Parler offered Trump stake, vaccine volunteers in dark, UK refugees in barracks, lobbying Frontex, Facebook

Donald Trump’s Business Sought A Stake In Parler Before He Would Join

Buzzfeed News citing a December document in which Parler offers a 40% stake in the company.

As part of the agreement, Parler wanted Trump to make it his primary social network. According to the documents, Trump would have had to post all his social content on Parler for at least four hours before putting it on any other platform.

Oxford kept COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers in dark about dosing error

Reuters citing a letter sent to trial subjects.

Some volunteers were given the wrong dose, but weren’t informed that a mistake had been made after the blunder was discovered. Instead, the mishap was presented in a letter as an opportunity for researchers to learn how well the vaccine works at different doses.

UK put refugees in barracks after fears better housing would ‘undermine confidence’ in system

The Independent citing an internal Home Office document.

The assessment states that destitute asylum seekers are “not analogous” to British citizens and other permanent residents who are in need of state welfare assistance, and that the “less generous” support provided to this group is “justified by the need to control immigration”.

Lobbying Fortress Europe: The making of a border-industrial complex

ZDF Magazin Royale citing 142 documents from 16 meetings held by Frontex with industry representatives between 2017 and 2019.

Glock, Airbus, Heckler & Koch. From 2017 to 2019, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency held 16 meetings with lobbyists. Handgun catalogs were passed around, and the virtues of surveillance drones were detailed in eye-catching PowerPoint presentations.

Facebook Knew Calls for Violence Plagued ‘Groups,’ Now Plans Overhaul

The Wall Street Journal citing documents including internal presentations.

The company’s data scientists had warned Facebook executives in August that what they called blatant misinformation and calls to violence were filling the majority of the platform’s top “civic” Groups, according to documents The Wall Street Journal reviewed.


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