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Facebook: Fake scientist used to spread anti-US propaganda

Dec. 01, 2021 17:06 PM EST

A disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts — including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist — to spread an unfounded claim that the U.S. pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus, Facebook said Wednesday. ...

Inside the 'big wave' of misinformation targeted at Latinos

Dec. 01, 2021 16:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before last year's presidential election, Facebook ads targeting Latino voters described Joe Biden as a communist. During his inauguration, another conspiracy theory spread online and on Spanish-language radio warning that a brooch worn by Lady Gaga signaled Biden was...

Haugen urges lawmakers to avert impasse on social media laws

Dec. 01, 2021 15:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ex-Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen implored lawmakers Wednesday to avert the usual congressional stalemates as they weigh proposals to curb abuses on social media platforms by limiting the companies’ free-speech protections against legal liability. ...

UK competition watchdog orders Facebook to sell off Giphy

Nov. 30, 2021 06:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom's antitrust watchdog has blocked Facebook's acquisition of Giphy and ordered the social network to sell off the GIF-sharing platform, saying the deal hurts social media users and advertisers by stifling competition for animated images. ...

Twitter CEO steps down, leaves company at a crossroads

Nov. 29, 2021 17:47 PM EST

Jack Dorsey is out of his post as Twitter’s chief executive for the second time in his career — this time, he says, by choice. Dorsey, who co-founded the company, offered no specific reasons for his resignation Monday beyond an abstract argument that Twitter, where...

NC Republicans advance bill limiting mail-in ballot counting

Nov. 17, 2021 17:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With the legislative year nearing an end, North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday advanced a string of measures that voting rights groups fear would prevent lawfully cast ballots from being counted and discourage participation in the 2022 election. ...

Biden choice for Justice antitrust post wins Senate approval

Nov. 16, 2021 19:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s choice to lead enforcement of competition laws at the Justice Department has won Senate approval as his administration pursues action against outsized market power it has condemned in several industries, including Big Tech, health care, airlines and...

An "eraser button"? Focused ideas could help bridle Big Tech

Nov. 02, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Break up Big Tech? How about shrinking the tech companies’ shield against liability in cases where the content they push to users causes harm? Or creating a new regulator to strictly oversee the industry? Those ideas have captured official attention...

In the middle of a crisis, Facebook Inc. renames itself Meta

Oct. 28, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Like many companies in trouble before it, Facebook is changing its name and logo. Facebook Inc. is now called Meta Platforms Inc., or Meta for short, to reflect what CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday is its commitment to developing the new...

America 'on fire': Facebook watched as Trump ignited hate

Oct. 28, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The reports of hateful and violent posts on Facebook started pouring in on the night of May 28 last year, soon after then-President Donald Trump sent a warning on social media that looters in Minneapolis would be shot. It had been three days since...