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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers to Twitter CEO: Get a better system for removing threatening tweets

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers urges Twitter to do a better job of removing offensive tweets to restore the public’s trust.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


Trump says he ‘won’t let’ social media target conservatives

President Donald Trump is accusing social media companies of “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and says “we won’t let that happen.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted – as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Facing pressure, Washington state lawmaker unblocks constituents from his Facebook page

At least four Washington state lawmakers have blocked constituents or reporters from their public Facebook or Twitter pages. The ACLU has warned lawmakers that blocking someone because of an opposing …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Idaho GOP lawmaker criticized over social media post

An Idaho state representative is being criticized for what critics say was a threatening social media message directed at young students protesting the state GOP convention.


Role of social media in mountaineering mishaps growing

From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shooting threats prompt schools to weigh risks, notifications and lockdowns

Spokane Public Schools officials take every social media shooting threat seriously. But serious enough to close school or order a lockdown? That’s a tougher call.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Selfie inflicted damage? Social media’s growing role in mountaineering mishaps

From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Local government officials may be barred from blocking Twitter critics

A federal court ruling in a case involving President Donald Trump and his Twitter account could affect state and local officials throughout the country, said legal experts who study cases …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

Netflix and don’t chill: Obama deal sparks conservative boycott

Now showing on a social media screen near you, a conservative backlash against Netflix over the production deal with the Obamas it announced this week.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 in 10 online adults who’ve heard of the scandal – revelations that a data mining …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Student in Liberty School District accused of posting threatening video on Snapchat

For the second time in about a week, a minor was arrested and charged with a felony after threatening classmates over social media.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 7:09 a.m.

Paul Turner: Don’t blame me, I’m only on Twitter

Those of us who have never been on Facebook are feeling pretty smug these days.


Faith & Values: Distracted by phones and social media, our spiritual health is in free fall

“Be still!” All these years later, I still can hear my grandmother’s urgent plea: “Stevie, be still!”


Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flares

Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and …


Oregon man accused of threatening Trump will have mental exams

An Oregon man charged with making online threats to kill President Trump will undergo a mental competency evaluation before he returns to U.S. District Court in Eugene.


Police arrest Idaho man accused of posting Facebook threats

Police in Idaho Falls arrested a 26-year-old man accused of threatening violence on social media.


UK unveils new technology to fight extremist content online

The British government is unveiling new technology designed to remove extremist material from social media, amid mounting pressure on companies like Facebook and Twitter to do more to remove such …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 3:08 p.m.

Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media …


Hard-line cleric says social media fed Iran protests, unrest

A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran’s capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Trump throws full US support behind protesters in Iran

The Trump administration on Tuesday threw the weight of the U.S. government behind the protesters taking to the streets of Iran, rooting them on despite the risk of helping Iranian …


Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Twitter suspends James Allsup, WSU student and far-right provocateur

First, Twitter came for his blue verification checkmark. Now, the social media site has suspended James Allsup, saying the controversial Washington State University student violated its terms of use.


Spin Control: Clash possible over new ‘no concealed guns in Senate Gallery’ rule

Some possible issues ahead for 2018 Legislature: gun rights in the Senate Gallery, censorship of social media, better training against sexual harassment.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 10 p.m.

Juror secrets are few as lawyers mine online ‘treasure trove’

As in any U.S. trial, jurors in the case of a Turkish banker accused of laundering money for Iran will be warned to stay off social media and not to …


Venezuela assembly passes new law clamping down on media

Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a wide-reaching law Wednesday that clamps down on social media and broadcasters alike by ordering prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who …


New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users

Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.


McConnell skeptical of mandatory disclosures for online political ads

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cast doubt Saturday about the idea of enacting laws requiring disclosures for political ads on Facebook and Twitter.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

Newly disclosed Facebook ads show Russia’s cyber intrusion

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around divisive social issues.