US will act to deny China access to Americans' data, says Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The Trump administration will take steps to ensure the Chinese government does not gain any access to the private information of American citizens through telecommunications and social media, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, when asked if the US was planning to ban Chinese-owned app TikTok. Pompeo also praised US technology giants Google, Twitter […]

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Facebook takes down accounts and pages of Trump ally Roger Stone

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Facebook on Wednesday (July 8) removed 50 personal and professional pages connected to US President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone, who is due to report to prison next week. The social media platform said Stone and his associates, including a prominent supporter of the right-wing Proud Boys group in Stone’s home state of Florida, had used […]

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Mexican president meets Trump for first time with business on the menu

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met his US counterpart Donald Trump for the first time on Wednesday (July 8), in a potentially tricky encounter that may broach tensions over Mexico’s treatment of US energy sector investors. The leftist leader has brushed off criticism at home to push ahead with plans to meet Trump, a Republican widely […]

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Lt-Col Alexander Vindman retiring from Army, alleges 'bullying' by Trump

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Former White House aide Alexander Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, said on Wednesday (July 8) he was retiring from the Army after suffering what his attorney described as campaign of “bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” by the president. Vindman, an Army lieutenant-colonel who had been due for a promotion, provided some of […]

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Facebook decisions were 'setbacks for civil rights,' audit finds

SAN FRANCISCO (NYTIMES) – Facebook has not done enough to fight discrimination on its platform and has made some decisions that were “significant setbacks for civil rights,” according to a new independent audit of the company’s policies and practices. In a 100-page prepublication report, which was obtained by The New York Times, the social network was repeatedly faulted for not […]

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US probing allegations TikTok violated children's privacy: Sources

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Justice Department are looking into allegations that popular app TikTok failed to live up to a 2019 agreement aimed at protecting children’s privacy, according to two people interviewed by the agencies. The development is the latest bump in the road for the short video company, which is popular with […]

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Trump a narcissist shaped by bullying father, says niece in memoir

NEW YORK (AFP) – Donald Trump’s niece describes the US president as a lying narcissist who was shaped by his domineering father, according to excerpts of her eagerly anticipated memoir carried in US media on Tuesday (July 7). Mary Trump’s Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man is due out next week amid […]

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