Facebook Bans Influential Posts, Apple Tries for a Trillion, and the French Ban Smartphones

I have been busting my ass lately, but if it’s Thursday morning it’s time for more tech news with Mark Starling and the crew at First News 570. Make sure you listen LIVE every Thursday morning at 6:43 am.

DETERMINED NOT TO REPEAT PAST MISTAKES, FACEBOOK BANS POSTS AIMED TO INTERFERE
Credited with influencing the 2016 election, Facebook is determined not to make the same mistake twice. Facebook has begun banning accounts and pages that are suspected to be influencing voter behavior. Facebook has said that it has found 17 suspected profiles on Facebook and 7 on Instagram. That may not sound like a lot, but those 17 have already filed 9500 posts. In all, 290,000 user accounts have followed these 17, and the 17 had purchased 150 ads on FB and IG. Be careful out there and always consider the source when reading your news.
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AFTER FINDING LOST SHARES OF STOCK, APPLE PUSHING TO BE WORTH 1 TRILLION
Yesterday, Apple ‘found’ 20 million shares of its own stock and restated its market valuation. Apple had listed its stock count at 20 million shares less that its current share count of 4.8 billion shares. The discovery of the missing shares pushed Apple’s market capitalization to $973 million. Apple has been buying back many of its shares, recently purchasing $43 billion in a buy back program.
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FRANCE BANS SMARTPHONES IN SCHOOLS
Sounds like a good move. On Monday, French lawmakers decided that students under the age of 15 must leave their smartphones at home or at least have them turned off in the middle of that. Dubbed a public health message, officials said that kids shouldn’t spend so much time on their phones. The law prevents the use of tablets, computers, and other-Internet connected devices as well. This was a campaign promise of French president Emmanuel Macron, and after the measure was passed he tweeted, “Commitment held.”
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