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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 1:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

Officials encourage vigilance on election misinformation

Oct. 26, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Elections officials in Washington on Monday touted security enhancements made over the years and the state’s long history of voting by mail as reasons voters should be confident heading into Election Day, but they encouraged the public to remain vigilant about misinformation...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds up his daily schedule which has a daily update on US Troop deaths and wounded numbers as he speaks at a drive-in campaign stop at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden was speaking to George Lopez in widely shared video

Oct. 26, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stumbled over a name when he was interviewed during the virtual “I Will Vote” concert, and social media has lit up with claims that he confused President Donald Trump with a previous occupant of the Oval Office. Yes, Biden did say “George,”...

Pastor sued over fake porn images aimed at young woman

Oct. 26, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida pastor is being sued by a teenager who claims fake pornographic images of her were posted online from a computer in the pastor's home. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the lawsuit is against Pastor Jason B. Lane and his church, the Skyway Community Chapel. It claims...

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.  Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data on political ads-targeting on the world’s dominant social media platform.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Oct. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform....

Prosecutors: Florida man lied to get virus relief money

Oct. 23, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds is accused of laundering most of the money through a fake business and purchasing a luxury car and a pickup truck, federal prosecutors said. Keith William Nicoletta, 48, of Dade City, was arrested earlier this...

Missouri AG hopeful pays taxes late; GOP claims false filing

Oct. 23, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Missouri attorney general made overdue property tax payments this week after being asked about them, prompting a Republican official to accuse him of lying about being qualified to run. Democrat Rich Finneran, a former federal prosecutor challenging...

Bill would seek to target misinformation purveyors in Maine

Oct. 23, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic Senate president believes the state needs to do more to combat the spread of misinformation on the Internet. Senate President Troy Jackson filed a bill on Thursday that he said would do just that. Jackson's office said the proposal would “require ‘fake...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to participate in a town hall with moderator ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that during this town hall Biden said if your 8-year-old child wants to be transgender to make life easier, “they have a right to transition and there is no reason for you to deny it.” Social media users shared an edited quote distorting his words. A transcript of the town hall shows Biden never mentioned transitioning or sex changing medical procedures in his response to a question from the parent of a transgender child. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden did not say transgender children should be able to...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo an election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. U.S. officials said Thursday, Oct. 22, that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Oct. 22, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for...