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It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for our Political Reporter Claire’s weeklyRemove Dirtcolumn. But we also have something important reports from across the internet, including: deepfakes is used to apply remotely, the new Elvis Presley biopic sparks debate on TikTok, and how a photo of frog frozen in a tub of ice cream has the internet disgusted…and call it fake.
That is a lot! So let’s get started right away.
DEEP FAKES: Cyber criminals are using deepfakes to apply remotelythe FBI recently warned. As our Tech Reporter Mikael details in the report, the agency said it was a “increase in complaints” report the use of deepfakes and stolen personally identifiable information to apply for remote work and work from home. You can view the full report here†
CULTURE: In Baz Luhrmann’s wake Elvis Presley biopic in the cinema, our Culture Reporter Michelle breaks out how TikTokers are highlighting the less savory aspects of the artist’s life† Read more about the discourse on TikTok here†
ROE V. WADE: While many people took to social media to provide shelter and services to those who want or need to travel to have an abortion after the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wadesome people are online warn people not to accept these offers† In a viral thread on Twitter, a user noted that those public offers can now make them goals and that “geofence orders” can be applied to those homes. Read more about the warnings here†
VIRAL: A Facebook post showing what appeared to be a frog frozen in a tub of ice cream went viral, sparked disgust and debate over the Internet. Many people called “nonsenseon the viral photo that claimed it was made for punching power† But regardless of the authenticity of the image, it certainly had thousands of people share their horror† †This story contains graphic content related to animals†
Meet the new favorite candidate of the extreme right
Extremists love Doug Mastiano†
Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor insists he is not an extremist himself† He also tried to take distance from conspiracy theorists† His track record proves otherwise.
Mastianoa Pennsylvania state senator tweeted: QAnon hashtags more than 50 times and appeared on shows hosted by people who believe the conspiracy theory that the planet is run by Satan worshipers who rape and eat children.
Although Mastriano has tried some sort”don’t believe your lying eyes“defense by saying he”strongly condemnsit, QAnon followers do not buy it†
cheers went out in QAnon world when he won the Republican primary in May. Maybe they just went by Mastriano’s actions, like posting a video from QAnon hero Mike Flynn encourage him facebook in April.
Far right extremists also cheered his victory. And why not? They have every reason to watch Mastriano as an ally†
First, Mastiano was with the capitol riot† His online history includes tweet lists of liberals he apparently disdaina surefire way to score points on the to the far right†
In the event that he becomes the governor of Pennsylvania, Mastriano plans to enact many policies that: sensation right-wing extremists†
He proposes a “heart rate accountthat would ban abortion after about six weeks, long before the embryo even has a heart, experts said. (The “heartbeat” is just a cluster of cells that transmit electrical signals).
Unsurprisingly, he posted a celebratory tweet when the Supreme Court of the United States overthrown Roe v. Wade last week.
Mastriano also plans to ban critical race theory, a fixation among extremists who believed that law and graduate school theory that views American history through a lens that encompasses the effects of slavery and racism is taught in elementary schools. †It’s not†
And he has big plans to”restore trust” in “election integrity† It seems to have escaped him that the only reason people question the integrity of the election is that people like his campaign new ones senior legal advisor Jenna Ellis told a lot of lies that undermined their confidence in elections†
Online you can find Mastriano on his campaign website, Twitter† facebook† Instagram† Truth Social† parlerand To chatter†
Pennsylvania is a swing state whose governor has considerable power over elections. If elected, Mastriano would appoint the Secretary of State, who leads the election.
In theory, this means that a man who believed the election is lying enough to be at the… capitol riot could just give Pennsylvania’s? 20 electoral votes to whomever he wills.
He would also succeed a lot of restrictions on reproductive freedom, public education and more, while set guns in the hands of anyone in Pennsylvania who wants one.
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Here are some key messages from across the ‘net.
- A TikToker claims she discovered it a phone number on an ex’s phone that belonged to another womanso she reportedly decided to use that number while shopping at a Ulta save to redeem all reward points for himself†
- After picking up a passenger from a hospital, Uber driver claims he asked him help shopping† The driver shared a bizarre comedy of mistakes that followed in a viral video†
- with apparent staff shortages hitting business in the United States, some customers have taken the duties of the employees in your own hands†
- two cooks walked into a kitchen with a meal package of home cook… this is what happened.†
- an apparent Video of Starbucks employee sharing some of the coffee chain’s supposed secrets has attracted a lot of interest onlinewhere viewers learn new things about their most popular drinks†
- is there a First Amendment right to collect in the metaverse† Our story on this topic, part of a package on web3investigates digital protests†
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👋 BEFORE YOU GO
A video with a boss review their employees’ outfits recently went viral on TikTok, sparks great debate† In the video, a TikTok user shows someone she thinks is her boss write scores for each person’s outfit on a whiteboard as they walk through the door. Although the video is a joke, the dialogue around the TikTok has been fierce†
Now playing: †Start a riotby Durkwrth, Shaboozey
*First Release: June 30, 2022, 12 noon CDT
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