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Google chief denies political bias claims

Image caption Google collects “mountains” of data about users, said US politicians Google chief Sundar Pichai has faced accusations of political bias from US politicians. Mr Pichai was being quizzed by members of the House Judiciary Committee about the way his tech firm runs it business. Google was accused of having “programmed” bias against conservative views into its algorithms. Mr Pichai denied the accusation saying he had “issues” with studies that claimed to show the firm’s search results excluded right-wing views. Privacy protection Republican committee member Lamar Smith said conservative…

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Canadian PM: no political interference in Huawei arrest decision

FILE PHOTO – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese technology giant Huawei, who was detained at Vancouver airport. Trudeau said Ottawa had been given a few days’ advance notice about the plan to arrest Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the United States. He declined to give…

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Huawei arrest: Justin Trudeau denies political motivation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of the company’s founder Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Meng Wanzhou was detained at Vancouver airport on Saturday on an extradition request from the US. China has demanded her release, and called the arrest a human rights violation. The charges remain unknown but the US has been probing Huawei over possible violation of Iran sanctions. Huawei said it was “not aware of…

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Facebook to check Indian political ads in build-up to vote

A Facebook logo is pictured at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebook will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuse of the system in the build-up to national elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook Inc – under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal – said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, show a disclaimer on all political ads giving…

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Facebook’s UK political ad rules kick in

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has started to enforce its tighter political advertising rules in the UK. The new rules were supposed to take effect on 7 November, but were delayed when journalists and researchers exposed flaws in the new system. Anybody placing political ads on Facebook must now verify their identity and location and prove who is paying for the advertisement. The changes have been made following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Political advertisements relating to candidates, elections, referenda and political causes are all affected by the new rules.…

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Manfred says MLB will change protocols for political donations

FILE PHOTO: Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, takes part in the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday said the league will change its protocols on political donations moving forward in the wake of its financial support of a controversial candidate in Mississippi. Manfred, speaking at an event in Manhattan, vowed changes after the league made a $10K contribution to Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, who recently made controversial public comments about attending…

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Hats, jewellery, coffee: The odd ads popping up on Facebook’s ‘political’ list

Image copyright Facebook Image caption At least 26 commercial adverts – like this one for a line of hats – have been spotted in Facebook’s library for political ads Dozens of adverts for hats, jewellery, clothing and other things with no apparent political message whatsoever have been added to Facebook’s new library of UK political ads. Last month, Facebook announced the creation of a database that lists UK political adverts on the platform along with the names of the people who paid for them. At the moment, inclusion in the…

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Brexit: What’s in the political declaration?

Image copyright Getty Images The draft political declaration on the future relationship between the EU and the UK, after Brexit, is out. Theresa May describes it as the right deal for the UK. A few points to remember… This is not a legally binding document. It’s not very long either, but it has grown from last week’s seven-page outline to 26 pages. It sits alongside the 585-page Draft Withdrawal Agreement (which will be legally binding if it gets ratified). This is also a draft, agreed by negotiators, but it still…

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Biden’s adopted new dog – and other political pets

Image copyright Delaware Humane Association Image caption Joe Biden adopted his new dog, Major, from the Delaware Humane Association Former US vice-president Joe Biden has adopted a dog from a shelter in the state of Delaware. The Bidens have been fostering Major the German Shepherd and are now giving him a permanent home, the Delaware Humane Association said. The association posted photos of the adoption on social media. Mr Biden has adopted dogs before – in 2008 he adopted a puppy called Champ after being promised a dog by his…

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Brexit: No deal threat is a ‘political hoax’ says Starmer

Image copyright AFP Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has said the government’s threat of leaving the EU without a deal is a “political hoax”. He said Parliament must “take back control” instead if the government’s plan is rejected by MPs. “There is no duty on MPs to surrender to a bad deal,” he writes in the Sunday Times. A Downing Street source said the government aimed to secure an agreement with the EU soon, but not at any cost. ‘Historic mistake’ Any deal reached between the government and…

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