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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida saw the worst of humanity as a former student named Nikolas Cruz – a 19-year old expelled on disciplinary grounds – opened fire on innocent lives earlier this week on Wednesday. With 17 confirmed casualties, the whole United States, as well as the rest of the world, is in shock.
The gunman started firing outside the school in South-Eastern Florida with his semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, killing three people, following which he entered one of the buildings in the school where the lunatic unleashed a storm of gunfire. 5 people are reported to be severely injured in the heartening incident which rocked the Parkland town just before the school time was over at 2:40 pm local time.
Social media is stormed with messages of grief and sorrow for the departed souls, demanding justice from the authorities. Let’s have a look at how people are sharing their emotions over the microblogging platform Twitter.
Let’s start with President Trump. “No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school”, says the Republican while offering condolences to the victims’ families.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Prayers for the departed souls.
— jamie! (@jamiepfin) February 15, 2018
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Alongside its original budget request, the Trump administration Monday also released the details of what it would recommend doing with the extra money for domestic programs included in Congress’ spending deal enacted last week.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 9, 2018
That includes an increase to the State Department, which the administration’s original document proposed to slash by 30 percent this coming fiscal year. The extra cash would go into the budget for the United Nations, humanitarian aid and global AIDS programs. Each of those efforts would have been cut under Trump’s original plan.
Congratulations to @RandPaul, the only Senator besides Ted Cruz to single-handedly shut down the government for no reason, and on purpose.
— Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiffCA) February 9, 2018
The White House’s revised version for fiscal 2019 would also add $1.7 billion to both the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money would fund programs like federal work-study and aid programs for households with elderly and disabled people.
The Democrats are willing to shut down the government for illegal aliens, but not willing to stand for mentions of God, our veterans, and our flag.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 10, 2018
A large chunk of the money is reflective of President Donald Trump’s longtime policy wish list, such as an extra $10 billion for anti-addiction and mental health programs, $1.5 billion in worker training and $249 million for more ICE detention beds.
Other funding boosts would simply reverse cuts previously proposed by the Trump administration: the EPA’s Superfund cleanup account, research at the National Science Foundation, icebreakers at the Coast Guard and operations at the National Park Service.
This Spending Bill to end #GovernmentShutdown is a BIG VICTORY for our Military which I’ll use RIGHT AWAY to EXPAND our borders. I am VERY SMART (over 100% IQ!), so I won't give away my secret plans, BUT I can say that I am NOT expanding our borders to the south. #FridayFeeling
— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrFan) February 9, 2018
The higher spending levels reflect a two-year, $300 billion spending deal that Trump signed on Friday. That deal, which lifted the government’s strict spending caps for two years, freed up billions in additional dollars for domestic programs.
In the wake of that deal, the White House released an “addendum” to its…
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“We are a tech company, not a media company,” Mark Zuckerberg told students at a university in Rome over the summer. “We build the tools; we do not produce any content.”
— Pew Research Internet (@pewinternet) February 17, 2018
To state a fact, Facebook is the obvious news powerhouse among the social media sites. The amount of people for whom Facebook serves as a source of news is continuing to rise. This rise is essential because of the fact that current users come across news on social media sites. Moreover, users are inclined towards each of these prominent social networks to quench their thirst for information.
If you don't want "Russian Bots" interfering in the 2018 elections maybe don't get your news and opinions from picture memes on Twitter and Facebook
— Böb "I Forgot My Wallet Again" Jänke (@Bob_Janke) February 17, 2018
Pew Research Centre conducted a research in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, regarding the matter. It revealed that a clear majority of Facebook users (around 63%) now say that social networking sites serve as a source for news about events and happenings around the world.
Facebook is by far the largest social networking site, reaching 67% of U.S. adults. The two-thirds of Facebook users who get news there, then, amount to 44% of the general population. Many news outlets grudgingly depend on this social media giant for the bulk of their traffic. The company’s image also soured last year after it was widely criticized for spreading fake news ahead of the US presidential election, and for fostering “filter bubbles” that increase political polarization.
— Pew Research Fact Tank (@FactTank) February 17, 2018
It’s enticing to consider Facebook a source of entertainment only. The Facebook realm has progressed toward becoming capable. For a few, the application is more necessary than a driver’s permit. Individuals require it…