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Blame Wikipedia: ‘Dead’ Senator Hatch trolls Google over solid ‘fact-checking’

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would like Google to know that reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. The search engine showed that Hatch had died in 2017, apparently based on a bad Wikipedia edit left unchecked. “Hi Google? We might need to talk,” Hatch’s office tweeted on Monday night, with a screenshot of the search listing the senator as ...

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‘Don’t rely on what press said’: Rosenstein trolls Republican lawmaker amid Clinton email dispute

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has snapped at Jim Jordan, snarkily lecturing the Republican representative, who had accused him of “hiding” information from Congress and of threatening government staff with legal action. Jordan, a two-time champion wrestler, had badgered Rosenstein about the Justice Department’s failure to turn over documents related to the FBI’s probes into Hillary Clinton’s email server use ...

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‘Right back at ya’: Iran’s Zarif trolls Pompeo by rewriting his statement to reflect US failings

The Iranian foreign minister has turned a recent US statement, about a protest in Iran, back against his American counterpart – by exposing how the same comments can easily be applied to the situation in the US. The original statement by Mike Pompeo, issued on Wednesday, had accused Tehran of “squandering its citizens’ resources… in adventurism in Syria, its support ...

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‘Got me good’: Russian pop star Emin trolls Russiagaters in satire clip featuring Trump & Co

Russian pop star Emin ridiculed Russiagaters in a new clip, featuring lookalikes of Trump and others partying hard with Miss Universe contestants and taking shots together. Some in US media took the fun video too seriously. Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, also known as Emin – his name surfaced in US headlines last year when it emerged he helped arrange ...

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Musk trolls media with Pravda, confuses Ukraine and Russia

Silicon Valley magnate Elon Musk is trolling the mainstream media again, reminding them he is serious about setting up a website ranking their credibility. “Tried to buy Pravda.com, but Russia said no. Turns out they already use it,” Musk tweeted on Friday, linking to a domain in Ukraine.  He’s got a bunch of angry replies saying “Ukraine is not Russia!” in ...

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Putin trolls Macron over 'huge' French investments in Russia

A single Finnish company invested the equivalent of almost half of all French investment in Russia, President Vladimir Putin told his counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). “Finland’s Fortum invested €6 billion in Russia, while the whole of France invested €15 billion,” Putin said jokingly. Moments earlier, the French President boasted about the figure, proudly ...

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Twitter to de-rank ‘trolls,’ provokes conservative anger over ‘censorship’

Twitter’s announcement that it will limit the visibility of tweets from what it calls ‘troll accounts’ was met with anger by conservatives and free-speech advocates, who see it as another turn of the screw towards censorship. The platform’s new policy was revealed in a blog post on Tuesday, which promises to make sweeping changes to the way conversations work. Twitter will ...

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Twitter algorithm changes will hide more bad tweets and trolls

Twitter’s latest effort to curb trolling and abuse on the site takes some of the burden off users and places it on the company’s algorithms. If you tap on a Twitter or real-world celebrity’s tweet, more often than not there’s a bot as one of the first replies. This has been an issue for so long it’s a bit ridiculous, ...

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'Current mood: Natalya Poklonskaya,' Twitter trolls ‘nyasha’ MP at Putin inauguration

An image of MP Natalya Poklonskaya leaning against a wall ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration has gone viral, with some saying that her mood resembles their own every day. The photo captured the former chief Crimean prosecutor standing near the entrance of the Andreyevsky Hall in the Kremlin Grand Palace before Vladimir Putin took the oath of office. Poklonskaya has ...

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‘I’m starting a candy company & it’s going to be amazing’: Musk trolls Buffett in bizarre spat

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has vowed to start a candy company, in what appears to be a bizarre trolling response to comments made by fellow billionaire Warren Buffett. Buffett was responding to criticism Musk made earlier this week regarding one of his core investment principles –the moat– meaning the competitive advantage of a company. Musk dismissed the strategy as “lame” ...

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