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Opinion: The Allure of the Side Hustle

In the litany of one-liners spoken at college commencements, here is one told to me years ago that I haven’t been able to verify but am also unable to forget: “This generation will go to their grave with their options open.” It was purportedly said at a Yale graduation—a group that would likely have had

Social Media

Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years, then will reassess

Facebook announced Friday that former President Donald Trump’s accounts will be suspended for two years, freezing his presence on the social network until early 2023, following a finding that Trump stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. At the end of the suspension, the company will assess whether Trump’s “risk

Legal Beat

Defense for some Capitol rioters: election misinformation

Falsehoods about the election helped bring insurrectionists to the Capitol on Jan. 6, and now some who are facing criminal charges for their actions during the riot hope their gullibility might save them or at least engender some sympathy. Lawyers for at least three defendants charged in connection with the violent siege tell The Associated

Elections

Election officials can fight fraud; fighting misinformation is tougher

Maricopa County’s chief information security officer said the county was able to handle cyberthreats to the 2020 elections, but handling public perception of the results in the face of rampant social media misinformation has been more of a challenge. “We all saw in 2020 that the vast majority of what was communicated through media, social

Misinformation

7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader

Identify and stop the lies. NLshop/iStock via Getty Images Plus H. Colleen Sinclair, Mississippi State University The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at

Buz Blog

Opinion: Snowed Out

As I write this column, I am sitting in our Winnebago RV at Buckskin Mountain State Park near Parker, Arizona. When we left on this trip, we planned to spend a couple of days in Quartzsite, a few days in Lake Havasui City, a few more at Buckskin and then return home. Unfortunately, while most of

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