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White House asks Silicon Valley for help to combat coronavirus, track its spread and stop misinformation

Three participants described the phone-and-video conversation on the condition of anonymity because the session was private. Most tech companies in attendance either did not respond or declined to comment. “Cutting edge technology companies and major online platforms will play a critical role in this all-hands-on-deck effort,” Michael Kratsios, the White House’s chief technology officer, said […]

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Facebook and YouTube block spread of supposed whistleblower’s name and photo. Twitter allows both.

But Twitter said it would permit such references, including posts that name the person Trump supporters say is the whistleblower and photos claiming to depict him. This split came after repeated warnings by the whistleblower’s lawyers that publicizing a name puts that person and the person’s family at risk. The lawyers sent a sharply worded […]

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Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer leave a news conference following a meeting with President Trump on Wednesday. (Alex Edelman/Bloomberg) Drew Harwell National technology reporter covering artificial intelligence May 23 at 4:14 PM Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she’s drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly […]