2020 Election

Facebook and Instagram notifications warn US users there’s no winner yet in presidential election

Facebook and Instagram are running notifications in their respective apps informing U.S. users that the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election has not yet been determined. In large pop-ups appe

Shares of Uber, Lyft soar on expected passage of California gig-labor ballot measure

Shares of American ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft are sharply higher in pre-market trading this morning on the expected passage of Proposition 22, a California ballot measure that allows tech-enabl

CA ballot measure that keeps gig workers as independent contractors passes

Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash — the major backers of California’s Proposition 22 — are getting their way. The proposition, which will keep gig workers classified as independent

Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election

With key wins notched in a few states, Trump didn’t quite declare victory prematurely on social media as platforms had feared — but he did baselessly raise the specter of voter fraud. “W

A QAnon supporter is headed to Congress

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s win in a Georgia House race means that QAnon is headed to Capitol Hill. Greene openly supports the complex, outlandish conspiracy theory, which posits that President Tru

‘Stay home’ robocalls on Election Day prompt warnings, investigation

A scourge of robocalls urging Americans to “stay safe and stay home” has gotten the attention of the FBI and the New York attorney general over concerns of voter suppression. The brief mes

After getting the date wrong earlier, Siri now knows today is Election Day

Listen chief, it’s Election Day in the United States. You know that, I know that. Everyone knows that — and in the off-chance anyone wasn’t clued in to the fact, the last few weeks have offered

Hulu tests its social viewing feature, Watch Party, with election news live streams

Hulu is bringing its Watch Party social viewing feature to its livestreamed election news coverage, provided via its existing partnership with ABC News Live. The company announced today it will allow

VC Seth Bannon on how a Biden administration could best support climate startups

It’s too soon to know who will win the U.S. election tomorrow. Tomorrow may even be too soon to know who wins the election. But it’s always a good time to talk with investors about how the

Twitter hides Trump tweet attacking Supreme Court’s decision on Pennsylvania ballots

In an election eve preview of what to expect in the coming days, President Trump pushed the limits on Twitter’s election-specific policies Monday night. In a tweet, Trump railed against the Supr

What social networks have learned since the 2016 election

On the eve on the 2020 U.S. election, tensions are running high. The good news? 2020 isn’t 2016. Social networks are way better prepared to handle a wide array of complex, dangerous or otherwise

YC-backed nonprofit VotingWorks wants to rebuild trust in election systems through open source

I know it will come as a shock to you as a reader of the news, but there is an election this week. Well, tomorrow actually. It’s the rare election where the logistics of the election itself seem to

Haystack News adds 16 live news channels ahead of Election Day

Ad-supported streaming news platform Haystack News is announcing a significant expansion ahead of U.S. Election Day. The company this morning introduced 16 24/7 live-streaming news channels, including

Twitter explains how it will handle misleading tweets about the US election results

Twitter recently updated its policies in advance of the U.S. elections to include specific rules that detailed how it would handle tweets making claims about election results before they were official

Facebook hits pause on algorithmic recommendations for political and social issue groups

With just days to go before the U.S. election, Facebook quietly suspended one of its most worrisome features. During Wednesday’s Senate hearing, Senator Ed Markey asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerb

Dear Sophie: Would a Trump win abolish the H-1B visa lottery?

Proposed changes to the H-1B lottery are expected to be published in the Federal Register next week and DHS will accept comments from the public on this proposal for 30 days after that.

NowThis partners with Calm to offer a soothing Election Day live stream

Mobile news organization NowThis is announcing a bit of counter-programming for next week’s presidential election — it’s partnering with meditation app Calm to create a live stream for a

Trump hints at stopping ‘powerful’ big tech in latest ‘get out the vote’ tweet

If there was any doubt that yesterday’s flogging of big tech CEOs by Senate Republicans was anything other than an electioneering stunt, President Trump has thumped the point home by tweeting a

TikTok to add Election Day resources, live results from AP to its election guide

TikTok announced this morning it will expand the set of resources provided in its in-app election guide in the U.S. to include direct access to sites that help users get information about polling loca

Twitter starts showing all US users election misinformation warnings

Starting today, Twitter users in the U.S. will see two large notices at the top of their feeds that aim to “preemptively debunk” misinformation related to voting. The striking messages are
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