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California legislator wants Facebook to dump shoving video

Aug. 22, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator who was shoved by an anti-vaccine activist says Facebook is deliberately giving a platform to violence by not removing a video of the incident. Democratic Sen. Richard Pan was walking on a street near the Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday when...

Miley Cyrus takes to Twitter to deny cheating rumors

Aug. 22, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus denied rumors Thursday that she cheated on her soon-to-be ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth. In stream-of-consciousness mode, the pop star concluded : "You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking, foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar." Hemsworth, 29, and Cyrus, 26, were on again,...

Fans choose sides in the 'Chicken Sandwich War' of our time

Aug. 22, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time politics isn't at the heart of it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry. People are choosing sides and beefing over chicken, thanks to Popeyes' release of its crispy chicken sandwich and the social...

Texas governor meets with tech officials about quelling hate

Aug. 22, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday met in Austin with officials from some of the world's biggest tech giants to discuss ways of combatting extremism in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso that left 22 people dead. The officials from Google, Facebook and Twitter sat down with state...

India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Aug. 22, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu-led nationalist government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India's 250 million YouTube...

Thailand to set up center to combat 'fake news'

Aug. 21, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Wednesday announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to suppress free speech. The planned center's goal would be to fight all kinds of fake news, with a focus on misinformation...

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Aug. 20, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is...

Man who allegedly threatened abortion clinic held

Aug. 20, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man accused of posting messages on social media that threatened a deadly attack on an abortion clinic has been ordered held in custody. A federal judge on Tuesday said the conflicting personas of Farhan Sheikh suggest he might be unstable. A complaint unsealed Monday said Sheikh...

The Latest: LSU gives all-clear after armed intruder report

Aug. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on reports of an intruder at Louisiana State University (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Louisiana State University officials have given the all-clear after a report of an armed intruder on campus. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says a shelter-in-place order is over and...

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with...