The Technology 202: The Michigan kidnapping plot highlights Silicon Valley’s problem with extremism

Social media trails like these are becoming a recurrent feature in violent events ranging from synagogue massacres to bombing plots. 

“Before they become real, they percolate online, courtesy of a social media ecosystem that is ubiquitous, barely moderated and well suited to helping aggrieved people find each other,” my colleagues write. 

Experts in online extremism say the plot exposed by federal and state officials this week highlights the stakes for social media companies to address violent posts on their platform. 

“Social media companies have been allowing these communities to build and grow, ignoring the mounting evidence that memes, posts and images encouraging violence can and do translate into actual violence,” Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst and vice president of analysis for the Alethea Group, which tracks online threats, told my colleagues. “Not only have many of these Michigan pages and groups been on Facebook for years, the Facebook algorithm

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The latest leak thickens the plot

At a virtual event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 12. We’ve heard a lot of rumors about the new phone’s specs, price and potential 5G features, as well as the new phone’s charging capabilities. We expect that the iPhone 12 will feature wireless charging, as every iPhone has integrated that since the iPhone 8. But on Friday, leaker Kang posted on Chinese social media site Weibo that Apple will also introduce a magnetic iPhone MagSafe charger, using the same branding as the magnetic charging cables found in its older MacBook laptops. 



a close up of electronics: The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. Andrew Hoyle/CNET


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The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. Andrew Hoyle/CNET



a stereo sitting on a blue surface: The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. 


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The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. 


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Even After The Plot To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer, Michigan Militant Groups Continue To Thrive On Facebook

A day after the FBI disclosed that organized armed extremists coordinated on Facebook to hatch a terrorist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, multiple pages that encourage political violence were still active on the social network.

An examination by BuzzFeed News and the Tech Transparency Project, a nonpartisan watchdog group, found at least five such pages on the platform as of Friday morning. Those pages, which in some cases appear to be simply rebranded versions of previously banned organizations, use Facebook to recruit and to promote objectives that at times call for violent uprising.

Facebook announced in August that it was banning right-wing militant, anarchist, and QAnon groups after a series of violent crimes were tied to organizations that used the platform. Since then, the company has removed thousands of groups, and this week announced it had banned all accounts, pages, and groups tied to QAnon, the collective delusion

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Home and Away’s Colby to be caught on camera as affair plot continues

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow.

Home and Away will see Colby Thorne’s affair with Taylor Rosetta caught on camera.

In scenes airing this week in Australia and in a month’s time in the UK, Colby (Tim Franklin) continues to try and stay ahead of Detective Angelo Rosetta’s investigation into Ross Nixon’s murder (via TV Week).

Colby has seduced Angelo’s wife Taylor (Annabelle Stephenson) as a result, although Taylor remains unaware of Colby’s true motivations.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine – Channel 5

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That all changes when it emerges that Bella Nixon (Courtney Miller), Willow Harris (Sarah Roberts), and Dean Thompson (Patrick O’Connor) all know about the affair.

After witnessing Colby and Dean’s heated confrontation, Taylor decides to break things off with Colby.

In a twist, Taylor is surprised when Colby tries to fight for their romance.

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