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US election 2020: Biden to speak as Trump and the supreme court threaten Obamacare – live updates

  • Barr tells prosecutors to investigate ‘vote irregularities’ despite lack of evidence
  • Joe Biden vows to ‘spare no effort’ in tackling Covid as US sees record cases
  • Donald Trump has no intention of conceding, campaign insists
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Here’s a reminder about what president-elect Joe Biden said about the coronavirus crisis in the US yesterday. He said:

There’s a need for bold action to fight this pandemic. We’re still facing a very dark winter. The bottom line: I will spare no effort to turn this pandemic around once we’re sworn in on 20 January. To get our kids back to school safely, our businesses growing, and our economy running at full speed again, and to get an approved vaccine manufactured and distributed as quickly as possible, to as many Americans as possible, free of charge. We’ll follow the science. We’ll follow the science, let me say that again.

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One of the things fuelling Trump supporters’ belief that the election has been fraudulent is the sheer volume of misinformation out there on the internet. New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose points to just a few examples here.

A Newsmax video full of debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories (dead people voting, poll watchers barred, software glitches) is the 3rd most-shared post of the past three days. 15 million views, 345,000 shares. pic.twitter.com/BQw4WhYM6J

The tricky thing, for Facebook, is that some of the most viral stories aren’t strictly false. (Perdue + Loeffler *did* call for the SOS’s resignation.) But they are feeding a stolen election narrative that is going to be hard to dial back.

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