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Trump makes bizarre claim that protesters are throwing cans of Goya Foods products and Bumble Bee tuna fish

Trump makes bizarre claim that protesters are throwing cans of Goya Foods products and Bumble Bee tuna fish

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump made a bizarre claim Tuesday, without evidence, that protesters against police brutality in Minnesota and Chicago threw cans of "tuna fish and soup" at law enforcement officers.At his campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Trump alleged that protesters in Minnesota and Chicago had wielded cans, specifically the brands Goya Foods and Bumble Bee Seafoods."They go out and buy tuna fish and soup... they go out and buy Goya because...

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Trump reportedly pushed again for a cut of the TikTok deal in a call with Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

Trump reportedly pushed again for a cut of the TikTok deal in a call with Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump again made the case that the US government should receive a payout as part of a TikTok deal, this time to Oracle cofounder and chairman Larry Ellison and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon,  reported.Trump spoke with Ellison and McMillon by phone on Friday, according to Bloomberg, as he's considering whether to sign off on a deal submitted by Oracle and TikTok parent ByteDance earlier this week and on the same day the US Commerce Department...

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Obama says RBG 'fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals' and calls for the next president to fill her vacancy

Obama says RBG 'fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals' and calls for the next president to fill her vacancy

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification."Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That's how we remember her," former President Barack Obama wrote in a Friday, honoring the late Supreme Court justice, who died earlier in the day."She was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American," Obama wrote, praising her as both a "relentless...

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Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says

Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.On June 1, federal law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber pellets, and other aggressive tactics to remove protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, so President Donald Trump could have his photo taken in front of a church near the White House.Hours before that, officials were busy trying to stockpile semi-automatic rifles, thousands of rounds of munitions, and controversial crowd control technology, according to sworn testimony submitted to...

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Trump admits there's no 'legal path' for TikTok to pay the US government as part of a sale to an American company

Trump admits there's no 'legal path' for TikTok to pay the US government as part of a sale to an American company

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US government is not allowed to accept money as part of a proposed deal between TikTok and an American buyer."Amazingly, I find that you're not allowed to do that, you're not allowed to accept money," Trump told reporters during a press conference. "If they're willing to make big payments to the government they're not allowed because there's no way of doing that, there's no legal path to doing that."Trump had...

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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly working on an antitrust lawsuit that it could potentially bring against Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly working on an antitrust lawsuit that it could potentially bring against Facebook

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Officials at the Federal Trade Commission have started building a potential legal case against Facebook as part of the agency's year-long antitrust investigation into the company,  reported Tuesday.The FTC has not yet made a decision on whether it will ultimately sue Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal. Preparing legal arguments for a possible lawsuit is often part of investigations, but also signals that the agency may be nearing the end of its...

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Facebook whistleblower claims US politicians were artificially boosted by millions of fake followers and reactions during the 2018 elections

Facebook whistleblower claims US politicians were artificially boosted by millions of fake followers and reactions during the 2018 elections

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang detailed multiple examples of the company's failures to effectively deal with political misinformation around the world in a blistering memo obtained by .One of Zhang's many revelations: the scale of inauthentic activity surrounding the 2018 US elections was greater than had ."We ended up removing 10.5 million fake reactions and fans from high-profile politicians in Brazil and the U.S. in the 2018 elections – major...

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Facebook wants to know how it's shaping the 2020 elections — researchers say it's looking too late and in the wrong places

Facebook wants to know how it's shaping the 2020 elections — researchers say it's looking too late and in the wrong places

Facebook was that Cambridge Analytica was misusing data illicitly harvested from millions of Americans in an attempt to sway the 2016 US elections.It didn't pull the plug on the firm's access to user data until March 2018 after turned the breach into a global scandal.More than two years later — and barely two months before the deadline for votes to cast their ballots in the 2020 elections — Facebook has decided it wants to know more about how it impacts democracy, announcing last week that it would partner with 17 researchers to on voters' attitudes and actions.But researchers outside of...

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One of the first successful Russian-backed misinformation efforts of the 2020 election tricked Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz into helping spread false claims about Portland protesters

One of the first successful Russian-backed misinformation efforts of the 2020 election tricked Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz into helping spread false claims about Portland protesters

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Several high-profile conservatives including Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas shared Russian misinformation, the reported Tuesday.In Portland, Oregon, protests against police brutality have continued for . The protesters themselves have been largely peaceful, but have also on some occasions . In one of those instances, footage from Ruptly, the video arm of Russian state-backed media outlet Russia Today, showed some protesters using a Bible and...

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TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.TikTok surreptitiously collected information from users' Android smartphones without their consent, an apparent violation of Google's app store policies, reported Tuesday.The app logged users' MAC addresses — unique digital identifiers attached to all smartphones that cannot be reset — allowing TikTok parent company ByteDance to track people even if they changed their privacy settings to opt out of certain ad-tracking practices, The Wall Street Journal...

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Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump campaign from tweeting after it shared a video of the president spreading COVID-19 misinformation

Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump campaign from tweeting after it shared a video of the president spreading COVID-19 misinformation

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump campaign's account from tweeting on Wednesday for posting a video of the president spreading COVID-19 misinformation, a spokesperson told Business Insider.The campaign , which has since been removed, of Trump falsely claiming to Fox News that children are "almost immune" from the disease."The Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove...

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Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy

Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Twitter disclosed in a Monday that it is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission related to allegations that it violated a 2011 consent agreement  — and that it's expecting a "probable loss" of somewhere between $150 million and $250 million."Following the announcement of our Q2 financial results, we received a draft complaint from the FTC alleging violations of our 2011 consent order. Following standard accounting rules we included an estimated...

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Trump and Jared Kushner's personal banker is under review by Deutsche Bank over her purchase of a $1.5 million Manhattan apartment from a Kushner-owned company

Trump and Jared Kushner's personal banker is under review by Deutsche Bank over her purchase of a $1.5 million Manhattan apartment from a Kushner-owned company

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Deutsche Bank has launched an internal review into the personal banker for President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kusher, first reported Sunday and Business Insider confirmed.The company is looking into Rosemary Vrablic and two of her coworkers regarding a 2013 purchase of an approximately $1.5 million apartment on New York City's Park Avenue from the real estate firm Bergel 715 Associates, a company that Kushner has a financial stake in, according...

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Vice presidential contender Stacey Abrams says Trump is trying to 'steal the vote' by undermining the US Postal Service

Vice presidential contender Stacey Abrams says Trump is trying to 'steal the vote' by undermining the US Postal Service

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Stacey Abrams accused President Donald Trump of trying to indirectly rig the election by "undermining" the US Postal Service, which could play an outsize role this November as millions of Americans are forced to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic."We will not be able to effectively count the votes of every eligible American because he's doing his best to undermine our confidence in the process, but worst he's doing best to actually steal the vote...

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Peter Thiel, Trump's biggest supporter in Silicon Valley, is reportedly pumping nearly $1 million into a US Senate race in Kansas as he seeks new allies in Congress

Peter Thiel, Trump's biggest supporter in Silicon Valley, is reportedly pumping nearly $1 million into a US Senate race in Kansas as he seeks new allies in Congress

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Tech billionaire Peter Thiel has been spending big in a US Senate race in Kansas, pumping $850,000 into a super PAC called Free Forever that backs Kris Kobach for the seat, reported Tuesday.During a last fall, Thiel told attendees that he would put his money behind Kobach — a hard-line Republican who was once in the running to be President Donald Trump's immigration czar — in an effort to take on the GOP establishment candidate, according to Recode.Kobach is...

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Elon Musk says Tesla doesn't want to crush rivals, and the company is open to licensing its self-driving software and battery technology

Elon Musk says Tesla doesn't want to crush rivals, and the company is open to licensing its self-driving software and battery technology

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker is considering getting into the business of lending software and supplying hardware to its competitors, floating the idea in a ."Tesla is open to licensing software and supplying powertrains & batteries. We're just trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not crush competitors!" Musk said.—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) The comments came in response to a tweet linking to a report from about German automakers' plans to...

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Biden's campaign told staffers to delete TikTok from their personal and work phones citing security and privacy concerns

Biden's campaign told staffers to delete TikTok from their personal and work phones citing security and privacy concerns

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign told its staffers to avoid using popular social media app TikTok, Bloomberg first reported Monday and a campaign official confirmed to Business Insider. Biden's general counsel, Dana Remus, told staffers in an email that they should "refrain from downloading and using TikTok on work and personal devices," citing concerns around data privacy and security, according to Bloomberg. A campaign official told Business Insider the guidance reflects similar a recommendation from the Democratic National Committee, which along with the Republican National...

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Airbnb told employees it's resuming plans to go public as business slowly bounces back

Airbnb told employees it's resuming plans to go public as business slowly bounces back

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Despite taking a major hit to its business during the pandemic, Airbnb is once again gearing up to go public, first reported Wednesday and Business Insider confirmed."This is something I never would have imagined telling you," CEO Brian Chesky told employees, according to The Times.Airbnb has said that it intends to go public sometime "during 2020," but reported in March that the company might push its target date back to next year due to coronavirus fears...

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says ride-hailing will make up only 50% of the company's business moving forward as food delivery growth surges

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says ride-hailing will make up only 50% of the company's business moving forward as food delivery growth surges

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Uber's efforts to diversify outside of ride-hailing will continue for the foreseeable future, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told in an interview Thursday evening."I think it's going to be 50-50," Khosrowshahi said, in response to a question about how he expects Uber's business will be split moving forward between ride-hailing and other divisions like food delivery, which has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic."Our delivery business is growing at rates that,...

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Civil-rights groups are calling their meeting with Facebook execs a 'disappointment' and say the company isn't ready to address the platform's 'vitriolic hate'

Civil-rights groups are calling their meeting with Facebook execs a 'disappointment' and say the company isn't ready to address the platform's 'vitriolic hate'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook still hasn't convinced civil-rights groups that it's doing enough to combat hate speech on its platform.On Tuesday, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg; chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg; and chief product officer, Chris Cox, met with the leaders of the NAACP, Color of Change, Free Press, and the Anti-Defamation League in an attempt to address their concerns over its hate-speech policies.Following the hour-long virtual meeting, civil-rights...

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces broadened charges of conspiring with 'Anonymous' hackers in new federal grand jury indictment

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces broadened charges of conspiring with 'Anonymous' hackers in new federal grand jury indictment

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is facing a in the US that claims he conspired with hackers associated with groups including "Anonymous and "LulzSec." A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, returned the second superseding indictment against Assange on Wednesday. It doesn't add new charges but the Department of Justice in a explained their case does "broaden the scope of the conspiracy" Assange was previously charged with orchestrating."Assange and...

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Ben & Jerry's just joined the growing list of advertisers boycotting Facebook over the platform's lack of hate speech moderation

Ben & Jerry's just joined the growing list of advertisers boycotting Facebook over the platform's lack of hate speech moderation

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced in a Thursday that it will stop advertising on Facebook over concerns about the social media's role in spreading hate speech."We will pause all paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the US in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign," the company said. "Facebook, Inc. must take the clear and unequivocal actions to stop its platform from being used to spread and amplify racism and hate."The announcement comes...

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Uber and Lyft drivers are now employees under California law, according to a new ruling from regulators

Uber and Lyft drivers are now employees under California law, according to a new ruling from regulators

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The California Public Utilities Commission Tuesday that drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), which include services like Uber and Lyft, are considered employees under AB-5, the state's hotly debated new gig work law."For now, TNC drivers are presumed to be employees and the Commission must ensure that TNCs comply with those requirements that are applicable to the employees of an entity subject to the Commission's jurisdiction," wrote...

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As protests erupt across the America — including in front of the White House — Trump took time to retweet an account implying Democrats are to blame

As protests erupt across the America — including in front of the White House — Trump took time to retweet an account implying Democrats are to blame

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.As for the fourth consecutive night over the death of George Floyd on Friday evening, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to urge people in Minnesota, where Floyd was killed, to vote out Democrats."Time for a change! #2020," Trump said, the account @YoungDems4Trump, which listed the party affiliations of several Democratic elected officials in Minnesota.—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Floyd, who is black, was killed early this week after a white...

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Dr. Birx said there's 'clear scientific evidence' masks help, but she assumes Trump doesn't wear one because he's 'able to maintain' social distancing

Dr. Birx said there's 'clear scientific evidence' masks help, but she assumes Trump doesn't wear one because he's 'able to maintain' social distancing

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus task force response coordinator, reiterated the importance of wearing masks on Sunday while also suggesting that President Trump hasn't done so because he's able to socially distance in most situations."There's clear scientific evidence now by all the droplet experiments that happened and that others have done to show that a mask does prevent droplets from reaching others," Birx said of measures to protect...

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