A fake ‘Meghan Markle for President’ website may be a voter suppression tactic as it offers voting advice that could lead supporters to spoil ballots.
The Duchess of Sussex urged Americans to vote in the November 3 poll in a series of passionate video messages this summer leading betting companies to offer odds on a run in 2024.
However, a website has now appeared, meghanforpresident.com, claiming she is standing for the highest office in America this year under the slogan: “Together, we will lead. Vote Meghan Markle for President.”
At first glance, the page appears professionally put together with real quotes from Meghan’s past public speeches and photos from official events.
It asks supporters to “write in” their vote for Meghan, even though her name does not appear on the ballot.
The addition appears to suggest the person behind the website may want to stop her fans from voting for their actual preferred of the officially named candidates.
A Sussex source told Newsweek: “It’s obviously nothing to do with us. I have no idea about the motives of whoever has done it, whether its malicious or a joke.
“There’s fake websites that crop up all the time, whether it’s posing as a charity or posing as a product that they’re endorsing.
“It’s not often that we get them in politics but fake websites do appear quite a bit.”
Under the title “How To Cast Your Vote For A Write-In Candidate,” the website instructs supporters on how to ignore candidates who have declared their run and
Twitter said that it locked President Trump’s account on Monday after the commander-in-chief violated company policies by sharing the email address of a New York Post columnist in a chirp.
The social media giant confirmed to the Daily News on Tuesday that the coronavirus-stricken President’s account was locked until the post was removed.
Twitter’s privacy information policy states that users are not allowed to post other people’s private information without their consent.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
A chirp from Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account posted Monday was plastered over with the message: “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”
In his next visible tweet, at 6:23 p.m. on Monday, Trump declared: “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls.”
President Trump has continued to use his favored social media platform throughout his bout with COVID-19. His severe case of the virus landed him in Walter Reed military hospital for three nights. He returned to the White House on Monday.
Twitter also concealed a Tuesday morning post from the President that claimed the flu carries higher fatality rates than the novel coronavirus in most populations. The app said the tweet violated its misinformation rules; the post remained on Trump’s timeline behind a disclaimer.
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Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson Joins Nickelodeon as Vice President of News Programming and Executive Producer of Net’s Rebooted Nick News
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Nickelodeon has named CBS News’ 60 Minutes veteran producer and Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson as Vice President of News Programming for the leading kids’ network, as well as Executive Producer of the recently rebooted Nick News series. In her newly created role, Laguerre-Wilkinson will spearhead Nick’s commitment of speaking to kids about the news and issues of the day they care about most, overseeing all aspects of research, development and execution of news segments across Nickelodeon’s platforms. For long-form news content, she will serve as Executive Producer of the net’s heralded Nick News series, which was recently rebooted in June with the acclaimed Kids Race and Unity special, hosted by Alicia Keys and which Laguerre-Wilkinson co-executive produced. Based in New York, she will report to Brian Robbins, President of ViacomCBS Kids & Family Entertainment.
Said Robbins, “Magalie is a gifted journalist and producer with a long-proven ability to communicate the news of the day with compassion, empathy and precision. Kids are well aware of the issues that affect their families and the world, and the talent and experience Magalie brings will serve as the foundation for how we aid or spark important conversations for our audience.”
Laguerre-Wilkinson joins Nickelodeon from CBS News’ 60 Minutes, America’s most watched news program, where she served for over 15 years as an Associate Producer and Producer on stories for Ed Bradley, Lesley Stahl, Bob Simon, Steve Kroft, Anderson Cooper, and more. She was the key producer on one of the broadcast’s most memorable and inspiring stories about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which won Peabody and Emmy accolades.
She has reported from far corners of the world, while also covering domestic stories including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Sandy in
The tweet quickly appeared to become his most shared ever, racking up more than 887,000 retweets and 1.6 million likes by late Friday afternoon, according to social media analytics company Tweet Binder and researchers.
“The fact that Donald Trump broke the info on Twitter indicates that this is his mode of choice for communicating with the American people about the most serious things,” said Samuel Woolley, a professor and director of a propaganda research team at the University of Texas at Austin.
Trump has one of the most popular Twitter accounts in the world, with 86.6 million followers. He uses the site to broadcast his thoughts on issues, promote his campaign for presidency and attack his critics. Even as Twitter invoked Trump’s rage earlier this year by slapping fact checks and labels on his tweets, Trump kept tweeting multiple times each day.
That’s unlikely to stop during his quarantine, especially if his symptoms remain mild, social media experts who follow his account say. It may even give him more time to tweet. Trump has been known to tweet more during times of rest or travel over the past few years, Woolley said.
“I bet that once he has his feet under him, assuming his case is relatively mild, he’s going to be tweeting more than ever,” said social media researcher and Clemson University professor Darren Linvill.
It’s not just the president. Shelter-in-place and quarantine restrictions this year have proven that people turn to social media more often when they’re stuck inside. In the early weeks of the pandemic, Twitter reported that its number of daily users increased 23 percent from the year before to 164 million people.
Other world leaders have already set an example for how to manage social media while battling the coronavirus this year. When British Prime