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Coronavirus: Far-right spreads Covid-19 ‘infodemic’ on Facebook

Coronavirus: Far-right spreads Covid-19 ‘infodemic’ on Facebook

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device "What if [they] are trying to kill off as many people as possible" reads one Facebook post."Eventually, these scum will release something truly nasty to wipe us all out, but first they have to train us to be obedient slaves" reads another.A third: "Coronavirus is the newest Islamist weapon."Many of us by now will have seen something of the "infodemic" the World Health Organization (WHO) warned is swirling across society. Whether popping into your online timeline or maybe forwarded by a relative, it would have been a rumour or revelation so eye-grabbing, so shockingly different from the norm, that they're hard to ignore. Yet while false claims about coronavirus have...

8chan far-right forum offline as Cloudflare cuts support

Technology
The far-right web forum 8chan, used to celebrate mass shootings and spread suspects' so-called “manifestos”, has been forced offline after losing its cyber-security protection.Cloudflare, a San Francisco-based firm that provides added security for websites to prevent cyber-attacks, said it would stop protecting 8chan at midnight Pacific Time (08:00 BST) on Monday. The 21-year-old suspect in this weekend’s shooting in El Paso, Texas, is understood to have used 8chan to spread his manifesto. Previously, the site was also used by the suspect in March’s shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as the suspect in April's synagogue shooting in Poway, California. Losing Cloudflare’s protection has made 8chan vulnerable to a Distrib
Austria’s far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party ministers all resign amid scandal

World
All ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) have resigned, throwing the government into chaos. The Freedom Party's leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who was also vice-chancellor, was forced to resign at the weekend after a video sting. Mr Strache was filmed proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch's niece.The FPÖ threatened a mass resignation earlier on Monday if Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was also forced out. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had called over the weekend for Mr Kickl to be sacked, saying that as general secretary of the party he should take responsibility for the scandal. The scandal broke on Friday when footage from 2017 was published in German media, showing Mr Strache an
Spain election: Socialists win amid far-right breakthrough

Spain election: Socialists win amid far-right breakthrough

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Spain's ruling Socialists are on course to be the biggest party in the third election in four years, but have fallen short of a majority.PM Pedro Sánchez's party is set to win under 29% and would need the support of left-wing Podemos and possibly Catalan nationalists to form a government.For the first time since military rule ended in the 1970s, a far-right party is set to enter parliament.Vox opposes multiculturalism, feminism and unrestricted migration. Socialists battle to stop right-wing surge Pedro Sánchez: Spain's accidental PM on a roll With most of the results in, the party was on more than 10% of the vote, which would give it 24 seats in the 350-seat parliament.The Socialist prime minister has presented himself as a bulw