Stories by Orion Rummler

In gun reform plan, Beto O'Rourke wants to hold social media liable

In this image, Beto stands at a podium outside and speaks to a crowd.
Beto O’Rourke speaks at a campaign re-launch on August 15 in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke wants to hold social media platforms liable for failing to ban "hateful activities" like harassment, white nationalism or defamation in his newly unveiled gun reform plan.

Be smart: Efforts to limit or amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — which shields platforms like Google and Facebook from legal liability for users' posts — have historically failed because of free speech protections granted by the First Amendment.

Colorado is the 10th state to join California's zero-emissions program

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Electric car charging at an eVgo charging station a California parking lot in 2018. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Colorado became the 10th state to adopt California’s Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) program this week alongside its Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards, to make electric vehicles more available in the state and improve air quality, the Colorado Sun reports.

What it means: California's requirements are stricter than federal standards, which it maintains under the Clean Air Act. The ZEV program gives rebates for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and incentives for ZEV infrastructure and aims to "reduce the emissions contributing to climate change," per the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

Dating apps used for college ID

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Tinder as displayed on a smartphone. Photo: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

Tinder and Bumble are using college students as a marketing strategy by hosting sponsored parties, recruiting college ambassadors and partnering with fraternities and sororities, the Houston Chronicle reports.

What it looks like: Students at the University of Texas create Tinder University profiles to be admitted to certain fraternity parties, regardless of relationship status. Brand ambassadors give out merchandise at popular college events and offer "safe rides" at UTA, Bumble’s chief creative marketing officer told the Chronicle.