Instagram vows to fight misinformation but allows deepfakes. Let’s examine this contradiction

A young woman looks at the Instagram profile of user Amalie Lee on the display of a smartphone in Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 2, 2016. Lee, who suffers from an eating disorder, uses Instagram to document her road to recovery. Monika Skolimowska, dpa via Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Do social media platforms have a responsibility to fight misinformation? The question has been fiercely debated since the 2016 elections, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has clearly stated many times that he was working to address the problem. But manipulated or altered video footage — sometimes referred to …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News       

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Democrats hope Mueller testimony will have ‘profound impact’

FILE – In this March 24, 2019 photo, then-special counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House, after attending St. John’s Episcopal Church for morning services, in Washington. Mueller will testify publicly before House panels on July 17 after being subpoenaed. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) Cliff Owen WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he expects special counsel Robert Mueller to have “a profound impact” when he testifies before Congress on July 17, even though Mueller has said he won’t provide any new information. Mueller’s unusual back-to-back testimony in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News       

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Democratic debates tonight: How to watch, when it starts, who is debating and some reading advice

The Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is shown, Friday, June 21, 2019, in Miami. The Democratic Party presidential debates are scheduled to take place June 26 and 27, with 10 candidates competing each night. Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — The Democratic debates will kick off Wednesday night and continue on Thursday night with back-to-back nights of political sparring. Here’s a quick guide of what you need to know about the debates, including how to watch and stream. Where are the Democratic debates? The Democratic debates will take …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News… Read More

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The Making of a Russian Spy

TALLINN, Estonia—Deniss Metsavas was visiting his relatives in Russia in the summer of 2007 when the incident occurred. While out with his cousin at a nightclub in Smolensk, Metsavas struck up a conversation with an attractive woman he hadn’t met before. They hit it off and spent the night flirting and dancing before retiring to a sauna in the early hours of the morning. Though saunas in much of Russia are bathhouses where men drink vodka and are flagellated with oak leaves, this one was a sex motel. He and the woman slept together there, but feeling awkward about what was inevitably going to be a one-night stand, Metsavas went… Read More

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Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in Dem debates

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., holds a town hall on the Florida International University campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. (Jennifer King/Miami Herald via AP) Jennifer King Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a town hall on the Florida International University campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. (Jennifer King/Miami Herald via AP) Jennifer King Democratic presidential candidate New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker addresses the South Carolina Democratic Convention, Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Columbia, S.C.. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard) …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News       

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Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in the debates

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., holds a town hall on the Florida International University campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. (Jennifer King/Miami Herald via AP) Jennifer King Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a town hall on the Florida International University campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Miami. (Jennifer King/Miami Herald via AP) Jennifer King Democratic presidential candidate New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker addresses the South Carolina Democratic Convention, Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Columbia, S.C.. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard) …read more Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News       

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The Shaky Underpinnings of Trumpian Diplomacy

When he ran for president, Donald Trump said he wasn’t going to telegraph his moves to America’s adversaries. He’s been doing just that. He said he wouldn’t draw “red lines” and then ignore them. That’s happening, too. He vowed the United States on his watch would be a military colossus so feared that “nobody’s going to mess with us.” People are messing with us. Trump leaves for Japan on Wednesday for a series of meetings where he’ll try to make headway on foreign policy goals at the core of his presidency: Ending the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, dealing with Iran, and settling a persistent trade dispute with China.… Read More

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