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Twitter on Friday permanently banned former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for violating the platform's rules on hate speech, AP reports.

Why it matters: The Anti-Defamation League describes Duke as "perhaps America's most well-known racist and anti-Semite."

  • It's not immediately clear which tweets triggered Duke's account to be banned. He was banned from YouTube in June.
  • Twitter revised its code of conduct in March, prohibiting posts that promote violence or threats of violence against people based on their religion, race or ethnic origin.

The big picture: Social media companies have been under fire from big-name advertisers for not doing even to combat hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

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Nov 6, 2020 - Technology

Facebook confirms new steps to curb election misinformation

Photo illustration: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook is temporarily demoting posts containing election-related misinformation on its platforms and limiting the distribution of livestreams that may relate to the election, the company confirmed Thursday.

Why it matters: Facebook is turning on emergency measures like those used in countries where democracy is under threat as it looks to contain the spread of false claims and conspiracy theories about ballot counting.

California to pay off unpaid rent accrued during COVID-19 pandemic

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California will pay off the accumulated unpaid rent that has piled up during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The move would fulfill a promise to landlords to help them to break even, while giving renters relief, the AP writes.

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