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Reports: Twitter challenges India order to block content

Jul. 05, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday challenged the Indian government in court over its recent orders to take down some content on the social media platform, media outlets reported. The lawsuit was filed in the Karnataka High Court in southern Bengaluru city and comes after the...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Turkey blocks access to Deutsche Welle and Voice of America

Jul. 01, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s media watchdog has banned access to the Turkish services of U.S. public service broadcaster Voice of America and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, prompting complaints of censorship. The Supreme Board of Radio and Television enforced a February warning...

Bills limiting LGBTQ instruction, trans athletes pass Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled Senate approved legislation Wednesday that Republicans say will restrict sexually explicit content and classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools, mirroring partisan fights playing out in statehouses...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 22, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 19, 2022. Editorial: Curb teacher role in Florida effort to ban books If anyone reading this still believes teachers just teach, we’d invite them to think again. Today’s teachers hold many jobs beyond simply providing an education. The state...

Google exec to UN: Ukraine 'a crystal ball' for info warfare

Jun. 21, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Google executive warned the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that cyberattacks, disinformation and other forms of information warfare being waged in Ukraine are a “crystal ball" for future problems elsewhere. “States must find a way to turn the volume down...

Malaysia: Disney refused to cut gay scenes in 'Lightyear'

Jun. 17, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's film censors said Friday that it was Disney's decision to ax the animated film “Lightyear” from the country's cinemas after refusing to cut scenes promoting homosexuality. The Film Censorship Board said it approved the movie with...

10-year-old creates library offering free LGBTQ books

Jun. 12, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A 10-year-old Louisiana girl is responding to discussions about banning books in public libraries by creating her own tiny library box decorated with a rainbow an a LGBTQ flag. Cora Newton had been thinking about building a tiny library in Lafayette for a...

Big Tech attacks become rallying cry for GOP candidates

Jun. 09, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Shortly after launching his campaign last year for the Republican nomination in Nevada's U.S. Senate race, Sam Brown got into a scrape with Twitter. A Purple Heart recipient who was severely burned by an IED blast in Afghanistan, Brown posted a picture of himself...

China's online "tank" cake snafu raises Tiananmen questions

Jun. 08, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An online snafu involving China’s most popular e-commerce livestreamer and a cake decorated to look like a tank has raised questions among some Chinese over the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. The order to the People's...