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The Latest: Video: Senator talks on making voting difficult

Nov. 15, 2018 7:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A newly released video shows a Republican U.S. senator talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote. The clip of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of...

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

Nov. 13, 2018 4:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's leading e-cigarette maker is halting store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids. The move by Juul Labs Inc. comes ahead of an expected U.S. government crackdown on underage sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul said it stopped filling store orders Tuesday for mango, fruit,...

Critics rebuke Mississippi senator's 'public hanging' remark

Nov. 11, 2018 8:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov. 2...

Facebook blocks fake accounts but election battle goes on

Nov. 7, 2018 4:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's recent disclosures on blocking suspicious accounts show that the company's efforts to root out election meddling are working — to a point. What's not known is how much the company isn't catching and whether this "whack-a-mole" fight will ever end, as those wanting to...

Facebook blocks 115 accounts ahead of US midterm elections

Nov. 6, 2018 5:40 PM EST

Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections. The social media company shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts and is investigating them in more detail, it said in a blog...

Social media's misinformation battle: No winners, so far

Nov. 3, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they're making some headway, although they're still a very long way from winning the war. That's because the...

Facebook caught in an election-security Catch-22

Oct. 31, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to dealing with hate speech and attempted election manipulation, Facebook just can't win. If it takes a hands-off attitude, it takes the blame for undermining democracy and letting civil society unravel. If it makes the investment necessary to take the problems seriously, it...

Could have been worse? Facebook posts mixed 3Q results

Oct. 30, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook didn't hit it out of the ballpark with its latest quarterly report, but the bar isn't so high these days for the image-battered social networking giant. The company reported a slight revenue miss but stronger than expected profit for the July-September period. Coming three months...

AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted

Oct. 29, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech. No, not Twitter. The site is Gab, which has become a breeding ground for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremists as more...

Microsoft, Tesla and Twitter jump while AMD skids

Oct. 25, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday: Microsoft Corp., up $5.98 to $108.30 The tech giant gained more revenue from online subscriptions, gaming and LinkedIn. Tesla Inc., up $26.36 to $314.86 The electric car maker posted its first profit in two years as it ramped up...