Freedom of Speech

This screen grab from the website deny.smartpb.net and provided by Censored Planet, a lab at the University of Michigan, shows the website is blocked in Russia. A study by University of Michigan researchers shows Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive. The website address “deny.smartpb.net” translated to English states, “We apologize, but this resource is blocked by decision of state authorities.” The provider includes an ad for wireless television and 30-days free as a gift. (Censored Planet via AP)
November 06, 2019 - 1:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by University of Michigan...
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during the House Oversight subcommittee hearing on deportation of critically ill children at Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
November 04, 2019 - 11:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday she is sorry for blocking a former Brooklyn elected official from her Twitter account after he was critical of her. In a statement, the Democrat said she had reconsidered her decision, as part of the settlement of a federal lawsuit that Dov...
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October 30, 2019 - 3:18 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages. Facebook has taken fire since it disclosed earlier in October that it will not fact-check ads...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. He was 82. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston File)
October 28, 2019 - 4:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — John Walker, an Arkansas lawmaker and civil rights attorney who represented black students in a long-running court fight over the desegregation of Little Rock area schools, has died. He was 82. The Pulaski County coroner said Walker died at his Little Rock home Monday...
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October 28, 2019 - 2:46 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston College student who had "complete and total control" over her boyfriend has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge for encouraging him to take his own life, Boston's top prosecutor said Monday. Inyoung You, 21, was "physically, verbally and psychologically...
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Senior Thai Commerce Ministry Keerati Rushchano talks to the media after a press conference at the Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, in Nonthaburi province. Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Thai officials have said that plans by the United States to end preferential trade privileges on a range of imports from Thailand were not unexpected, and would seek talks with Washington on the matter. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 28, 2019 - 6:35 am
NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — Thailand plans to seek talks with the United States on a decision to end preferential trade privileges on a range of Thai exports including seafood, officials said Monday. Keerati Rushchano, acting director-general of the Commerce Ministry's Foreign Trade Department,...
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October 24, 2019 - 8:47 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A group of 30 fans at the Houston Rockets' season opener against Milwaukee held signs and wore shirts in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday night. Houston general manager Daryl Morey angered China with a since-deleted tweet in support of the protesters...
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FILE - This Dec. 9, 2018 file photo shows CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker at the 12th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in New York. Zucker says Facebook’s policy not to monitor political ads for truth-telling is ludicrous and advised the social media giant to sit out the 2020 election until it can figure out something better. His network recently rejected two ads that President Donald Trump’s campaign sought to air, saying they repeated allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden that had been proven false. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
October 24, 2019 - 6:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Facebook's policy not to monitor political ads for truth-telling is ludicrous and advised the social media giant to sit out the 2020 election until it can figure out something better. Zucker, in an appearance Thursday at a conference sponsored by his own...
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October 24, 2019 - 4:57 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's governor said Thursday that the state has agreed not to enforce aspects of laws that critics say were meant to suppress expected protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, under a settlement with a group that challenged the laws as unconstitutional...
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens to a question during a round table discussion at a campaign stop, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
October 24, 2019 - 1:07 pm
NASHUA, New Hampshire (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that he believes Facebook's policy to not filter out phony political ads is "a mistake" and that breaking up big tech companies should be "on the table." The social media giant has "a responsibility to pull...
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