Presidential election in the news ticker: Facebook deletes fake Pro-Trump profiles – “inauthentic”
US election 2020 in the news ticker: On November 3, US President Donald Trump is standing for re-election. Former Vice President Joe Biden wants to replace him. The next TV duel between Trump and Biden is now apparently a matter of dispute. Everything you need to know about the 2020 US election can be found in the FOCUS Online news ticker.
Facebook deletes fake profiles that create the mood for Trump and incite against Biden
12:39 p.m .: Less than four weeks before the US presidential election, Facebook deleted hundreds of fake profiles and dozens of groups that raised the mood for incumbent Donald Trump or against his election challenger Joe Biden in the online service. Facebook cyber security director Nathanial Gleicher said the company had completely banned marketing company Rally Forge. This has coordinated “inauthentic behavior” on Facebook on behalf of organizations close to Trump.
With “inauthentic behavior” Facebook describes the actions of users who leave political messages on the online service under a false identity. A total of 200 apparently fake Facebook profiles and 55 Facebook groups have been deleted, said the same. The Instagram subsidiary has also blocked 76 profiles.
“Many of these profiles used archive photos and pretended to be people on the right,” explained Gleicher. Although the “people behind this network” tried to conceal their identity, Facebook was able to trace the fake profiles back to the activities of Rally Forge.
The marketing company is now blocked, said Gleicher. “We will continue to investigate all related networks and take action should we discover that they are also involved in inauthentic behavior.”
According to the information, a total of around 373,000 Facebook users followed the fake profiles or groups. There were 22,000 users on Instagram.
According to the same, Facebook took action on the matter after the Washington Post reported that Trump-related organizations had spread false news on Facebook. According to the newspaper report, Rally Forge hired young people to distribute articles on online networks that put Trump in a positive light.
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Trump promises election campaign appearance on Saturday
6:18 am: US President Donald Trump has announced his first campaign appearance this Saturday after his Covid 19 illness on Saturday. He wants to do it in Florida if the event can be set up by then, Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox News on Thursday.
For Sunday evening he will then tackle a performance in Pennsylvania. These are important states for the November 3rd presidential election where Trump is behind in polls.
Trump’s personal physician Sean Conley had previously announced that the president had completed the Covid treatment prescribed for him and was allowed to attend public appointments again on Saturday. Trump told Fox News that he should be tested on Friday. In the roughly 20-minute interview, Trump had to interrupt himself twice in the middle of a sentence because of problems with his voice.
Instead of a TV duel: US broadcaster shows election campaign event only with Biden
9:18 p.m .: After Trump initially rejected a possible virtual TV duel with Joe Biden, the TV broadcaster ABC News has now found a replacement. Instead of the duel, Biden should – at the same time as the originally planned TV duel – answer questions from US voters. This was announced by ABC – the station that should host the next TV duel, on Thursday evening (German time).
Had only canceled: Suddenly, Trump just wants to postpone a virtual TV duel with Biden
9:03 p.m .: Just hours after canceling the TV duel planned for next week with his challenger Joe Biden, US President Donald Trump has now suggested a postponement. The debate, originally planned for October 15, should be postponed by a week in order to enable the candidates to be directly compared in one room, said Trump’s campaign team on Thursday afternoon (local time). The third and final debate on October 22nd is also to be postponed by a week.
The responsible independent commission CPD announced on Thursday morning that the next duel would not take place in person for reasons of health protection. The two candidates should therefore appear in different places and be interconnected. The moderator and guests, on the other hand, should meet as planned next week on Thursday evening (Friday CEST) in Miami, Florida.
Trump had described this as “unacceptable” and then canceled his participation. “I will not waste my time with a virtual debate,” he said in a TV interview. Instead of the duel, he is now planning an election campaign event, it said. Biden, in turn, stated that he had agreed to a virtual format, but would now meet with voters alone.
Trump fell ill with Covid-19 as a result of a coronavirus infection and was treated for three days in a military hospital. He returned to the White House on Monday.
US election 2020: Trump does not want to take part in a virtual TV duel
2:11 p.m .: The second TV duel of the US presidential candidates planned for October 15 could burst: President Donald Trump said on Fox on Thursday that he would not take part in a virtual debate. This is “not acceptable to us”.
Shortly before, the organizers had announced that the second TV debate between Trump and his challenger Joe Biden would not take place in a room for security reasons; rather, the opponents would be placed in different places. The corona infection in Trump had raised concerns about the format of the TV debates.
Shortly after the first TV duel on September 29, the 74-year-old incumbent Trump tested positive for the novel corona virus. The diagnosis was released last Friday, after which Trump received hospital treatment before returning to the White House on Monday. His 77-year-old challenger Biden then tested negative for the coronavirus.
After Trump’s corona infection: The next TV duel with Biden will take place virtually
1:34 p.m .: US President Donald Trump is still suffering from Corona, but the second of three TV speeches with presidential candidate Joe Biden is imminent. However, the duel on October 15 should now take place virtually. This was announced by the non-partisan “Commission on Presidential Debates” on Thursday. The third verbal argument is planned for October 22nd.
The Commission’s explanatory memorandum states “to protect the health and safety of all those involved in the second presidential debate”.
2020 US election poll: Europeans wish for defeat of Trump
Thursday, October 8th, 1:11 p.m .: In the US presidential election on November 3rd, a large majority in Germany and six other European countries would like incumbent Donald Trump to be defeated. This comes from a poll by the polling institute YouGov, which was published on Thursday. According to this, 71 percent in Germany hope for a victory for the democratic challenger Joe Biden. Only eleven percent of Germans would like the Republican Trump to stay in office for four more years.
In Denmark, according to the survey, 80 percent are for Biden and only six percent for Trump. The incumbent US president does best in Italy, where 20 percent want him re-elected. Questions were also asked in Great Britain, France, Spain and Sweden.
Most of the total of more than 9,000 respondents believe that Trump’s tenure to date has had a negative impact on their country. Germans and Spaniards say this most often with 69 percent each, Italians least often (50 percent). Few think Trump is a good president: 5 to 15 percent, depending on the country. A large majority consider him a bad president – 76 percent in Germany.
TV duel between runner-up Harris and Pence
Wednesday, October 7th, 2:57 p.m .: The TV duel between US President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden turned out to be a faux pas, as political positions were not really discussed. Now the duel between the runner-up candidates Kamala Harris (Democrats) and Mike Pence (Republicans) is expected. You can read about the debate here
US elections 2020: Biden ahead of Trump in polls
Tuesday, October 6, 11:53 a.m .: According to current polls in the USA, Joe Biden is ahead of Donald Trump (42.7 percent) as President in the upcoming elections with 51 percent. This is shown by a dpa chart. The average of publicly available surveys in the USA, weighted according to the number of respondents and the survey quality, was evaluated.
Trump is meanwhile for criticism with regard to the handling of his corona infection. When he arrived at the White House, after his stay in hospital, he sent a video message to all Americans.
After his dismissal, Trump causes outrage with a dangerous video message
2020 US election: Joe Biden again tested negative for coronavirus
Monday, October 5th, 4.15pm: The Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden has again tested negative for the corona virus. The test was done on Sunday, Biden’s campaign team announced. The last known negative test result Biden comes from Friday.
Biden stood on Tuesday in a TV duel before the presidential election on a stage with US President Donald Trump, who was infected with the virus. Biden’s election campaign team then announced on Saturday that, as a sign of transparency, the results of all corona tests of the 77-year-old would be published in the future.
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