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UPDATE 5-Democrats say Trump administration used misinformation to attack U.S. diplomat

UPDATE 5-Democrats say Trump administration used misinformation to attack U.S. diplomatDemocrats accused the Trump administration on Wednesday of using “propaganda and disinformation” to attack the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and demanded that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explain how the material circulated at top levels of his department. The Democrats, who are pursuing an impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, leveled the charge after State Department Inspector General Steve Linick delivered a package of documents to a hastily called hour-long briefing with staff for eight congressional committees.



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Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation: Tillerson

Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation: TillersonIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu skillfully “played” US President Donald Trump by plying him with inaccurate information, former secretary of state Rex Tillerson said. Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life after close elections, was “a bit Machiavellian” and would share “misinformation” with the United States, according to Trump’s former top diplomat. Tillerson, who was fired by Trump last year, made the observations during a forum Tuesday at Harvard University as reported by The Harvard Gazette, the university’s official news outlet.



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Mike Pence abruptly returns to White House as reports of ‘emergency’ situation spark online misinformation

Mike Pence abruptly returns to White House as reports of ‘emergency’ situation spark online misinformationVice President Mike Pence was sent back to the White House on Tuesday after originally being scheduled to attend an event on the nationwide opioid crisis in New Hampshire. The development of Mr Pence’s abrupt change in plans was initially reported by Fox News, which stated the vice president was returning to Washington due to an “emergency”. However, officials declined to publicly cite the reason for the change throughout the day, sparking confusion and apparent online misinformation. Marc Short, chief of staff to the vice president, later told reporters there was no emergency and that Mr Pence’s trip to New Hampshire would be rescheduled for a later date. “The vice president was called back to the White House but there’s no cause for alarm,” Mr Short said, adding that Mr Pence’s plane never departed from Washington. Several initial reports had suggested Air Force Two was rerouted back to Washington after having already left the capitol for the opioid event.A reporter on Fox News said the vice president was “about to land in New Hampshire” but “turned around” due to the last-minute change, while another guest on the MSNBC network echoed those claims, saying the plane had been turned around. Still, a senior official reportedly told the White House press pool — a rotating group of reporters covering the president — that “the VP had not left DC and he’s currently at the White House.”Officials also said the change had nothing to do with either Mr Pence or Donald Trump's health. Alyssa Farah, the vice president’s spokesperson, also said there was “no cause for alarm” in a tweet confirming the itinerary change. “Something came up that required the @VP to remain in Washington, DC,” she wrote. “He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon.”The roundtable discussion Mr Pence was scheduled to participate in Manchester, New Hampshire involved patients from the Granite Recovery Centre headquarters. Mr Pence was also reportedly expected to discuss illegal drug trafficking across the state.The White House did not return requests for comment.



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Beto O'Rourke campaign: Bernie Sanders' supporters fuel misinformation about Texas Democrat's record-breaking fundraising haul

Beto O'Rourke campaign: Bernie Sanders' supporters fuel misinformation about Texas Democrat's record-breaking fundraising haulBeto O’Rourke’s record-breaking fundraising haul has appeared to upset supporters of Bernie Sanders, who began spreading misinformation about how the Texas Democrat’s campaign managed to top that of the Vermont senator’s in its first 24 hours. A tweet claiming the former congressman’s 2020 campaign was part of a supposed financial kickback with the Texas Democratic Party went viral after Mr O’Rourke released his fundraising figures from his first day on the campaign trail earlier this week.



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Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccinesFacebook launched an offensive Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network. The company has faced pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles around the United States attributed to growing numbers of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for global policy management, said the social media network would reduce the distribution of false data and provide users with authoritative information about vaccinations.



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Tech giants aim to coordinate fight on misinformation: report

Tech giants aim to coordinate fight on misinformation: reportMajor technology firms including Facebook, Google and Twitter were set to meet Friday as part of an effort to coordinate the battle against misinformation campaigns by foreign agents, a media report said. The report by BuzzFeed based on a leaked email said the companies were set to meet at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. Microsoft, Snapchat and other tech firms were expected to participate in the gathering called by Facebook cybersecurity head Nathaniel Gleicher.



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Facebook stops misinformation campaigns tied to Iran, Russia

Facebook stops misinformation campaigns tied to Iran, RussiaFacebook said Tuesday it stopped stealth misinformation campaigns from Iran and Russia, shutting down accounts as part of its battle against fake news ahead of elections in the United States and elsewhere. Facebook removed more than 650 pages, groups and accounts identified as “networks of accounts misleading people about what they were doing,” according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. While the investigation was ongoing, and US law enforcement notified, content from some of the pages was traced back to Iran and from others linked to groups previously linked to Russian intelligence operations, the social network said.



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YouTube shooting: Twitter and Facebook explodes with hoaxes misinformation and hoaxes

YouTube shooting: Twitter and Facebook explodes with hoaxes misinformation and hoaxesThe YouTube shooting which left at least three injured and saw hundreds evacuate the California headquarters has sparked a slew of erroneous conspiracy theories, hoaxes and false stories on social media. Police were called after a shooter opened fire and then fatally shot herself on the video sharing platform’s Silicon Valley campus on Tuesday. The woman suspected of carrying out the shooting in the heart of America’s leading tech hub has now been named by local police as 39-year-old San Diego resident Nasim Aghdam.



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Sonoma Sheriff Battles With ICE Over Misinformation On California Wildfires

Sonoma Sheriff Battles With ICE Over Misinformation On California WildfiresAs firefighters in Northern California battle ongoing wildfires, the Sonoma County sheriff is facing a different battle: fighting misinformation about the fires.



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