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California Gov. Gavin Newsom to deliver State of the State address on Tuesday

Jun. 23, 2024 21:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents will be able to watch Gov. Gavin Newsom's State of the State address online this week, his office said Sunday. After sending the text of the address to the state Legislature Tuesday morning, Newsom will record the speech on video. ...

CONCACAF to investigate after Canada's Bombito was targeted on social media with racist messages

Jun. 21, 2024 18:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — CONCACAF says it will investigate racist messages directed at Canadian soccer player Moïse Bombito on social media after he made a tackle on Lionel Messi during a 2-0 Copa America loss to Argentina on Thursday. The Canadian Soccer Association issued a statement on...

New York moves to limit 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

Jun. 20, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform's algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are addictive. Under the legislation, feeds on apps like TikTok and Instagram...

New York governor signs law aimed at protecting children from 'addictive' social media algorithms

Jun. 20, 2024 15:09 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — New York governor signs law aimed at protecting children from 'addictive' social media algorithms.

Boaters find $1 million of cocaine floating off Florida Keys

Jun. 19, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Recreational boaters found $1 million worth of cocaine floating in the ocean off the Florida Keys. Samuel Briggs II, the acting chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol, wrote about the find in a social media post on X. Briggs posted video Monday night showing the...

The politics of memes: How Biden and Trump are fighting each other on the internet

Jun. 18, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it’s a grinning Joe Biden as “Dark Brandon” or Donald Trump’s face superimposed onto a scene from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” both presidential campaigns this year have embraced digital memes, the lingua franca of social media. The campaigns of...

Tobacco-like warning label for social media sought by US surgeon general who asks Congress to act

Jun. 17, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms and their effects on young people's lives, similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. In a Monday opinion piece in the The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that social...

Keeping children safe on social media: What parents should know to protect their kids

Jun. 17, 2024 07:33 AM EDT

At what age should kids be on social media? Should they be on it at all? If they aren't, will they be social pariahs? Should parents monitor their conversations? Do parental controls work? Navigating social media as a parent — not to mention a child — is not easy. Using social...

2 political outliers claim seats in European Parliament by leveraging social media's viral power

Jun. 17, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — One is a wildly popular, seemingly happy-go-lucky YouTuber from Cyprus. The other is a brash, fringe figure of Spain's far right who rails against unauthorized immigrants. They both are new members of the European Parliament thanks to their savvy use of video-based social...

Who is Alex Jones? The conspiracist and dietary supplement salesman built an empire over decades

Jun. 14, 2024 18:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Jones has pushed many conspiracy theories over the last three decades, including that the U.S. government was behind or failed to stop the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks. As the outlandish nature of his false claims grew, so did his media empire,...