Social Media Has Turned Bill Gates Into The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Fake Villain

Editors’ note: This story has been updated to more clearly attribute phrasing from work previously published in Type Investigations, HuffPost, Pacific Standard, and BuzzFeed News. On May 14, Italian politician Sara Cunial uploaded a video to her Facebook profile calling former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates a criminal and demanding he be tried for crimes against…

Shocking social media posts yanked by Republican House candidate

Fast. Short. Daily. We take you behind the headlines and help you understand the biggest stories driving politics and policy. Williams, who is currently unaffiliated with any political organization, said he took screenshots of the Facebook and Twitter posts on the day Howze launched a run in March 2018, shortly before California’s filing deadline. Howze’s…

Media coverage of coronavirus draws restrictions on press freedom

It was the largest pandemic in modern history, but due to wartime censorship in many European countries, few citizens would know it at first. Only Spain, a nation neutral in the fight, allowed its press to work largely uncensored, and so it was that stories of the contagion spread too. A century later, coronavirus is…

Why a media mogul was arrested in Pakistan

The authorities in Pakistan have arrested one of the country’s leading media magnates on charges he illegally obtained government land more than 30 years ago. Mir Shakilur Rahman is the editor-in-chief of the Jang group which owns some of Pakistan’s most widely circulated newspapers, as well as the popular Geo television network. The arrest is…

Men used social media to contact teenage kidnap victim, police say

Three men were arrested Sunday after authorities rescued a girl they said had been sexually assaulted and was being held against her will at one of the men’s homes in Chino Hills. Ontario police began looking for the teen, whose age was not given, after her parents reported her missing Saturday night. Detectives found her…

Ontario education minister deletes tweet after social media backlash

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce has deleted a tweet posted Thursday after intense backlash on social media. The tweet, which featured images of Lecce with children using technology, read: “We are positioning our students for success in life and work by embracing technology and STEM in the classroom. We are listening to parents & being…