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Opinion: One way to stop the dangerous spread of vaccine myths

On Tuesday, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the Biden administration is reviewing whether social media companies should be held legally accountable for the spread of misinformation on their sites by changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects their ability to moderate users' content. This statement comes at a time when misinformation -- especially about Covid-19 vaccines -- is spurring both public outcry and the belief among many that social media companies should be more aggressive in their efforts to fight back.

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How to talk to insurrectionists and conspiracy theorists

A recently unclassified summary by US intelligence agencies has warned that as misinformation swirls over the November election, America could be in for more unrest and violence of the sort we saw at the US Capitol on Jan. 6. That looming danger has generated much debate about what the government and social media companies can do to mitigate this violence and the dangerous polarization that drives it.

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Opinion: What if Twitter had banned Trump sooner?

President Donald Trump's lie that he was cheated of a victory in the November election, which he peddled on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, was a driving factor in spreading misinformation on this issue. How do we know? Research released Friday found that online discussions about election fraud plunged a whopping 73% since Twitter and other social media companies banned Trump and his key allies on January 8.

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Trump using military funding as leverage in fight with tech giants

President Donald Trump's threat Tuesday to veto an annual defense bill unless Congress removes legal protections for social media companies drew swift, sharp bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who charged Trump was using leverage over the troops to settle personal scores.

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The latest Twitter hack should ring the alarm for November election

An attack on Twitter this past week exposed an alarming reality less than four months before the United States' presidential election: social media companies, the government and American citizens are all dangerously unprepared for the "black swan" events that could throw the election into chaos. On Wednesday, about 130 Twitter accounts of prominent people, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, were hacked. The hackers sent out tweets from the compromised accounts asking people for Bitcoin payments. While it was fixing the problem, Twitter temporarily suspended all verified accounts.

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Trump is at war with the truth

Fact checks are not censorship. But that's what President Donald Trump is claiming in his new assault on social media platforms: an over-reaching executive order targeting social media companies, signed shortly after Twitter applied fact checks to two of Trump's tweets.

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