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Feb 23 2021
Wall Street's populist uprising, the Capitol siege and a strong U.S. anti-vaccination movement show the power of memes in spreading misinformation and influencing communities online.
Why it matters: For years, there's been growing concern that deepfakes (doctored pictures and videos) would become truth's greatest threat. Instead, memes have proven to be a more effective tool inAxios
May 06 2021
COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. But a meme featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis minimizes the toll the pandemic already has taken — particularly among the elderly. The meme also questions getting inoculated, despite the safety record of the vaccines and DeSantis’ public support for vaccines.
Some politicians and pundits have downplayed the severity ofFactCheck.org
Mar 10 2021
Cara only has about 700 followers on Twitter. The 20-year-old frequently garners a handful of “Likes” on her content, which consists mostly of takes on pop culture and singing videos.
But when she tweeted a popular image of a potential US high-speed rail map in January, saying “I want her so f***ing much,” her tweet quickly went viral, earning over 185,000 “Likes” and more than 50,000Vox
Aug 29 2020
Philip Aiken has received more than 1.4m likes on the video-sharing app TikTok. But his videos don’t feature cute animals and there are no celebrities to be seen. Aiken’s posts are about soil restoration.
The 27-year-old is one of a growing number of TikTok users discussing the benefits of boosting biodiversity in green spaces and gardens against a backdrop of viral sounds. “I see it asThe Guardian
Sep 07 2020
On Sunday evening, an edited clip of President Donald Trump went viral on social media. The 12-second clip, edited out of a 2019 C-SPAN interview with Trump, showed the president walking to a helicopter before stopping to point to a puddle on the ground outside of the White House. Some Twitter users tweeted the video along with comments that Trump looked "confused" and "disoriented." "TrumpMediaite C-SPAN Fox News (Online News)
May 05 2020
Former President George W. Bush's viral video calling for unity — and current President Donald Trump's reaction to it — have made major news nationwide, sparking discussions about the state of hyperpartisanship in the United States and nostalgic reflections on the politics of past eras.
Many former Bush critics applauded the video, which was shared on May 2. Most left-rated outlets andBloomberg The Atlantic Washington Times
Jul 04 2022
Ohio police released graphic body camera video and additional details Sunday about the shooting of Black motorist Jayland Walker, showing for the first time the moment eight officers released a barrage of bullets at Walker as he ran.
Akron officers said they tried to stop Walker, 25, last Monday on unspecified traffic violations and chased him when he did not pull over, police said in aNBC News (Online)
Aug 27 2020
Now that Pelosi wants to cancel the presidential debates, can we stop saying it's just a right-wing meme?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said there should not be any 2020 presidential debates.
And just like that, she has made the idea of canceling the election-year showdowns between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden into something far more than just chatter among news and political commentators.
“I don't think there should be any debates,” Pelosi told reportersWashington Examiner
Jan 03 2020
An airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani early Friday, escalating a simmering conflict between the US and Iran that had flared up after an American contractor was killed in Iraq in late December.
The decision to kill Soleimani, who was one of the most powerful people in Iran and directed bloody conflicts around the Middle East, followed a NewBuzzFeed News
Jun 20 2022
Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens is facing criticism and condemnation Monday after sharing a political ad urging supporters to go "RINO hunting."
The latest: Twitter has a warning ahead of the video, saying it violates Twitter's rules about "abusive behavior." Meta removed Greitens' video from Facebook on Monday afternoon.
"We removed this video for violating our policiesAxios