Trump threatens to shutter social media companies after Twitter warning

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Trump, without offering any evidence, reiterated his accusations of political bias by such technology platforms, tweeting: […]

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Moon's party set for coronavirus boost in South Korea election

South Koreans go to polls on Wednesday to choose 300 seats in National Assembly, with focus on coronavirus, economy. Seoul, South Korea – South Koreans head to the polls soon, against the backdrop of a coronavirus pandemic that is testing an already sluggish economy, and as electoral reforms give 18-year-olds the vote for the first time and smaller parties a […]

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TikTok reveals first members of new U.S. content-moderation committee

(Reuters) – Chinese social video app TikTok named the initial members of a U.S.-focused content moderation committee to advise on its policies on Wednesday, as it faces U.S. scrutiny over data-sharing and censorship concerns. The council, which it announced in October, will meet every few months to give “unvarnished views” and advice on content moderation policies and evaluate the company’s […]

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Nigeria elections: Main opposition rejects initial vote results

Some civil society activists backed the opposition party’s rejection of the initial results and ‘collusion’ accusations. Abuja, Nigeria – The main opposition in Nigeria on Monday rejected provisional presidential election results declared by the electoral commission showing the ruling party in the lead, accusing the two of being in “collusion”. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said the initial results announced […]

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Nigeria's Buhari ahead in presidential race

As results continue to be counted, incumbent Muhammadu Buhari has strong lead over his main rival Atiku Abubakar. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has a strong lead in his bid for reelection, according to provisional vote results. An ongoing tally by Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday evening showed Buhari, who is seeking a second term, was more than 1.5 […]

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Ukraine president signals possible government reshuffle as trust declines

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signaled a potential reshuffle of his government on Wednesday that local media said could include axing Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in favor of businessman and veteran politician Serhiy Tihipko. Confidence in Zelenskiy’s government has slid since the actor and comedian scored a surprise landslide election victory last year promising to root out corruption […]

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Ireland's Fianna Fail to step up efforts to form a government

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s Fianna Fail will step up efforts to form a government by starting formal engagement with other parties, except Sinn Fein, after marginally winning the most seats at an inconclusive Feb. 8 election. Fianna Fail said last week that it would not consider going into government with Sinn Fein, the left-wing nationalists that shocked the Irish establishment […]

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Twitter to label deepfakes and other deceptive media

(Reuters) – Twitter (TWTR.N) said on Tuesday it would start applying a label to tweets containing synthetic or deceptively edited forms of media, as social media platforms brace for a potential onslaught of misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The company also said it would remove any deliberately misleading manipulated media likely to cause harm, including content that could […]

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Political exercises: Thai rivals plan to mobilize thousands

BANGKOK (Reuters) – More than 10,000 people have registered for a “Run Against Dictatorship” in Bangkok next month while supporters of the Thai government plan to stage a rival walk on the same day, organizers said on Monday. The twin events, set for January 12, point to the rising political temperature in Thailand, though there is no immediate sign of […]

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