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John McAfee Predicts Hyperinflation, Names Coins That Will Act as Safe Haven During COVID-19 Crisis – U.Today

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John McAfee thinks that privacy coins could protect investors from the looming hyperinflation of fiat currencies

Crypto baron John McAfee is convinced that Monero and lesser-known privacy coins in the likes ofSafex andApollo could be a perfect choice for investors who are seeking safe haven during the looming financialcrisis.

McAfee, who routinely downplays the threat posed by the novel coronavirus,believes that the ongoing quarantine will 'wreak havoc' with the global economy. Particularly,government-issued currencies could reach hyperinflation, which has already happened to such failed states like Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

As reported by U.Today, central banks around the globe recently embarked on egregious monetary policies. The U.S. Federal Reserve recently announced an unlimited quantitative easing.

McAfee denounced Bitcoin (BTC) in early January after famously predicting that its price could reach $1 mln by the end of 2020. He compared the first cryptocurrency tothe FordModel Tto back up his argument that it will not be the future of the industry.

Back then, he mentioned that Monero was his new favorite cryptocurrency, which is why he also included it in his latest tweet.

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McAfee Finally On The Right Path – Forbes

McAfee, like Symantec, has played an important role in the cybersecurity industry. Its history is replete with pivots. First it was McAfee Associates, founded by John McAfee who by all reports was actually relatively sane back in 1989. Then it combined with Network General in 1997, after its 1993 IPO, and became Network Associates (NAI). It continued to make acquisitions. Like Symantec the strategy of the early days of anti-virus companies was to establish a brand for desktop software and sell as many products as possible. Symantec was the yellow box, McAfee was the red box, and when Webroot Software got into the game, they chose to be the green box.

Eventually, under Gene Hodges, NAI spun off just about everything in its portfolio other than the ePO, the endpoint protection orchestration suite of products. Gene asked for Gartners input on the wisdom of re-branding NAI to McAfee. I am so sorry that we told him it was a good move.

Then disaster struck. McAfee brought on a new CEO who was apparently really good at generating shareholder value, because after acquiring Secure Computing he sold McAfee to Intel for $7.68 billion. (See: Intel Should not Consummate McAfee Acquisition).

McAfee became a wholly owned subsidiary of a chip manufacturer. Crazy right? That lasted 4 years and created a window of opportunity for the 223 other vendors of endpoint security products. If Symantec had not been having its own issues at the time it would have grabbed a lot of market share.

Here is how the market for desktop AV used to work. Every large enterprise would choose an AV product for its desktops. Sometimes they would go all-in and buy a lot of products from the same vendor in a misguided sense that vendor rationalization was a good idea. Its not a good idea in security. They would typically sign three year contracts with the vendor of choice. That would be either Symantec, McAfee, or a third choice, most often Trend Micro. Every IT department in the world hated its AV product. On the desktop it slowed machines down. Updates would bog down the network and dealing with alerts and cleaning machines took up 95% of the time of the internal help desk. So, every three years they would go through a process of choosing another vendor and pick one of the other two. That meant that 33% of the entire market was up for grabs every year. If a vendor faltered along the way it would lose market share to the other two.

Here is a brief history of McAfee drawn from Security Yearbook 2020.

Network Associates was formed from the combination of McAfee Associates and Network General with its Sniffer product. This was one of the early attempts to create a security company that would cover both endpoint and network security, a combination that continues to fail as a strategy. (See: Why Network Security Vendors Should Stay Away from Endpoint Security and Vice Versa. ) Back then the goal was to dominate the enterprise software space. Security had not become a big enough sector to inspire pure play roll ups. That would change.

Aryeh Goretsky, now Distinguished Researcher at ESET, was the first employee of John McAfee. He conducted a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) in 2019. [22] He also provided this short summary of his experience in the AV industry:

Heady days, indeed. When I entered the field in 1989, the number of computer viruses was in the tens, with slightly more of them targeted at the Classic Mac OS than for DOS. That flipped in a year or so to DOS, and hasn't changed back since.

We used to advise customers to update their software once a quarter, and monthly for high-risk computers like those belonging to secretaries and technicians who might be accessing floppy diskettes from untrusted sources. That recommendation changed to two months and then a single month as the number of new viruses being seen increased. When I left McAfee in 1995, there was already work underway to automate the download of updates by dialing into a dedicated BBS system. These days, anti-malware programs update themselves hourly with continuous checking between that for additional types of telemetry, which might mean a threat was detected.

At the beginning, we might have received 2-3 floppy diskettes a month with new viruses on them. That increased to weekly, and uploads of suspect files were occurring multiple times a day to our BBS.

Computer viruses were initially spread mostly through floppy diskettes at the speed at which they could be couriered around the globe, and sometimes through BBS (intentionally or otherwise). Worms like the Morris Worm were not really thought about in the same way as computer viruses, and would not be for years until internet access started to become ubiquitous, and consumer desktop operating systems started to come with TCP/IP stacks, and dial-up networking began to replace BBS.

Dozens became hundreds and hundreds became a couple of thousand by the time I left McAfee Associates in 1995. That was a steep hockey curve back then, but a blip by today's standards, where you might see 250,000-300,000 malware samples arrive on a daily basis.

In his AMA Goretsky credits John McAfee with the successful growth of one of the first AV vendors, going from one employee to an IPO in three years. He formed McAfee Associates in 1989 and raised $42 million in its IPO in 1992. Mcafees AV software was one of the first to be distributed over a network rather than shrink wrapped boxes of instruction manuals and floppy disks (later CDs).

In 1993 John McAfee suffered a mild heart attack and turned the reins of McAfee Associates over to Bill Larson, who became CEO. Larson had been VP of Sales and Marketing for Sun Microsystems. He proceeded on an acquisition binge. He acquired Brightwork Development in 1994 and Saber Software in 1995, both LAN management companies. In 1997 he acquired Jade KK, a Japanese AV company for $21 million. And finally he merged the company with Network General later that year. The company was renamed Network Associates.

Network Associates continued to operate as a collection of endpoint and network solutions until 2003, when the newly appointed President, Gene Hodges, embarked on a major restructuring. The plan was to double down on security and divest the desktop management, LAN management, and other tools. The Gauntlet Firewall product line was handed over to Secure Computing and the other divisions spun out. Left with only the AV product, the company was re-branded as simply McAfee, which seemed like a logical move until John McAfee reemerged from Belize and came into the spotlight.

McAfee, the company, focused on security. It acquired Foundstone, the vulnerability scanning software company along with its founders. Kevin Mandia later left to form Mandiant, now part of FireEye, where Mandia is CEO. Stuart McClure left McAfee to found Cylance, which sold to BlackBerry in late 2018 for $1.4 billion. George Kurtz left to found Crowdstrike. After an IPO in 2019 Crowdstrikes market cap hit $21.7 billion before settling down to $12 billion. Crowdstrike found itself caught up in the news in 2019 as the US President and Republican leadership promulgated a Russian disinformation narrative that somehow Crowdstrike was a Ukrainian company and it had transferred a server containing hacked Democratic National Committee emails to Ukraine.

Hodges also acquired an endpoint intrusion prevention company, Entercept, and a network intrusion prevention company, IntruVert in 2003, led by Parveen Jain.

In 2007 Dave DeWalt took over at McAfee. Gene Hodges moved on from McAfee to become CEO of Websense, a content URL filtering company where he acquired PortAuthority, one of the leading Data Leak Prevention companies. Gene retired in 2013 and passed away in 2018 at the age of 67. [23]

Dave DeWalt had been president of Documentum before joining McAfee. He inexplicably acquired Secure Computing, bringing the Gauntlet Firewall back into the fold in addition to multiple other firewall brands that Secure Computing had consolidated. He then went on to sell McAfee to Intel for $7.68 billion, where it was branded as Intel Security.

The Intel acquisition made no sense at all, although all of the executives involved spun a story of how Intel would somehow embed security into its chips. The last year before the acquisition McAfee reported just over $2 billion in revenue. Even four years later the Intel Software and Services Group was reporting $2.216 billion in revenue. McAfee sales completely stalled out while it was part of Intel. [24]

In 2016 Intel spun out McAfee to TPG, a private equity firm, at a valuation of $4.2 billion, a $3.48 billion dollar loss from when it acquired McAfee in 2011. Intel maintained a 49% ownership and continued to finance $2 billion in debt from the acquisition. [25]

Since the spin-out and being re-re-branded as McAfee, the company appears to be healing its corporate chair ball inflicted wounds.

Just two years ago McAfee had 9,000 employees and it reports about 7,000 today, a 22% drop. This is actually an indication of efficiencies that well-run organizations are able to achieve with streamlined costs and a focus on a cloud-first portfolio. Some blood letting is always necessary when restructuring a company, especially under the tutelage of a private equity firm like TPG which also has investments in Gaurdicore, Tanium, and Zscaler in its $119 billion portfolio.

The past ten years has seen two of the top three contenders for enterprise AV experiencing disruptive fumbling at the hands of misguided leadership. The third, Trend Micro, is the only one that has seen continuous leadership. But this is a great time for McAfee, freed of Intel, to get its house in order, formulate a strategy, and execute. They appear to be doing just that.

McAfee has two business divisions: Consumer and Enterprise.

McAfee Enterprise launched its cloud-native MVISION Platform in October to help organizations protect data and stop threats across devices, networks and the cloud. It includes a unified Endpoint Security solution, MVISION Endpoint, which embeds integrated cloud native EDR .

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco this February, McAfee announced an MDR offering (managed detection and response) giving them the ability to leverage the rapidly evolving Managed Service channel to address cloud managed security for those that cannot maintain their own security operations center.

A cloud first strategy is becoming a requirement for all technology vendors and McAfee Enterprise has adopted that as their slogan. While they have hardware appliances in their portfolio, they have quickly moved to build what certainly looks like a cloud-native SASE (secure access service edge) offering. It includes their secure web gateway technology, now deployed to 50+ cloud points of presence around the world, browser isolation, an industry leading CASB (cloud access security broker), and DLP (data loss prevention). McAfee has also begun to make strategic acquisitions to build on a cloud first strategy: SkyHigh in 2018 for that CASB solution, Nanosec in August, 2019, for container security, and announced a definitive agreement to acquire Lightpoint Security in February, 2020, for remote browser isolation*.

The demise of Symantec could not have come at a better time for McAfee. With its house in order, McAfee should be able to pick up many of Symantecs customers and channel partners. With the right products, a viable strategy, and good people, the only remaining factor that will determine McAfees success is execution.

*McAfee announced that the acquisition of Lightpoint was finalized on March 31, 2020.

22. u/goretsky, IamA Aryeh Goretsky, r/IamA, Reddit, September 20, 2019, https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/d6z3km/iama_aryeh_goretsky_today_im_the_distinguished/

23. Gene Hodges, Forever Missed, accessed November 27, 2019, https://www.forevermissed.com/gene-hodges/#about

24. Richard Stiennon, Five Reasons Intel Should Spin Off McAfee, Forbes, July 21, 2015, https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardstiennon/2015/07/21/five-reasons-intel-should-spin-off-mcafee

25. John Mannes, Intel Spins Out Intel Security, Tech Crunch, September 7, 2016, https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/07/intel-spins-out-intel-security-with-tpg-to-form-new-mcafee-valued-at-4-2b/

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Social media platforms caught up in information overload amid coronavirus pandemic – The Sociable

That medicine, hydroxychloroquine, its working, said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in a video posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, March 29, in which he referred to a potential remedy for the symptoms of COVID-19.

The anti-malarial drug, which has recently been given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), works to relieve the respiratory symptoms of COVID-19, although health experts recommend a health screening before prescribing it.

Scientists are still carrying out clinical trials of the drug.

Although limited scientific information is available, it is reasonable to believe that hydroxychloroquine sulfate may be effective for treatment FDA

A day after Bolsonaro touted the drug, Facebook and Instagram announced their plans to delete the Brazilian presidents video, claiming it promoted misinformation.

We will remove content that violates our Community Standards, which do not permit any type of misinformation which could cause real harm to people, Facebook wrote in a statement tothe BBC.

Twitter also deleted the same video the day it was posted.

And Bolsonaro is not the only user Twitter has chosen to take action against. According toThe Verge, the social network has also removed posts from former US law enforcement official David Clarke, actress Alyssa Milano, and programmer John McAfee.

Likewise, Politico reported that both Fox News host Laura Ingraham and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani were forced to remove tweets that touted the drug that has since been approved by the FDA for emergency use.

Although limited scientific information is available, it is reasonable to believe that hydroxychloroquine sulfate may be effective for treatment of adults and adolescents who weigh 50 kg or more and are hospitalized with COVID-19 for whom a clinical trial is not available, or participation is not feasible, the FDA said.

Therefore, what Bolsonaro had tweeted was not entirely false information, it was just unconfirmed.

On Sunday March 29, Twitter deleted another of Bolsonaros tweets in which he called for the flexibilization of social distancing, according to BuzzFeed News.

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for Twitter said that the social network had recently announced the expansion of its rules to cover content that could be against public health information provided by official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Bolsonaros government believes that only the sick and most vulnerable members of the population should be self-isolating to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the rest of the population should carry on their lives as normal, a technique he refers to as vertical isolation.

The government decided to diffuse its stance around this recent policy update in a recently-launched campaign, which will be spread using social media, entitled Brazil Cannot Stop.

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, current public health advice from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people avoid discretionary travel, eating out in public restaurants and cafes, to work from home wherever possible, and restrict social gatherings to maximum 10 people.

While Facebook does have a policy in place to control the spread of misinformation which includes using third-party fact-checking organizations to limit the spread of false data Twitter is well-known for having much looser content regulations.

According to a Twitter blog, the social network is broadening its definition of harmful content during the global coronavirus pandemic, redefining it as content that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information.

On top of Facebooks existing mission to address fake news, it has also implemented similar temporary measures to make sure everyone has access to accurate information, stop misinformation and harmful content, and support global health experts, local governments, businesses and communities.

However, in this time of constantly-changing information and advice, just as social media users which include government leaders can get it wrong, so too can official sources.

The question, then, is about how each social network defines harmful content. Is the content false, or just unconfirmed?

Amid the uncertainty of this pandemic, during which information updates and health advice seem to be changing daily, Twitter has publicly recognized the importance of its platform for journalists looking to the site for story ideas.

Journalism is core to our service and we have a deep and enduring responsibility to protect that work, wrote a representative from Twitter, via a blog post on its platform, which also communicated the social networks decision to distribute a donation of one million dollars between the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Womens Media Foundation.

However, according to a recent Gallup poll on coronavirus, the public approval rating of media handling and coverage of the pandemic is currently 44 percent, as opposed to an 88 percent approval rating of medical professionals.

And so, as media distrust grows, the never-ending struggle between free speech and censorship on social networks continues.

Despite social medias united front to control the spread of misinformation and what it defines to be harmful content, regardless of whether the content is misinformed or harmful, the spread of how users interpret it still lies outside of regulatory control.

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Over $7 Billion In Investments Expected to Enter the Cryptocurrency Market – Coin Idol

Apr 01, 2020 at 08:26 // News

Amidst the chaos on the markets, stablecoins seems to have been least affected by the market crash. Analysts predict that over $7 Billion in investment funds will flow into the cryptocurrency market in the coming months.

Traders of all commodities including Bitcoin, gold and stocks have experienced a rough time in the last few weeks amidst the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. However, not all markets are suffering from the wave of volatility caused by COVID-19. The stablecoin market specifically has been flourishing during this period and continues to do so, as BeInCrypto outlet informs.

Commodity prices are being reflected in the cryptocurrency markets. High price volatility and the high amount of capital investments in stablecoins indicate signs of investors hesitation.

The sudden increase in the market value of stable coins indicates that investors involved with other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum banked their money in stable coins following the cryptocurrency market crash. However this is just a short-term behaviour, traders will gradually reinvest back into cryptocurrency as the market shock dispenses.

Besides, soon enough the cryptocurrency market might see a flow of new investors from traditional sectors. The new coronavirus relief bill adopted by the US government could possibly cause a significant devaluation of the dollar, according to John McAfee.

As coinidol.com, a world blockchain news outlet has reported, this might cause traditional investors switching to alternative markets due to traditional assets volatility. During the current economic recession, it seems only natural that traditional asses have a lack of trust because of their increased volatility. On the other hand, there is a strong global trend of going digital amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also rumours of the reduction of fiat money circulation as people are trying to minimize physical contacts by every means. In such a situation, cryptocurrency might be a good alternative. Besides, with the inflow of investors, the market might become less volatile, which can make it even better.

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Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation but they can do more – Alton Telegraph

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Tufts University

(THE CONVERSATION) As we practice social distancing, our embrace of social media gets only tighter. The major social media platforms have emerged as the critical information purveyors for influencing the choices people make during the expanding pandemic. Theres also reason for worry: the World Health Organization is concerned about an infodemic, a glut of accurate and inaccurate information about COVID-19.

The social media companies have been pilloried in recent years for practicing surveillance capitalism and being a societal menace. The pandemic could be their moment of redemption. How are they rising to this challenge?

Surprisingly, Facebook, which had earned the reputation of being the least trusted tech company in recent years, has led with the strongest, most consistent actions during the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Twitter and Google-owned YouTube have taken steps as well to stem the tide of misinformation. Yet, all three could do better.

As an economist who tracks digital technologys use worldwide at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Ive identified three important ways to evaluate the companies responses to the pandemic. Are they informing while simultaneously curtailing misinformation? Are they enforcing responsible advertising policies? And are they providing helpful data to public health authorities without compromising privacy?

Tackling the infodemic

Social media companies can block, demote or elevate posts. According to Facebook, the average user sees only 10% of their News Feed and the platforms determine what users see by reordering how stories appear. This means demoting and elevating posts could be as essential as blocking them outright.

Blocking is the most difficult decision because it bumps up against First Amendment rights. Facebook, in particular, has recently been criticized for its unwillingness to block false political ads. But Facebook has had the most clear-cut policy on COVID-19 misinformation. It relies on third-party fact-checkers and health authorities flagging problematic content, and removes posts that fail the tests. It also blocks or restricts hashtags that spread misinformation on its sister platform, Instagram.

Twitter and YouTube have taken less decisive positions. Twitter says it has acted to protect against malicious behaviors. Del Harvey, Twitters vice president of trust and safety, told Axios that the company will remove any pockets of smaller coordinated attempts to distort or inorganically influence the conversation. YouTube removes videos claiming to prevent infections. However, neither company has a transparent blocking policy founded on solid fact-checking.

While all three platforms are demoting problematic content and elevating content from authoritative sources, the absence of consistent fact-checking standards has created a gray area where misinformation can slip through, particularly for Twitter. Panic-producing tweets claimed prematurely that New York was under lockdown, and bots or fake accounts have slipped in rumors.

Even the principle of deferring to authoritative sources can cause problems. For example, the widely read @realDonaldTrump has tweeted misinformation. Influential figures who are not officially designated authoritative sources have also managed to circulate misinformation. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted a false assertion about the coronavirus to 32 million followers and Twitter has declined to remove his tweet. John McAfee, founder of the eponymous security solutions company, also tweeted a false assertion about the coronavirus. That tweet was removed but not before it had been widely shared.

Harnessing influence for good

Besides blocking and re-ordering posts, the social media companies must also ask how people are experiencing their platforms and interpreting the information they encounter there. Social media platforms are meticulously designed to anticipate the users experience, hold their attention and influence actions. Its essential that the companies apply similar techniques to influence positive behavior in response to COVID-19.

Consider some examples across each of the three platforms of failing to influence positive behaviors by ignoring the user experience.

For Facebook users, private messaging is, increasingly, a key source of social influence and information about the coronavirus. Because these groups often bring together more trusted networks family, friends, classmates there is a greater risk that people will turn to them during anxious times and become susceptible to misinformation. Facebook-owned Messenger and WhatsApp both closed platforms in contrast to Twitter are of particular concern since the companys ability to monitor content on these platforms is still limited.

For Twitter, its essential to track influencers, or people with many followers. Content shared by these users has greater impact and ought to pass through additional filters.

YouTube has taken the approach of pairing misleading coronavirus content with a link to an alternative authoritative source, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization. This juxtaposition can have the opposite of the intended effect. A video from a non-authoritative individual appears with the CDC or WHO logo beneath it, which could unintentionally give viewers the impression that those public health authorities have approved the videos.

Responsible advertising

There is money to be made from ads offering products related to the outbreak. However, some of those ads are not in the public interest. Facebook set a standard by banning ads for medical face masks and Google followed suit, as did Twitter.

All three companies have offered free ads to appropriate public health and nonprofit organizations. Facebook has offered unlimited ads to the WHO, while Google has made a similar but less open-ended offer and Twitter offers Ads for Good credits to fact-checking nonprofit organizations and health information disseminators.

There have been some policy reversals. YouTube initially blocked ads meant to profit from content related to COVID-19, but then allowed some ads that follow the companys guidelines.

Overall, the companies have responded to the crisis, but their policies on ads vary, have changed and have left loopholes: Users could still see ads for face masks served by Google even after it had officially banned them. Clearer industry-wide principles and firm policies can help keep businesses and people from exploiting the outbreak for commercial gain.

Data to track the outbreak

Social media can be a source of essential data for mapping the spread of the disease and managing it. The key is that the companies protect user privacy, recognize the limits of data analysis and not oversell it. Geographic information systems that build on data from social media and other sources have already become key to mapping the worldwide spread of COVID-19. Facebook is collaborating with researchers at Harvard and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan by sharing data about peoples movements stripped of identifying information and high-resolution population density maps.

Search and location data on YouTube and its parent, Google, are invaluable trend-trackers. Google hasnt offered its trends analyses for COVID-19 in any systematic manner to date, perhaps out of reluctance because of the failure of an earlier Google Trends program that attempted to predict the paths of transmission of influenza and completely missed the peak of the 2013 flu season.

Think with Google, the companys current data analytics service for marketers, offers a powerful example of insights that can be gleaned from Googles data. It could help with projects for contact tracing and social distancing compliance, provided its done in a way that respects user privacy. For example, as users locations are tagged along with their posts, the people theyve met and the places theyve been can help determine whether people on the whole or in a location are complying with public health safety orders and guidelines.

Moreover, data shared by companies stripped of identifying information could be used by independent researchers. For example, researchers could use Facebook-owned Instagram and CrowdTangle to correlate travelers movements to COVID-19 hotspots with user conversations to locate sources of transmission. Research teams I direct have been analyzing coronavirus-related Twitter hashtags to identify the primary misinformation sources to detect patterns.

The expanding footprint of the pandemic and its consequences are evolving quickly. To their credit, the social media companies have attempted to respond quickly as well. Yet, they can do more. This could be their time to rebuild trust with the public and with regulators, but the window to make the right choices is narrow. Their own futures and the futures of millions may depend on it.

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Conservative Voices Are Pumping Out Coronavirus Misinformation on Twitter – Vanity Fair

Twitter has frequently been criticized for acting slowly, if at all, to curb the spread of misinformation. But with an unprecedented pandemic sweeping the U.S., the social media platform is taking unprecedented steps to rein things in, particularly when it comes to world leaders and the top rung of right-wing crankery. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro had two of his tweets taken down on Sunday after he touted hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to prevent and treat malaria, as a miracle cure for COVID-19. One tweet featured a clip of Bolsonaro walking through Braslia while arguing that the drug, which is being tested on some COVID-19 patients but is still unproven, would allow the country to return to work, lest its stalled economy result in Brazil turning into Venezuela. Last week Venezuelas Nicols Maduro had a snake oil tweet of his own deleted after he claimed to have discovered a natural brew cure la Alex Jones.

To prepare for the wave of coronavirus news, Twitter published a blog post earlier this month announcing a zero-tolerance approach to platform manipulation and any other attempts to abuse our service at this critical juncture. In response to an inquiry from BuzzFeed News, which reported on the Bolsonaro deletions, a spokesman for Twitter said the site is making good on its word. Twitter recently announced the expansion of its rules to cover content that could be against public health information provided by official sources and could put people at greater risk of transmitting COVID-19, the spokesperson said.

The crackdown is notable given that Twitter often lets top dignitaries play by their own set of rules when it comes to disseminating lies. Last year the site issued a new term of service stating that if a world leader does violate the Twitter Rules but there is a clear public interest value to keeping the Tweet on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides context about the violation and allows people to click through should they wish to see the content. That leeway has allowed people like Donald Trump to continue to spread misinformation unabated. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine, he tweeted just over a week ago, presaging the claim that got Maduro and Bolsonaro in trouble. The FDA has moved mountains - Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH...be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST.

Some of the presidents lackeys are following his lead but facing the consequences hes avoided. Fox News host Laura Ingraham was forced to delete a March 20 tweet claiming that hydroxychloroquine had shown very promising results. One Patient was described as Lazarus who was seriously ill from Covid-19, already released. Rudy GiulianiTrumps cybersecurity adviser, among other thingstweeted a quote insisting that hydroxychloroquine had been shown to be 100% effective in helping coronavirus patients. Twitter temporarily locked him out of his account and deleted the claim on Saturday, but he is still touting the drug in tweets and telling followers to learn more about its efficacy by subscribing to his personal website.

Right-wing youth leader Charlie Kirk had tweets removed that made the original claims about hydroxychloroquine quoted by Giuliani. Conservative blog The Federalist faced similar repercussions; its Twitter account was temporarily locked down after promoting an article calling for Americans to throw coronavirus-themed chickenpox parties, i.e., herding large groups of people into confined spaces with COVID-19 patients so that everyone contracts it, allowing those who dont die or fall severely ill to return to their normal lives. Non-Trumpworld figures like progressive activist Alyssa Milano and fugitive libertarian icon John McAfee have also had misleading tweets related to coronavirus scrubbed by Twitter.

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Social media companies are taking steps to tamp down coronavirus misinformation but they can do more – Middletown Press

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Tufts University

(THE CONVERSATION) As we practice social distancing, our embrace of social media gets only tighter. The major social media platforms have emerged as the critical information purveyors for influencing the choices people make during the expanding pandemic. Theres also reason for worry: the World Health Organization is concerned about an infodemic, a glut of accurate and inaccurate information about COVID-19.

The social media companies have been pilloried in recent years for practicing surveillance capitalism and being a societal menace. The pandemic could be their moment of redemption. How are they rising to this challenge?

Surprisingly, Facebook, which had earned the reputation of being the least trusted tech company in recent years, has led with the strongest, most consistent actions during the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Twitter and Google-owned YouTube have taken steps as well to stem the tide of misinformation. Yet, all three could do better.

As an economist who tracks digital technologys use worldwide at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Ive identified three important ways to evaluate the companies responses to the pandemic. Are they informing while simultaneously curtailing misinformation? Are they enforcing responsible advertising policies? And are they providing helpful data to public health authorities without compromising privacy?

Tackling the infodemic

Social media companies can block, demote or elevate posts. According to Facebook, the average user sees only 10% of their News Feed and the platforms determine what users see by reordering how stories appear. This means demoting and elevating posts could be as essential as blocking them outright.

Blocking is the most difficult decision because it bumps up against First Amendment rights. Facebook, in particular, has recently been criticized for its unwillingness to block false political ads. But Facebook has had the most clear-cut policy on COVID-19 misinformation. It relies on third-party fact-checkers and health authorities flagging problematic content, and removes posts that fail the tests. It also blocks or restricts hashtags that spread misinformation on its sister platform, Instagram.

Twitter and YouTube have taken less decisive positions. Twitter says it has acted to protect against malicious behaviors. Del Harvey, Twitters vice president of trust and safety, told Axios that the company will remove any pockets of smaller coordinated attempts to distort or inorganically influence the conversation. YouTube removes videos claiming to prevent infections. However, neither company has a transparent blocking policy founded on solid fact-checking.

While all three platforms are demoting problematic content and elevating content from authoritative sources, the absence of consistent fact-checking standards has created a gray area where misinformation can slip through, particularly for Twitter. Panic-producing tweets claimed prematurely that New York was under lockdown, and bots or fake accounts have slipped in rumors.

Even the principle of deferring to authoritative sources can cause problems. For example, the widely read @realDonaldTrump has tweeted misinformation. Influential figures who are not officially designated authoritative sources have also managed to circulate misinformation. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, tweeted a false assertion about the coronavirus to 32 million followers and Twitter has declined to remove his tweet. John McAfee, founder of the eponymous security solutions company, also tweeted a false assertion about the coronavirus. That tweet was removed but not before it had been widely shared.

Harnessing influence for good

Besides blocking and re-ordering posts, the social media companies must also ask how people are experiencing their platforms and interpreting the information they encounter there. Social media platforms are meticulously designed to anticipate the users experience, hold their attention and influence actions. Its essential that the companies apply similar techniques to influence positive behavior in response to COVID-19.

Consider some examples across each of the three platforms of failing to influence positive behaviors by ignoring the user experience.

For Facebook users, private messaging is, increasingly, a key source of social influence and information about the coronavirus. Because these groups often bring together more trusted networks family, friends, classmates there is a greater risk that people will turn to them during anxious times and become susceptible to misinformation. Facebook-owned Messenger and WhatsApp both closed platforms in contrast to Twitter are of particular concern since the companys ability to monitor content on these platforms is still limited.

For Twitter, its essential to track influencers, or people with many followers. Content shared by these users has greater impact and ought to pass through additional filters.

YouTube has taken the approach of pairing misleading coronavirus content with a link to an alternative authoritative source, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization. This juxtaposition can have the opposite of the intended effect. A video from a non-authoritative individual appears with the CDC or WHO logo beneath it, which could unintentionally give viewers the impression that those public health authorities have approved the videos.

Responsible advertising

There is money to be made from ads offering products related to the outbreak. However, some of those ads are not in the public interest. Facebook set a standard by banning ads for medical face masks and Google followed suit, as did Twitter.

All three companies have offered free ads to appropriate public health and nonprofit organizations. Facebook has offered unlimited ads to the WHO, while Google has made a similar but less open-ended offer and Twitter offers Ads for Good credits to fact-checking nonprofit organizations and health information disseminators.

There have been some policy reversals. YouTube initially blocked ads meant to profit from content related to COVID-19, but then allowed some ads that follow the companys guidelines.

Overall, the companies have responded to the crisis, but their policies on ads vary, have changed and have left loopholes: Users could still see ads for face masks served by Google even after it had officially banned them. Clearer industry-wide principles and firm policies can help keep businesses and people from exploiting the outbreak for commercial gain.

Data to track the outbreak

Social media can be a source of essential data for mapping the spread of the disease and managing it. The key is that the companies protect user privacy, recognize the limits of data analysis and not oversell it. Geographic information systems that build on data from social media and other sources have already become key to mapping the worldwide spread of COVID-19. Facebook is collaborating with researchers at Harvard and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan by sharing data about peoples movements stripped of identifying information and high-resolution population density maps.

Search and location data on YouTube and its parent, Google, are invaluable trend-trackers. Google hasnt offered its trends analyses for COVID-19 in any systematic manner to date, perhaps out of reluctance because of the failure of an earlier Google Trends program that attempted to predict the paths of transmission of influenza and completely missed the peak of the 2013 flu season.

Think with Google, the companys current data analytics service for marketers, offers a powerful example of insights that can be gleaned from Googles data. It could help with projects for contact tracing and social distancing compliance, provided its done in a way that respects user privacy. For example, as users locations are tagged along with their posts, the people theyve met and the places theyve been can help determine whether people on the whole or in a location are complying with public health safety orders and guidelines.

Moreover, data shared by companies stripped of identifying information could be used by independent researchers. For example, researchers could use Facebook-owned Instagram and CrowdTangle to correlate travelers movements to COVID-19 hotspots with user conversations to locate sources of transmission. Research teams I direct have been analyzing coronavirus-related Twitter hashtags to identify the primary misinformation sources to detect patterns.

The expanding footprint of the pandemic and its consequences are evolving quickly. To their credit, the social media companies have attempted to respond quickly as well. Yet, they can do more. This could be their time to rebuild trust with the public and with regulators, but the window to make the right choices is narrow. Their own futures and the futures of millions may depend on it.

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Elon Musk Just Sent The Best Cryptocurrency And Prank Bitcoin Rival Sharply HigherHeres Why – Forbes

Elon Musk, who's still running his victory lap after his electric car company Tesla proved its detractors wrong, has once again gone out to bat for his "fav" bitcoin alternativesending its price sharply higher.

Musk, the chief executive of both Tesla and aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, yesterday tweeted his support of minor bitcoin rival dogecoin, saying "dogs rock" and "they have the best coin."

Elon Musk has previously voiced his support of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies but has a special ... [+] place in his heart for the "joke" bitcoin rival dogecoin.

Musk's tongue-in-cheek comments, which sent the dogecoin price up by around 5% yesterday, come after a thumping 12-months for dogecoin, one of the oldest alternatives to bitcoin.

The dogecoin price is up around 30% on this time last year, with the price of dogecoin being significantly boosted by Binance, the world's biggest bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange, last July, when it added dogecoin to its list of supported digital tokens.

It's not the first time Musk and voiced his support for dogecointhough he has heaped praise on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well.

In April last year, Musksurprised bitcoin and cryptocurrency watchers by saying that the meme-based dogecoin is his "fav" cryptocurrency in response to a Twitter poll that found him to be the favorite to take on the mantle of dogecoin CEO, with 49% of the vote.

However, Musk has recently rowed back his previous bitcoin praise, telling the Tesla-focused podcast Third Row in January he is "neither here nor there on bitcoin," raising concerns about its use for illegal transactions.

The price of dogecoin jumped yesterday after Elon Musk shared his ongoing support for the minor ... [+] bitcoin rival.

Dogecoin has found other high-profile supporters as well as Musk. Last year, John McAfee, the millionaire creator ofMcAfee security software-turned U.S. presidential hopeful and globe-trotting adventurer,praiseddogecoin as "one of the fastest growing coins based on use."

"Doge started life as joke/prank coin," McAfee said viaTwitter. "The coin now has a market cap of $360 million. The crypto market is, in no way, related to the stock market. Inherent value is, ultimately, based on usage. Go figure."

Dogecoin, surprisingly one of the oldest bitcoin rivals,was created in 2013 by a then 26-year-old Australian Jackson Palmer and American programmer Billy Markus after joking about it on Twitter.

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Alamance County makes its choices at the polls – Burlington Times News

Alamance Countys proposed sales tax increase has failed again.

It was the second time the measure has been put before voters in an effort to ease the property tax burden incurred by $189.6 million in bonds that voters approved for education in November 2018.

This time, the measure failed by nearly 19 percentage points.

Here are all of Tuesdays primary election results in Alamance County:

Local races

ALAMANCE COUNTY LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX

Against 18,183 votes, 59.4%

For 12,428 votes, 40.6%

ALAMANCE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, Republican Party (vote for three)

William (Bill) Lashley (son of incumbent) 7,324 votes, 21.12%

John Paisley, Jr. 6,751 vote, 19.46%

Pamela Tyler Thompson 5,827 votes, 16.8%

James Kirkpatrick 5,675 votes, 16.36%

Blake E. Williams 3,668 votes, 10.57%

Jim Johnson 3,341 vote, 9.63%

David Michael Spruill 2,100 votes, 6.05%

ALAMANCE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, Democratic Party (vote for three)

Kristen Powers 10,588 votes, 27.08%

Bob Byrd 10,058 votes, 25.72%

Dreama J. Caldwell 7,098 votes, 18.15%

Anthony Pierce 6,131 vote, 15.68%

Henry Vines 5,226 votes, 13.37%

N.C. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 15A SEAT 3, Republican Party (vote for one)

Rick Champion 7,561 vote, 58.16%

Julian M. Doby 5,440 votes, 41.84%

ALAMANCE COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS, Republican Party (vote for one)

David Barber 6,793 votes, 53.44%

Cheryl Halacheff Marley 5,919 votes, 46.56%

State and national races

N.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 64, Republican Party (vote for one)

Precincts Reported: 19 of 19

Dennis Riddell 6,225 votes, 83.32%

Peter McClelland 1,246 votes, 16.68%

N.C. GOVERNOR, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Roy Cooper 14,885 votes, 86.89%

Ernest T. Reeves 2,245 votes, 13.11%

N.C. GOVERNOR, Republican Party (vote for one)

Dan Forest 11,956 votes, 89.73%

Holly Grange 1,369 votes, 10.27%

N.C. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Yvonne Lewis Holley 4,517 votes, 28.99%

Terry Van Duyn 3,985 votes, 25.58%

Allen Thomas 2,262 votes, 14.52%

Chaz Beasley 2,260 votes, 14.5%

Bill Toole 1,406 votes, 9.02%

Ron Newton 1,151 vote, 7.39%

N.C. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, Republican Party (vote for one)

Mark Robinson 5,000 votes, 39.51%

Mark Johnson 2,010 votes, 15.88%

John L. Ritter 1,543 votes, 12.19%

Andy Wells 1,405 votes, 11.1%

Scott Stone 610 votes, 4.82%

Deborah Cochran 601 vote, 4.75%

Renee Ellmers 557 votes, 4.4%

Greg Gebhardt 551 vote, 4.35%

Buddy Bengel 379 votes, 2.99%

N.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL, Republican Party (vote for one)

Jim O'Neill 7,208 votes, 57.32%

Sam Hayes 2,801 vote, 22.27%

Christine Mumma 2,566 votes, 20.41%

N.C. AUDITOR, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Beth A. Wood 11,764 votes, 75.18%

Luis A. Toledo 3,883 votes, 24.82%

N.C. AUDITOR, Republican Party (vote for one)

Anthony Wayne (Tony) Street 6,852 votes, 59.18%

Tim Hoegemeyer 4,726 votes, 40.82%

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Jenna Wadsworth 7,873 votes, 51.42%

Walter Smith 4,682 votes, 30.58%

Donovan Alexander Watson 2,755 votes, 17.99%

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE, Republican Party (vote for one)

Mike Causey 8,594 votes, 70.54%

Ronald Pierce 3,589 votes, 29.46%

N.C. COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, Republican Party (vote for one)

Chuck Stanley 4,894 votes, 42.38%

Josh Dobson 4,697 votes, 40.68%

Pearl Burris Floyd 1,956 votes, 16.94%

N.C. SECRETARY OF STATE, Republican Party (vote for one)

E.C. Sykes 5,504 votes, 46.68%

Chad Brown 4,035 votes, 34.22%

Michael LaPaglia 2,253 votes, 19.11%

N.C. SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Jen Mangrum 4,911 vote, 31.84%

Constance (Lav) Johnson 4,081 vote, 26.46%

Keith A. Sutton 3,095 votes, 20.06%

James Barrett 1,938 votes, 12.56%

Michael Maher 1,401 vote, 9.08%

N.C. SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, Republican Party (vote for one)

Catherine Truitt 7,015 votes, 59.66%

Craig Horn 4,744 votes, 40.34%

N.C. TREASURER, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Ronnie Chatterji 6,773 votes, 43.24%

Dimple Ajmera 4,734 votes, 30.22%

Matt Leatherman 4,156 votes, 26.53%

U.S. SENATE, Democratic Party (vote for one)

Cal Cunningham 9,971 vote, 59.68%

Erica D. Smith 5,286 votes, 31.64%

Trevor M. Fuller 665 votes, 3.98%

Steve Swenson 509 votes, 3.05%

Atul Goel 277 votes, 1.66%

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Tim Draper’s Proposal To Replace the US Dollar With Bitcoin (BTC) – UseTheBitcoin

Weve heard many times how crypto enthusiasts and figures make interesting proposals for Bitcoin (BTC) to be adopted around the world even further. This time, Tim Draper, the recognized investor and billionaire, shared his view about the United States and how he would use Bitcoin rather than U.S. dollars to move the economy.

In a recent blog post released by Mr. Draper, he shared his views about what would look like a day of his presidency. The first two things that he mentioned are decentralization and Bitcoin. Indeed, he would work in order for the economy and the government to be driven by decentralization.

Blockchain networks that are represented mostly in virtual currencies have promoted decentralization as something that would be much better than centralized systems. Clearly, there are many advantages of decentralizing processes and systems. However, there are still some things that must be solved before it is possible for decentralized systems to become 100% efficient.

The second thing that he stated is related to Bitcoin and how he would make if the national currency of the United States. Bitcoin is the largest virtual currency in the market and the one that many companies and firms are starting to accept as a means of payment. Moreover, investors are also looking at it as an investment asset that could eventually provide investors with large benefits in the long term.

In this first paragraph, he mentioned many other things that he would do if he would be elected president. For example, he mentioned he would release Ross Ulbricht, who was running the Silk Road, a marketplace to sell illegal goods and services, or he stated that he would make any increases in government worker salaries tied to GDP growth.

On the matter, he wrote:

I would drive decentralization. Make Bitcoin a national currency. Break California into 6 states. Release Ross Ulbricht. Have people use Aragon for trial by jury. Make any increases in government worker salaries tied to GDP growth (rather than cpi).

This is just one of the many proposals to help Bitcoin reach a larger number of users. It is worth mentioning that Draper is not officially running for U.S. president and that John McAfee has previously tried to run for president as well. John McAfee has proposed many times to bring blockchain technology to the U.S., decentralize the government and promote the usage of cryptocurrencies.

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Satoshi Nakaboto: Bitcoin drives 50% of Cash Apps revenue – The Next Web

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day.

Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you whats been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Aristotle used to say: Lets get this bread!

We closed the day, February 26 2020, at a price of $8,820. Thats a worrying 5.54 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$517.77. It was the lowest closing price in thirty days.

Were still 56 percent below Bitcoins all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoins market cap ended the day at $160,879,489,024. It now commands 65 percent of the total crypto market.

Yesterdays volume of $50,420,050,762 was the highest in two thousand, four hundred and ninety-five days, 166 percent above last years average, and 1 percent below last years high.That means that yesterday, the Bitcoin network shifted the equivalent of 950 tons of gold.

A total of 329,831 transactions were conducted yesterday, which is 1 percent above last years average and 27 percent below last years high.

Yesterdays average transaction fee concerned $0.39. Thats $3.32 below last years high of $3.71.

As of now, there are 12,750 Bitcoin millionaires, or addresses containing more than $1 million worth of Bitcoin.

Furthermore, the top 10 Bitcoin addresses house 5.8 percent of the total supply, the top 100 14.9 percent, and the top 1000 34.7 percent.

With a market capitalization of $163 Billion, NVIDIA has a market capitalization most similar to that of Bitcoin at the moment.

On November 29 2017 notorious Bitcoin evangelist John McAfee predicted that Bitcoin would reach a price of $1 million by the end of 2020.

He even promised to eat his own dick if it doesnt. Unfortunately for him its 96.1 percent behind being on track. Bitcoins price should have been $224,867 by now, according to dickline.info.

Yesterday 27,388 fresh tweets about Bitcoin were sent out into the world. Thats 48.4 percent above last years average. The maximum amount of tweets per day last year about Bitcoin was 75,543.

This was one of yesterdays most engaged tweets about Bitcoin:

This was yesterdays most upvoted Reddit post about Bitcoin:

Hurray! Its a bottom! from r/Bitcoin

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Satoshi Nakaboto: Steven Seagal to pay $330K settlement for promoting a Bitcoin scam – The Next Web

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day.

Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you whats been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Hannah Arendt used to say: Crack open this tasty lobster!

We closed the day, February 27 2020, at a price of $8,784. Thats a minor 0.46 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$40.60. It was the lowest closing price in thirty-one days.

Were still 56 percent below Bitcoins all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoins market cap ended the day at $160,238,496,932. It now commands 65 percent of the total crypto market.

Yesterdays volume of $45,470,195,695 was the lowest in one day, 139 percent above last years average, and 9 percent below last years high.That means that yesterday, the Bitcoin network shifted the equivalent of 870 tons of gold.

A total of 338,634 transactions were conducted yesterday, which is 3 percent above last years average and 25 percent below last years high.

Yesterdays average transaction fee concerned $0.34. Thats $3.37 below last years high of $3.71.

As of now, there are 12,737 Bitcoin millionaires, or addresses containing more than $1 million worth of Bitcoin.

Furthermore, the top 10 Bitcoin addresses house 5.8 percent of the total supply, the top 100 14.9 percent, and the top 1000 34.7 percent.

With a market capitalization of $162 Billion, Oracle has a market capitalization most similar to that of Bitcoin at the moment.

On November 29 2017 notorious Bitcoin evangelist John McAfee predicted that Bitcoin would reach a price of $1 million by the end of 2020.

He even promised to eat his own dick if it doesnt. Unfortunately for him its 96.1 percent behind being on track. Bitcoins price should have been $225,955 by now, according to dickline.info.

Yesterday 25,882 fresh tweets about Bitcoin were sent out into the world. Thats 40.2 percent above last years average. The maximum amount of tweets per day last year about Bitcoin was 75,543.

This was one of yesterdays most engaged tweets about Bitcoin:

This was yesterdays most upvoted Reddit post about Bitcoin:

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IRS fugitive John McAfee sent to UK after stint in …

John McAfee of antivirus software fame has arrived in London from the Dominican Republic, where he had been detained for several days with his wife and several others for entering the Caribbean nation with a cache of weapons on his yacht, his lawyer said Friday.

Authorities asked him where he wanted to go, and he decided on London, his attorney Candido Simon told Reuters.

News of his arrival in the UK came two days after McAfee, 73, the eponymous founder of the PC software security giant, said on Twitter that he was released after four days of confinement along with five other people, including his wife, Janice.

I was well treated. My superiors were friendly and helpful. In spite of the helpful circumstances, weve decided to move on, the British-born tech guru said in a tweet Wednesday.

After Dominican authorities ensured that the US had no active legal cases or extradition requests for McAfee, they allowed him to choose where he wanted to go, Simon said.

McAfee has been sought by US tax authorities since January 2012, when he announced that he had fled the country and living in exile on a boat because of felony charges handed down by the Internal Revenue Service.

A spokesman for the IRS told The Post on Friday that he could not release any information about the case, as per policy.

McAfee who is seeking the Libertarian Partys nomination for US president in 2020 asked his Twitter followers on Friday whether he should also campaign to be British prime minister.

Can a person run for, and be, President of the United States and Prime Minister of Great Britain simultaneously? Yes. Absolutely. Without question. But I believe I am one of the few people still alive who could qualify for the combined position, he tweeted.

Earlier this week, McAfee docked his yacht, Great Mystery, in Puerto Plata, a province on the DRs Atlantic north coast, where the weapons and ammo stash was seized, Reuters reported.

Customs officials said they found pistols, a shotgun and bars of suspected silver on the yacht.

While in custody, McAfee retweeted a photo posted by his wife of himself sitting shirtless in a cell.

@theemrsmcafee insisted I looked better in this jailhouse photo since I was smiling. Janice was incarcerated in the cellblock next door at the same time. She just forgot how to properly smuggle phones, he wrote.

My crime is not filing tax returns not a crime. The rest is propaganda by the U.S. government to silence me. My voice is the voice of dissent. If I am silenced, dissent itself will be next, he wrote in a July 19 tweet.

The CIA has attempted to collect us. We are at sea now and will report more soon. I will continue to be dark for the next few days, he said in another tweet, which included a photograph of himself and a woman brandishing rifles.

On July 22, he wrote that they had been at sea 4 and a half in rough weather. Nearing port. All is well. Will be back in the saddle shortly.

McAfee said he couldnt wait to get off of this God forsaken boat that lost air conditioning and water 18 hours into the trip. None of us have bathed for 5 days.

His Twitter account was later taken over by his campaign manager Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez, who wrote: If John misses his next check-in, events will be set into motion that I cannot prevent once they have begun.

John has secreted data with individuals across the world. I know neither their identities or locations. They will release their payloads if John goes missing.

McAfee said in a video earlier this year that he was charged for using cryptocurrencies in criminal acts by Tennessee authorities, according to bitcoin.com.

I am running my campaign in exile on this boat for the duration I will not allow them to imprison me and shut my voice down, which they will do immediately Why? I am a flight risk. Obviously, I am in flight, McAfee said in the video.

The cybersecurity pioneer also boasted in a Jan. 3 tweet that he had not filed a tax return for 8 years, saying taxation is illegal and that his net income is negative.

At the peak of his wealth, McAfees net worth topped $100 million but he reportedly lost the bulk of his fortune during the global financial crisis in 2009.

He then liquidated his assets and moved to Belize, where he surrounded himself with a harem of young women many of whom moved in with him at his heavily fortified beachfront compound on Ambergris Caye.

In 2012, Belize police said McAfee was a person of interest in the murder of a neighbor. He told the news outlet Wired in November of that year that he was forced into hiding because local authorities were trying to kill him.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow dismissed the allegations, describing McAfee as extremely paranoid even bonkers.

McAfee was later arrested in Guatemala, where he sought political asylum but was charged with entering the country illegally. He was hospitalized for suspected heart attacks, which he later claimed he faked to avoid being handed over to police in Belize.

On Dec. 21, 2012, Guatemalan authorities deported him to the US, where he reportedly met Janice, who solicited him as a prostitute in South Beach, Florida.

The couple have lived in constant fear of his assassination by agents of the Belize government, according to a Newsweek report.

McAfee sold his famous anti-virus software company, which he founded in 1987, in 1994 for about $75 million.

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John McAfee 2020 presidential campaign – Wikipedia

Presidential campaign of John McAfee

The 2020 presidential campaign of John McAfee, anti-virus software pioneer and cryptocurrency investor, was formally launched on June 3, 2018.

McAfee previously ran for president in 2016. He was initially the candidate for the Cyber Party, a party which he had created. In December 2015, McAfee re-announced his candidacy under the Libertarian Party. During the campaign, McAfee was considered a front-runner for the nomination, and participated in the first televised Libertarian primary debates. At the convention, McAfee came in third place, with 14.1% of the delegates on the second ballot, behind Austin Petersen and the Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. Following the convention, McAfee declined to endorse the Johnson campaign, and announced that he would not run for office again.[citation needed]

Contrary to his assertion at the 2016 convention, McAfee announced on June 3, 2018 via Twitter that he would run for President again in 2020, either with the Libertarian Party or under the banner of a party of his own creation.[2] On January 22, McAfee announced via Twitter that he would be continuing his campaign "in exile", following reports that he, his wife, and four of his campaign staff were being indicted for tax-related felonies by the IRS. McAfee indicated that he was in "international waters", and had previously tweeted that he was on his way to Venezuela.[3] The IRS has not commented on the alleged indictments.[4] On June 29, McAfee tweeted that his campaign headquarters was relocated to Havana, Cuba.[1] Around the same time, McAfee defended Communist revolutionary Che Guevara on Twitter, putting himself at odds with the Libertarian Party, with Libertarian National Committee chairman Nicholas Sarwark saying, "I hear very little buzz about McAfee this time around...making a defense of Che Guevara from Cuba may ingratiate him with the Cuban government, but it didn't resonate well with Libertarians."[5]

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7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About John McAfee

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John McAfee is by far one of the most interesting, as well as the most controversial public figures today. He has had an eventful life, which led him from being a door-to-door salesman to being an anti-virus maker and a cryptoanalyst, with numerous substance abuse incidents, countless lawsuits, and several arrests in between.

He also moved to Belize for a while, he attempted to run for president of the US, created his political party, and much more. His life filled with fascinating anecdotes, disputed events, and surprising twists that have brought him to where he is now. With that in mind, here are seven interesting facts you probably did not know about John McAfee.

McAfee was born in the UK on September 18th, 1945. While he was still very young, his parents moved to Roanoke, Virginia. He had a difficult childhood, with his father being an alcoholic and committing suicide when McAfee was 15 years old. He then went to Roanoke College, where his alcohol abuse originally started.

McAfee has had quite a colorful business career, and he started off selling magazines door-to-door. After that, he started working at a firm that coded punch-card systems, which is where he became familiar with the basics of computing. With this knowledge, he managed to get a job at the Missouri Pacific Railroad, where he worked on using the new computer system for creating train schedules.

In the 1970s, he moved to Silicon Valley, where he worked for different technology companies. In 1986, the first big computer virus hit PCs, which is when he decided to start his own anti-virus company. Soon enough, his security software was used by some of the largest firms around the world, although individual users were still unaware of the online threats and not particularly interested in applying his anti-virus. However, when another virus called Michelangelo hit in 1992, infecting over 5 million computers, the demand for protection software made McAfees anti-virus the most popular one around.

He resigned from his company in 1994, when he decided to retire and keep a low profile. He spent years lecturing at a business school, advising startups, and working on his own smaller projects.

As mentioned, McAfee started drinking in college, which continued throughout his business career. He also began experimenting with harder drugs, often during working hours. One day he bought a psychedelic DMT, and after using it, he felt nothing. He then decided to use the entire bag, which caused vivid hallucinations, paranoia, and hearing voices. He ended up running out to the streets and hiding behind a trash can, with people approaching him and asking questions which he was unable to understand.

He continued using drugs after the incident as well, until 1983, when he started feeling alone and scared, which is when he decided to seek help.

After quitting his company, McAfee agreed to sell his shares, which brought him quite a wealth. With $100 million in his possession, many believed he was set for life. However, in 2008, the global financial crisis that inspired the creation of Bitcoin affected McAfees fortune quite strongly, and he lost an estimated 96% of what he owned.

Later in the 2000s, McAfee believed that the world of antibiotics is the next big thing where he can make a breakthrough, so he sold everything and moved to Belize to work with the company called Quorumex.

Whilethere, however, he became convinced that he is being followed and watched, which eventually led to him losing connection to society. Later, in 2012, he fled the country after becoming a person of interest in a murder case that involved the death of his neighbor, Gregory Faull.

He was living in Guatemala when the countrys police arrested him for illegal entry, and after being detained for some time, he was sent back to the US.

After returning to the US, he received a lot of attention, which he decided to use in September 2015 when he decided to start a new political party called The Cyber Party. He also attempted to run for the president of the US. He tried to join the Libertarian Party, but he failed to win the nomination, with New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson winning it instead.

Finally, he got involved with a mysterious tech company called MGT Technologies, which invested in games and cybersecurity, but also in a small drugmaker. Soon enough, McAfee left the company, which is when he developed an interest in digital currencies.

He developed a particular interest in Bitcoin and had made some of the most bullish claims to date, stating that Bitcoin will hit $1,000,000 by 2020. And if not he will eat his di** (evidence ahead). While there is no way of knowing whether or not this will happen, many consider him a tech genius, which is why many had taken his predictions to be extreme, but possible.

We recently had a chance to interview Mr. McAfee. For the past months, he had been hiding in a so-called cage. McAfee doesnt reveal where the cage is located:

Theyre going against me, but they cant find me. Nobody can find me in a cage in some unknown place in the world specifically so that I can do what Im doing: building a distributed exchange that cant be shut down. Do you understand? This is the world we live in. If youre going to do things like Im doing, youd better be prepared to go underground. Youd better be prepared for the SEC to come., As been told by him to CryptoPotato.

In the full interview, McAfee reveals how he had found out about Bitcoin and talks about his famous Bitcoin to $1 million predictions.

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The rise, and fall, and rise of John McAfee, from tech …

-- There are many different versions of security software founder John McAfee.

He has gone from being known as a multimillionaire tech legend, to making headlines as a "person of interest" in a mysterious killing in Belize, to launching new tech companies, to running to become a presidential candidate, to living in rural Tennessee. The one constant these days is his state of mind -- his belief that people are after him.

Im a mad man to some people because I dont follow the normal rules, McAfee told ABC News Matt Gutman in an exclusive series of interviews this spring for an ABC News "20/20" report. You know, the drummer that leads me is an odd drummer, but I follow the sound.

McAfee, 71, is best known for developing antivirus software in the 1980s that bears his name and helping to pioneer instant-messaging in the 1990s. He says he wrote the antivirus program in a day and a half and that 4 million people were using it within a month.

He sold his shares in the software company in the mid-90s, and reportedly made $100 million, though McAfee told ABC News his fortune was worth much more. But, he added, I wasted it, like everybody who has money.

McAfee built nine homes, filling them with expensive art, furniture and oddities, such as a dinosaur skull, and he bought a fleet of planes and antique cars. He created a yoga retreat in Colorado that hosted 200 guests at a time and set up a center in New Mexico for a new sport called aero-trekking.

But then the recession hit McAfee hard and in 2009, he said he liquidated his assets, and several of his properties and possessions were auctioned off. But he later said he didnt lose his all of his fortune, and had set up the auctions to try to fool the media.

Ive had 200 lawsuits in my life because my name is John McAfee, he told ABC News. No, I didnt lose everything. I wanted to stop people from trying to sue me.

So McAfee packed up and moved to Belize. When asked what made him go to the Central American country, McAfee joked, because Im a stupid man.

John McAfee's home in Belize, Ambergris Caye, is pictured here.

In 2009, he started a company that he said would manufacture plants from the Belize jungle into antibiotics. His lab was raided in May 2012 by the police departments Gang Suppression Unit on suspicion he was manufacturing methamphetamine. He says the raid was retribution for his refusal to be extorted by the government. No illegal drugs were found during the raid. He was never charged and the lab was eventually shut down.

The Belize government declined ABC News request for comment.

McAfee was catapulted to the headlines again in November 2012. This time Belizean authorities linked him to a more serious crime, naming him "a person of interest" in the mysterious slaying of 52-year-old Gregory Faull, a U.S. man who was McAfees neighbor two doors down from McAfees beachside compound. McAfee went into hiding, telling ABC News at the time he was afraid the authorities were trying to kill him.

He has denied any involvement in Faull's death.

After being on the run for almost a month, McAfee was arrested in Guatemala by Guatemalan immigration officials for entering the country illegally. He was about to be deported back to Belize when he collapsed. McAfee later said he had faked a heart attack.

Sure, I faked it, he said. What would you have done?

He was never arrested or charged in connection with Faull's death, and McAfees attorney in Guatemala was able to obtain a stay of deportation to Belize for him. Soon after, Guatemalan authorities deported him to Miami, where he met his future wife Janice Dyson McAfee, a former prostitute at a restaurant.

I instantly saw in Janice what I had been looking for my entire life, McAfee said.

It was, I dont know how to say it, magical, Janice told ABC News. He saw the hurt that was there. He saw the human in me. He thought I was worthy enough of a second chance.

"I had nothing to do with the murder of Gregory Faull," McAfee told ABC News "20/20" in an exclusive interview with him and his wife, Janice.

McAfee and his wife now live in Lexington, Tennessee. He has an armed body guard with him everywhere he goes and his home sports a large gun collection.

I have no fascination with guns, he said. I have a fascination with survival.

McAfee and his wife are convinced that they have been followed for the past four years.

We have been chased for days, he said. You could see the same cars and trucks over and over and over.

McAfee was the subject of filmmaker Nanette Bursteins Showtime documentary, Gringo, released last year, which alleged McAfee was responsible for Faulls death.

One of the people featured in the film was McAfees property caretaker in Belize named Cassian Chavarria, who says in the film McAfee paid to have Faull killed, though the supposed hit man he named denied all wrongdoing.

When asked about the documentary recently, McAfee laughed it all off, saying Burstein paid Chavarria to make false statements. After the film was released, McAfee posted multiple videos online with Chavarria and others who said they had lied to Burstein.

Let me make this perfectly clear, McAfee told ABC News. I had nothing to do with the murder of Gregory Faull.

Burstein told ABC News that she didnt pay for interviews, though she said she did pay what she called a nomral fee for some photos. She says McAfee paid Chavarria to recant his story.

I called him and said listen, why did you do this? she said. He said, Someone showed up at my house who works for John and they offered me thousands of dollars to say this.

An attorney for Chavarria and three others featured in the film held a press conference in Belize City shortly after the film was released, in which they all claimed they had lied in the documentary to get money from filmmakers for their interviews.

McAfee denies paying off people from the documentary to recant what they said - Chavarria also denied at the 2016 press conference that McAfee had paid him -- but at one point, McAfee did threaten to walk out of the ABC News interview if our questions about Belize continued. McAfees only conditions for the interview were that ABC News adhere to his schedule and location.

Since being back in the states, McAfee hasnt completely avoided legal trouble. In August 2015, he was pulled over in Henderson County, Tennessee, on suspicion of driving under the influence. He says he wasnt drunk, but high on Xanax, which he said a doctor had prescribed. He pleaded guilty to a DUI, and has yet to get his suspended license back.

Though he may not have the fortune he once did, McAfee does paid speaking engagements at cybertech conferences, where some in the hacking world consider him to be a visionary. He took his public persona to a whole new level last year when he ran to become the Libertarian Party candidate for president. He finished as a runner-up to Gary Johnson.

McAfee is the CEO of MGT Capital, a company that invests in cybersecurity, such as a cellphone that McAfee says is the first that cannot be hacked.

He also demonstrated a NFC ring, or near field communications ring, which he did not develop, but said could have downloaded a script which took full control of your phone.

Youre living in an age of no privacy, he added.

Given the worlds obsession with hacking, McAfee could be looking to make another comeback.

Its an opportunity for me to speak again, he said. People are listening.

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John McAfee Praises Privacy Crypto, Reveals the Secret of Technical Progress – U.Today

The antivirus guru and a prominent crypto bull John McAfee has not been tweeting about cryptocurrencies for a while busy talking to his followers about the permanent faults of the US government and the taxation system.

However, a few hours ago, he resumed his perpetual discussion of virtues that cryptocurrencies privacy coins in particular have.

In a recent tweet, John McAfee praises privacy coins or rather he praises criminals for being the first to adopt all valuable technical novelties automobiles, the telephone and now they are welcoming privacy coins.

McAfee tweets:

Authorities are always behind. Now, they [criminals] have validated the power of privacy. Thank God!

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In the second tweet in the thread, McAfee continues the discussion, revealing the reasons, why the authorities are perpetually behind.

McAfee believes that this is down to bureaucracy. Bureaucrats have a high level of incompetence, the crypto baron says.

They use their power to slow the rate of society's progress down to their own level of incompetence.

Recently, the former antivirus mogul revealed that he believes Bitcoin to be ancient technology, saying that he no longer bets on BTC as a toolto change the global financial system.

As per him, blockchains that are appearing now are much better and all his BTC promo campaign, the prediction that BTC will hit $1 mln and a promise to eat his penis if it does not have proved to be just a bait to attract new users into the crypto sphere.

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Binance CEO Strikes Back At FUD Over Reports That Exchange Is Not Authorized To Operate In Malta – ZyCrypto

The CEO of Binance cryptocurrency exchange is striking back at a report that the exchange is not licensed to operate in Malta, calling it quite a bit of FUD. This case about Binance operating in Malta stems from a public statement recently published by Maltas chief financial regulatory body stating that the crypto exchange is not licensed to operate in the country.

The question about where Binance is actually headquartered has always been a mystery. But many assumed that the exchange is based in Malta after it announced that it was setting up an office there after being forced out of Japan by regulators.

At that point, Malta Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat welcomed Binance to the country with open arms. However, the Maltese crypto-friendly leader stepped down earlier this year. Noted cryptocurrency advocate John McAfee suggested that the new Prime Minister would not allow cryptocurrency operations in Malta.

But, Binances chief growth officer, Ted Lin, recently acknowledged that the exchange indeed has offices based in Malta.

Lin explained:

We have offices in Malta for customer services, and some compliance people there, but its not the headquarters per se. Its the spiritual headquarters. Its a name that people think about when they think about Binance.

However, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has published a statement affirming that Binance is not authorized to conduct any cryptocurrency operations in the country. As such, it is not subject to regulatory oversight by the MFSA. MFSA also noted that it is currently investigating whether Binance has conducted any activities in the nation which may not fall within the realm of regulatory oversight.

MFSA further said:

Admission of virtual financial assets to trading and/or for offering virtual financial assets to the public in and from Malta requires an MFSA license in terms of the Financial Assets Act (CAP 590) of 2018

Following this statement from MFSA, Binance CEO, Changpeng Zhao took to Twitter to clear the air. In a series of tweets, he opined that this report is old news and bringing it up again is quite a bit of FUD. He also cited that Binance has no headquarters because it is a decentralized company.

Nonetheless, this response has seemingly not answered the nagging question on where is Binance is really based. A slew of the comments below CZs tweet noted that every time there is a story about Binance headquarters, CZ always calls it FUD. The CEO of The Block, Mike Dudas, even pointed out that a Binance document stating that the exchange is governed by the law of Malta has since been deleted.

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Johnny Depp: Upcoming Movies He Will Be Seen In – The Digital Weekly

Johnny Depp is an actor, producer, and musician from the United States. He was nominated for three Academy Awards and won the Best Actor Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Thanks to the 1980s T.V. series 21 Jump Street, Depp became a teen idol.

Depp is considered to be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He has received praise from the critics for his portrayals of Ed Woods screenwriter assistant, Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brascos undercover F.B.I. Agent, author J. J. In Finding Neverland Mr. Barrie and in Black Mass the Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger. He is the third biggest actor in the world, as movies featuring in his box office in the United States amount to over $3.7 billion and over $10 billion worldwide.

McAfee is your computer systems antivirus program that protects you from unwanted malware, unexpected ad-clicks, and poor downloads for years. John McAfee, a man with drogue-related problems, was started by driving schools out of work and still managed to make $100 million at a time in his life. Just imagine that Johnny Depp is playing a guy like that. And there is good news if youre excited about the idea. It has been confirmed that the film King of the Jungle will be directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa based on Johns life. And not all of that. And not all of that.

Under a Snow Moon is a fantasy film starring Jamie Brewer and Johnny Depp. Sean Stone will direct the movie with a script written by the writers Alexandria Altman and Melody Rowland. The film uncovers events that take place under a snow moon deep in the Bayou of Louisiana, where a mysterious child is mysteriously delivered to a two-centuries-old plantation where two older adults care for her. In time, the ancient legend of six hundred years reveals her ancestral journey to her destiny.

Universal Pictures announced in 2014, with Dracula Untolds publication, that it will launch a new series, called Dark Universe, which is rebooting its original Monster Film Franchise. In 2015 The Mummy was revealed, and in 2017, Dracula Untold was released from the franchise. Universal soon released single-film adaptations of the characters Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, and The Invisible Man.

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Waiting for the Barbarians is a Ciro Guerra film based on Js novel of the same name. Mr. Coetzee. Johnny Depp is the star of the film, such as Colonel Joll, Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson, and Gana Bayarsaikhan. In October 2016, it was reported that director Ciro Guerra had been working on an adaptation to the novel Waiting for the Barbarians.

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XRP Price Expected to Hit $1 Minimum as We Approach 2021 – U.Today

Since the XRP price slumped back to $0.28 on February 16, the third-largest coin has been doing its best to recover the $0.30 psychological level. At press time, it is changing hands at $0.29, according todata from CoinMarketCap.

The XRP community remains bullish as ever. Meanwhile, a crypto trader has shared a tweet, saying that he expects XRP to surge to at least $1 as 2021 approaches.

Semi-retired crypto trader, as he describes himself on his Twitter page, @AngeloBTC, has taken to social media to share his expectations regarding the prices of some top cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Tezos. He expects the coins to achieve the followingprice marks by 2021.

It's good news for all who are betting on Bitcoin the trader reckons it will hit $30,000 (contrary to John McAfees prediction of BTC surging to $1 mln). As for XRP the figure he named is $1.

Twitter user @cryptomocho, who boasts over 126,000 subscribers on Twitter, has posted an XRP/USDT chart from Binance, saying that if the third largest coin manages to stay above the $0.28 level, odds are that it willmakeanother attempt to skyrocket.

Meanwhile, XRP liquidity continues to rise via Ripples ODL corridors set up together with its partner MoneyGram.

Crypto investor Dave Jones has shared data from the Mexican Bitso exchange. Last week, it says, around $54 mln was transferred from USD to MXN using XRP 7.5 percent of the transfers in this corridor. This information initially came from the recent interview of Brad Garlinghouse to CNN.

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Despite the aforementioned good news, last week the media reported that MoneyGram had set up a new product, FastSend, without Ripples XRP. The remittance behemoth preferred Visa Direct instead.

Now, MoneyGram can allow its clients to send cash directly to millions of Visa cards.

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