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Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming US elections

MENLO PARK, Calif: Facebook will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s US midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service. The world’s largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something that Facebook has shied away from as it would likely increase its expenses and leave it…

China denies meddling in US elections, demands ‘respect’

BEIJING: China on Wednesday called on the United States to show "respect" in their trade spat and refuted President Donald Trump's claims that it was meddling in the US midterm elections by taking aim at his political base. The comments follow a combative series of tweets claiming Beijing's retaliatory import duties on US goods were seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections due in November, where Trump's Republicans fear losing control of Congress. But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng…

Trump accuses China of trying to ‘impact’ US election with trade war

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused China of seeking to influence upcoming US elections by taking aim at his political support base in the countries' escalating trade war. “China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me,” Trump tweeted. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1042033116695670786…

Majority of divisive Facebook ads bought by ‘suspicious groups’

WASHINGTON: Most of the political ads about divisive issues that ran on Facebook before the 2016 U.S. presidential election were sponsored by “suspicious groups” with no publicly available information about them, according to a study released on Monday and based on a database of five million ads on Facebook. One in six of those groups was linked to Russia, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study here, and the identities of the rest of the 122 groups that are labeled "suspicious" are still unknown, an…

Dutch spies watched as Russians hacked US Democrats: report

THE HAGUE: Dutch intelligence services have provided "crucial evidence" to US counterparts about Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, Dutch media reported Friday. After penetrating the network of Russian hackers known as Cozy Bear, the Dutch agents alerted US spy chiefs as they watched the Russians transfer "thousands" of Democratic Party emails ahead of the presidential vote. The Dutch national intelligence service (AIVD) had been watching the notorious group since 2014, according to the respected Volkskrant daily,…

Russian computer scientist suspected of ‘rigging’ US elections arrested

MOSCOW: The wife of a Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain has reportedly been told by police he is being held over a computer virus linked to Donald Trump's US election victory. The man was picked up at Barcelona airport on Friday "by officers of the police technological investigation unit following an international complaint" a Spanish police spokesman told AFP adding that he had later been transferred to Madrid. The detained man's wife, Maria Levachova, told the television channel Russia Today that her…

Hamza Ali Abbasi has just one word to say to US over Trump victory

So Donald Trump emerged victorious in the US presidential elections and a number of political commentators across the world have expressed their doubts about whether the man who has openly expressed his hate for immigrants, Muslims, Mexicans and Black Americans will prove to be a good president. Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi, who loves to voice his opinion on political matters and frequently does it on his Facebook page, however, had only one word to say to all Americans who voted for Trump. And the word was  LOL! The acronym…

Anti-Trump protests spread across US cities

WASHINGTON: Protesters burned a giant orange-haired head of Donald Trump in effigy, lit fires in the streets and blocked traffic as rage over the billionaire's election victory spilled onto the streets of major US cities. From New York to Los Angeles, thousands of people in around 10 cities rallied late Wednesday against the president-elect a day after his stunning win, some carrying signs declaiming "Not our President" and "Love trumps hate." Most of the rallies were peaceful. Outside Trump's residence in Trump…