about her novel, her family’s strong history in Denver, her ongoing work with Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and how she hopes to give something back, literary-style. Westword: Tell me about your new novel and where the idea for it came from.Related Stories Tattered Cover's Rapid About-Face on Black Lives Matter Solidarity Lighthouse Writers Workshop Takes Lit Fest and Classes Online TaraShea Nesbit on Writing and This...
    JOE Biden and Hunter Biden "crack, sex and Ukraine" email scoop from the New York Post has been allegedly censored by Facebook and Twitter. Andy Stone, Facebook's policy communications manager, said that the Post's Wednesday front page story has been buried. 8The story has been censoredCredit: REUTERS 8Twitter has stopped users from being able to post the articleCredit: Reuters 8Facebook also restricted the postCredit: AFP or licensors Stone tweeted on Wednesday: "While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact-checked by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners. "In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform." Twitter users then reported issues when attempting to share a link to the article. An error message reading "We can't complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful," appears when users try to post the article. A Twitter spokesperson told NPR: "In line with our Hacked Materials Policy, as well as our approach to blocking URLs, we are taking...
    Ballots are arriving at homes across Colorado this week. The state has had all-mail ballot elections since 2014, which has resulted in record turnout and, this year, many sighs of relief from people who do not have to vote in person during a pandemic (though vote centers will be open in every Colorado county for those who like the personal touch, lost their ballot...or even want to register on election day, as you can if you've lived in this state for 22 days by November 3). But this year, you’ll want to have plenty of time to consider your ballot, and maybe a few beers on hand (as well as the 2020 State Ballot Information Ballot, aka the “Blue Book,” that also arrived through the mail) as you dig deep into the issues. In addition to the contests between congressional candidates (the race for the U.S. Senate between Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper, as well as all seven U.S. Representative seats), you’ll be voting on state legislative races, RTD board seats, judicial retention questions and a slew of municipal questions...
    Hollywood has long ignored the actual identities and stories of Indigenous people and instead pushed hurtful stereotypes, degrading Native communities from the Americas and beyond. To remedy that and give a platform to Indigenous filmmakers, the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, a law and policy organization, organized Denver's Indigenous Film and Arts Festival back in 2004. “The festival is a place where Indigenous people in Denver can celebrate their stories, where Indigenous youth can connect with role models and learn to appreciate the value of their stories and cultures," festival director and founder Jeanne M. Rubin explains. "Where mainstream audiences can learn about indigenous cultures from people representing themselves in film and art, telling their stories from their point of view.” Events run Wednesday, October 14, through January 13, with screenings, Q&As and discussions. Most years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the University of Denver’s anthropology department, and History Colorado host the fest in person; this year, they will be doing so virtually.Related Stories Denver Film Festival Reveals Three Red Rocks Drive-In Screenings Artist Tony Ortega Celebrates Day...
    After graduating from the University of Denver in the ’80s, Jon Niermann landed his first job in the downtown Denver branch of DDB Needham. The agency handled movie premiere screenings at the time, and Disney was one of its clients. Eventually, Niermann took a gig with Disney, where he worked for two decades. He was president of Walt Disney International Asia and followed that with a seven-year run as president of games company Electronic Arts. About six years ago, Niermann, who had moved back to Los Angeles, ended up at a recording studio once owned by Barbra Streisand. There, Billy Ray Cyrus was making the video for “Achy Breaky Heart 2.” Niermann met a guy in the studio who was talking about how much revenue music videos were generating on YouTube. “I thought that all went away when MTV switched formats,” Niermann says. “I started looking and thought, ‘Holy cow — 40 percent of YouTube views are music videos. So this is how kids are seeing videos these days.’”Related Stories Tyler Stanfield's "Whiskey Heart" Isn't Really About Whiskey Jayme Stone...
    It's no longer a matter of debate: According to new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this state has been hit by a third wave of COVID-19. Key indicators of this status include a positivity rate just a whisper under the red line that government officials have cited as a reason for alarm and skyrocketing outpatient visits for people with symptoms of the novel coronavirus, as well as case and hospitalization counts that have climbed at a disturbing pace over the past month. Here are the grim statistics in major categories updated by the CDPHE at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 11, juxtaposed with figures from October 4 and September 13:Related Stories COVID-19: Polis on Why He's Extending Statewide Mask Order King Soopers' Response to Complaints About Poor Mask Use Inmate Claims COVID-19 Mess at Denver Jails 78,461 cases (up 5,385 from October 4 and 17,137 from September 13) 7,893 hospitalized (up 223 from October 4 and 666 from September 13) 64 counties (unchanged from October 4 and up one from September 13) 2,113 deaths among cases...
    "Politicians say more taxes will solve everything." — Lyric from the prophetic 1970 hit "Ball of Confusion" by the Temptations. Thanks to the virus lockdown's economic collapse, state and local governments everywhere are experiencing a perfect storm of plunging tax revenues and increasing expenditures. Closed businesses don't generate much in sales taxes, permitting, licensing and many other fees. Same with torched and looted stores. Laid off or terminated workers have zero state income tax withheld. Many of those businesses deemed "essential" have seen their sales drop, along with the taxes collected by those businesses, with one notable exception: the sin taxes. The sin and many other types of taxes are used for social engineering, rewarding some economic behaviors while penalizing others. Governments have learned that sin tax increases usually face less opposition than boosting other types of taxes. In 1773, Bostonians dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor in response to King George's onerous taxes, eventually leading to the War of Independence. Fast forward to 2020, where we face a bewildering web of taxes and fees — just ask...
    From "I See What You Mean" (aka the Big Blue Bear) at the Colorado Convention Center to "Mustang" (Blucifer, Devil Horse, etc.) at Denver International Airport and "The Yearling," Donald Lipski's sculpture of a horse on a red chair in front of the Central Public Library, Denver is teeming with public art. Now Burns Family Artisan Ales, a craft brewery that's tired of the coronavirus putting a damper on activities this year, has launched the Art, Beer and Me Scavenger Hunt to encourage you to scrape yourself off of the couch, re-enter the world, and check out some of the greatest creative works the Mile High City has to offer. Register online at eventbrite.com and the brewery will send you a list of fourteen pieces of public art, all outdoors and all within the city of Denver. Marijuana Deals Near YouThere are four ways to participate. Level one: Go check out the art. The reward? You may lower your anxiety levels and learn more about the city’s neighborhoods. Level two: Take a selfie in front of each piece of art and...
    Hours after we called out King Soopers for slacking on COVID-19 safety procedures, including a lack of crowd control and mask monitoring, the October 7 report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment publicly identified two of the grocery giant's metro stores as outbreak sites — the first time such a designation had been made in months. One of those stores was King Soopers #1, at 1331 Speer Boulevard. The company's most iconic Denver location, at Ninth and Corona, had been declared an outbreak site on May 12, and still marks the worst attack of the novel coronavirus suffered by King Soopers to date. By the time the CDPHE formally labeled that outbreak as resolved, thirteen staff members had contracted the disease and two had died from it. But one customer suggests that store didn't learn its lesson from the outbreak, and recently sent this missive to King Soopers' management.Related Stories COVID-19: First Denver King Soopers Adds to New Outbreaks Record Denver Stores Dropping Many COVID-19 Safety Procedures COVID-19: Worker at King Soopers With Deadly Outbreak Tells All Marijuana...
    The most recent COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment set an unfortunate record for new entries, including three Greek houses at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Add the outbreaks at Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi to one at Kappa Sigma in early September and another pair (Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta) later in the month and that's a total of six fraternities or sororities at the school that have been hit by the disease — and that number doesn't include the two dormitories placed under quarantine amid a rise in Colorado case counts largely attributable to infections among college students. Unlike the University of Colorado Boulder, which made a temporary shift to remote learning after its COVID-19 numbers began spiking, CSU is still holding in-person classes. But judging from our visit to Fort Collins on Saturday, October 3, the university community is taking the potential spread of the virus very seriously.Related Stories Polis: White House COVID-19 Safety Protocols Weren't Good Enough Most Notable Coloradans to Test Positive for...
    Blair Sagan makes art out of trash and has an uncanny ability to turn the worst situations into something positive. From April to August, the non-binary artist, activist and graphic designer lived at Night Window, a new artist housing project, in a motel room converted into an $800-a-month live-work studio apartment at 8400 East Colfax Avenue. Upon moving in, Sagan (who uses "they" pronouns), thought it would be a semi-collective space where creatives could come together and build community. Instead, they found the residents were isolated from each other. "I moved in here thinking this was a dream, and I wanted to start something similar and learn what they're doing right and wrong," says Sagan. "It turned into a nightmare pretty quickly."Related Stories Denver Artists Are Being Priced Out. Is This Colfax Motel a Fix? Denver Arts & Venues Offers CARES Act Grants to Artists and Venues Murals to Kendrick Castillo, Southwest Community Will Be Unveiled Today The artist — who once worked as the deputy communications director for Colorado Senate Democrats before becoming disillusioned with the party...
    Though Denver Public Schools will be shut down until October 16, the Denver Public Library is just starting a soft reopening, and many workers for the City and County of Denver are doing their gigs from home, Halloween is still happening. The holiday comes as coronavirus cases rise nationally and President Donald Trump, who is dealing with COVID-19, mugs as though he's doing fine and encourages residents of the United States not to be scared. But plenty of people are, especially as they contemplate kids and trick-or-treat activities. And so the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment has released a set of guidelines regarding what people can do to reduce their risk of transmitting or catching the virus as they celebrate Halloween. The guidelines are based on the county's current status on the state's COVID-19 Dial Dashboard, where Denver falls somewhere in the middle, under Safer at Home, Level 2 Concern, with enough cases to require restrictions but not enough to shut things down outright. The DDPHE recommends that kids trick-or-treat with people they live with, and stay six feet away from other...
    Vegan pizza has made its way from Breckenridge to Denver as Piante Pizzeria opens its second Colorado location. The restaurant's new outpost takes over VFW Post 2461 at 1350 South Broadway and is currently slinging pies for takeout and patio dining. Look for the wood-burning pizza oven on Piante's patio. The Den Corner restaurant group relaunches Ototo this weekend with a new menu of grab-and-go Japanese fare and a handful of outdoor seats on individual wooden decks. So you'll be able take home several different styles of onigiri, for example, or hang out over a bowl of ramen. The group also debuts Temaki Den, its first restaurant away from Old South Pearl Street. The newest member of the family is a sushi bar in the common area of The Source specializing in hand rolls and aburi sushi, which gets kissed by flame before being served. Seating is available by reservation-only for now; see the restaurant's website for details. EXPAND Piante Pizza is slinging vegan pies on South Broadway. Mark Antonation Related Stories Here's What's New at Avanti F & B...
    Nineteen detainees in the same dormitory at the Aurora Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, according to a report from Congressman Jason Crow's office, marking the most significant outbreak at that detention center. "This spread within a single dorm shows the inherently dangerous nature of congregate settings like ICE detention centers," says Liz Jordan, an attorney with the Denver-based Civil Rights Enforcement and Education Center. "Even if the facility were following all CDC recommendations, an outbreak like this is not only possible, but likely. The safest thing ICE can do is release people to shelter at home with their families. Aurora Fire Rescue confirmed that it had been notified of the outbreak by facility staffers on October 2, per local ordinance.Related Stories Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora ICE Facility Aurora ICE Facility Now Offering COVID-19 Tests to All Detainees House Subcommittee Report Takes Aim at Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility Over the course of the pandemic, nineteen staff members at the center have tested positive for COVID-19, and 73 detainees...
    Aside from a freak snowstorm on September 8, September turned out to be a great month for Denver restaurants, as the weather mostly cooperated to keep patios full and diners out at their favorite restaurants. And many newcomers decided to make the leap into the business, whether lured by vacant real estate or committed from months of planning and construction. Regardless of the reasons, last month's openings and closings looked more like the past few years during a booming economy than what we were expecting from a difficult year of stay-at-home orders and COVID-related restaurant restrictions. One notable loss was Acorn, which drew nearly instant acclaim when it was opened in 2013 at The Source by restaurateur Bryan Dayton and chef Steve Redzikowski. The closure of what had been a very successful eatery is evidence that high-end restaurants rely on operating at full capacity to cover the high costs of food, labor and real estate that come with equally high customer expectations. The Michelin Guide, one of the most thorough trackers of the world's best restaurants, shines a light on...
    Two years in the making and built from the bones of a shuttered Cheesecake Factory, Avanti F & B Boulder is ready to make its debut this Saturday, October 3 at 1401 Pearl Street. This is Avanti's second incubator-style food hall, after the original at 3200 Pecos Street in Denver. Avanti's unique incubator model allows chefs to test out new concepts with short-term leases, offering a rotating roster of international foods to guests. The Boulder lineup is almost entirely new to Avanti, with the exception of Quiero Arepas, the Venezuelan street food eatery that has anchored the LoHi food hall since it opened in 2015. But among the others, familiar names populate the six ground-floor counters and the indoor-outdoor rooftop deck on the fourth floor. EXPAND Avanti Boulder's front entrance, with the glass elevator to the foruth-floor bar and pizzeria. Mark Antonation Related Stories Five Great Lobster Rolls From Newcomers and Old Favorites Meet Denver's Newest Food Hall: Junction Food & Drink The Best Old-School Burger Joints in Denver EXPAND The main floor of Avanti Boulder holds Method...
    Get out and discover Denver this weekend...even if you never leave your home. Programs both in-person and virtual will cover everything from youth violence to Alexander Hamilton to the architecture of Denver. In fact, the Denver Architecture Foundation and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center have launched the third annual Doors Open Denver Photography Competition, “Y/OUR Denver,” encouraging you to find and photograph your favorite part of Denver, and then enter the picture in a juried competition. “‘Y/OUR Denver’ has become a favorite part of our annual Doors Open Denver event,” says Pauline Herrera, DAF executive director. “Every year we have an opportunity to see Denver architecture through the lens of these contest entries, providing a unique perspective of buildings featured in Doors Open Denver and beyond.” Marijuana Deals Near YouThe contest closes October 29; find out more here. Keep reading for more information on Doors Open Denver, as well as eleven more events in and around town this weekend (and watch for updates). Doors Open Denver Through October 15 Building off the success of past events, the annual Doors...
    The latest weekly COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has the most entries since the start of the pandemic, a stunning 53. A large chunk of the sites included in this batch is associated with educational institutions, paced by Greek houses at major colleges and universities: seven, bringing the total to fourteen over just two weeks. And that's not counting the positive or probable novel coronavirus cases at the University of Colorado Boulder, currently nearly 1,700. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The department's new update, released September 30, lists 770 outbreaks: 195 active, 575 considered resolved. When the CDPHE launched its outbreak analyses on April 15, it included just 83 sites. The forty sites added on April 22 stood as the weekly record until yesterday, although...
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