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Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

On some YouTube videos, particularly highly downvoted ones, I often see comments asserting that their dislikes on the video are being deleted, either by YouTube or the channel itself. From the ...
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Is Stack Exchange the only major network where moderators are democratically elected?

The Stack Exchange 2015 Year in Review blog post claims: After five years of democratically electing moderators, it’s mind blowing that Stack Exchange is still the only major network that embraces ...
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Is Wikipedia reliable?

I ask this question because in school, students are always told "do not quote wikipedia" or that "Do not believe everything you see on Wikipedia, we are teachers and we know when something is wrong ...
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Does Sci-Hub use malware and phishing to obtain researchers' login credentials?

There is a new BBC article, Police warn students to avoid science website about Sci-Hub, a pirate site to circumvent paywalls on science journals. But Max Bruce, the City of London police's cyber ...
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Does WordPress power 27% of the Internet?

According to the front page of WordPress.com (screenshot, in case the page changes): WordPress powers 27% of the internet. Unfortunately no source is provided for that statement. Is this number ...
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Was Andrew Tate raided by police because of a pizza box revealing that he is in Romania?

After the arrest of controversial internet personality Andrew Tate on December 29th 2022 it has been claimed in multiple highly viral posts (example on Reddit) that the arrest was made possible ...
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Do all Wikipedia articles lead to Philosophy?

Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parenthesis or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy". - Randall Munroe, ...
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Are sharks a threat to undersea cables?

Slate published an article recently, titled The Global Internet Is Being Attacked by Sharks, Google Confirms. Despite being catchy and all, most of the references seem to be other news outlets or ...
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Is Snopes a "hoax" that is "covering up" for the Obama administration?

Of all the email I get, I don't know why this one bugged me so much. Here is an email accusing Snopes.com of deliberately "lying" and "covering up" for the Obama administration. From the look of it, ...
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Is the increasing availability of high speed internet pornography reducing sex crime rates?

Some early studies show that the availability of pornography does not increase the rate of sex crimes. Research on pornography has generally been of various types (Tovar, Elias, & Chang, 1999)....
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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

According to this article dated July 30 2019, the island nation of Madagascar has faster internet than the United Kingdom. If you only know Madagascar because of that animated penguins film, you'...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...
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Do more men use the Internet than women?

Long before the Internet existed, computers were women. (United States Census Bureau, courtesy of the University of Hartford) It's a well-known trope that there are no girls on the Internet. In fact,...
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Did Andrew Tate claim his job was to seduce women and get them on a webcam?

Andrew Tate is a social media personality who was recently charged with rape and human trafficking offences. There are screenshots available of Andrew Tate's website cobratate.com, on which it says: ...
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Were the Starlink units for Ukraine not paid by Musk?

In reply to Elon Musk's (controversial) peace plan for Ukraine, someone tweeted that USAID and other paid for Strlinks, you fake philanthropist. (A tweet with 6000+ "likes", so reasonably ...
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Did Stack Overflow cut the number of negative comments nearly in half between the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2019 and January 21, 2020?

I read on https://stackoverflow.blog/2020/01/21/scripting-the-future-of-stack-2020-plans-vision (mirror) (emphasis is mine, to match the question): In the fourth quarter of 2019, we created a large ...
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Is there any evidence of a secret level of deeply-hidden web-pages called "Marianas Web"? [closed]

There is a rumour that there is an Internet-based network, similar to the dark web (not to be confused with the deep web) called Mariana's Web (after Marianas Trench.) The Infographics Show discussed ...
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Did a Chinese farmer spend 16 years learning law so he could sue a chemical company?

According to this meme, a chinese farmer spent 16 years preparing for and ultimately winning a lawsuit against local energy company Qigua Group. Now I've been digging around a bit and found several ...
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Is this 'United Nations New World Order' website affiliated with the United Nations?

I stumbled upon this website: https://unnwo.org/. The United Nations New World Order Project is a global, high-level initiative founded in 2008 to advance a new economic paradigm, a new political ...
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Can the USA turn off the whole internet by deactivating root DNS servers based there?

Drinking with a friend, he told me how his lecturer had revealed to his class that the US can turn off the Internet for the whole world if it wants to, because all of the DNS root servers are there. I ...
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Is Kaspersky Lab a military unit?

In this article, McClatchy DC bureau claims that one of the certificates the Kaspersky Lab received from Russian FSB/KGB reveals that the entire Kaspersky Lab joint-stock company is actually a FSB ...
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Is the income of the porn industry 50% of the revenues made on the Internet?

Yesterday a friend of mine told me that most of the money which is made in the internet is going to the porn industry. First I didn't believe any word and I was like "Hey, shut up! There is still ...
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Did ABC News briefly report that Hillary Clinton had died in the hospital, and did ABC confirm it on the phone with Infowars?

I'm obviously not asking whether the story itself is correct, I'm asking whether ABC News briefly reported it or whether it's a series of hoaxes. I saw this alleged screenshot on Reddit just now. It ...
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Does streaming a video to smartphone consume 1000W of electricity?

The German test magazine "Stiftung Warentest" tested video streaming platforms in the magazine 1/2020. As a side note they write on page 35: Laut Studien der grünen französischen Denkfabrik "The ...
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Is online dating unsafe?

Is there any evidence to support the common conception that one is more likely to be physically injured when dating someone met online as opposed to someone met "offline"?
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Is Arabic the 4th most common language used on internet?

The Wikipedia page, Languages user on the Internet provides two different ways of ranking the most popular languages on the Internet. By content: Estimated percentages of the top 10 million ...
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Is the Deep Web orders of magnitude larger than the surface web?

For most internet users, the public web, accessible by search engines like Google, is the beginning and the end of the Internet. More savvy users understand that there are large numbers of sites that ...
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Does streaming an album 27 times consume as much energy as manufacturing a CD?

According to an article on TheConversation: So which is the greener option? It depends on many things, including how many times you listen to your music. If you only listen to a track a couple of ...
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Did ISP "pocket" $400 billion that was supposed to be dedicated toward fiber cable infrastructure?

Bruce Kushnick, author of "The Book Of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal And Free The Net," makes some pretty major claims. The most prominent article, an ad for his book written by ...
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Will there be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020?

According to this infographic in an article from BAE, they make the claim that the internet is predicted to have 50 billion non-human users by 2020. Discounting the main purpose of the article, where ...
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Does YouTube send every video to every subscription inbox?

According to this video by The Game Theorists, YouTube does not push every video a channel makes to all of that channel's subscriber inboxes. Rather, a subscriber only sees videos from channels they ...
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Is US ahead or behind of EU in terms of broadband Internet access?

Today New America Foundation has published a report "The Cost of Connectivity 2013: A comparison of high-speed Internet prices in 24 cities around the world" It has been covered by media, mostly in ...
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Is the Perspectus Global "uncool emojis" survey real?

Daily Mail's article Thumb-down to the thumbs-up! Study reveals the cringeworthy emojis that are SO middle-aged and leave Gen Z youngsters rolling their eyes says A spokesman for Perspectus Global ...
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Are/were US broadband internet service providers making 90%+ profit margins?

A 2012 blog article from Stop The Cap quotes the Wall Street Journal (without a link) as saying: Cable executives and analysts say that about 90% of the money cable operators charge for broadband ...
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Do Lovoo and Ashley Madison use chatbots ("fembots") to flirt with male customers?

Sites such as Ashley Madison and German dating site Lovoo have been accused of creating and programming fake female profiles to flirt with male customers. Although creating a profile for membership is ...
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Can mobile phone cell towers be spoofed in ways that allow interception of calls?

There are multiple forms of evidence that people can spoof cell towers and monitor cells. This Forbes article reports a proof of concept that works for 2G technology. This article from The Register ...
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Did Near, a prominent emulator developer, take their own life?

A couple of weeks ago, there was news in the gaming-related media that Near, the developer of SNES emulators, has reportedly died by suicide. However, the proof of this is an anonymous document posted ...
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Is Internet gambling more harmful than regular gambling?

There is legislation in place in a number of Westernised countries such as the U.S. and Australia that makes certain aspects of gambling over the Internet illegal. One of the major justifications for ...
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Does Google hire "human filters"?

This youtube video The Worst Job at Google - The Human Filter; claims that Google hire people to inspect content, and determine if they contain illegal contents. It is based on a 2012 Buzzfeed story. ...
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Did Al Gore invent the internet?

"Al Gore invented the internet." -Everyone "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." -Al Gore "...Gore took credit for the Internet..." ...
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Did the Pakistan government accidentally cause YouTube to become unusable in 2008?

From the source of all knowledge On February 22, 2008, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) attempted to block regional access to YouTube following a government order. The attempt ...
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Is Google causing 40% of the CO2 emission of all internet traffic?

In Switzerland we sometimes have not very well researched articles in the free newspaper '20 Minuten Friday'.They now claim in a video that Google is causing 40% of the CO2 emission of the internet ...
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How much does an ISP pay for traffic?

The announcement of the german ISP Deutsche Telekom to throttle flatrates in the future, with the lowest limit being 75 GB per month, caused quite a media echo in Germany. One claim from a small ...
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Is it true that online therapy for mental conditions is as good, if not better, as in person? [closed]

I've red a number of articles claiming that online therapy, in particular for mental disorders, is more effective than in person therapy. Though they do site studies, I find this very hard to believe ...
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Do small businesses that are on the Internet grow twice as fast?

Google claims in their Project Loon video (1:07) that (transcription mine): And because small businesses that are on the internet grow twice as fast, everyone could create new opportunities for ...
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Why is YouTube removing dislikes on The White House Channel? [closed]

The website https://81m.org/ has developed a tool to periodically check the latest videos uploaded to the Official White House YouTube channel using YouTube's API, and counts the increases of likes/...
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Is the Airtel music ad the most streamed song and most downloaded ringtone?

This image was forwarded to me on Whatsapp The Airtel Music Ad composed by A R Rahman was the Most Streamed Song in the World in the Year 2005-2009. Also it is the Most Downloaded Ringtone in the ...
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How much rational is RationalWiki? [closed]

RationalWiki is a wikimedia platform based website which claimed purpose is (see its mainpage): Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement; Documenting the full range of crank ...
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Can all administrative procedures except getting married or getting divorced be done online in Estonia?

I have read this quote in http://www.businessinsider.com/guardtime-estonian-health-records-industrial-blockchain-bitcoin-2016-3: Mike Gault, co-founder and CEO of Guardtime, told Business Insider: "...
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Was #itAintRape every used seriously to justify rape? [closed]

The #ItsNotRape hashtag has gotten a bit of attention for its supposed condoning of rape. However, when I checked out the hashtag the only content I could find scanning quite a ways back were tweets ...
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