The Daily Populous

Friday October 9th, 2020 day edition

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British comedian and satirist Sacha Baron Cohen — who has a history of pushing buttons with the movie “Borat” and TV series “Who Is America?”

— calls the social network President Donald Trump’s “willing accomplice” as “the greatest propaganda machine in history” in a new op-ed for Time.

And he accuses the president of exploiting the public’s fear and uncertainty, and claims that Facebook FB, +2.18% has given him the platform to do so. “

“The Demagogue in Chief has a willing accomplice in Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook — a megaphone that history’s worst autocrats could only dream of.”

Cohen also didn’t pull any punches against Facebook while giving a speech hosted by the Anti-Defamation League last November.

Read: Sacha Baron Cohen amplifies his sharp rebuke of big tech companies, while Facebook insists it’s anti–hate speech.

A House Judiciary subcommittee report released this week even suggests breaking apart tech companies like Facebook, Apple, AMZN, -0.16% and Google. »

Comparing Associations of State Reopening Strategies with COVID-19 Burden

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Most states used a phased reopening strategy, and there was substantial variation in the implementation of reopening approaches across states.

We estimated excess COVID-19 burden for states reopening indoor dining after implementing a statewide mask mandate, also referred to as evidence-based reopening.

We also estimated excess COVID-19 burden for states reopening prior to implementing a statewide mask mandate. »

‘Avengers’ Dips Below 1,000 Players On PC, Causing Matchmaking Problems

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It also does not help that the game mandates that all four players be a different hero, extending matchmaking times further.

On PC, some players are reporting sitting around for 30 minutes or so waiting for matches, if they ever find them.

A lack of substantive communication or word on when pressing issues will be fixed is driving some players away. »

White House head of security is 'very ill' with coronavirus, report says

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The White House is yet to comment publicly on Bailey’s condition or when he first tested positive for Covid-19, but four unnamed officials told Bloomberg he is now “gravely ill”.

More than a dozen other top officials have tested positive, including the White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, former White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and adviser Hope Hicks.

Bailey, a career federal employee, runs the White House security office and works with the US Secret Service on security measures for Mr Trump’s protection. »