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FILE - This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of a disputed tabloid story promising new twists in the saga of Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the story in the New York Post — but the report raised more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. Wednesday morning Oct. 14, 2020, hours after the story's publication, a Facebook spokesman tweeted that the company was limiting its distribution on the platform.(AP Photo/File)

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

Oct. 22, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP push against Facebook and Twitter accelerated Thursday after Republican senators threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with subpoenas to force them to address accusations of censorship in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign. With Democrats boycotting the...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in New York. Stocks are mostly lower in Asia after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street.  US stocks are drifting higher Wednesday, Oct. 21,  as negotiations continue in Washington on more aid for the economy, though prospects remain cloudy that anything can happen soon.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on lack of US aid plan

Oct. 21, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as investors watched Washington for signs of whether political leaders can agree on an economic aid plan in the two weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul retreated. On Wall...

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)

Sen. Josh Hawley writing book: 'The Tyranny of Big Tech.'

Oct. 16, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley is working on a book about one of the Missouri Republican's ongoing targets. Simon & Schuster announced Friday that Hawley's “The Tyranny of Big Tech” will be released June 21. Hawley has frequently criticized Facebook, Twitter and other social media...

This combination of 2018-2020 photos shows, from left, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. They are expected to testify in an Oct. 28, 2020 Senate hearing on tech companies’ control over hate speech and misinformation on their platforms. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, LM Otero, Jens Meyer)

CEOs of 3 tech giants to testify at Oct. 28 Senate hearing

Oct. 5, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEOs of technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify for an Oct. 28 Senate hearing on tech companies’ control over hate speech and misinformation on their platforms. The Senate Commerce Committee voted last week to authorize subpoenas for Facebook CEO...

FILE - This July 30, 2019 file photo shows an update information of Facebook application on a mobile phone displayed at a store in Chicago.   Facebook, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, says it’s banning any ads that seek to question the validity of an election, including those claiming widespread voter fraud, in its latest move to crack down ahead of the U.S. presidential election.   (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Senate panel moves to compel 3 social media CEOs to testify

Oct. 1, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel voted Thursday to compel testimony from the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter as lawmakers opened a new front in the battle over hate speech, misinformation and perceived political bias on social media a month before the presidential election. The Senate Commerce...

In this July 17, 2020, file photo, a visitor to an Apple store wears a t-shirt promoting Tik Tok in Beijing. TikTok executives told a Senate committee on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, that they lobbied Australian lawmakers but did not engage with investigators before the government concluded that the video-sharing app did not pose a security threat. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

TikTok says it didn't take part in Australia security probes

Sep. 25, 2020 6:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — TikTok executives told a Senate committee on Friday that they lobbied Australian lawmakers but did not engage with investigators before the government concluded that the video-sharing app did not pose a security threat. The executives were questioned by a committee that is...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Buddhipongse Punnakanta gestures during a press conference discussing the government's decision to request Facebook to block an account in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s government lodged complaints with police Thursday, Sept. 24, against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block content judged illegal under Thai law.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Thailand sues Facebook, Twitter for allowing banned material

Sep. 24, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government lodged complaints with police Thursday against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block content judged illegal under Thai law. Minister of Digital Economy and Society Buddhipongse Punnakanta said at a news conference that it...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., with another armed civilian. Four people filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Sept. 23 demanding that Facebook prevent militias and hate groups from interacting on the site, after a militia group used the platform to draw armed people to protests in Wisconsin last month that left two people dead. Prosecutors have charged Rittenhouse with shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during the Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha. The protest was over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)

Lawsuit asks court to force Facebook to ban militia posts

Sep. 23, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Facebook can't be trusted to enforce its ban on violent rhetoric in the run-up to the November elections, as is evident by its refusal to remove a group's call to arms to protect businesses in Kenosha last month before a night of unrest in which two protesters were shot and killed,...

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, listens to the testimony during a House subcommittee hearing in Nashville, Tenn.  Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to Lynn's re-election campaign after she used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory. That's according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and online posts by Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn.(AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

Sep. 19, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts. The corporate...

FILE - In this  Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing.  The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?

Sep. 19, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday. President Donald Trump has cited concerns about Chinese government snooping as his administration prepares to follow through on executive orders that could make it increasingly...