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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesNew York state’s top prosecutor has launched an investigation into the role social media companies played in Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo.The inquiry will look at the extent that social platforms were “used to stream, promote, or plan the event”, the attorney general’s office said. The state’s governor has argued tech firms share some blame for the attack. Critics say the companies were too slow to remove the alleged gunman’s violent posts. Announcing the investigation on Wednesday, Attorney General Letitia James said: “The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and…

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“Today, given the urgency of the crisis, we’re announcing another $215 million in new emergency food assistance, and we’ll do much more,” Blinken said at the United Nations during a ministerial meeting on global food security. “We expect our Congress very soon to approve approximately $5.5 billion in additional funding for humanitarian assistance and food security.”Blinken also said that the US would be committing $500 million to boost US production of fertilizer. The new assistance comes as there is an increased need for fertilizer in countries that typically got it from Russia, which is the world’s largest exporter of fertilizer.…

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The probe, disclosed Wednesday by James’ office, focuses on the livestreaming platform Twitch, the messaging service Discord and the websites 4chan and 8chan (now known as 8kun). Other unnamed companies could also be drawn into the investigation, James said. The investigation is expected to focus on companies that “the Buffalo shooter used to plan, promote, and stream his terror attack,” James announced in a tweet. News of the investigation further heightens scrutiny surrounding tech platforms and their handling of the Buffalo shooting suspect’s racist, violent online content, including a 180-page document that has been attributed to the suspect.Prior to opening fire at a supermarket in a predominantly Black area in Buffalo, the suspect appears to have hinted at his plans on 4chan and to have created a private chat room on Discord. The suspect also attempted to livestream the shooting on Twitch, which was removed in less than two minutes but continued to spread on other large platforms. Discord told CNN in a statement it plans to cooperate with the probe. Amazon-owned Twitch and 4chan and 8chan didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Results of the inquiry will be sent to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who directed James to begin the investigation, Hochul said Wednesday. “These social media platforms have to take responsibility,” Hochul said. “They must be more vigilant in monitoring the content and they must be held accountable for favoring engagement over public safety.” In a letter to James dated Wednesday, Hochul called for the investigation to determine “whether specific companies have civil or criminal liability for their role in promoting, facilitating, or providing a platform to plan and promote violence.” Multiple experts on the First Amendment and platform liability have said it would not have been illegal for the Buffalo shooting suspect to livestream his video online. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, along with the First Amendment, also shield social media and tech platforms from liability for most user-generated content, though a Texas state law currently before the Supreme Court purports to restrict how platforms can moderate content.

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CNN — President Joe Biden will meet with Democratic senators at the White House Wednesday afternoon to discuss the issue of student loan debt, a source familiar with the meeting said. The President is expected to huddle with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Schumer and Warren were seen arriving at the White House Wednesday afternoon. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre earlier Wednesday said Biden has not made a decision about student debt forgiveness but noted the President “values” the perspectives of senators working on…

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The Football Association is investigating a video on social media which it is claimed shows Sheffield United’s Oli McBurnie stamp on a fan during a fracas.It is not clear if McBurnie makes contact with anyone and the circumstances are unknown.A Twitter user said McBurnie, who is injured, looked “more like he was trying to step over him with one bad leg”, to which he replied “100%”.The Blades have declined to comment.The incident occurred after fans invaded the pitch following the Blades’ Championship play-off semi-final second leg defeat at Nottingham Forest.Scottish striker McBurnie, 25, missed the game with a foot injury…

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If a Trump-backed candidate wins, it’s presented as a “big win” for the former President. That’s how many viewed J.D. Vance’s victory in the GOP Senate primary in Ohio. If a Trump-backed candidate loses, on the other hand, it’s seen as a stinging rebuke. But the results so far actually reveal a different story — and suggest it’s time to stop viewing Trump as a bellwether of all things about the GOP. Trump’s endorsement certainly gave Vance’s then-flagging campaign a boost — as did millions in outside spending by Peter Thiel — but if you look past the reporting and…

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The pay proposal they rejected included a massive $52.6 million retention bonus as part of Dimon’s 2021 compensation package, just months after the bank’s board approved the incentive. With the bonus, Dimon’s total compensation was $84.4 million in 2021, up from $31.7 million in 2020. But Dimon may yet get that payout. The compensation package is for 2021 and results of the “say on pay” votes are non-binding. Still, this is an embarrassing blow to the bank, not to mention Dimon himself, and JPMorgan’s board said it takes investor feedback “seriously.” The new compensation package was designed to keep Dimon…

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Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: Copyright 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc.2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P…

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