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NEW YORK | Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

NEW YORK — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology’s brightest minds should have seen that coming. Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding what should … Continue reading NEW YORK | Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

DILLEY, Texas | Texas lockup is epicenter of family immigration detention

DILLEY, Texas  — A little boy with closely cropped hair was sitting quietly and grinning when he suddenly sprang to his feet and tried to swipe a brownie off a nearby tray. He couldn’t quite reach it, though, instead sending crumbs and napkins in all directions and eliciting happy squeals from two children nearby. It’s … Continue reading DILLEY, Texas | Texas lockup is epicenter of family immigration detention

LONDON | Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

LONDON — Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. The social media giant said in a statement Monday that it also blocked Jones’ account for 30 days because he repeatedly posted content that broke its rules. The company said it … Continue reading LONDON | Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

Facebook | Social media plays whack-a-mole with Russia interference

Facebook is spending heavily to avoid a repeat of the Russian interference that played out on its service in 2016, bringing on thousands of human moderators and advanced artificial intelligence systems to weed out fake accounts and foreign propaganda campaigns. But it may never get the upper hand. Its adversaries are wily, more adept at … Continue reading Facebook | Social media plays whack-a-mole with Russia interference

NEW YORK | White poet criticized for attempt at black vernacular

NEW YORK— One of the country’s leading liberal publications is apologizing for a poem in which a white writer attempts black vernacular. In a note posted on its web site last week, The Nation called its decision to publish Anders Carlson-Wee’s “How-To” a “serious mistake.” The brief poem is narrated in the voice of a … Continue reading NEW YORK | White poet criticized for attempt at black vernacular

NEW YORK | Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

NEW YORK — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with Facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social … Continue reading NEW YORK | Madonna to celebrate 60th birthday with Malawi fundraiser

NEW YORK | The Latest: Twitter’s stock plunges on weak user numbers

NEW YORK — The Latest on Twitter Inc.’s quarterly earnings report. (all times local): 4 p.m. Twitter’s stock plunged 20.5 percent after the company said monthly users decreased in the second quarter.  The social media company also predicted further declines in the next few months. It was the second-biggest loss for Twitter’s stock since the … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Twitter’s stock plunges on weak user numbers

Technology companies weighing again on US stocks; Oil falls

A slide in technology companies weighed on U.S. stocks Friday, adding to the market’s losses from a day earlier. Twitter plunged after the social media network said its monthly users declined in the second quarter. The drop in tech stocks outweighed gains in banks, retailers and restaurant chains. Smaller-company stocks fell more than the rest … Continue reading Technology companies weighing again on US stocks; Oil falls