Facebook & antivaxxers, British COVID supplier's ties to health minister, California wildfires, migrant kid detentions

Massive Facebook study on users’ doubt in vaccines finds a small group appears to play a big role in pushing the skepticism

The Washington Post citing an internal Facebook study.

The research effort also discovered early evidence of significant overlap between communities that are skeptical of vaccines and those affiliated with QAnon, according to the documents.

Covid test kit supplier joked to British health secretary on WhatsApp he had 'never heard of him'

The Guardian citing WhatsApp messages.

A WhatsApp exchange, seen by the Guardian, suggests Alex Bourne, a former publican who had no prior experience of producing medical devices before he began supplying the governmentmay have downplayed his relationship with Health Secretary Matt Hancock in public.

In a WhatsApp message Hancock sent to Bourne about an imminent story, he called the newspaper “a rag”. Bourne wrote back: “Matt Hancock – never heard of him,” before assuring the health secretary that his lawyers were “all over” a reporter investigating their connection “like a tramp on chips”.

‘Clueless' California Tree Crews Left Trees Near Power Lines

NBC Bay Area citing internal PG&E emails.

“There were trees EVERYWHERE standing,” the unidentified inspector emailed to a colleague two years before the Zogg fire left four people dead last September.

At border, record number of migrant youths wait in adult detention cells for longer than legally allowed

The Washington Post citing internal data.

More than 8,500 migrant teens and children who crossed the border without their parents are being housed in Department of Health and Human Services shelters as they wait to be placed with relatives or vetted sponsors. Nearly 3,500 more are stuck at Border Patrol stations waiting for beds in those shelters to open up, the highest figure ever, according to internal data reviewed by The Washington Post.


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