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Facebook Clamps Down On Political Ad Buyers Ahead Of The 2020 POTUS Election

Facebook announced Wednesday a new policy requiring people and groups who buy ads promoting political candidates or hot-button issues to provide more information about who is responsible for paying for them. The Silicon Valley company’s decision comes after several high-profile examples of governments placing misleading disclaimers on ads, which critics say undermines Facebook’s desire to be transparent about spending on ...

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Joe Walsh’s Former Campaign Manager Airs Dirty Laundry On Client’s White House Bid

Former Rep. Joe Walsh’s campaign manager says the Illinois Republican all-but ignored his phone calls and communications before officially launching his long-shot White House bid. “As of this morning, it has been eight days and 23 unanswered phone calls since I last spoke with Joe,” Jacob Perry, a Republican operative who signed up as Walsh’s campaign manager, told a group ...

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Former Uber Exec Indicted For Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets From Google

A federal grand jury indicted a former Google executive for allegedly stealing documents from the company that contained troves of information related to the Silicon Valley giant’s self-driving car technology, federal officials noted Tuesday. The indictment alleges that Anthony Levandowski, who abruptly resigned from Google in January 2016, downloaded 14,000 files containing information about Google’s autonomous-vehicle research. He then made ...

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Conspiracy Theorists Believe Apple Founder Steve Jobs Is Still Alive. Here’s The Photo They Say Proves It

Conspiracy theorists on Reddit and elsewhere believe a photograph of Steve Jobs lookalike is evidence that the Apple founder is still alive and well. Jobs passed away in 2011 at 56 after a long battle with cancer, but a picture circulating online is fueling theories that he is living a peaceful life in Egypt, the Sun reported Monday. The picture ...

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Facebook Purges Epoch Times’ Pro-Trump Ads, Bans Outlet From Future Advertisements

Facebook banned The Epoch Times from buying advertisements after reports showed the outlet used sock puppet accounts to purchase a series of pricey ads supporting President Donald Trump. The Epoch Times’s publisher Stephen Gregory pans reports suggesting the outlet used various “sock companies” to conceal its role purchasing more than $1 million in Trump ads. Gregory says the reports are ...

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Celebrities, Politicians Spew Misinformation as They Fear Monger Over Amazon Fires

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, along with other celebrities and athletes, are spreading misinformation about a recent spate of Amazon fires in Brazil to generate attention. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo shared an image Aug. 22 on Facebook and Twitter, which included the caption: “It’s our responsibility to help to save our planet.” The photo, which showed a dramatic view of smoke and ...

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Report: Trump Tentatively Agrees To Deal Allowing Macron To Tax Big Tech

U.S. and French negotiators reached a deal allowing France to tax American big tech companies, Reuters reported Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron pushed a digital tax in July, which prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports. France’s 3% tax is discriminatory against Google, Amazon and other companies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said ...

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Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Announces Primary Challenge Against Trump

Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh announced Sunday morning a long-shot Republican primary challenge against President Donald Trump in 2020. “I’m running because he’s unfit. Somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative,” Walsh told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum. He’s a child. I’m going to run for president.” The former Illinois ...

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What Could Go Wrong? Trump Admin Considering Using Amazon Echo, Apple Watch to Determine If Citizens Should Own Guns

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would use Google, Amazon and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The proposal is part of an initiative to create Health Advanced Research Projects Agency or HARPA, which would be located inside the Health and ...

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Watch: Climate Crusading Youngsters Erupt After DNC Officials Reject Global Warming Debate

Climate activists associated with the Sunrise Movement shouted down members of the Democratic National Committee after they rejected a proposal to host a single-issue debate on global warming. Several people associated with the group interrupted the DNC meeting, singing the union protest song “Which Side Are You On?” Their protests came after the party voted 17-8 Thursday in San Francisco ...

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Former GOP Rep Joe Walsh Prepares A Primary Challenge To Trump

Never Trump Republican writer and pundit Bill Kristol is pushing former Republican Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Kristol believes Walsh, a Tea Party conservative who supported Trump in 2016, can appeal to reluctant GOP voters who might be open to another option. Walsh, who says he is ...

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Mysterious Group Behind Climate Crusades Dinged For Allegedly Skirting Financial Regulations

An obscure nonprofit company behind efforts to take on the fossil fuel industry is getting dinged for allegedly failing to register as a foreign agent in Maryland. One of the activists on the company’s board frequently criticizes energy producers and so-called climate denialists for supposedly using dark money to obscure their agendas.  The company faces potential stiff penalties for the ...

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Sen. Hawley Calls Facebook’s Conservative Bias Audit A ‘Smokescreen’

Facebook’s critics were not persuaded after the company revealed its long-awaited audit Tuesday into whether the Silicon Valley giant is biased against conservatives. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, for one, called the audit a “smokescreen” in a press statement Tuesday. The audit comes as the Show-Me-State Republican attempts to etch out a position as one of big tech’s biggest critics ...

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Did Google Purposefully Manipulate Votes To Help Hillary Clinton In 2016 Election?

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President Donald Trump said Monday that Google manipulated votes in 2016 to help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, but his claim appears to be an exaggeration of a 2017 research paper. “Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put ...

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Twitter Reveals A Large State-Backed Chinese Misinformation Campaign Targeting Hong Kong

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Twitter disclosed more than 900 accounts originating from within China that deliberately attempted to promote disinformation in Hong Kong as activists engage in pro-democracy demonstrations in the region. The company’s disclosure consists of 936 accounts originating from inside the communist country. Twitter said in a blog post Monday that it has “reliable evidence to support that this is a coordinated ...

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