What is N.J.’ s favorite Thanksgiving pie? Social media takes a stab at the answer.

Americans will sit down to tables of pumpkin, apple and pecan pie this Thanksgiving, but that’s not all.

It seems that each state, or at least each region, has their local favorites that go beyond the usual fall harvest.

Instagram recently tried to take a cross-section — a slice, if you will — of the nation’s current pie preferences by tracking mentions and “likes” of various pie flavors over Instagram feeds and stories for the past month.

While by no means an accurate predictor of Thanksgiving pie choices — it’s not clear if the “pie flavors” being tracked were merely mentions of these fruits/foods alone — Instagram’s map, like all such dubious holiday food maps, whets the appetite for the home feasts to come.

The overall victor? It might be something of a surprise, but it’s one with a New Jersey connection:

Cranberry pie.

This type of pie drew the

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Nurses, doctors use social media to plead for public to take COVID-19 seriously as cases surge

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and hospitals become full, nurses and doctors are taking to social media to beg the public to take COVID-19 seriously and follow safety guidelines.

“We are physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted,” Dr. Kate Grossman, a pulmonary and critical care physician in Columbia, Missouri, wrote in a message shared on Twitter.

“I have seen so many emergent intubations. I’ve seen people more sick than I’ve ever seen in my life,” Lacie Gooch, an intensive care unit nurse at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, said in a video that Nebraska Medicine shared on Twitter this week.

Gooch, 25, is a cardiovascular ICU nurse who has been working shifts in her hospital’s COVID-19 ICU since April.

She described a sense of frustration and exasperation at the disconnect between what she and her colleagues are doing to save lives inside the hospital, and

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Artists sing social anthems for United Nations anniversary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Grammy-winning international star Angelique Kidjo, her artistry and her activism inform each other because music has the power to connect beyond skin color, language or countries.

“Music has that absolutely powerful side to it that sometimes when I finish a concert, I’m like, ’Why can’t we just live like this?’” said the singer-songwriter from the West African country of Benin.

That sentiment is something that Skip Marley, a third-generation musician and grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, has grown up knowing as well.

“We’re talking to the people, so it’s all colors, all religions,” said Marley. “Music is music. That’s the beauty of it. It cuts through all of those barriers or borders.”

These musicians are part of an online fundraising concert on Dec. 1 called Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.


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Social media platform Parler wins over millions as some raise red flags about the site

Ann-Cherie Harden opened an account on Parler a year ago, long before the social media platform became a big hit, particularly among conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump.

“I did that then so I would have a means of communication if Facebook and Twitter decide to monitor or censor private posts and try to control what I can share,” the Whittier woman said, adding that she now sees many others have joined her on the platform billing itself as “the world’s town square.”

Harden is not imagining it. Parler is getting more crowded.

The lure of free speech

In July, Parler had a reported 2.8 million users. Within a week of the Nov. 3 election, however, that number had grown to more than 8 million. That week alone, Parler gained more than 3.5 million users, putting it at the top of Apple’s App Store list of free apps. Other

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Lockdown: Don’t buy pets on social media, charities say

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Animal charities have warned people not to buy pets from breeders advertising on social media platforms like Facebook.

A BBC investigation has revealed puppies and kittens are being advertised through the platform, even though Facebook guidelines say the animals cannot be sold between private individuals.

Charities say that the animals may be sick, too young or it could be a scam, with no pet for sale at all.

The warning comes as demand for pets increases over lockdown, with the RSPCA calling these sellers “extremely irresponsible”.

“We know that there are lots of unscrupulous breeders and sellers out there who exploit social media and classified websites in order to sell puppies and kittens without arousing suspicion,” a RSPCA spokesperson said.

It says people should consider adopting from a rescue centre first, or follow its advice on buying dogs and cats – including seeing where the animal was bred.

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High school football highlights get boost from social media

“To be the one to make that play or to be a part of that play is just super cool to see and just something that you know, in the social media era, you’ll have to show your kids and people you interact with for the rest of your life,” said Marshall, who also remembers hanging out with friends afterward and not sleeping a wink that night.

The annals of prep football history are incomplete — often recounted years later through folk tales and stretches of truth. Generations of proud former athletes retell stories about their varsity days with a sort of blissful nostalgia, reliving nights only they were there to experience. This generation won’t have to do that. With the growth of technology and the increased exposure of high school sports, particularly for elite leagues such as the WCAC, there are digital receipts.

“I take pride in re-watching it

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Russian parliament given draft law enabling Moscow to block U.S. social media giants

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Lawmakers in Russia’s parliament presented draft legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would enable the government to restrict internet access to U.S. social media giants deemed to have discriminated against Russian media outlets.

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration

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The authors of the bill, most of whom were from the ruling United Russia party, said they had received complaints from home-grown outlets like Russia Today, RIA Novosti and Crimea 24 about accounts being suspended or labelled by Twitter , Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube.

Twitter began labelling the accounts of several Russian media outlets with the description “state-affiliated media”, along with those of their senior staff and some key government officials in August, a move decried by Russia at the time.

“The urgency in adopting the draft law is due to numerous cases of unjustified restriction of

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Ecuador star finds his missing passport after social media appeal

Everyone knows the feeling.

a person on a court: Pervis Estupinan is set to play against Real Madrid on Saturday

Pervis Estupinan is set to play against Real Madrid on Saturday

You’re on the way the airport and, suddenly, your heart drops: “I’ve forgotten my passport.”

Ecuador defender Pervis Estupinan would have experienced such dread on Wednesday as he attempted to fly back to Spain after helping his country to a stunning 6-1 win over Colombia in World Cup qualifying in Quito.

It was rather important that Estupinan didn’t miss the flight, with his club Villarreal due to play a crunch La Liga clash against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Using the hashtag LasMalasdePervis, or Pervis’s luggage, the left back took to social media to plead for help in finding his lost suitcases.

“I want to make a call to help me find three black bags and a passport I lost in Carapungo [Quito],” he wrote on Twitter. “I would

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Social Media Jokes About GSA Director Blocking Biden Transition for Tweeting Gibberish

On Wednesday evening, Twitter users began poking fun at a tweet of pure gibberish posted by Emily Murphy, the Chief of the General Services Administration (GSA) who has blocked President-elect Joe Biden’s access to federal transition resources.

a screen shot of a smart phone: Social media users have begun poking fun at a tweet by Emily Murphy, the Chief of the General Services Administration (GSA) who has blocked President-elect Joe Biden's access to transition resources, after she published a message of pure gibberish on her Twitter account.

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Social media users have begun poking fun at a tweet by Emily Murphy, the Chief of the General Services Administration (GSA) who has blocked President-elect Joe Biden’s access to transition resources, after she published a message of pure gibberish on her Twitter account.

Murphy’s tweet read, “Dcccf Rex zzz. @#[email protected] anaNN”. It has since been deleted. Otherwise, she hasn’t posted a new tweet since November 6.

Murphy, who was nominated to her position by President Donald Trump, has gained notoriety following the 2020 presidential election for refusing to approve documentation acknowledging Biden’s victory that would give his presidential transition team millions in federal funds and access to agency briefings.


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Bill Gates says social media platform Parler’s content has some ‘crazy stuff’

Post-election, many conservatives, and some extremists, have been heading to Parler, a conservative social media app

by Republican megadonor Rebekah Mercer, which bills itself as a free speech Twitter-spin off.

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But billionaire Bill Gates isn’t a fan of the platform, calling some of its content “crazy stuff.”


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If somebody goes to Parler, they are saying, “I like crazy stuff,” Gates said Tuesday at The New York Times DealBook Summit. “If you want Holocaust denial, hey, Parler is going to be great for you,” Gates said.

(In October, Facebook announced a ban on content denying or distorting the Holocaust, classifying it as hate speech. Parler, however, does not police any content on its platform, so popular but controversial topics that appear on the site include voter fraud, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic remarks, according to the Anti-Defamation League.)

Parler, which was founded by

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