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Pro-Russia vaccine misinfo finds home in US Facebook groups

CHICAGO (AP) — A false report claiming five Ukrainians had died after taking an American-made coronavirus vaccine spread in just a matter of days from a small Kremlin-friendly website to an audience o...

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying ...

Twitter gives Trump Jr. a tweet timeout for pandemic misinfo

CHICAGO (AP) — Twitter has temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s son from tweeting on its site after he shared a video riddled with unsupported claims about the coronavirus Monday. ...

Civil rights groups denounce Facebook over hate speech

Facebook keeps telling critics that it is doing everything it can to rid its service of hate, abuse and misinformation. And the company's detractors keep not buying it. On Tuesday, C...

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's overblown boasts about military, vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating his accomplishments for the military and veterans. With his relationship with Pentagon leaders under strain, the president br...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's law and order and misinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Ugh,” said a Republican senator. “How crude,” said a Democratic governor. President Donald Trump set off plenty of reactions like that when he peddled a baseless c...

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

CHICAGO (AP) — In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors ...

Twitter to label disputed COVID-19 tweets

Chicago (AP) — Twitter announced Monday it will warn users when a tweet contains disputed or misleading information about the coronavirus. The new rule is the latest in a wave of st...

Vote-by-mail debate raises fears of election disinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly partisan debate unfolding on whether more Americans should cast their votes through the mail during a pandemic is provoking online disinformation and conspiracies theories...

Virus misinformation flourishes in online protest groups

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of posts fly in the new Facebook groups daily. The coronavirus numbers are fake, some of the social media videos claim. “Social distanc...

Trump administration changes national stockpile definition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration abruptly changed its description of the Strategic National Stockpile, the federal government’s repository of life-saving medicines and supplies, to conform w...

Morgan Freeman's census ad tweaked after concerns raised

Officials in Mississippi have scrambled to edit a public service announcement about the 2020 U.S. Census that led viewers to an incorrect website. The Census Bureau notified Mississ...

Bloomberg's online campaign tests Facebook, Twitter rules

Mike Bloomberg’s stockpile of cash, swarm of employees and paid social media influencers are testing the abilities of online platforms -- and his Democratic challengers -- to keep up with an expensive...

Infighting and online hoaxes mar Democrats' campaign

RINDGE, N.H. (AP) — A group of Los Angeles artists were awaiting the results of the Democratic Party’s Iowa caucuses, hoping Bernie Sanders would win, when they fired off a hashtag on Twitter poking f...