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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears on a screen as he speaks remotely during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Washington. The committee summoned the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google to testify during the hearing. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits

Oct. 28, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With next week's election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies' social media platforms — and were warned of coming restrictions from Congress....

This combination of 2018-2020 photos shows, from left, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to face a grilling by Republican senators who accuse the tech giants of anti-conservative bias. Democrats are trying to expand the discussion to include other issues such as the companies' heavy impact on local news.  The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives have agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, LM Otero, Jens Meyer)

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

Oct. 27, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to be grilled by Republican senators making unfounded allegations that the tech giants show anti-conservative bias. Democrats want to expand the discussion to include issues such as the companies'...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2020 file photo, President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania. Tanzanians are due to go to the polls on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 with the future of one of Africa's most populous countries at stake and, at least before the COVID-19 pandemic, one of its fastest-growing economies. (AP Photo, File)

Observers say Tanzania's presidential vote is already flawed

Oct. 25, 2020 4:59 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's opposition faces a new obstacle in its quest to unseat President John Magufuli in Wednesday's election: It says the government has made it difficult to accredit thousands of opposition electoral observers who want to ensure the vote is fair. “Without them, fraud can...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Latest: Pence's top aide tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley...

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...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, POOL)

US hits Chinese media with new restrictions, upping tensions

Oct. 21, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hitting Chinese media outlets in the U.S. with new restrictions, a move that will further foment tensions in already deteriorating ties between the world’s two largest economies as President Donald Trump seeks to boost his anti-China credentials ahead of...

This undated photo released by Emirates News Agency, WAM, shows Ibrahim al-Abed, the founder of the state-run news agency.  Ibrahim al-Abed, a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, has died. He was 78.  (WAM via AP)

Founder of UAE state-run WAM news agency dies at 78

Oct. 21, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ibrahim al-Abed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency and a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, died Tuesday. He was 78. Al-Abed long served as the head of the country's National Media Council, a...

Pakistan lifts brief ban on Chinese social media app TikTok

Oct. 19, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's media regulatory agency said Monday it lifted a temporary ban on the Chinese social media app TikTok “with some conditions." However, it gave no further details. The development comes about 10 days after the video-sharing platform was blocked by the Pakistan...

Pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

Oct. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. The efforts by Prime Minister Prayuth...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2020 file photo, President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania. Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on Oct. 28, where the incumbent President John Magufuli is seeking a second term, an international human rights group said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/File)

Tanzania intensifies repression ahead of polls, says report

Oct. 12, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on October 28, where the incumbent President John Magufuli is seeking a second term, an international human rights group said Monday. In recent months the...