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Facebook is reducing the reach of a disputed New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son

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Facebook has reduced the reach of a New York Post story that makes disputed claims about Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, pending a fact-check review. “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform,” tweeted Facebook policy communications manager Andy Stone.

The Post article, published today, claims to have obtained emails and video from a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden. But some journalists have questioned the veracity of the information, which the Post says was provided with help from President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and former adviser Steve Bannon. Meanwhile, the article has been distributed widely on social media. According to CrowdTangle data, it’s garnered over 40,000 interactions on Facebook and a far smaller number on Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter. A number of other outlets have aggregated the story, and it’s unclear whether Facebook could restrict those articles’ reach as well.

Facebook partners with a variety of fact-checking institutions and downranks content that is rated partially or completely false, adding a warning label and making users less likely to see it. (It removes some content that it deems likely to cause harm, including false claims about COVID-19.) But the Post — a major tabloid owned by the Rupert Murdoch-founded News Corp — has significantly more clout than stereotypical Facebook “fake news” pages. Stone’s statement suggests this latest action is more provisional and potentially temporary.

Facebook has restricted at least one previous Post story, an opinion piece promoting the largely unsupported theory that COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese laboratory. According to a follow-up article in the Post, the label was later removed. That story was an opinion piece based on public information rather than a news scoop, however. It’s more difficult to fact-check a story that’s based on documents allegedly obtained by a single news outlet — which obviously isn’t unusual for an investigative report.

As political journalist Judd Legum pointed out on Twitter, the Post’s story mostly raises questions about whether the emails it posted were framed in an accurate way, whether they actually came from a computer owned by Hunter Biden, and whether they were provided via a reputable source. (Among other dubious activities, Giuliani has pushed unsupported claims about COVID-19, and Bannon has been charged with defrauding the backers of a multimillion-dollar crowdfunding campaign.) Facebook has vowed to crack down on posts that could spread chaos and misinformation around the 2020 presidential election, though — and hitting pause on an inflammatory story about a presidential candidate’s son seems to be part of that effort.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Best Home DealsBest Home DealsThe best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily.

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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