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What Is NPC, the pro-Trump internet’s new favourite insult? • The New York Times
Kevin Roose:
<p>Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter. The campaign, which was born in the fever swamps of 4chan and Reddit message boards, involved creating hundreds of fictional personas with gray cartoon avatars, known as NPCs. These accounts posed as liberal activists and were used to spread — among other things — false information about November’s midterm elections.

Over the weekend, Twitter responded by suspending about 1,500 accounts associated with the NPC trolling campaign. The accounts violated Twitter’s rules against “intentionally misleading election-related content,” according to a person familiar with the company’s enforcement process. The person, who would speak only anonymously, was not authorized to discuss the decision.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Here, we try to unpack the NPC meme, what it means and why it’s causing trouble on Twitter.</p>

Just doing my job keeping you informed of memeulations on the intertubes, folks.
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How the US Halted China’s Cybertheft—Using a Chinese Spy | WIRED
For years, China has systematically looted American trade secrets. Here's the messy inside story of how DC got Beijing to clean up its act for a while.
Hacking  hackers  Chinese  America  American  companies  Wired  Boeing  Obama  Trump  Xi 
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Zinke fired his investigator
Corrupt Interior Secretary just fired the person overseeing investigations into his corruption
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1 hour ago by nelson
Trump supporters as marketing list
Voter and donator lists are never used for commercial marketing. Until now.
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2 hours ago by nelson
Emoluments for dummies
Trump says out loud the reason he likes the Saudis is they give him money
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3 hours ago by nelson
Re Mr. :
If had disappeared on a street, Saudi government would indeed be “innocent until prov…
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3 hours ago by andriak
Transcript: AP interview w/ Trump
in which he kindly draws explicit Kavanaugh/MBS connection
Unitedstates  Trump  Saudiarabia  Humanrights 
5 hours ago by elijahz
Donald Trump moves to pull US out of Universal Postal Union | Financial Times
Donald Trump, the US president, has moved to pull the US out of the Universal Postal Union
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