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“Hacker X”—the American who built a pro-Trump fake news empire—unmasks himself

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A shadowy figure holds a mask of Donald Trump.

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This is the story of the mastermind behind one of the largest "fake news" operations in the US.

For two years, he ran websites and Facebook groups that spread bogus stories, conspiracy theories, and propaganda. Under him was a dedicated team of writers and editors paid to produce deceptive content—from outright hoaxes to political propaganda—with the supreme goal of tipping the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

Through extensive efforts, he built a secret network of self-reinforcing sites from the ground up. He devised a strategy that got prominent personalities—including Trump—to retweet misleading claims to their followers. And he fooled unwary American citizens, including the hacker's own father, into regarding fake news sources more highly than the mainstream media.

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nocko
1 day ago
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"Ethical hacker"?

"Whistleblower"?

More like amoral shit-stain. He's admited to doing as much as anyone to destroy his country.

We have no choice but to wait for his full death toll to emerge... but he got some cash and lulz, though.

Sure would be nice if the white techbro class had to face consequences.
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bronzehedwick
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😳 dear god.
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RCMP union says it supports a Mountie's 'right' to refuse vaccination

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The RCMP's union says it supports the "right" of RCMP officers to refuse to get vaccinated and will back up any member who refuses vaccination once the mandatory vaccination policy for the federal public service is in place.

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nocko
16 days ago
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Cool, so I suppose we can opt out of interacting with mounties,right?
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B.C. naturopath claims college can't stop him from selling fecal transplants to treat autistic kids

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A Fraser Valley naturopath has filed a legal action against his professional regulator, alleging it doesn’t have the power to stop him from producing fecal transplants in his B.C. lab to administer to autistic children in Mexico.

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nocko
23 days ago
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Selling poop enemas to Mexican kids is a weird hill to die on.
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guerrillatech:Black panther poster. Just as relevant today

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Black panther poster. Just as relevant today

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‘Close friends’ Biden and Bennett leave progressive Americans out in the cold

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The progressive base of the Democratic Party was completely dissed yesterday by the White House in President Biden’s meeting with rightwing Israeli PM Naftali Bennett. The president said he and the PM are “close friends,” and he sounded a hawkish note on Iran and mentioned Palestine only in passing. Bennett and Israel got everything that they wanted, observers said. The Israel lobby group AIPAC...

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nocko
47 days ago
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Gross
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German Olympic gymnastics team, tired of 'sexualization,' wears unitards

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For decades, female gymnasts have worn bikini-cut leotards. In qualifying on Sunday, however, the German team instead wore unitards that stretched to their ankles, intending to push back against sexualization of women in gymnastics.

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nocko
81 days ago
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Cool!
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