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‘ShadowGate’ video spreads misinformation, conspiracy theories about major events

The claim: Government contractors form a “shadow government” responsible for an anti-Trump plot, orchestrating global events

This past weekend, a conspiracy theory-laden video, “What they don’t want you to see,” was posted across social media platforms, racking up millions of views in a matter of days.

The video opens with the title image “ShadowGate,” the title which InfoWars correspondent Millie Weaver advertised the project as on her website on August 3.

The nearly 90-minute video rife with disinformation was produced by Weaver. Weaver was recently arrested alongside her boyfriend after being indicted by an Ohio grand jury on charges of robbery, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, and domestic violence, according to Fox News.

USA TODAY reached out to Weaver for comment.

The video is filled with false claims and insinuations, centering on the notion that a cabal of federal contractors is using advanced data collection techniques to engineer global events

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Facebook Debuts Paid Online Events, Swipes at Apple for Fees

Facebook will now let individuals, businesses and other organizations make money from events held on the platform, the company announced Friday.

True to its name, Paid Online Events allows accountholders to charge for event tickets or registrations for online events held on Facebook. According to vice president Fidji Simo, head of the Facebook app, the feature was developed as a way of helping small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged sectors like retail, restaurants and in-person events.

“We’ve been testing this product for a while and now it is available to Pages in the U.S. and in 19 other countries,” she said in a press conference call held Friday. “So starting today, businesses creators, educators, media publishers can all start earning money from online events to help grow their business, connect with our community and reach new audiences all over the world.”

Using Facebook Pages, where accountholders can

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What Harvard MBA Virtual Admissions Events Are Like

It was the first virtual graduation in the history of Harvard Business School

The COVID-19 pandemic forced b-schools across the nation to shift their courses online back in March. And following suit, many in-person events and functions had to be canceled only to be brought back in a virtual state.

At Harvard Business School, two primary admissions programs – the Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) and Peek Weekend—went virtual this summer due to the pandemic. Despite the fact that attendees didn’t meet in-person, the virtual gatherings still saw great success, according to an article by the HBS Newsroom.

“One silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic is that it provided an opportunity to expand virtual admissions events beyond what we thought was possible,” Kate Bennett, director of marketing for MBA Admissions at HBS, tells Newsroom. “We were able to reach a far higher number of prospective students—an unprecedented number of

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What’s Next for TV Markets? Survey Highlights Reduced Delegations, Year-Round Online Events

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As the industry gets used to working within the virtual space, U.K. media consultancy K7 Media has surveyed 40 clients — made up of some of the biggest international TV distributors, broadcasters, and production studios  — to learn more about their experience with these new virtual events and the role trade shows will play in the ‘new normal.’ K7 Media’s head of strategy Girts Licis looks at what’s next for TV markets and conferences.

As it became increasingly clear that physical events would be unable to go ahead as planned, we noticed everyone — from existing event organizers to publishers and analysts — rush to establish an online footprint.

There’s no doubt the industry has adapted well to ‘attending’ events online, with 55% of clients surveyed reporting watching or listening to an online session curated by a TV event. Highly anticipated annual markets,

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Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — As President Donald Trump visited a Wisconsin shipyard to emphasize job growth and reviving an economy hammered by the coronavirus, Joe Biden spent Thursday in Pennsylvania warning “there are no miracles coming” to help the nation beat back the still deadly pandemic.

“Amazingly, he hasn’t grasped the most basic fact of this crisis: To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said of Trump while speaking at a community center in Lancaster. “He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. His whining and self-pity. This pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us.”

The pandemic has largely prevented the two presidential candidates from holding dueling appearances in pivotal battleground states. On Thursday, it gave them an opportunity to show off their contrasting styles on a virus outbreak that has killed

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Biden, Trump stage rare dueling events in pandemic era

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Both President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are swinging through key battleground states on Thursday, presenting dueling events in a way that hasn’t happened much in the age of coronavirus and that will showcase their contrasting styles in response to the pandemic.

The former vice president is meeting with families he says benefited from the Obama administration’s signature health care law in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then giving a speech on how he would improve broader access to health insurance. That comes as Biden has spent weeks arguing that the pandemic remains a clear and present danger that Trump is trying to wish away amid a desire to jump-start a crippled economy.

Trump is visiting Marinette in rural Wisconsin for a private tour of a shipyard and participating in a town hall to be broadcast by Fox News Channel from an airport in Green

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