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Buckeye police say student posted fake school threat

Sep. 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Buckeye say a 15-year-old student has been arrested after posting a fictitious threat about his high school. The boy's name hasn't been released because he's a juvenile. Buckeye Union High School officials say they received information Tuesday about a post to a social media...

Facebook auto-generating pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

Sep. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges

Sep. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities said they executed a search warrant Tuesday on a tip from an online social media provider that the user had uploaded an image using its service. Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged...

New York judge resigns after compliant about noose posting

Sep. 17, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town judge resigned following a complaint about a Facebook post that featured a noose, a Trump campaign slogan and a phrase about making "evil people" fear punishment. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Tuesday that Altona Town Court Justice...

The Latest: Netanyahu says he'll seek 'Zionist' government

Sep. 17, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 3:45 a.m. After an apparent election setback, Israel's prime minister says he will seek the formation of a new "Zionist" government that excludes Arab parties. Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a small crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv at 3:30...

Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

Sep. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The oversight panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. It will be empowered to make binding...

Washington student arrested for social media video threat

Sep. 17, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington authorities have arrested a high school student after a threatening video was posted to the social media platform TikTok. The Seattle Times reported Monday that the Issaquah High School student was arrested Sunday after police discovered a video threat of a possible school...

2 students arrested for "hoax" threats to Oklahoma school

Sep. 17, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

YUKON, Okla. (AP) — Two students have been arrested for what police say were hoax threats on social media to a suburban Oklahoma City school district. Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth and Police Chief John Corn said at a news conference Tuesday that the two Yukon students were arrested...

Facebook to train AI systems using police video

Sep. 17, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its artificial intelligence systems to recognize videos of violent events as part of a broader effort to crack down on extremism. Facebook's AI systems were unable to detect live-streamed video of a mass shooting at a mosque in...

Columbia schools, health officials to take aim at vaping

Sep. 17, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Columbia school district and health officials in the area are getting ready to kick off an anti-vaping campaign as concerns about the devices grow. The Columbia Missourian reports that the campaign, called "Stand up for Your Own Health," is targeted at 13- to 21-year-olds. It will...