SINGAPORE: It was not too long ago that Facebook was a politician’s best friend.As the social media platform started taking off in Singapore about a decade ago, politicians — from across the political spectrum — rushed to get onboard, setting up their Facebook accounts, posting comments and pictures, and engaging fellow users.At that time, it seemed as though Facebook could do no wrong, and politicians saw it as a godsend — an ideal platform not only to communicate their messages, but also to gather feedback and gauge public sentiments.Of late, however, Facebook has come under scrutiny around the world, as news emerge of how the social media giant inflated its metrics, tried to cover up data breaches, as well as allowed itself to be used as a conduit for spreading mis- and disinformation.Earlier this week, Facebook also admitted to hiring a Washington-based lobbying company that pushed negative stories about Facebook’s critics, including … [Read more...] about The Big Read: With Facebook’s credibility under siege, time for the Government to ‘unfriend’ it?
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By Scott Shane Mark Mazzetti The New York Times Thu., Sept. 20, 2018 On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York: Vladimir Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below. It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64. In November, shortly after Donald Trump eked out a victory that Moscow had worked to assist, an even bigger banner appeared, this time on the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington: the face of U.S. President Barack Obama and “Goodbye Murderer” in big red letters. Police never identified who had hung the banners, but there were clues. The earliest promoters of the images on Twitter were American-sounding accounts, including @LeroyLovesUSA, later exposed as Russian fakes operated from St. Petersburg to influence American voters. The Kremlin, it appeared, had reached onto U.S. soil in New York … [Read more...] about The plot to subvert an election: Unravelling the Russia story so far
caption Steve Case, foreground with sunglasses, is leading a “Rise of the Rest” initiative across the United States. Louisville is the first city he’s brought a bus tour to twice. source Revolution Louisville, Kentucky was the first repeat stop on AOL cofounder Steve Case‘s Rise of the Rest bus tour. For the past four years, Case and his team have visited and invested in 38 cities across 26 states Louisville’s startup scene is still young, but has the support of the Louisville mayor and Kentucky governor, who see it as a critical jobs driver for the state’s largest city. The scene is also a prime example of how Case’s initiative is having a real impact on its network. This article is part of Business Insider’s ongoing series on Better Capitalism. Louisville, Kentucky is known across the United States as the home of … [Read more...] about The newest emerging startup scene to watch is in Louisville, Kentucky — and big names are starting to take notice
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
caption Peter Diamandis is best known for his work in space. source Nadine Rupp/Getty Peter Diamandis is a serial entrepreneur known for his work in space. He is the executive chairman and founder of the X Prize Foundation, the executive founder of Singularity University and International Space University, and the co-executive chairman of Planetary Resources, among other organizations. When we asked Peter Diamandis how he sees his extraordinary career, he told us, “I think of myself as a 9-year-old kid having a blast.” Diamandis has made a career of making that 9-year-old happy. He told Business Insider’s podcast, “Success! How I Did it,” about how he became the man behind companies making science fiction come true: the X Prize Foundation, Singularity University, Human Longevity Inc. As a child Diamandis wanted to explore space, but his parents wanted him to be a doctor. His solution to that … [Read more...] about One of tech’s most prolific entrepreneurs reveals how he and Elon Musk are trying to eliminate illiteracy, and why he thinks human placentas may hold a key toward ‘an indefinite human life span’