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    Elon Musk has joked that 'owning the libs' isn't cheap after claiming to put his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on hold. 'Whoever thought owning the libs would be cheap never tried to acquire a social media company!' Musk tweeted on Saturday. He added: 'At least, that's what the lib hivemind thinks haha.'  'Owning libs' is internet slang used by conservatives that refers to defeating or embarrassing liberals in arguments. On Friday morning, Musk threw his Twitter takeover bid into chaos by tweeting that the deal was 'temporarily on hold' while he investigated the prevalence of fake and spam accounts on the social media site. However, one person familiar with the negotiations told the Washington Post: 'We haven't seen one iota of evidence that the deal is on hold.'  'Things continue today just as they were yesterday,' the person said.  Elon Musk has joked that 'owning the libs' isn't cheap after claiming to put his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on hold. He is seen above with his mother Analysts as well as insiders widely believe that Musk's tweets...
    (CNN Business)A vague and viral TikTok trend warning of nationwide school violence on Friday — which authorities have dismissed as non-credible — has nevertheless prompted widespread school closures, stretched law enforcement resources and put families on edge ahead of a critical holiday travel season. A number of school districts in states ranging from Minnesota to Texas announced they were shutting down schools on Friday in response to a wave of videos, some mentioning specific schools, suggesting that students avoid coming to class on Dec. 17. In other areas, law enforcement were on high alert, sending officers to guard schools as a precaution.The US Department of Homeland Security said Friday morning it has no evidence to suggest the claims are credible but encouraged the public to "remain alert." Hilary McQuaide, a TikTok spokesperson, told CNN Friday morning that while the company is aware of vague warnings on its platform of possible school violence, it still has not found any original, specific threats of violence that may have prompted the viral warnings. On Thursday afternoon, the company tweeted that it treats "even...
    HAVERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A message in a Delaware County middle school bathroom is a warning that now multiple school districts in the Philadelphia region are paying very close attention to. The message in the bathroom said that there could be a shooting at Haverford Middle School on Friday, and now authorities are warning of a dangerous challenge on TikTok to threaten schools. READ MORE: Philadelphia's Law Enforcement Community Comes Together To Raise Money For Injured Highway Patrol Officer Andy ChanThe social media posts threaten shootings, bomb threats and other violent acts. While officials believe there’s currently no local credible threat, they have to be cautious. It’s not a call to panic. Officials say it’s not something to play with. A TikTok video spreading nationwide is encouraging violence in schools on Friday, Dec. 17. “We take this extremely serious because we have to always be on alert,” Philadelphia School Safety Chief Kevin Bethel said. On Thursday, numerous schools in the Delaware Valley sent letters and posted to social media about the TikTok challenge. READ MORE: 'The Most Caring Child Ever':...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Threats of school shootings posted to the social media platform TikTok prompted school districts around the country to respond. School districts throughout the Bay Area sent notices warning of a growing social media trend encouraging acts of violence on Friday. San Francisco’s schools superintendent notified parents saying the district is not aware of “actual threats” against any school in the city. Districts across the Bay Area and country are on high alert because of vague, threatening, anonymous posts circulating online. “It was a popular thing on TikTok. There were a bunch of threats all over the place,” said one student in San Francisco. “They’re not usually serious but some videos are about people making jokes about people getting threats casually,” another student said. Casual threat or not, Gilroy High School announced it will close Friday out of an abundance of caution after local police investigated a threat directed at “GHS.” It was later determined the post referred to a school in Los Angeles. TikTok released this statement via Twitter saying “we’re working with law enforcement to...
    FAIR LAWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Law enforcement agencies around the country are tracking threats on social media, related to potential school violence on Friday. CBS2’s Ali Bauman has the details. READ MORE: Worried About Your Kids Using TikTok? Child Psychologist Urges Parents To Keep An Eye On What They're WatchingEerie videos are making the rounds on social media, threatening students around the country not to go to school on Friday. “Every time a repost goes, it goes from town to town, it goes from state to state, so we don’t know where the origin starts,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. Nassau County is one of many police departments in the Tri-State Area monitoring the threats, which they essentially describe as clickbait. “You get more points, more hits when you do a post. These kids are pushing it out and they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into when they do this,” Ryder said. A U.S. law enforcement official told CBS News there is no known credibility to the threats, but school districts all around the greater New...
    HAVERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A message in a Delaware County middle school bathroom is a warning that now multiple school districts in the Philadelphia region are paying very close attention to. The message in the bathroom said that there could be a shooting at Haverford Middle School on Friday, and now authorities are warning of a dangerous challenge on TikTok to threaten schools. READ MORE: 67-Year-Old Man Gunned Down In Mantua, Philadelphia Police SayThe social media posts threaten shootings, bomb threats and other violent acts. While officials believe there’s currently no local credible threat, they have to be cautious. It’s not a call to panic “I think that’s really, that’s ridiculous,” Philadelphia School Safety Chief Kevin Bethel said. Officials say it’s not something to play with. A TikTok video spreading nationwide is encouraging violence in schools on Friday, Dec. 17. “We take this extremely seriously because we have to always be on alert,” Bethel said. On Thursday, numerous schools in the Delaware Valley sent letters and posted to social media about the TikTok challenge. READ MORE: Gritty Puts Out Call...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Many Bay Area school districts are warning parents and students of possible threats being made at campuses on Friday as part of an apparent challenge going viral on the social media app TikTok, with one high school in Gilroy planning a preemptive closure for the day as a result.The districts have all noted that the TikTok challenge appears to be a national trend and have said none of the threats are believed to be credible.Gilroy police said though that "out of an abundance of caution," classes at Gilroy High School have been canceled for Friday.The Santa Clara County Office of Education said authorities have been in touch with TikTok, which has a security team that addresses misuse of social media, and encouraged parents to talk to their students about staying safe and how to report any suspicious activity.Other districts in the region, including Mt. Diablo and Pleasanton unified school districts, have sent out similar warnings but have said there is no reason to believe students should stay home from school Friday.
    The Philadelphia 76ers were mocked on Twitter on Friday after the team defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 98-96. The 76ers tweeted a photo of a giant peach tower with the words "just peachy" after the win in an effort to taunt the Hawks, who play in the Peach State. Other Twitter users pointed out one problem with the photo. The peach tower is located in South Carolina, not Georgia. The Peachoid, as it's known, is a 135-foot water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, right, knocks the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) during the first half Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The tower is considered one of the most recognizable roadside landmarks on Interstate 85 between Charlotte and Atlanta. It's also the focal point of an episode in the Netflix series "House of Cards." Twitter users had fun pointing that out. Sixer Joel Embiid finished the game with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Embiid knocked down a jumper with 42...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – All Pittsburgh Public schools will be in a modified lockdown Friday because of threats on social media. It’s only a half-day for students, but the district said students will have to stay inside, only visitors with appointments can enter and all athletics are canceled. The lockdown is in response to threats of possible violence against schools on social media, the district said. WATCH: Bryant Reed Reports “It’s distressing more than anything, that somebody thinks this is a game, this is fun to play,” school board president Sylvia Wilson said. “They’re disrupting the education of children.” A PPS spokesperson said the threats were similar to those shared on social media earlier this week. The spokesperson added that since Tuesday, six different schools in the district have received threats on social media. School police are working with law enforcement to figure out where the threats came from, and the district said the lockdown was added as a precautionary measure. “Everyone is trying their best to make sure students and staff are safe in...
    krisanapong detraphiphat | Moment | Getty Images Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here — and consumers shopping for the winter holidays should be on the lookout for online scams. U.S. sales online are expected to hit $207 billion this holiday shopping season, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, according to Adobe. That's a record and a 10% jump over 2020, a year in which the Covid pandemic pushed more consumers to shop digitally. Cyber weekend — the period from Black Friday to Cyber Monday — will draw about 17% of all sales this holiday season, Adobe estimates. Seventy-five percent of American adults anticipate their e-commerce through big retailers like Amazon or Walmart will be similar to or increase relative to the 2020 holiday season, according to a recent AARP survey.VIDEO2:5402:54Shoppers can expect discounts in late December, early 2022: Forrester Research analystSquawk BoxCriminals will likely try to take advantage of the volume — and of unwary consumers. Online shopping accounted for about 58,000 Covid-related consumer fraud reports from January 2020 to Oct. 18 this year, more than any other...
    VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) — Vineland Public Schools will reopen Friday after they were closed Thursday for a potential threat. Vineland Schools said a social media threat talked about a possible school shooting. Vineland police investigated. The threat turned out to be a generic post that is being copied and re-distributed. The school told CBS3 the threat was specifically related to Tik Tok. The district asked parents to discuss appropriate use of social media with students.
    The tone between the White House and Facebook rose on Friday over misinformation about the vaccine: Joe Biden accused him of “killing people” and pushed criticism on stage that “it helped save lives, that’s all”. “They kill people. The only epidemic we’m that kills people who are not vaccinated. They kill people”: This is the definitive answer to the question of what news the US president is targeting groups like Facebook, as he prepares to leave the White House on Friday weekend. The response from Mark Zuckerberg’s team has not been long, and it’s very bad: “Facts show that Facebook helps save lives, time,” the social network said in a statement. “We will not be sidelined by facts-based allegations,” the panel responded. “More than 2 billion people have not found official information about vaccines on Covid 19 and Facebook anywhere else on the Internet. More than 3.3 million Americans have used our tool to find out where and how to get vaccinated,” he argues. The White House, which is concerned that the vaccine campaign will be hampered in the same...
    Cher has been spotted showing off her flawless complexion and flashing her midriff while running errands in Los Angeles.    The Turn Back Time diva looked stylish as she headed to an appointment in a black suit jacket, sweat pants bedazzled with rhinestones, Malibu Cowboy Boots and a designer black and white purse.   She was accompanied by a female friend and smiled wide while making her way back to her car following the two-hour meeting.  It was a rare public sighting for the 74-year-old who has spent much of her time in lockdown campaigning for animal rights behind closed doors and was last seen out in December 2020 in London.  DailyMail.com spotted pop superstar Cher running errands in Los Angeles amid controversy over her 'tone deaf' tweets  The 74-year-old went makeup free as she has spent much of her time campaigning for animal rights behind closed doors and was last seen out in public in December 2020 in London The 74-year-old went make up-free as she showed off her flawless complexion in her all-black ensemble  ...
    First lady Melania Trump posted her first message since Election Day on Friday, reflecting on her youth initiative that addresses cyberbullying as votes continue to pour in for the 2020 presidential election. "#BeBest continues to shine a light on programs similar to the ones I learned about at [The Boston Medical Center] a year ago,” she tweeted Friday. “The hospital displayed the innovative solutions that can be achieved when medical professionals & the community work together for the greater good.” The first lady launched her youth wellness campaign in 2018. It seeks to address three pillars in bettering children’s lives in the 21st century: well-being, online safety and opioid abuse. TRUMP CLAIMS DEMS ARE TRYING TO 'STEAL' ELECTION, SAYS HE'LL WIN IF 'LEGAL VOTES' ARE COUNTED Her reflection on her signature initiative is the first time she has posted on social media or spoken publicly, since she cast her vote Nov. 3. The race for the presidency remains close, though Democratic candidate Joe Biden appears to be inching closer to the White House after making advances in Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania. President Trump made some headway in...
    A Frenchman who is suffering from an incurable condition has pledged to livestream his death on social media after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasia in a right-to-die case.  He has also announced that he will refuse all treatment from now on and will not accept food or drink.    Alain Cocq, who suffers from a rare condition where the walls of the arteries stick together, said on Friday that he believed he had less than a week to live and would livestream his death on Facebook from Saturday morning. He had written to Macron asking to be given a substance that would allow him to die in peace but the president wrote back to him explaining this was not allowed under French law. Alain Cocq, suffering from an orphan desease of the blood, rests on his medical bed in his flat in Dijon, northeastern France. Cocq announced Friday that he will cease all treatment from this day on  Cocq said on Friday that he believed he had less than a week to live. He had written to...
    Cesaro took a shot at the company on Twitter this week, suggesting that he’s unhappy about his current position as an enhancement talent in the company. As documented by Sportskeeda, the superstar was responding to a poll on WWE’s Twitter page asking fans which wrestler they think is most underrated. Several social media users mentioned Cesaro in the comments section, which prompted the Friday Night SmackDown superstar to ask, “Did you get the answer you were looking for?” The social media poll might have been used as a way to see which wrestlers the people want to see more of. If that’s the case, perhaps Cesaro will be given some long-overdue attention moving forward. The promotion often claims to listen to the Universe, after all. However, Cesaro’s comment suggests that he agrees with the fans who believe that he’s underappreciated as a talent. WWE officials have a different view of the former United States Champion, as he’s reportedly too impressive for his own good. Cesaro’s post comes in the wake of recent conversations about him being underutilized. As reported by...
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