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President Joe Biden has put the kibosh on his predecessor’s planned “National Garden of American Heroes." He also revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at social media companies’ moderation policies and branding American foreign aid. In an executive order of his own on Friday, Biden abolished the Trump-formed task force to create the new monument, which the former president proposed last year. It was to have featured sculptures of dozens of American historical figures, including presidents, athletes and pop culture icons, envisioned by Trump as “a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”

Fans were tickled by a big reveal on Thursday night's “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” A California government worker is behind a mystery social media handle that’s been cranking out droll posts from North West’s point of view since Kim’s eldest was born seven years ago. She’s Natalie Franklin, 35, of Sacramento, and she was thrilled to appear on the show after Kim and sister Khloe tracked her down. The sisters were equally excited after ruling out various family members and friends as the creator of @norisblackbook on Twitter and Instagram. Franklin told The Associated Press that she's a Kardashian super fan and has loved Kim and Kanye West's oldest since the day she was born.

People have unwittingly had their online posts or pictures exploited to spread misinformation about COVID-19 in recent months. They include a movie prop master whose video about retractable stunt needles was used to spread false claims about injections, a doctor whose miscarriage was incorrectly blamed on the vaccine, and a professor whose identity was manipulated to push the conspiracy theory that the coronavirus is a hoax. Sharing other people’s posts or photos out of context is a common tactic in the disinformation playbook, but experts say that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can mean the difference between someone taking precautions or not.

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A lot of home cooks have been looking for inspiration and new ideas in the kitchen this past year. And one place some are turning to is the social media platform TikTok where there are more than 15 billion food posts. Fans say TikTok's short-video format is a good way to see if a recipe is one you want to make. There’s a lot of variety. You can see how to perfect a hamburger or ferment kimchee or make old-fashioned Japanese candy or fry frog legs. Seattle student Camden Allard has made several recipes from TikTok including one that went viral for feta tomato pasta.

Tech giants and governments around the world are gathering virtually to find better ways to stop extremist violence from spreading online while also respecting freedom of expression. The U.S. is joining this effort for the first time. It’s part of a global effort started by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 after deadly attacks in their countries that were streamed or shared on social networks. It includes some 50 nations plus tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, and is known as the Christchurch Call. 

A video promoting tourism in Turkey amid the pandemic has caused an uproar on social media for showing tourism employees wearing masks that read “Enjoy, I’m vaccinated.” The video was published on the social media accounts of official travel guide Go Turkiye Thursday and was taken down later that day. Opposition parties and critics on social media said the promotional video was an insult to Turks. Tourism workers have been prioritized to receive their vaccinations. Turkey is in the final days of a full lockdown and the government has ordered people to stay home and businesses to close. But millions of workers are exempt and so are foreign tourists.

Thousands of social media posts have misleadingly painted President Joe Biden and his administration as catalysts of chaos who not only mishandled the temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline last Friday, but engineered it. A graphic called the East Coast fuel supply crunch “Biden’s Gas Crisis.” A tweet speculated that gas stations running dry was an “INSIDE JOB.” A meme depicted the president and vice president cheering about the “Green New Deal” in front of a snaking line at a fuel station. In reality, a ransom-seeking cyberattack, not a Biden executive order or energy policy, triggered the shutdown.

Thousands of social media posts have misleadingly painted President Joe Biden and his administration as catalysts of chaos who not only mishandled the temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline last Friday, but engineered it. A graphic called the East Coast fuel supply crunch “Biden’s Gas Crisis.” A tweet speculated that gas stations running dry was an “INSIDE JOB.” A meme depicted the president and vice president cheering about the “Green New Deal” in front of a snaking line at a fuel station. In reality, a ransom-seeking cyberattack, not a Biden executive order or energy policy, triggered the shutdown.

El Salvador's president has sent 34,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to seven towns in Honduras in response to video pleas from their mayors posted to social media. The small-scale vaccine diplomacy by President Nayib Bukele raised eyebrows in El Salvador and Honduras, but most agreed that ultimately it would benefit a population in desperate need of the vaccine. The highly public move Thursday also provides a distraction at a time some are expressing concern over the consolidation of power in El Salvador's three branches of government by the party led by Bukele, who is highly popular domestically. Bukele has said the Honduran mayors sounded desperate so he wanted to help.

The Nevada website the public uses to get information on coronavirus vaccines is packed with more ad trackers and third-party cookies than any state vaccination website in the country. An investigation by technology publication The Markup found Immunize Nevada's website implants third-party cookies and trackers that can potentially be used to track how visitors navigate the internet and collect data on them that can be sold for any number of purposes. The state says most trackers are used to optimize user experience and evaluate their outreach efforts. Privacy experts say the amount of trackers on Nevada’s site in comparison to other states goes beyond data-gathering applicable to outreach.

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