Alabama AG to review if Senate race tactics violated law

U.S. 12/27/18, 19:12

Alabama's attorney general said Thursday that his office is reviewing whether allegedly deceptive social media tactics used in last year's U.S. Senate race might have violated the law.Attorney General Steve Marshall told The Washington Post that reports about the effort ...

Bakers upset with missing tips on Hershey’s Kisses candy

U.S. 12/20/18, 15:21

Bakers are complaining that something is amiss with Hershey's Kisses.The chocolate candy's trademark tips have been mysteriously missing from batches around the country. Bakers have taken to social media to complain that the lopped-off tops are ruining the look of ...

Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammered

Business 12/20/18, 12:56

A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company's shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year.The report, released earlier this week, said the social media platform has ...

What can you do to protect your data on Facebook?

Tech 12/20/18, 10:12

Facebook is under fire again, accused of sharing private messages and other user information with other companies.The latest report from The New York Times is alarming even in light of previous disclosures about the social network's practices.Is there anything users ...

Facebook purges more Myanmar accounts for misrepresentation

Business 12/19/18, 06:50

Facebook has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, where critics have charged that the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fueled communal hatred and violence, particularly against the country's Muslim Rohingya ...

Settlement requires ‘anti-hate training’ for internet troll

U.S. 12/18/18, 11:44

An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy.Tuesday's settlement agreement ...

California utility fires contractor from wildfire recovery

U.S. 12/17/18, 22:10

A Northern California utility on Monday said it terminated one of its contractors helping with wildfire recovery after three workers posted on social media insensitive photos and comments poking fun at victims and the region.Pacific Gas & Electric said Bigge ...

Key takeaways from new reports on Russian disinformation

Politics 12/17/18, 16:25

Russians seeking to influence U.S. elections through social media had their eyes on the youth-oriented Instagram and the black community. These were among the findings in two reports released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee. Separate studies from University of Oxford ...

Dispute over UN migration pact fractures Belgian government

Europe 12/04/18, 15:48

Belgium's center-right government is fighting for its survival this week after the largest coalition party broke away from its three partners and said it would not back a global U.N.-backed migration pact.The right-wing N-VA party started a social media campaign ...

Should social media check be required to get a gun license?

U.S. 12/04/18, 01:31

Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker is raising the question with a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify ...

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