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  • California Oct 15, 2019

    LA Zoo Urges Support for Endangered Species With Cute Animal Pics

    The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is bringing awareness to the Endangered Species Act with cute animal pictures.

  • NBC Oct 3, 2019

    Tiktok Bans Political and Advocacy Advertising From Its Platform

    TikTok announced Thursday that it is banning all political ads, a move that sets it apart from other social media platforms that have become destinations for political ad dollars, NBC News reports. TikTok is a smartphone app in which users can capture short videos of themselves, usually lip syncing or dancing to popular songs. The app has attracted a large...

  • Donald Trump Aug 28, 2019

    Tech Firms Struggle to Police Content While Avoiding Bias

    Take the post down. Put it back up. Stop policing speech. Start silencing extremists. That’s just a sampling of the intense, often contradictory demands facing tech companies and their social media platforms as they try to oversee internet content without infringing on First Amendment rights. The pendulum has swung recently toward restricting hateful speech that could spawn violence, following a...

  • social media Aug 9, 2019

    GOP Freezes Twitter Spending After McConnell Account Locked

    The Republican Party, the Trump campaign and other GOP organizations said Thursday that they are freezing their spending on Twitter to protest the platform’s treatment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Twitter temporarily locked McConnell’s campaign account Wednesday after it shared a video in which some protesters spoke of violence outside his Kentucky home, where he is recovering from a...

  • Eric Hinton Jul 15, 2019

    Diddy's ‘Making the Band' Officially Coming Back to TV

    Diddy’s “Making the Band” is officially coming back to TV. The music mogul announced Monday that the hit series, where he discovered groups including platinum-sellers Danity Kane, would return to MTV in 2020.

  • Arizona May 17, 2019

    Grumpy Cat, Internet Sensation for Her Stern Look, Dies at Age 7

    Grumpy Cat, the Arizona feline who became an internet sensation for her constantly angry expression, has died at age 7, her family said Friday.

  • United States Apr 14, 2019

    Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Back Up After Massive Outage

    Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage. Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 a.m. EST in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in the northeastern U.S., Europe and the Philippines.

  • Facebook Apr 9, 2019

    Facebook, Google Face Widening Crackdown Over Online Content

    Tech giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child porn. Britain called for a first-of-its-kind watchdog for social media that could fine executives and even ban companies. And a European Union parliamentary committee approved a bill giving...

  • Queen Mar 27, 2019

    Chinese Viewers Balk at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' Film Censorship

    A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October....
    It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it a second time in his home city of Guangzhou after...

  • Associated Press Mar 25, 2019

    New Zealand to Probe Role of Spies, Guns in Mosque Attacks

    New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will examine what roles guns, social media and spy agencies played preceding the attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that it would hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry, the country’s highest form of investigation. “While New Zealanders and Muslim communities around...

  • Facebook Feb 18, 2019

    UK Lawmakers Slam Facebook, Recommend Stiffer Regulation

    British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the U.K., and called for greater oversight of social media companies. The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation. The parliamentary committee that prepared the report says social media sites should have to follow a...

  • United States Feb 15, 2019

    What to Know About Rental Car Insurance

    Many people opt out of the rental car company’s insurance assuming their own auto insurance or credit card will protect them. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains that’s not always the case.

  • Donald Trump Jan 4, 2019

    House Democrats Urge Sweeping Reforms to Boost Voting, Ethics

    House Democrats on Friday unveiled a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a “culture of corruption in Washington” and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill, among the first to be considered as Democrats take control of the House after eight years, would make it easier for citizens to register and...

  • Virginia Dec 24, 2018

    More Cases of Federal Workers Watching Porn on the Job Uncovered

    A year after first reporting about federal employees busted for watching pornography on the job, the News4 I-Team uncovered some more incidents so bad they’re criminal. Those tasked with finding the abuse say it’s hard to stop.

  • Facebook Dec 5, 2018

    Documents Show Facebook Used User Data as Competitive Weapon

    Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark. Parliament’s media committee accused Facebook on Wednesday of cutting special deals with some app developers to give them more...

  • Twitter Nov 30, 2018

    DJ Khaled, Mayweather Settle Over Digital Coin Promotions

    Federal regulators said Thursday that boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled are paying a total $750,000 to settle charges they failed to disclose payments they received for promoting investments in digital-currency securities....
    The Securities and Exchange Commission said the cases are its first involving charges for violating rules on touting investments in so-called initial coin offerings, or ICOs....

  • United States Oct 20, 2018

    ‘Participate in the War, and Spread Fear': North Side Man Charged With Supporting, Recruiting for ISIS on Social Media

    A 34-year-old Chicago man was charged Friday with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State and encouraging terror attacks on social media, the Department of Justice announced. Ashraf Al Safoo was arrested Wednesday in Chicago after his North Side home was raided by federal agents.

  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2018

    Melania Trump: Social Media Can Be ‘Distracting and Harmful'

    Melania Trump said Monday that social media can be used for good but may also be “distracting and harmful when used incorrectly.” She made the comments at a cyberbullying summit in Rockville, Maryland, where she was attending a panel discussion with representatives from various social media platforms participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit. “Let’s face...

  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2018

    Melania Trump Addresses Cyberbullying Conference

    First lady Melania Trump is encouraging technology and social media companies to provide more opportunities for children to share ideas on how to be good citizens online.

  • Facebook Aug 1, 2018

    Senate Wrestles With Response to Foreign Influence Campaigns

    Senators wrestling with how to counter Russia and other foreign influence operations heard Wednesday from experts who said that not only did Russia continue its influence campaign after the 2016 presidential election, it “stepped on the gas.” Experts testifying before the Senate intelligence committee said Russia and other foreign actors are using high-tech means to manipulate social media and polarize...

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