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As coronavirus cases rise, a Miami mom struggles to keep up with distance learning

Norma Schwartz hasn't told her kids they aren't going back to the classroom this fall as their school district plans to continue with distance learning.
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Facebook yanks large QAnon conspiracy group off platform

In a statement, Facebook said it will take action against accounts and groups associated with the far-right conspiracy group QAnon.

Twitter will start labeling state-affiliated media accounts

Right now, the labels will only apply to the five countries in the United Nations Security Council: Russia, France, the U.S., China, and the U.K.
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Texas teacher plans to be ‘overly cautious’ as schools reopen

Juliana Davila, a Spanish teacher located in Texas, plans to be 'overly cautious' as students return to school during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Does Instagram Reels stand a chance against TikTok?

Instagram launched its TikTok competitor 'Reels' Wednesday, as a way for creators to make bite-size content. But will creators make the jump?

Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations

Microsoft is in talks buy the popular, fast-growing social media app TikTok after President Trump ordered ByteDance to sell its U.S. stake in the app.
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Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s misinformation and hate policies in earnings call

During Thursday's second-quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "We do not profit from misinformation or hate."
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What boycott? Facebook earnings unaffected by advertising revolt

In an earning report released Thursday, Facebook reported that it will see largely the same amount of revenue despite a public advertising boycott.
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Leading Dem says Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have ‘monopoly power’

Wednesday's hearing on antitrust issues within Big Tech was scattered, but Democrats focused in on how to end monopolizing within the industry.
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Zuckerberg slammed over coronavirus hoaxes: ‘You can’t contain deadly content’

Rep. David Cicilline accused CEO Mark Zuckerberg of allowing coronavirus hoaxes and misinformation to spread on Facebook because it's "good for business."
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Jayapal accuses Facebook of threatening to clone Instagram before buying it

In Wednesday's antitrust hearing, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled about his company's decision to acquire Instagram in 2012.

Snapchat releases its diversity report during Big Tech antitrust hearing

Snapchat released its highly anticipated diversity report Wednesday, detailing that Black and Hispanic people make up less than 5% of the company.
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YouTube is trying to crack down on QAnon videos. It’s not working

Digital Trends found that YouTube's algorithm recommends QAnon-related content, despite the company's claim that it's trying to hide the videos.
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Zuckerberg to tell Congress that Instagram, WhatsApp needed Facebook to succeed

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell Congress that Instagram and WhatsApp would not have been able to succeed without his company's resources,
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Far-right conspiracy group QAnon is surging with TikTok teens

The social media platform, popular among teens and younger generations, has seen an increase in far-right conspiracy content.
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Even Elon Musk thinks Teslas are too expensive

Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, said in an earnings call Wednesday that the company will work on making its cars more affordable.
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Elon Musk says Tesla’s new Cybertruck factory will be in Austin, Texas

The electric car company has finally announced that it is currently building its highly anticipated Cybertruck Gigafactory in Austin, Texas.
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Black creators say TikTok is still secretly blocking their content

Black creators told Digital Trends that they believe TikTok is still hiding their content, a claim the social media company denies.
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Tesla driver using Autopilot suspected of DUI after crashing into Arizona cop car

A California man using his Tesla's Autopilot self-driving system collided with an Arizona State Trooper Tuesday and is being investigated for DUI.
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Black creators urge their audiences to sustain social activism for the long term

Black creators who have long been using their platforms to speak about inequality say that it is now up to their new audiences to help sustain social activism.
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Facebook may suspend all political ads before 2020 election

The social media company is reportedly considering suspending all political advertising ahead of the presidential election this fall, according to Bloomberg.
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Amazon says TikTok hasn’t been banned from workers’ phones

Amazon said Friday that an internal email sent earlier in the day that banned TikTok on workers' devices was sent by mistake. Its app policies haven't changed.
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Twitter hints at subscription-based platform with job listing

Twitter is searching for web engineers to work on a project aimed at "building a subscription platform that can be reused by other teams in the future."
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Apple’s iCloud went down for some users on Wednesday

Apple said users were experiencing problems accessing iCloud on Wednesday. It is still unclear what caused the outage. A similar event happened last month.
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google will testify before Congress in July

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook are expected to appear before Congress in late July for an antitrust hearing -- an event that's been long in the making.
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How Elon Musk became the internet’s most loved, and hated, meme

The Tesla and SpaceX founder has been lauded by his supporters as the epitome of an innovate CEO. His critics? Not so much. That makes him the perfect meme.
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Coca Cola gives up on social media advertising entirely

Coca Cola said Friday it will take all of its advertising off of social media completely for the next 30 days, saying it will take this time to reassess.
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Verizon pulls ads from Facebook and Instagram amid growing boycott

Verizon said it would join a growing campaign of advertisers to boycott Facebook until the social media platform "create an acceptable solution."
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A Facebook advertiser boycott is gaining traction

A handful of advertisers are planning to pull ads off of Facebook after the social media platform failed to censor harmful rhetoric used by President Trump.
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Warner Bros. delays Wonder Woman 1984 and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Warner Bros. pushed back the release of Christopher Nolan's Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 as movie theaters across the country grapple with how to safely reopen.
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Biden takes aim at Facebook’s moderation policies

The campaign for Democrat Joe Biden will release a petition to its millions of supporters urging them to sign a petition aimed at Facebook's content policies.
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Amazon bans police from using facial recognition tech Rekognition for 1 year

Amazon said Wednesday that it will temporarily halt police use of its facial recognition technology. Activists have pushed Congress to regulate the technology.
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Twitter tests prompt asking you to read an article before retweeting

On Wednesday, Twitter said it will begin testing a new feature that will prompt users to read the articles they plan on sharing before tweeting out the link.
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Summer staycation: A Miami mom weighs the cost of keeping her kids cooped up

Like many parents, Norma Schwartz struggled with distance learning. But she also worries about her two elementary-age kids dependency on technology.