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Politics Aug 14Trump advances false, racist Harris conspiracy
President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics.
Politics Jul 28WATCH: Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment
The Trump administration will begin allowing so-called “Dreamer” immigrants to renew their permits to remain and work in the U.S. for a year while it reviews a Supreme Court ruling.
Nation Jul 05Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter
A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their…
Politics Jun 13AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s law and order and misinformation
Trump's week of law and order rhetoric came with heavy doses of misinformation as he stretched to blame unrest on radical leftists and to put three loaded words — “defund the police” — in the mouth of a Democratic rival…
Politics Apr 21Virus misinformation flourishes in online protest groups
A wave of Facebook groups launched by pro-gun advocacy groups and conservative activists has mobilized people to protest stay-at-home orders in states around the country. There's little basis in reality for many of the claims on the sites.
Politics Apr 03Trump administration tries to narrow stockpile’s role for states
Already facing growing anger and worry from governors over federal assistance to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration on Friday abruptly changed its description of the Strategic National Stockpile and put forward a narrower vision of the role the…
Politics Mar 05Facebook drops Trump ads after Pelosi cites census confusion
The decision came Thursday, hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Facebook for the ads, saying people would confuse the survey with the once-a-decade head count.
Politics Feb 14Facebook to allow paid political messages that it says aren’t ads
Its policy change comes days after presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg exploited a loophole to run such humorous messages promoting his campaign on the accounts of popular Instagram personalities followed by millions of younger people.
Politics Jan 31Online political ads remain cheap, efficient and ripe for misuse
Online political ads are still vulnerable to manipulation in this year's U.S. election. That's according to experts who warn that foreign governments and domestic grifters could try to influence the election again this year, just as they did in 2016.
Politics Jan 12As trial nears, Trump keeps discredited Ukraine theory alive
The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate’s close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him. What if,…