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Monday April 27th, 2020 morning edition

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Right-wing voices around the world have been playing a disproportionate role in spreading coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories, a new report has found.

The report by Graphika, a US-based company specialising in online marketing and social media analysis, is based on a project mapping online COVID-19 misinformation.

“This indicates not only that there are more right-wing accounts, but these accounts are also more prolifically producing content than their left-wing counterparts.”.

Right-wing groups in the US, Italy, and France were more actively spreading misinformation, with left-wing groups more active in other EU countries and Latin American countries, the report said.

Graphika's analysis found “a high proportion of conspiracy-focused content” online, which at first appeared to revolve around the causes of the coronavirus outbreak, but later shifted towards government responses.

The report also found a number of groups have been attempting to leverage the online conversation around the coronavirus pandemic to cultivate racism and anti-immigration sentiment.

“This content is most often shared via articles on clickbait ‘news’ sites and expertly blends conspiratorial narratives with anti-establishment messaging.”. »

Study: 71 percent of jobless Americans did not receive their March unemployment benefits

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The majority of unemployed Americans did not receive unemployment benefits in March — a month that shattered US records for job loss claims — according to a new study.

As a result, only 29 percent of jobless Americans received benefits in March, according to Pew’s analysis of Labor Department statistics.

The federal CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus package aimed at addressing coronavirus-related economic fallout, featured provisions meant to boost the size and scope of unemployment benefits. »

GOP Maryland Governor Says State Received 'Hundreds of Calls' Asking If It's OK to Ingest Clorox After Trump's Disinfectant Remarks

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But Hogan took issue with the remarks in an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday.

"We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and #COVID19," the Maryland Emergency Management Agency wrote in a Friday tweet.

Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, also suggested that her state had seen an uptick in poisonings due to the president's disinfectant remarks. »

Mos Def played straight man to Jack Black in Be Kind Rewind

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Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind opens with clips of Mos Def playing Fats Waller in a homemade biopic.

Instead, he genre-hopped around a variety of projects, the best of which is arguably Be Kind Rewind.

Gondry’s film pairs Def with Jack Black; essentially, he accepts an invitation to be upstaged and then quietly holds his own. »

Dave Chappelle helps raise over $100k for struggling comics during coronavirus pandemic

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The Comedy Store may be closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but they haven't forgotten the talent who've graced their stage who are now struggling to make ends meet.

Dave Chappelle, who is quarantined at his home in Ohio, was the surprise guest in the show's final segment hosted by Neal Brennan and also featured Bill Burr and Chappelle's Show alum Donnell Rawlings.

The Comedy Store was one of many businesses forced to close its doors due to the pandemic. »