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Twitter will let users report misinformation for the first time

Twitter is adding an option for users to report misinformation to the company, but says the expanded ability to flag tweets won’t necessarily lead to more fact-checking or labels on problematic posts. The test, only available in a few markets, will let users notify the company about alleged misinformation in …

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Stretching the two-minute rule

“Choice magazine’s Facebook page asked: ‘We want to know what is the wildest and wackiest thing you’ve ever cooked up in your slow cooker?’ says Martin Field of Noosa Heads (Qld). “Two-minute noodles got my vote.” That was quick. Phil Armour (C8) was in need of a word to describe …

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Playground transmission probed as COVID-19 spikes among children

Loading “Getting to a playground is one of the few things you have left to alleviate boredom with the kids, it’s a punch in the guts,” he said. Child health experts are divided about the government’s approach. Fiona Russell from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute said the Delta strain was more …

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Roosters move to take Crichton off market before Rugby World Cup

Meanwhile, Andrew Fifita underwent surgery after suffering a fractured larynx against Newcastle. The Sharks forward was placed into an induced coma and then underwent a three-hour procedure on Tuesday night. The match review committee opted not to take any action over the incident that led to the injury. Loading In …

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Household transmissions account for 70 per cent of Sydney’s COVID cases

Australia’s largest private hospital group, Ramsay Health Care, said they have “rapidly answered the call from the state government” to provide 300 staff seconded to work in health accommodation, mass vaccination hubs and public hospitals. While many people with COVID-19 can effectively isolate at home, a spokesperson said cases and …

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Shift of Ekka holiday to October a ‘mixed blessing’ for some venues

The move to create a long weekend in October by shifting the Ekka public holiday has been hailed by most tourism operators but viewed as a “mixed blessing” by other venues. The Queensland government announced on Tuesday the Ekka holiday would be shifted to Friday, October 29, after the Royal …

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Qld carpenter sentenced to jail after waging war against building regulator

A Queensland carpenter who waged a social media war against a building inspector, including making remarks about the man’s wife, has been sentenced to prison. Marinus Hendrikus van Uden was handed a three-month jail term after a year-long battle in the Brisbane District Court initiated by the Queensland Building and …

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‘The worst I’ve ever seen Wayne’: Cook lifts lid on loss that hurt Bennett the most

Kurt Capewell and Api Koroisau are back from suspensions for Penrith and Tevita Pangai looks likely to debut for the club, while James Fisher-Harris has been named in the No. 21 jersey after exiting quarantine on Sunday following his hit-and-run trip back to Sydney for the birth of his second …

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Ivermectin, COVID-19, and making sense of scientific evidence

Perhaps the best of these is Cochrane. It’s an international non-profit bringing together top scientists to review evidence and produce easy-to-understand reports, using a special Cochrane method that eliminates sources of bias, like the insidious role of drug company funding. “Generally, if there’s a Cochrane review, that’s the gold standard,” …

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