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Poll: 64% of Americans Say Social Media Does ‘More to Divide Us’

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Mask-wearing, vaccinations, wokeness, white guilt; the list goes on and on for white divides us today, but a new poll suggests social media may be the fuel to the divisive fire. According to a national NBC News poll, the majority of Americans believe social media platforms do more to divide us than anything else.

“64 percent if Americans think social media platforms do more to divide us” reports NBC News. That includes the overwhelming majorities of most groups: “of Republicans (77 percent), independents (65 percent) and Democrats (54 percent), as well as majorities of white (70 percent), Latinos (56 percent), young adults (61 percent) and seniors (71 percent).”

Not surprisingly, the numbers to the very same question did not change much from 2018 to 2019 but add a global pandemic fueled with constant confusion and a contentious presidential election, and those numbers differed substantially.

NBC reports “When the poll last asked this question in March 2019, 57 percent of respondents said social media platforms do more to divide us, while 35 percent said they do more to unite us.” With the current 64% think social media platforms do more to divide us, only 27 percent of all adults currently believe those platforms do more to bring us together.

The demographic with the closest split is Black Americans. 42 percent say social media is more divisive while a close 40 percent say it’s more unifying. 66 percent of all adults admit to social media use at least once a day, whereas only 33 percent do not.

NBC’s poll also asked a quality of life question: “among daily social media users, 49 percent say social media platforms make their lives better, while 37 percent say they make their lives worse.” The groups that say social media enhances their lives are Democrats, women and college graduates. On the flip side, Republicans, men and those without college degrees disagree.

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  1. truth

    May 11, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    44% then do not realize that the MSM is public enemy #1

  2. truth

    May 11, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    46% rather

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Chris Cuomo Forced Out Of SiriusXM After CNN Firing – Report

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On Monday, ex-CNN host Chris Cuomo announced that he had resigned from his SiriusXM radio show just days after being fired from CNN over his deep involvement with the handling of sexual assault allegations against his brother ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

“The way my time ended at CNN is hard,” he said in a statement. “While I have a thick skin, I also have a family, for whom the past week has been extraordinarily difficult. So, right now, I have to take a step back and focus on what comes next. That means I will no longer be doing my SiriusXM radio show. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from SiriusXM throughout my time there. I also want to express my sincere appreciation for my loyal listeners. I will miss our conversations a great deal – but I look forward to being back in touch with you all in the future.”

 

“Following Chris Cuomo’s statement that he is leaving his SiriusXM show, Let’s Get After It will no longer air. We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM,” a SiriusXM spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the New York Post, a source said that Cuomo was “forced out” of Sirius after “a former female colleague at ABC News accused him of sexual misconduct.”

“Cuomo ‘really wanted’ to stay on Sirius but was told he needed to leave,” the New York Post reported, adding, “A source familiar with the matter said of Cuomo, ‘He was asked to resign, which he did.’”

CNN also reportedly learned of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo, unrelated to his brother, that led CNN to take “immediate action.”
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reported, “On Wednesday, Debra S. Katz, a prominent employment lawyer, informed CNN of a client with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo. Ms. Katz said in a statement on Saturday that the allegation against the anchor, which was made by a former junior colleague at another network, was ‘unrelated to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo matter.’”

When asked about the new allegation, a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday night, “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate. When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.”

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Twitter Releases Redesigned Orange and Red ‘Misinformation’ Labels

Twitter is doubling down on letting you know when they think your internet behavior is uncouth

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Twitter is doubling down on letting you know when they think your internet behavior is uncouth. Reportedly the company has been testing new labels since July, and “are an update from those Twitter used for election misinformation before and after the 2020 presidential contest” reports the Associated Press.

The new designs include added orange and red labels to “stand out” more than the old blue version, which blended with Twitter’s blue color scheme. However, the company was also cautious, as “its tests showed that if a label is too eye-catching, it leads to more people to retweet and reply to the original tweet.”

The AP writes those labels used in the presidential election “drew criticism for not doing enough to keep people from spreading obvious falsehoods.” Therefore the redesign will launch on Tuesday in hopes of being “easier to notice.”

The AP states experts say such labels are helpful to users and allow the big tech social media giants to “sidestep the more difficult work of content moderation – that is, deciding whether or not to remove posts, photos and videos that spread conspiracies and falsehoods.”

In its testing phase, Twitter said the redesigned labels showed a 17% increase in “click-through-rate” meaning more people would click on the labels to read the information debunking false or misleading tweets. “Misleading tweets that got the redesigned label – with an orange icon and the words ‘stay informed’ were also less likely to be retweeted or liked than those with the original labels.”

Twitter labels three types of misinformation: “manipulated media,” such as videos and audio believed to have been deceptively altered in ways that could cause real-world harm; election and voting-related misinformation and false or misleading tweets related to COVID-19.

The AP adds “tweets with more serious misinformation – for instance, a tweet claiming that vaccines cause autism – will get a stronger label, with the world ‘misleading’ and a red exclamation point. It won’t be possible to reply to, like or retweet these messages.”

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