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CBS News 24 Sep 2020

Current state of technology and social media in the U.S


Facebook announced the removal of hundreds of Russian-linked accounts, pages and groups. The Justice Department is trying to force big tech to take responsibility for content on their platforms, while the U.S. government and TikTok remain at odds. Top app makers are rallying against Apple & Google app stores, and Apple is touting new COVID-19 features across all devices. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss all things tech in the U.S.

In US presidential elections, the vote in certain states is predictable. But in others - known as swing states  - there can be surprises. Our correspondents Jessica Le Masurier and Céline Bruneau travelled to the key battleground states of Minnesota and Wisconsin to see whether voters in America's heartland will choose Donald Trump or Joe Biden as their next president.
Presidential campaign ads on TV and social media target voters with different messages designed for different media platforms. VOA's Steve Redisch explains the messaging campaign.
Stephen A. Smith admits to avoiding social media after the Dallas Cowboys pulled off a comeback against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.
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The coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on the often difficult relationship between Science and Politics. In the scientific world researchers tread a slow and methodical path in the search for truth.
But for some politicians, the rush to deliver quick and easy answers to complex questions has made scientific research a political football. Researchers are still learning about the virus, trying to understand how it behaves, and devising strategies to fight it. They need politicians to turn their findings into public policy. But that collaboration is often far from straightforward. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the number of coronavirus infections could rise to almost twenty thousand a day by Christmas if the current trend continues. She says the priority must be to bring numbers down - while keeping the economy alive. Throughout the pandemic, she's been shaping her policies around the latest advice from Germany's scientists and researchers. Among the experts that have her ear is the country's most well-known virologist Christian Drosten. As Germany and the world prepare for a likely second major wave of new COVID-19 infections in the coming months, now more than ever politics and science need to work hand in hand.

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