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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey paid “very serious money” for the F-35 stealth jets and that America had committed “a very serious mistake” with its NATO ally. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

Jan. 19, 2021 8:42 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country. The law — which human rights and media freedom groups say...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. Lopez Obrador vowed Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 to lead an international effort to combat what he considers censorship by social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexican president mounts campaign against social media bans

Jan. 14, 2021 5:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president vowed Thursday to lead an international effort to combat what he considers censorship by social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his regular morning press conference known as

Mexican regulators ban showing president's full conferences

Jan. 12, 2021 7:02 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s election regulatory agency announced Tuesday it will ban media outlets from transmitting at full length President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily morning news conferences. The temporary ban is aimed at ensuring equity in the country’s June...

Poland's PM: Social media need anti-censorship regulations

Jan. 12, 2021 4:45 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday that social media corporations should not censor views that they don’t share and called for new regulations that would govern the use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the European Union. “Algorithms or the...

Idaho company to block Facebook and Twitter for censorship

Jan. 11, 2021 6:30 PM EST

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho (AP) — An internet provider based in northern Idaho, says it will block Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers due to claims of censorship. KREM-TV reports that the decision by Your T1 WIFI came after Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump from their...

Alabama congressman deletes Twitter account after suspension

Jan. 11, 2021 3:53 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Barry Moore’s personal Twitter account was suspended — leading him to delete the account — following tweets he made in the wake of the riot at the U.S. Capitol. It was not immediately clear what led to the suspension, but the congressman for Alabama's...

This Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 image shows the suspended Twitter account of President Donald Trump. On Friday, the social media company permanently suspended Trump from its platform, citing

EXPLAINER: Can social media companies boot Trump? Yes

Jan. 10, 2021 4:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media companies decided this past week they had finally seen enough from President Donald Trump. Facebook and Instagram suspended Trump at least until Inauguration Day. Twitch and Snapchat also disabled Trump’s accounts. To top it all off, Twitter ended a nearly 12-year run...

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his regularly scheduled morning press conference known as

Mexico leader condemns Twitter, Facebook for blocking Trump

Jan. 7, 2021 9:09 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president on Thursday condemned the decision by social media platforms to block the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the same time declined to condemn the assault by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol on...

In this photo taken April 14, 2020 and released by Melanie Wang, Zhang Zhan eats a meal at a park during a visit to Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. A Chinese court on Monday sentenced the former lawyer who reported on the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison on charges of

China sentences lawyer who reported on outbreak to 4 years

Dec. 28, 2020 8:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former lawyer who reported on the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison on charges of “picking fights and provoking trouble," one of her lawyers said. The Pudong New Area People’s Court in the financial hub of...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, screenwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at her home in Beijing, China, detailing her involvement in China's #MeToo movement. A high profile case of sexual harassment in China's #MeToo movement involving a well-known Chinese state TV host will be tried in court Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Beijing after pending for more than two years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China #MeToo case heads to court after 2-year delay

Dec. 1, 2020 3:49 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Zhou Xiaoxuan’s says her prestigious internship with Chinese state TV soured after a popular host forcibly kissed her. Outraged, Zhou took the previously taboo step of filing a lawsuit in 2018, joining the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. But the ruling...