Apr 10, 2018

Twitter follows Facebook in backing online ads bill

Twitter has been under pressure to back the bill. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Twitter said Monday it is backing a bill to require more disclosures around online political ads, after facing pressure following Facebook's endorsement.

The bigger picture: The endorsements show the web companies still dealing with the fallout of manipulation of their platforms during the 2016 elections are becoming increasingly willing to work with policymakers on new rules.

  • The bill hasn't gained much momentum since being introduced last fall, so it's unlikely to pass anytime soon.
  • Google has not yet endorsed the bill, despite pressure from Sens. Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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