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Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

Yes, they do. They will also delete likes. However, the comments quoted and the general complaints on that video about dislikes going away are based on the claim that Gillette is either paying ...
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Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

YouTube itself says that it can remove dislikes. From Likes and Dislikes report: You may see like/dislike counts change as some may be marked invalid and periodically removed from the counts. Learn ...
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Does WordPress power 27% of the Internet?

This number comes from W3Techs - World Wide Web Technology Surveys. According to that survey, as of December 2016, WordPress is used by 27.2% of all the websites that they monitor. (Source.) However,...
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Does Sci-Hub use malware and phishing to obtain researchers' login credentials?

The claim in the article that people who go to the Sci-Hub website are "very vulnerable to having their credentials stolen" is completely baseless, since Sci-Hub never asks for credentials ...
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Are sharks a threat to undersea cables?

Below are points of evidence supporting the fact that sharks are a threat to undersea cables. EVIDENCE 1: The first report of sharks attacking cables came from the Canary Islands in 1985, when sharks'...
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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

That might be true in 2017, or at the beginning of the 2018 when UK analytics firm Cable published its speed table. Right now you can check the stats live. And although Madagascar is still "faster" ...
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Is this 'United Nations New World Order' website affiliated with the United Nations?

According to a press briefing published on the official un.org, the website is not associated with the UN: **Unaffiliated Website And just to note that over the weekend, I’ve been receiving a lot of ...
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Is there any evidence of a secret level of deeply-hidden web-pages called "Marianas Web"?

No, it's an Internet urban legend "Marianas web" is an expression originating from an infographic first published on Imgur in 2011 that attempted to provide a classification of the deep web ...
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Is this 'United Nations New World Order' website affiliated with the United Nations?

(This answers addresses the original question, which was more focused on whether the site was legitimate or was just made to be fodder for conspiracy theories. The current version focuses on whether ...
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Are sharks a threat to undersea cables?

Sharks are an extremely small threat to undersea cable in regards to others causes as shown in the graphic below (from a report cited in @georgechalhoub's answer). Data Proportion of cable faults by ...
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Is the internet in Madagascar faster than in UK?

As of July 2019 according to the Speedtest.net Global Index , Madagascar (unranked mobile, rank 68 fixed) ranks below all of the 3 listed countries: United Kingdom (rank 50 mobile, rank 41 fixed), ...
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Did Al Gore invent the internet?

The facts of this situation are pretty well known. During his time in Congress, Gore played a vital role in the creation of the computer networking system that we know as 'the internet.. Internet ...
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Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

Yes, YouTube moderators can delete Likes and Dislikes. Cinema of Change tracked the responses to the Gillette video over a short period. With the help of YouTube’s API and Archive.fo’s screenshots of ...
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Is Kaspersky Lab a military unit?

While there's no proof, this seems like an incorrect assertion. Based on the wording, this most likely seems like either a typo (or simply a rather grammatically-challenged typist); or simply two ...
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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 think it's a little ambiguous if this is on topic for Skeptics, since it relies on knowledge only Stack Overflow employees have. So I posted a long answer on Meta Stack Overflow (we're only ...
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Did a Chinese farmer spend 16 years learning law so he could sue a chemical company?

tl;dr- This appears to be based on a true story, however the overall narrative seems pretty misleading. In particular: The farmer wasn't a one-man crusade. The farmer didn't spend 16 years ...
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Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

It's been previously documented that "glitches" can also alter the like/dislike ratio on a large scale, for example, a Justin Bieber video (including, bizarrely, adding dislikes to likes), so it's ...
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Does Sci-Hub use malware and phishing to obtain researchers' login credentials?

Does Sci-Hub rely on stolen credentials from unwitting researchers? Yes, at least in part. This is confirmed by Alexandra Elbakyan herself, although she also claims that Sci-Hub isn't the one ...
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Will there be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020?

First let's answer this question. What counts as a non-human "user" of the internet? Any electronic device connected to the internet. There are numerous types of devices that can be connected to ...
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Does Google hire "human filters"?

Yes, they do hire people to filter content. I wasn't aware that this information could be considered controversial. It's not really a secret, it's called Commercial Content Moderation and most big ...
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Are seven keys able to turn off the internet?

Taking down DNS is not the same as taking down "the internet". As the quote says, DNS is like a phone book for the internet; if you want to call Joe Smith, then you look up "Joe Smith&...
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Do the owners of the typefaces Garamond, Times New Roman and Georgia charge businesses who use them?

I selected Times New Roman as an example for this answer. The Wikipedia page on Times New Roman does a better job than I could of explaining the history of the typeface, including that, yes, its ...
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Is Arabic the 4th most common language used on internet?

With regards to this question, How come arabs be so verbose in the field of chatting and be so unproductive in terms of internet content? a possible answer comes from this sentence in the IWS site:...
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Is Arabic the 4th most common language used on internet?

Most likely true There is little doubt that first 3 languages are English, Chinese and Spanish. The contestants for number 4 spot would be: Portugese Russian Hindi Arabic If you look at number ...
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Do more men use the Internet than women?

The percent of (adult) men and women who use the internet is about the same in America. According to data from the Pew Research Center, since the year 2000, the biggest gap was 66% men used the ...
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Does streaming an album 27 times consume as much energy as manufacturing a CD?

The original research that produced this was done in a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the University of Oslo, and UoG details it here. While the Glasgow part is available here, ...
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Does streaming a video to smartphone consume 1000W of electricity?

Summary: The data (model + coefficients together with source citations) of the Lean ICT study are available (see below). HD Video streaming consuming between 250 W and 1 kW power equivalent is ...
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Was #itAintRape every used seriously to justify rape?

The lifestyle website HelloGiggles describes how the hashtag started: In 2010, Duval tweeted: “#itaintrape if u naked of Yo Twitter profile pic”, “#itaintrape if I’m paying child support”, “Lmao RT ...
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Is this 'United Nations New World Order' website affiliated with the United Nations?

The website has now been stripped of the UN logo and most of the content it had when this question was posted. Additionally, the copyright notice at the bottom has changed from "United Nations ...
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