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Since taking office, US President Donald Trump has made 10,000 false or misleading statements, according to a report by the Washington Post.

With this staggering number in mind, it’s easier than ever to feel little sceptical about some of his statements of “facts.” And according to a new study by Media Matters, a nonprofit watchdog group, he’s not the only one responsible for spreading #fakenews.


We hear a lot about the problem of Facebook ads—whether it’s about user information being tracked for targeted ads, or fishy groups using ads to spread misinformation. Just look at the effects on our political landscape: we have voters and politicians who spout false information, often just because they saw it on social media.

Facebook ads are particularly egregious since the website collects personal data and tailors the ads you see based on your browsing behaviours. That leads to not only creepily specific targeted ads, but also a greater chance for those who don’t fact-check properly to be duped by ads containing false or misleading information.


A few years ago, I went on a business trip to Scotland with journalists from other parts of the world. On the trip, we used WhatsApp to stay connected, which encouraged the participants to stay in touch via WhatsApp as well, especially in the form of group chats.


Apparently, working for President Trump requires three signed non-disclosure agreements - and the looming threat that he’ll ruin you financially and legally if you ever choose to break it.

NDAs are more common than you think (though signing one with hefty consequences like total annihilation of your life, probably less so). If you’re working in any company with trade secrets, you’re likely to sign an NDA in some form. But should we accept them unconditionally?


No doubt thanks to Donald Trump, Brexit, and a string of anti-establishment leaders and parties in Europe, Latin America and Asia, everyone seems to be talking about populism. But what is it exactly? And why does it have such a bad rap?


Last week, BuzzFeed News published evidence that US president Donald Trump actively instructed his ex-personal counsel Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project. If your twitter timeline is full of Twitter Lawyers screaming about subornation of perjury and you aren’t quite sure what it means, here’s what you need to know.


Earlier this week, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai faced a House Judiciary Committee in the United States Congress to answer questions about recent data breaches and other important security matters. So, naturally, the discussion turned to extremely serious and important matters. Like why searches on Google for the word "idiot" turn up images of President Donald Trump.


Newly-minted US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a bartender when she pulled together a scrappy populist campaign and stunned the political world by unseating a powerful incumbent Democrat.

Her combination of charisma and radical politics has triggered the right wing and is striking fear into the Democratic Party establishment, with whom she's already pledged to do battle. This is her story.


Trust us, we did not enjoy telling you that steaming your vagina could burn you. Nor did we really want to write any of the posts below. But we live in the real world, where people consider doing harmful things to themselves and others.

Like putting two spaces after a period. Here are the posts that we wish we hadn’t had to write.


Besides telling you how to hack your life, we here at Lifehacker love to help you understand the world around you, whether you’re puzzling over an obscure feature of your computer or a big political issue in the news. Here are some of our best explainers from 2018.


Faked moon landing, #PizzaGate, September 11 was an inside job, Vince Foster was murdered by the Clintons to cover up Whitewater, the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax - the list of conspiracy theories is long and bizarre.

Side-show paranoid nonsense becomes alarming and enraging, however, when ordinary people base important decisions; how they vote, for example, on whatever fevered internet story best supports their own personal world views.


After the American Civil War, the United States’ Constitution gained several amendments. The 14th amendment granted citizenship to anyone born in the country, regardless of their parents' nationality. Now, US President Trump has said he believes he can overturn the 14th amendment’s key provision by executive order.

Here's what you need to know about “birthright citizenship” law - both in America and Down Under.


Scottmorrison.com.au - the official website of Australia's current prime minister - has been brazenly purchased by an internet prankster for $50. It appears the PM's social media team forgot to renew the domain name.

The site has since been stripped of all content and now plays the punk ditty ‘Scotty Doesn’t Know’ on a loop over a picture of Scott's smiling face. Wow. Just... wow.


They don't really want to debate you, those randoms who crawl into the comments of your Facebook posts and your tweets and your blog posts (hi!) asking to "debate" you over crap we should all agree on by now. You can't debate them in any meaningful way, because they are mouths without ears. You can block them or take your account private, but maybe that leaves you feeling frustrated and powerless. How do you leave this situation feeling any type of satisfaction?


When major shifts in history take pace the participants in those events don't often realise the magnitude of what's happening around them. After over a decade of travelling to the USA regularly, dipping in and out of different cities several times a year, it's clear that the country is in decay.


The news cycle is enough to make you lose hope. Every day brings some fresh horror, or an update on an ongoing horror, or rumblings of horrors to come. It’s like being repeatedly smacked in the face with a tetherball. The events of the last couple of years have pushed some of us to be more politically active, which obviously leads to more political awareness... which can lead to despondency. (See tetherball, above.) Activists digging in for the long haul have to learn how to pace themselves and keep their spirits up.