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Politics Jan 21Facebook’s oversight board to rule on indefinite Trump ban
The social media giant said it's referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an "independent judgment" on on upholding the decision. Twitter, by contrast, has permanently banned Trump.
Nation Jan 06Twitter suspends Trump amid Capitol violence
In an unprecedented step, Twitter suspended the account of President Donald Trump for 12 hours Wednesday after he repeatedly posted false accusations about the integrity of the election and threatened him with a permanent ban.
Politics Nov 05Facebook bans big ‘Stop the Steal’ group for sowing violence
Facebook banned a large group called "Stop the Steal" that supporters of President Donald Trump were using to organize protests against the presidential vote count.
Nation Nov 03Pennsylvania emerges as online misinformation hot spot
Misleading claims have spread for hours on social media about polling machine outages in Scranton and a poll worker destroying ballots cast for President Donald Trump.
Nation Oct 18Is Facebook really ready for the 2020 election?
Ever since Russian agents and other opportunists abused its platform in an attempt to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has insisted — repeatedly — that it’s learned its lesson and is no longer a conduit for misinformation, voter…
Nation Oct 15YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook with QAnon crackdown
The Google-owned video platform said Thursday it will now prohibit material targeting a person or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify violence.
Politics Oct 07Facebook braces for a contested election
Facebook said it's readied new safeguards for the 2020 U.S. elections that have it better prepared to deal with candidates who prematurely declare victory or contest official results.
Politics Oct 06Facebook says it will ban groups that ‘represent’ QAnon
The move comes less than two months after Facebook said it would stop promoting the group and its adherents — but faltered with spotty enforcement.
Science Aug 27Calls for vigilantes spread on social media before deadly Kenosha attack
Multiple threads on Facebook and Reddit urged militias and other armed people to head to the protests, researchers at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab said in a blog post Wednesday.
Nation Aug 19Facebook bans some, but not all, QAnon groups, accounts
Facebook says it will restrict the right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon and will no longer recommend that users join groups supporting it, although the company isn't banning it outright.