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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.

The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” a Facebook spokesman said.

A tweet containing the video that was posted by the Trump campaign’s @TeamTrump account and shared by the president was also later hidden by Twitter Inc TWTR.R for breaking its COVID-19 misinformation rules.

A Twitter spokesman said the @TeamTrump account owner would be required to remove the tweet before they could tweet again.

YouTube, through a spokesman, said it had also pulled

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Credit Agricole seeks to reclaim technology it developed with Wirecard

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Credit Agricole is seen outside a bank office in Bordeaux, France, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

PARIS (Reuters) – French bank Credit Agricole said on Thursday it will seek to reclaim the payments technology it was working on with Wirecard as part of their partnership.

German payments firm Wirecard filed for insolvency in June, owing creditors 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion), after disclosing a 1.9 billion-euro hole in its accounts that its auditor, EY, said was the result of a sophisticated global fraud.

Wirecard and Credit Agricole Payment Services had a “strategic partnership”, aimed at facilitating online payments for merchants.

“Customers will benefit from new e-commerce payment acceptance and acquiring services, developed by Wirecard, which the two companies are jointly bringing to market,” their joint statement said last year.

A year after that, the administrator of the collapsed firm said in July some investors have

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Two U.S. senators seek ban on collecting customer biometric data without consent

FILE PHOTO: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks to reporters following leaving the Senate floor after delivering a 15 hour speech against Judge Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., U.S., April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to prohibit private companies from collecting biometric data without consumers and employees’ consent.

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon said this week he is introducing the reform measure along with independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The effort comes after growing concerns about biometric data collection among private companies, including the use of facial-recognition technology.

The senators cited a recent Reuters investigation into Rite Aid’s facial-recognition program among other reports causing alarm about the technology’s use.

“We have to fight against a ‘big brother’ surveillance state that eradicates our privacy and our control of our own information, be it a threat from the government or from

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Facebook purges ads for illegal wildlife in Southeast Asia as online trade surges

YANGON (Reuters) – An ad showing a civet cat cowering in a cage being offered for sale on Facebook was just one of hundreds that the social media giant has removed in a crackdown on Southeast Asia’s illegal wildlife trade during recent weeks.

FILE PHOTO: An undated screenshot taken by WWF of a Facebook page selling wildlife is seen written in Burmese in Myanmar, obtained August 5, 2020. Courtesy of World Wide Fund for Nature/Handout via REUTERS

“Not too wild, not too-well behaved. If interested, call…” the seller wrote on the post, using an account in Myanmar, a major source and transit point for the trade in wild animals.

Facebook has a ban on the sale of animals on its platform.

But, in the five months through May 2020, a report seen by Reuters showed World Wildlife Fund researchers had counted 2,143 wild animals from 94 species for sale on

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