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FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October, 2020. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two years ago that he was setting up the quasi-independent board in response to criticism that the company wasn't moving fast enough to remove misinformation, hate speech and malign influence campaigns. The board is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Facebook oversight board to start operating in October

Sep. 24, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said two years ago that he was setting up the quasi-independent board, following intense criticism that the...

Cambridge Analytica ex-boss banned from running companies

Sep. 24, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former boss of Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has been banned from holding company directorships for seven years. Britain’s Insolvency Service said Thursday that Alexander Nix is...

Today in History

Sep. 24, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 24, the 268th day of 2020. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and creating the post of attorney general. ...

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 April 12, 2019, file photo, morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington, as Congress leaves for a two week recess. Philanthropy is stepping in to fund U.S. elections during the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after Congress has failed to approve additional funding to help election officials adjust to an expected avalanche of mail ballots and need to sanitize polling places. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

'Not Plan A': Charities are stepping up to pay for elections

Sep. 16, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — As Congress balks, well-funded nonprofits are donating hundreds of millions of dollars to help state and local officials run elections during the pandemic — a sudden infusion of private cash in what was once considered a core government function. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and...

FILE - This Friday, Aug. 23, 2019  file photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device in New York. Celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio are taking part in a 24-hour “freeze” Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Instagram to protest against the failure of the social media platform's parent company, Facebook, to tackle misinformation and hateful content.  (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Celebs join Instagram 'freeze' to protest Facebook inaction

Sep. 16, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities are taking part in a 24-hour Instagram “freeze” on Wednesday to protest against what they say is parent company Facebook's failure to tackle violent and hateful content and election misinformation....

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, police in riot gear clear the area in front of Kenosha County Courthouse during clashes with protesters, in Kenosha, Wis. After the Wisconsin protest over Jacob Blake's shooting by police turned deadly, a member of an anti-government extremist group started posting updates from the scene for comrades in an encrypted chat room. For months, the nationwide protests against racial injustice and COVID-19 lockdown orders have attracted all kinds of extremists using online platforms to plan, coordinate and drum up support for their activities. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Online bans fail to silence US extremists drawn to protests

Sep. 4, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — After Wisconsin protests over Jacob Blake's shooting by police turned deadly last week, a member of an anti-government extremist group started posting updates from the scene for comrades in an encrypted chat room. The group member named “Jake” said “two of my...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo a stack of table top voting booths are stored at the Allegheny County Election Division's warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Election officials are bracing for a potentially chaotic election, trying to navigate the risks of voting during a pandemic, a tidal wave of mail ballots and the president fanning skepticism about the validity of the tabulation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Election chiefs worry about uncertainty as voting nears

Sep. 4, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

Political battles and pending court fights threaten to upend months of planning for the pandemic election, election officials are warning. In key states, they remain hamstrung with only weeks to prepare. Ongoing partisan litigation could dictate dramatic last-minute changes to rules and procedures in several...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo a stack of table top voting booths are stored at the Allegheny County Election Division's warehouse on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Election officials are bracing for a potentially chaotic election, trying to navigate the risks of voting during a pandemic, a tidal wave of mail ballots and the president fanning skepticism about the validity of the tabulation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Election chiefs worry about uncertainty as voting nears

Sep. 3, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

Political battles and pending court fights threaten to upend months of planning for the pandemic election, election officials are warning. In key states, they remain hamstrung with only weeks to prepare. Ongoing partisan litigation could dictate dramatic last-minute changes to rules and procedures in several...

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. With just two months left until the U.S. presidential election, Facebook says it is taking additional steps to encourage voting, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “civil unrest.” The company said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020,  it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook curbs political ads - for 7 days before US election

Sep. 3, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

Bracing for a contentious election with no immediate results and possible “civil unrest,” Facebook is enacting a host of measures to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation before, during and after the U.S. presidential election. But it's not clear the changes are...