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Here’s the latest for Wednesday December 4th: Trump attending NATO Summit: Impeachment hearing in House Judiciary Committee; Two of four escaped Tennessee teens caught; Chicago police say guns sold in Facebook private groups.

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Chicago police: Facebook fuels illegal gun sales

Chicago police say suspects accused of selling illegal drugs and guns were “emboldended” by the privacy afforded to them with Facebook groups. (Dec. 3)

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The Parents Going To War With Anti-Vaxxers On Facebook

Anti-vaxx activists have used Facebook and other social platforms for years to spread misinformation about the so-called “dangers” of life-saving vaccines. But a new brand of pro-vaccination parents aren’t taking this lying down. Around the country, they’re heading to Facebook to do battle with these ideas at their source, refuting myths and spreading scientific facts in online “echo chambers.”

It’s not a fair fight. That’s because while most parents vaccinate their kids and move on, anti-vaxxers tend to be very vocal about their decision, and that plays out on Facebook.

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Protests continue in Hong Kong outside Chinese University | AFP

Demonstrations continue in Hong Kong outside of the Chinese University of Hong Kong after a police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire Monday during one of the most violent days of clashes in Hong Kong since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. IMAGES

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Calif. details probe of Facebook privacy practices

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook’s privacy practices. He said the state was now filing a lawsuit to force the company to comply with subpoenas and requests for information. (Nov. 6)

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Awake brain surgery livestreamed on Facebook

Methodist Dallas Medical Center livestreamed on Facebook a portion of awake brain surgery performed on 25-year-old Jenna Schardt to remove a mass of blood vessels in her brain that had affected Schardt’s ability to talk. (Oct. 30)

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People in Vietnam pray for 39 lorry victims in UK | AFP

Local community in Nghe An province, central Vietnam hold a mass to pray for Vietnamese people missing in the lorry incident in the UK, as well as all 39 victims. Relatives of migrants feared to be among those found dead reveal details of their last contact with their loved ones. Le Minh Tuan has not heard from his son – Le Van Ha – since a message over Facebook around a week ago.

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Zuckerberg announces Facebook ‘News Tab’

Over the course of its 15 year history, Facebook has variously ignored news organizations while eating their advertising revenue. Now it plans to pay them for news headlines — reportedly millions of dollars in some cases. (Oct. 25)

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Facebook, other tech giants beef up industry body to fight extremist content | AFP

World leaders pose for a family photo with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg ahead of a meeting at the UN aimed at ramping up an industry body to weed out extremist content online. IMAGES

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US swimmer criss-crosses English Channel in 54-hour feat | AFP

An American breast cancer survivor became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop in a 54-hour feat of endurance. Sarah Thomas, 37, an open water marathon swimmer from the US state of Colorado, can be seen in a video posted to Facebook arriving at Dover on the southern English coast with a group of supporters cheering her on.

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Facebook releases new tool to block data gathering

Soon you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet, or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. (Aug. 21)

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Facebook releases new tool to block data gathering

Soon you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. (Aug. 20)

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Skepticism over Facebook $5B privacy violations fine

Facebook users and critics expressed skepticism and disappointment over the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with the company, which includes a $5 billion fine for privacy violations and new oversight and restrictions on its business. (July 24)

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday July 24th: Mueller testifies before Congress; President Donald Trump lashes out at Mueller on day of hearing; British P.M. Boris Johnson assumes office as Britain’s new Prime Minister; FTC announces $5B fine against Facebook

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2 Officers fired for Ocasio-Cortez Facebook post

Two Louisiana police officers have been fired over a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “vile idiot” and suggesting that she be shot. (July 23)

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Senators scrutinize Facebook’s digital currency

U.S. senators from both parties opened a hearing with tough questions and criticisms of Facebook’s ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency. (July 16)

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