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September 6, 2018

IN THE NEWS: CONGRESS-SOCIAL MEDIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook and Twitter executives have assured that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their social networks against manipulation during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.

Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, testified before the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday, but there was an empty chair for Google parent company Alphabet, which refused to send its top executive.

In the afternoon, Dorsey went before a House panel alone to address Republican concerns that Twitter is censoring conservatives. Dorsey denied that is happening.

The hearings come at a critical time, just two months before the midterm elections and as President Donald Trump has charged that Twitter is biased against Republican views.

IN THE NEWS: CYBERSTALKING ARREST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former NASA contractor who allegedly threatened to publish nude photos of seven women unless they sent him other explicit pictures has been arrested at his Los Angeles home.

Richard Bauer was arrested Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Bauer contacted some victims through Facebook and got them to reveal information he could use to reset their online passwords. He allegedly got other victims to install computer malware that allowed him to obtain email and website passwords.

Bauer allegedly threatened to post nude photos he’d obtained of the victims online unless they sent more photos.

He’s facing 14 federal charges of stalking, unauthorized computer access and identity theft, which carry a possible 64-year sentence.

Bauer worked at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Southern California.

It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

ON THE WEB: WATCHING FOOTBALL ONLINE

NEW YORK (AP) — Good news for football fans: It’s going to be much easier to watch NFL games online this year.

The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription. It’s seeking to expand its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining.

The regular season starts today. There are some restrictions. Streamed games are typically only accessible via phones and tablets. To watch on a big TV, you’ll still need a cable or satellite subscription, or one through a cable-like online package such as PlayStation Vue.

Other major professional leagues still require TV subscriptions for hometown teams. A key element to getting TV networks on board: They’ll get to sell the majority of ads on the subscription-free football streams.

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