Tech Companies Struggle With How to Curtail Offensive Speech

Tech Companies Struggle With How to Curtail Offensive Speech

Tech Companies Struggle With How to Curtail Offensive Speech FILE - An iPhone with Twitter, Facebook and other apps, May 21, 2013. U.S. internet companies are taking a harder look at their policies that have promoted free expression around the world. SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter users are blocking companies like Pepsi, Nike and Uber on Twitter to pressure the social media firm to permanently ban American broadcaster Alex Jones for what they say are his abusive tweets. Meanwhile, Twitter reportedly is facing a shutdown in Pakistan because of a government request to block what it deems objectionable content. The moves come as U.S. internet companies take a harder look at their policies that have promoted free expression around the world. The companies have a mostly hands-off policy when it comes to curtailing speech, except when it comes to inciting violence and pornography. But that largely permissive approach is getting a new look. FILE - Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rall..

Report: US Made, Sold Bomb That Killed Yemeni Children 

Report: US Made, Sold Bomb That Killed Yemeni Children 

Report: US Made, Sold Bomb That Killed Yemeni Children This image made from video taken Aug. 9, 2018, shows a child injured in an airstrike resting at a hospital in Saada, Yemen. According to a CNN report, munitions experts say a U.S.-made bomb was used by the Saudi-led coalition in a recent airstrike in Yemen that hit a busload of children in a marketplace, killing 51 people, including 40 children. CNN said Friday that the experts identified the bomb used in the attack from images taken of a piece of shrapnel shortly after the deadly strike. According to CNN, the numbers on the shrapnel indicated the explosive was a 227-kilogram, laser-guided MK 82 bomb manufactured by top U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Seventy-nine people were also wounded in the strike, including 56 children. A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said earlier this month the airstrike targeted Houthi rebels in the market and conformed with international and humanitarian law. U.S. President Barack Oba..

Mueller Recommends Short Sentence for Trump Campaign Aide

Mueller Recommends Short Sentence for Trump Campaign Aide

Mueller Recommends Short Sentence for Trump Campaign Aide FILE - Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is seen in an undated photo (George Papadopoulos/LinkedIn) WASHINGTON — A former Trump campaign adviser should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the FBI during the Russia probe, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday that also revealed several new details about the early days of the investigation. The prosecutors disclosed that George Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential race, caused irreparable damage to the investigation because he lied repeatedly during a January 2017 interview. Those lies, they said, resulted in the FBI missing an opportunity to properly question a professor Papadopoulos was in contact with during the campaign who told him that the Russians possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails. Professor s..

Omarosa Claims White House Tried to Buy Her Silence

Omarosa Claims White House Tried to Buy Her Silence

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former adviser to President Trump, has been in the public's eye this week with secret recordings of conversations she had with White House officials, including with the President himself. The scandal has brought to light new revelations that the Trump administration requires its staff to sign non-disclosure agreements, something almost unheard of in previous administrations. Here's more from VOA's White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara.

Trump Attends Hamptons Fundraiser Hosted by Hot Dog Magnate

Trump Attends Hamptons Fundraiser Hosted by Hot Dog Magnate

Trump Attends Hamptons Fundraiser Hosted by Hot Dog Magnate President Donald Trump poses for photographs while greeting members of the military on the tarmac upon his arrival on Air Force One at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, New York, Aug. 17, 2018. BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY — President Donald Trump headlined a closed-door fundraiser Friday at the Hamptons, New York, home of one of his closest friends, the chairman of the iconic Nathan's Famous hot dog business. Trump participated in a roundtable with high-dollar donors before delivering remarks at a luncheon in Southampton hosted by Howard Lorber, a New York real estate executive who is Chairman of Douglas Elliman Realty and Nathan's Famous, the hot dog chain familiar to many New Yorkers. Reporters were not allowed inside to hear the president's remarks, which benefited Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee. Trump's visit made..

Trump Expects to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance

Trump Expects to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance

Trump Expects to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Aug. 17, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whose wife was employed at the company that was involved in producing the dossier on Trump's links to Russia. Trump called Ohr a "disgrace" outside the White House and said, "I suspect I will be taking it away very quickly." Ohr is under intense Republican scrutiny for his contacts with Glenn Simpson, who co-founded the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The president also suggested he may revoke Special Counsel Robert Mueller's security clearance, and said, "Mr. Mueller has a lot of conflicts also, directly himself." Trump said, nevertheless, that Mueller should be allowed to finish a report on Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trumps remarks ..

Trump: Trial of Former Aide Manafort 'Very Sad'

Trump: Trial of Former Aide Manafort 'Very Sad'

Trump: Trial of Former Aide Manafort 'Very Sad' Kevin Downing, left, and Thomas Zehnle, with the defense team for Paul Manafort, leave federal court during the second day of jury deliberations in the trial of the former Trump campaign chairman, in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 17, 2018. As a jury deliberates a second day on a verdict in the trial of U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump said the trial was "sad." "I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what's going on there," Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. "He worked for me for a very short period of time," Trump said, adding, "but you know what? He happens to be a very good person. And I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort." The six-man, six-woman jury met for about seven hours Thursday in a Virginia courthouse, during which they asked the judge four questions, including clarification of the meaning of "reasonable dou..

Grassroots Movements Now Built With Digital Tools

Grassroots Movements Now Built With Digital Tools

Grassroots Movements Now Built With Digital Tools LOS ANGELES — Grassroots organizing is the key to building a movement, and much of it today is done online. Connections made through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter bring supporters to rallies, and dozens of online sites help politicians and activists manage vast amounts of data, disseminate their message and connect with supporters. Several candidates in last year’s French presidential election turned to a U.S.-based company called NationBuilder for digital tools to manage their outreach. The election’s surprise winner, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, did not, but he later turned to the company to build a legislative majority in the National Assembly. His field of candidates in the legislative election in June 2017 included many political novices, but Macron gained a majority of the assembly’s 577 seats, securing 350 seats for his La Republique En Marche! party with coalition partner Mouvement Democrate. “Macron ended u..

John Brennan Accuses Trump of Trying to Silence Those Who Challenge Him

John Brennan Accuses Trump of Trying to Silence Those Who Challenge Him

Former CIA Director John Brennan is accusing President Donald Trump of trying to silence him over his allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The White House revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, arguing that the former spy chief's remarks exhibited what it called "erratic conduct." White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.

Attorney General Sessions’ Order to Speed Immigration Cases

Attorney General Sessions’ Order to Speed Immigration Cases

Attorney General Sessions’ Order to Speed Immigration Cases Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice, July 30, 2018. WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order Thursday seeking to speed up the handling of deportation cases, telling immigration judges they should only issue continuances in immigrant removal proceedings for “good cause.” Sessions, in an interim decision, said immigration judges could grant motions for continuances in removal cases “only ‘for good cause shown.’” The “good-cause standard,” he noted, “limits the discretion of immigration judges and prohibits them from granting continuances for any reason or no reason at all.” Unlike the federal judiciary system, U.S. immigration courts fall under the Justice Department’s jurisdiction, and the attorney general can intervene. Sessions has been unusually active in this practice compared to his predecessors, exercising his intervention authori..

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