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FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board issued its first rulings on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021 overturning four of five decisions by the social network to take down questionable content. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Panel overturns 4 Facebook content takedowns in first ruling

Jan. 28, 2021 11:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board issued its first rulings on Thursday, overturning four out of five decisions by the social network to take down questionable content. The social media giant set up the oversight panel to rule on thorny issues about content on its platforms,...

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. The U.K.'s competition watchdog launched a formal investigation on Thursday Jan. 28, 2021 into Facebook's purchase of Giphy over concerns it will stifle competition for animated images. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

UK opens formal investigation of Facebook's Giphy takeover

Jan. 28, 2021 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s competition watchdog launched a formal investigation on Thursday into Facebook's purchase of Giphy over concerns it will stifle competition for animated images. The Competition and Markets Authority said the investigation's first stage has a deadline of March 25 to decide whether...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., sits in the House Chamber after they reconvened for arguments over the objection of certifying Arizona's Electoral College votes in November's election, at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans have a Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Again. Before she joined Congress this month, Greene supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against leading Democrats and the FBI. While some Republicans condemned the activity on Wednesday, it was hardly a surprise. Facebook posts surfaced last year showing she’d expressed racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

GOP tested anew by Georgia congresswoman's Facebook activity

Jan. 28, 2021 9:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have a Marjorie Taylor Greene problem. Again. Before she joined the House this month, Greene supported Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI. One suggested shooting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the head. In response to a post raising the...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appears on a TV screen during a live session with the court during a hearing of his appeal in a court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, with an image of the Moscow Kremlin in the background. Navalny was jailed soon after arriving to Moscow after authorities accused him of violating of the terms of his 2014 fraud conviction. A court on Thursday is to hear an appeal on the ruling to remand him into custody. Next week, another court will decide whether to send him to prison for several years for the alleged violations. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Navalny defiant as Russian court rejects arrest appeal

Jan. 28, 2021 9:34 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday rejected opposition leader Alexei Navalny's appeal of his arrest while authorities detained several of his allies and issued warnings to social media companies after tens of thousands swarmed the streets in over 100 Russian cities last weekend demanding his...

Maryland man charged as part of mob who stormed Capitol

Jan. 28, 2021 8:45 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who authorities say livestreamed himself during the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol wearing a “Proud Boys” hat and chanting “break it down!” has turned himself in. Andrew Ryan Bennett, of Columbia, surrendered Tuesday morning, the...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, a man leaves an Apple store in Beijing. Apple says it will roll out a new privacy control in spring 2021 to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Apple to crack down on tracking iPhone users in early spring

Jan. 28, 2021 8:08 AM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple says it will roll out a new privacy control in the spring to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people. The delay in its anticipated rollout aims to placate Facebook and other digital services that depend on such data surveillance to help sell ads. Although Apple...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, Chinese singer-songwriter Wanting Qu holds two trophies after winning Hong Kong Most Popular Singer-Songwriter and the Best Mandarin Song at the Yahoo Buzz Awards in Hong Kong. A Chinese pop star whose mother had been held in custody since being arrested for corruption six years ago said that the charge had been removed by Chinese prosecutors. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Chinese singer says mother's bribery charge dismissed

Jan. 28, 2021 5:45 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese-Canadian singer says a Chinese corruption charge against her mother, who has been held in custody for six years, has been withdrawn but she remains in detention. Wanting Qu, 36, who has lived in Canada since she was a teenager, shared a social media post by her aunt saying...

In this photo released Jan. 16, 2021, by the Napa County, Calif., Sheriff's Office, shows Ian Rogers. The Northern California man who was allegedly stockpiling weapons, including pipe bombs, and had a sticker associated with an anti-government militia on his vehicle has been charged, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Rogers, 43, of Napa, was arrested earlier this month on state illegal firearm charges after sheriff’s deputies and federal agents found a cache of weapons and explosives at his home and auto repair shop, authorities said. (Napa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Napa man with illegal weapons, pipe bombs charged

Jan. 27, 2021 11:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California man has been charged with stockpiling weapons, including pipe bombs, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday, and the FBI said he sent texts that could be seen as threats against the governor’s office and social media companies. Ian Rogers, 44, of Napa, was...

Mel Brooks, Ed Asner, others pay tribute to Cloris Leachman

Jan. 27, 2021 9:53 PM EST

“Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.” — Mel Brooks,...

Smoked out: Tips, videos lead to Capitol riot suspects in NY

Jan. 27, 2021 9:21 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man who boasted in a Facebook video that he was in the “Capitol building smoking with all my people!” and a Long Island man who told a friend on Instagram “I’d storm the Capitol for you any day" were arrested Wednesday in connection with...