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UK to pressure social media companies to fight anti-vax info

Aug. 19, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases. Although plans for such a gathering were still being worked out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed...

Editorials from around New York

Aug. 14, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: May the SoulCycle Boycott Make Democracy Better The New York Times Aug. 8 It has been an unsettling week for some of President Trump's political contributors. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Stephen Ross, the billionaire real estate...

Report: Facebook offering 'millions' to publishers for news

Aug. 8, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is reportedly in talks with news publishers to offer "millions of dollars" for the rights to publish their material on its site. The move follows years of criticism over its growing monopolization of online advertising to the detriment of the struggling news industry. The Wall...

Digital dating proves complicated in 'Love at First Like'

Aug. 6, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

"Love at First Like" (Atria Books), by Hannah Orenstein Dating in the digital age can be tricky business, especially when you project an image on social media that is in no way a truthful depiction of your relationship status. In "Love at First Like," Eliza Roth accidentally leads her Instagram followers to...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Jul. 31, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Boost voter participation with better absentee ballot laws The Citizens' Voice July 30 County election officials across Pennsylvania disenfranchised thousands of voters in last year's general election, not because of any...

Inside the 'Undercover Billionaire' TV show filmed in Erie

Jul. 27, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — When R.J. Messenger announced in a lengthy but cryptic social media post in late June that he was putting on hiatus Iron Empire Clothing, the successful apparel company he co-founded in 2014, to focus on a new venture, he was amazed how many rumors he started hearing about himself. "I can...

Alphabet, Twitter soar; Goodyear, Merit Medical sink

Jul. 26, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: Alphabet Inc., up $109.28 to $1,245.22. The parent company of Google bounced back from a rough first quarter and blew past analysts' profit forecasts. Amazon.com Inc., down $30.77 to $1,943.05. The retail giant reported a rare...

Australia considers more regulation of Google and Facebook

Jul. 26, 2019 2:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government released a report Friday recommending tighter oversight over multinational digital platforms including Google and Facebook, to ensure fairness for other media businesses and give people more control over how their data is used. The Australian Competition...

At a glance: The new limits Facebook faces on data privacy

Jul. 24, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is facing a fine and new limits on the way it does business as part of a settlement over allegations that the social media giant failed to properly protect the privacy of millions of users' personal data. Here's a look at the key elements of the settlement, in which Facebook does...

Justice Dept. puts Big Tech under the antitrust microscope

Jul. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like Europe before it, the U.S. government looks ready to try reining in its technology giants. But doing so may be more difficult than it seems. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technology companies and whether their online...