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Facebook bans German accounts under new 'social harm' policy

Sep. 16, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

Facebook removed almost 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany, the company announced Thursday, under a new policy focused on groups that spread misinformation or incite violence but who don't fit into the platform's existing categories of bad actors. ...

MassMutual fined for failing to monitor GameStop saga star

Sep. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Massachusetts regulators are fining MassMutual $4 million and ordering it to overhaul its social-media policies after accusing the company of failing to supervise an employee whose online cheerleading of GameStop's stock helped launch the frenzy that shook Wall Street...

Texas teen posts images of slain family, then kills self

Sep. 16, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

ARANSAS PASS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas teen who said he killed his family and posted graphic images of their bodies on social media killed himself after officers found him at his home, authorities said Thursday. The Aransas Pass police and San Patricio County...

'No journalist should die': EU calls for better media safety

Sep. 16, 2021 06:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm asked its member countries Thursday to better protect journalists amid a rise of physical attacks and online threats against media professionals. According to the European Commission, 908 journalists and media workers...

Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID?

Sep. 16, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

Can kids be harmed wearing masks to protect against COVID? No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. The claims are circulating on social media and elsewhere just as...

White House offers Nicki Minaj call to answer vaccine Qs

Sep. 15, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral. ...

AP Top 25 Podcast: USC's makes change; FSU hits new low

Sep. 15, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

Southern California finally made the coaching change that seemed to be on the verge of happening for three years. Clay Helton is out and USC will begin searching for a replacement with 12 weeks left in the college football season. ...

Man charged in anti-Semitic threats on social media

Sep. 15, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A man who authorities say posted anti-Semitic death threats on social media through an anonymous Twitter account was charged with threatening interstate communication. Brian Dennison, a 24-year-old Maine resident, triggered an FBI investigation into...

FBI campaign to raise hate crime awareness in North Carolina

Sep. 15, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte division of the FBI says it is launching a campaign across North Carolina to raise awareness about federal hate crimes and to encourage people to report them. A news release from the agency on Monday says the campaign is part of a...

Alaska Democratic lawmaker apologizes after Nazi comment

Sep. 14, 2021 20:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A member of the Alaska Legislature has apologized for saying Nazi experimentation on prisoners “produced results.” State Rep. Sara Hannan, a Democrat from Juneau, made the comment Saturday when House minority Republicans were attempting a vote...