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July 29, 2020 GMT

IN THE NEWS: U.S. OFFICIALS: RUSSIANS SPREADING DISINFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like another case of Russian influence in American affairs. U.S. officials say Russian intelligence operatives are using English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The American officials say that by using the sites, the Russians are trying to exploit a health crisis that the nation is trying to contain ahead of the presidential election in November. The officials say two Russians who have had senior roles in Moscow’s military intelligence are identified as being responsible for a disinformation campaign aimed at American and Western audiences. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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IN THE NEWS: HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE POSTS SPARK NEW BATTLE OVER ONLINE CENSORSHIP

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s been another skirmish in the battle over alleged censorship on social media — and the battleground is a drug President Donald Trump and his supporters have been touting as a treatment for the new coronavirus. Both Trump and his son Donald Jr. took to Twitter and Facebook to offer up a fresh dose of misinformation about hydroxychloroquine. The drug is approved for use to treat malaria, but Trump and his supporters insist it can successfully treat COVID-19. The new posts were quickly taken down by both Facebook and Twitter — prompting complaints by conservatives about social media sites censoring views that they disagree with.

ON THE WEB: FOUR BIG TECH CEO’S TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS TODAY

CYBERSPACE (AP) — You could call them the Mt. Rushmore of high-tech companies. And today, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple, will be testifying before lawmakers on Capitol Hill today. They are to answer for their companies’ practices as part of a House investigation into the dominance of those companies in the internet era. Their execs and their firms have transformed the way we work, play and hang out online. But they have also drawn criticism from both the left and right over free speech and allegations of commercializing users’ personal data.

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