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Social media firms under scrutiny for 'Russian meddling’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Facebook, Twitter and Google lawyers defended themselves to US lawmakers probing whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election. The three firms faced hard questions at a Senate panel on crime and terrorism about why they missed political ads bought with Russian money. Lawmakers are eyeing new regulations for social media firms in the wake of Russia’s alleged meddling in 2016. The firms said they would tighten advertising policies and guidelines. Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, asked Facebook – ...

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After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics

Why was it so easy for the Russians to buy ads on Facebook? Democrats on Capitol Hill are launching new efforts to prevent Russians and other foreigners outside the U.S. from using social media to interfere in future American elections. House and Senate Democrats plan to send a letter to the Federal Election Commission this week asking them to consider new rules that would prevent foreigners from using online advertising platforms like Facebook and Twitter to influence voters. The letter will likely be sent and made public on Wednesday, Daniel ...

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NBA encourages players to engage on social issues

Fmr. NBA star pushes back on Kaepernick’s critics The NBA is encouraging its players to be socially conscious. “None of us operate in a vacuum,” Commissioner Adam Silver and the head of the players union wrote to players in a letter obtained by CNNMoney. “Critical issues that affect our society also impact you directly. … You have real power to make a difference in the world.” The letter didn’t cite specifics, but it comes as professional athletes increasingly speak out about race, including through silent protest during the national anthem ...

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Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme. The Dutch firm, Maas Capital is investing £160m in the project. The panels, which will be free to tenants, are expected to cut hundreds of pounds from energy bills, according to the UK firm Solarplicity. The first people to benefit from the scheme include residents of a sheltered retirement home in Ealing, west London. Speaking at the site, International Trade minister Greg Hands said: ...

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How social media is helping Houston deal with Harvey floods

Houston TV station rushed to higher ground as floodwater rises We’re finding out what a major flood emergency looks like in the era of social media. Hundreds of stranded Texas residents sought help on Sunday by posting on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted their addresses to emergency officials. They organized rescue missions through Facebook groups. And they posted harrowing pictures to emphasize just how high the flood waters were. Requests for rescues were common: “Anyone in North Houston have a boat and can rescue a 3 &6 yo, mom, gramma ...

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Social Security Administration warns about fradulent callers trying to steal your checks

A new telephone scam is targeting Social Security recipients. The Social Security Administration is warning that schemers are impersonating government agents and stealing people’s benefits. In a blog post Wednesday, the agency’s Office of the Inspector General said people have been receiving calls from a number with a 323 area code. “The caller claims to be an [agency] employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits,” the post reads. The fraudsters attempt to “acquire personally ...

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The dangers of blaming social media for America's problems

It’s dangerous to pin all of our country’s problems on social media. From both ends of the polarized political spectrum, “there’s a tendency to blame social media” for a degradation of the public discourse, “when social media really is just reflecting larger trends in society,” author Emily Parker told Brian Stelter in this week’s “Reliable Sources” podcast. “We are providing the content.” Parker, a fellow at New America and the author of “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are,” wrote a column for Slate published on Wednesday titled “Social Media ...

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Supreme Court decision is 'a constitutional coming out party' for social media

How are Supreme Court justices chosen? On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that sex offenders can’t be broadly banned from using social media. The First Amendment ruling sets a precedent about denying access to social media sites and raises questions about their role as a public forum. The North Carolina law, established in 2008, made it illegal for registered sex offenders to use websites that minors also use. That included Facebook(FB, Tech30), Twitter(TWTR, Tech30) and many other popular sites. The Supreme Court’s ruling is a major milestone in the internet ...

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How many social followers does Trump actually have?

Trump: Twitter lets me bypass the media Katy Perry just became the first person to hit 100 million followers on Twitter, but someone else wants you to hear him roar. In a Friday morning Twitter(TWTR, Tech30) storm about his frustration over the Russia investigation, President Trump boasted that he can circumvent the “fake media” and go straight to the “100 million people” following him on social media. It’s a familiar Trump theme — he sees his robust social media footprint as a direct line to his base. But just how ...

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General election 2017: May defends revised social care plans

Theresa May has defended making changes to the Tories’ social care pledge as critics called it a “manifesto meltdown”. The PM told the BBC “nothing has changed” and claimed rival parties had been “trying to scare” elderly people. Her announcement that an overall cap on costs would be included in the Tories’ offer followed criticism of the policy, first announced on Thursday. She said the size of the cap would be the subject of a consultation. Labour and the Lib Dems said the policy was “in meltdown”. Since the publication ...

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