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What to know about the Kids Online Safety Act and its chances of passing

Jul. 21, 2024 07:16 AM EDT

The last time Congress passed a law to protect children on the internet was in 1998 — before Facebook, before the iPhone and long before today's oldest teenagers were born. Now, a bill aiming to protect kids from the harms of social media, gaming sites and other online platforms appears to have...

Italian judge orders a journalist to pay 5,000 euros in damages for making fun of Meloni's height

Jul. 19, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in Milan has ordered an Italian journalist to pay 5,000 euros (nearly $5,500) in damages to Premier Giorgia Meloni for making fun of her height in social media posts. The judge ruled on Wednesday that two social media posts by journalist Giulia Cortese, who was...

Historic utility AND high fashion. 80-year-old LL Bean staple finds a new audience as a trendy bag

Jul. 18, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean created it 80 years ago to haul heavy blocks of ice. Now it's a must-have summer fashion accessory. The simple, sturdy canvas bag called the Boat and Tote is having an extended moment 80 years after its introduction, thanks to a social media trend...

European Union court says TikTok owner can't avoid bloc's law cracking down on digital giants

Jul. 17, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — TikTok owner ByteDance can't avoid the bloc's crackdown on digital giants, a European Union court said Wednesday in a decision that found the video sharing platform falls under a new law that also covers Apple, Google and Microsoft. The EU's General Court rejected...

Amazon Prime Day is a big event for scammers, experts warn

Jul. 16, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon Prime Day is here, and experts are reminding consumers to be wary of scams. Deceptions such as phony emails from people impersonating online retailers like Amazon are nothing new. But phishing attempts increase amid the heavy spending seen during significant...

FBI has not yet identified any threatening writing, social media posts from Trump rally shooter

Jul. 14, 2024 15:38 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI has not yet identified any threatening writing, social media posts from Trump rally shooter.

Trump says in social media post he was 'shot with a bullet' in upper part of right ear, nothing yet known about shooter

Jul. 13, 2024 20:57 PM EDT
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Trump says in social media post he was 'shot with a bullet' in upper part of right ear, nothing yet known about shooter.

Facebook lifts restrictions on Trump, giving him equal footing with Biden on the social media site

Jul. 13, 2024 10:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook has lifted restrictions imposed on Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, placing the former president on an equal footing on the platform with President Joe Biden just days before the Republican National Convention. The social media giant...

European Union says X's blue checks are deceptive 'dark patterns' that breach its social media laws

Jul. 12, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Friday that blue checkmarks from Elon Musk's X are deceptive and that the online platform falls short on transparency and accountability requirements, the first charges against a tech company since the bloc's new social media regulations took effect. ...

European Union says social media site X's blue checks are deceptive and transparency falls short under digital rules

Jul. 12, 2024 06:24 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — European Union says social media site X's blue checks are deceptive and transparency falls short under digital rules.