The Daily Populous

Thursday April 25th, 2019 night edition

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Researchers looked at Facebook posts leading up to the 2016 presidential election and after, checking them for popular news domains known for spreading disinformation.

The study did find, however, that the practice of sharing so-called fake news was fairly rare in general.

A recently published study found that Facebook users over 65 years old were far more likely than other adults to share disinformation on social media.

The researchers defined fake news as "knowingly false or misleading content created largely for the purpose of generating ad revenue."

Of those who said they used Facebook, only 49% agreed to share any profile data.

Eleven percent of users older than 65 shared an article consistent with the study's definition of fake news.

The study drew its list of "fake news domains" from a list assembled by the journalist Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News. »

The Government Is Targeting Immigration Lawyers, Activists, and Reporters

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A leaked Department of Homeland Security database confirms what many suspected: the U.S. government is trying to punish and intimidate people advocating for immigrant rights.

Al Otro Lado’s suspicion that it has been the target of an intelligence campaign was confirmed when a Homeland Security database of activists and journalists was leaked.

Given the importance of legal representation in immigration proceedings, the intimidation of immigration attorneys is calamitous to our democratic norms. »

Why Do People With Depression Like Listening To Sad Music?

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The first part of the study was a replication attempt using the same materials as the 2015 paper that found depressed people preferred sad music.

The researchers found again that people with depression had a far greater preference than controls for sad, low-energy music (but not fear-inducing music).

Yoon and his colleagues acknowledge more research is needed to find out why exactly depressed people favour sad music. »

Elizabeth Warren keeps offering detailed policy proposals. Why do so few Democrats seem to care?

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Nevertheless she persisted and all that, but you could forgive Warren if she put her fist through something when that poll came out.

But if the campaign ahead is about issues and ideas instead of insults and ideology, then Warren will be leading the way. »

Introducing the Overwatch Workshop

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The Workshop is a simplified game scripting system that expands the customization features available in the Game Browser.

Within the Workshop, you'll create a Script to add Rules and unique play Conditions on top of the established Overwatch game modes you already know and love.

To access Workshop, click Play > Game Browser > Create > Settings > Workshop. »