Morning Brief: 367 Wildfires Are Burning in California

Also a TikTok mansion gets its power cut, Facebook removes QAnon groups, and more

» At least 367 wildfires are burning in California right now. “My recommendation is that all the citizens in California be ready to go,” said a CalFire spokesperson.  [East Bay Times]

» Mayor Garcetti has ordered the power be shut off at a TikTok influencer mansion. The house, home to Bryce Hall and others, has been used to stage at least two large parties in recent weeks, flouting pandemic protocols. [Los Angeles Times]

» Facebook has removed a number of QAnon-linked groups and will no longer “recommend” Q groups to users. The company declined to ban the right-wing conspiracy content entirely. [Los Angeles Times]

» Streaming piracy has become a billion-dollar business of its own. Pirates and hackers may access the private information of legitimate subscribers in the process. [dot.LA]

» Amazon may be found liable in California for defective products sold on the site, per a state appeals court ruling. The retailer faces similar lawsuits in multiple other states. [Bloomberg]

» Kamala Harris made history Wednesday night by officially becoming the first black woman selected as a major party’s vice presidential candidate, but her failure to address the country’s legacy of racism left some people cold. [Los Angeles Times]


» Golden State Killer Victims Confront the Serial Rapist and Murderer in Court Victims and their families gave statements in a Sacramento courthouse this week

» LeBron James May Be Planning to Hit the Campaign Trail “We are at a time where we need change,” the Lakers star says

» Uber and Lyft Are Threatening to Suspend Service in California After Labor Ruling A ruling last week found the companies have failed to comply with AB 5, the state’s gig economy legislation


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Film Critics Remain Overwhelmingly White and Male, Survey Finds

A survey, from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that male critics outnumbered female critics by nearly two to one—with men making up 65 percent of all U.S. critics while only 35 percent are women. The survey also found that male critics were more likely to give their attention to films made by and centering males.


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