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Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

Aug. 19, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

Troubled by the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients showing up at his hospital, the French doctor logged on to Facebook and uploaded a video urging people to get vaccinated. He was soon swarmed by dozens, then hundreds, then more than 1,000 hateful messages from an anti-vaccine...

Anti-vax group in Europe thrives online, thwarts tech effort

Aug. 19, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

Troubled by the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients showing up at his hospital, the French doctor logged on to Facebook and uploaded a video urging people to get vaccinated. He was soon swarmed by dozens, then hundreds, then more than 1,000 hateful messages from an anti-vaccine...

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world

Aug. 10, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy in the post-Roe world. Since before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in...

Nebraska woman charged with helping daughter have abortion

Aug. 10, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators obtained Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward. The...

Musk says Twitter deal could move ahead with 'bot' info

Aug. 06, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

Elon Musk said Saturday his planned $44 billion takeover of Twitter should move forward if the company can confirm some details about how it measures whether user accounts are ‘spam bots’ or real people. The billionaire and Tesla CEO has been trying to back out of his April...

Meta quieter on election misinformation as midterms loom

Aug. 05, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook owner Meta is quietly curtailing some of the safeguards designed to thwart voting misinformation or foreign interference in U.S. elections as the November midterm vote approaches. It's a sharp departure from the social media giant's multibillion-dollar...

Elon Musk's tech allies miffed about Twitter subpoenas

Aug. 02, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk’s wealthy high tech allies don’t seem too happy about receiving subpoenas from Twitter as part of the company’s legal battle with the Tesla CEO. San Francisco-based Twitter is suing Musk in Delaware in an attempt to get him to complete his $44...

Fealty to Trump defines Republican Senate primary in Arizona

Jul. 30, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An interviewer asked Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters to pick a “subversive thinker" whom people should know more about. Masters gave it some thought and came up with a risky response for someone running for elected office. He...

Meta expands data center under construction near Omaha again

Jul. 28, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Neb. (AP) — Facebook's parent company announced plans Thursday to expand a data center it is building in the Omaha suburbs again. A Meta spokesperson said the social media giant now plans to build a ninth building in the complex it is constructing in Papillion and...

Twitter, in Musk fight, posts surprising drop in revenue

Jul. 22, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Twitter reported a quarterly loss Friday and declining revenue caught Wall Street off guard with the number of people using the platform on the rise. The latest quarterly earnings figures offered a glimpse into how the social media platform has performed during a...