Mikael Thalen

Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.

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Podcast host Joe Rogan

Don’t fall for Joe Rogan’s latest Instagram post

The screenshot shared by Rogan is from a fake news website known as 'News Punch.'

On Jan 31, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Elon Musk pledges to investigate whether liberal ‘ghosts’ are still haunting Twitter’s algorithms and offices

'Indeed the woke ghosts are back.'

On Jan 26, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Nick Fuentes speaking with headphones on (l) Ali Alexander speaking with headphones on (r)

Far-right figures Ali Alexander, Nick Fuentes re-banned from Twitter

Supporters of the pair are directing their anger towards Elon Musk.

On Jan 25, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: Federal Bureau of Investigation seal outside the J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building in Washington, DC September 10, 2016.

‘Vast Muslim registry deployed against Muslims’: American-Islamic group calls on FBI to stop maintaining No Fly List

'Even a cursory review of the lists show they are both almost entirely lists of Arabic and Muslim names.'

On Jan 24, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

New York, NY, USA - December 13, 2019: Taylor Swift performs at the 2019 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden.

Ticketmaster blames ‘cyberattack’ for disastrous Taylor Swift ticket launch

'In hindsight, there are several things we could have done better.'

On Jan 24, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Fake CNN headline on Damar Hamlin fools conspiracy theorists

Of course, the headline isn’t real.

On Jan 24, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

gloved hands holding syringe with covid vaccine

Why COVID vaccine skeptics now claim shots cause uncontrollable leg shaking

Twitter users are skeptical of a woman who shared footage of herself uncontrollably shaking.

On Jan 23, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

TSA labeled tape

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. airline accidentally exposes ‘No Fly List’ on unsecured server

One of the most sensitive U.S. government documents was left online.

On Jan 19, 2023 by Mikael Thalen, David Covucci

Tesla model 3 interior

Tesla autopilot engineer says company’s video of self-driving feature was faked

Musk had previously stated that the video was proof 'Tesla drives itself.'

On Jan 18, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

rioters at capitol on jan 6

Previously unreleased memo from Jan. 6 Committee details social media failures ahead of Capitol riot

House members reportedly kept details out of the final report over fear of enraging conservatives.

On Jan 17, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

An image of President Joe Biden's face distorted

Conspiracy theorists think this obviously altered video of Joe Biden is real

Biden’s face in the footage appears to be heavily contorted.

On Jan 17, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Andrew Tate speaking with arm out

Andrew Tate fans claim voice messages of him admitting sexual assault were made by AI

The claims have no evidence.

On Jan 12, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

gas stovetop with blue flames

How Democrats accidentally convinced the internet they were going to ban gas stoves

'To be clear, CPSC isn't coming for anyone's gas stoves.'

On Jan 11, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

Federal Aviation Administration on phone in hand in front of monitor with FAA website on screen

Biden says no evidence of cyberattack in FAA outage that grounded flights

'We don't know what the cause of it is.'

On Jan 11, 2023 by Mikael Thalen

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Ali Alexander returns to Twitter, boasts he could have destroyed the Capitol on Jan. 6 if he wanted to

'There wouldn’t have been a Cap left,' Alexander said.

On Jan 10, 2023 by Mikael Thalen