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Facebook tightens content-flagging

Facebook will "much more aggressively" label posts meant to manipulate or mislead U.S. voters in the lead-up to November's presidential election, said Nick Clegg, a top company official.

"We're now going to do this much more forcefully between now and November the 3rd," Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications, said Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources."

Facebook's stepped-up efforts at content-flagging are being done in conjunction with the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

The social network last week announced new policies to combat misinformation and voter suppression, including a ban on new political ads on its platform in the week before Election Day, and removal of posts that claim people will contract the novel coronavirus if they take part in voting.

In a year when increased mail voting could delay the results of some contests, the company also said it will add labels to posts from politicians who try to claim victory before official outcomes are known.

Molotov cocktails fuel Portland fire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches against police violence and racial injustice Saturday night in Portland as often violent nightly demonstrations that have happened since the death of George Floyd showed no signs of ceasing.

Molotov cocktails thrown in the street during a march sparked a large fire and prompted police to declare a riot. Video posted online appeared to show tear gas being deployed to clear protesters from what police said was an unpermitted demonstration.

Police confirmed that tear gas was deployed to defend themselves and said 59 people were arrested, ranging in age from 15 to 50. At least one community member was injured, authorities said.

People were "engaging in tumultuous and violent conduct thereby intentionally or recklessly creating a grave risk of causing public alarm," the department tweeted. "Fire bombs were thrown at officers."

A sergeant was struck by a commercial grade firework, which burned through his glove and injured his hand, and several officers and state troopers were hit by rocks, police said.

Protesters, most wearing black, had gathered around sunset Saturday at a grassy park in the city. Wooden shields were placed on the grass for protesters to use as protection.

Tribe seeks inquiry in Fort Hood deaths

DALLAS -- The Navajo Nation has joined calls for an accounting of the deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the latest soldier from the U.S. Army post to die this year.

Pvt. Corlton Chee, a 25-year-old soldier from Pinehill, N.M., died Wednesday after he collapsed following a physical fitness training exercise five days earlier, according to officials at the central Texas post. He was the 28th soldier from Fort Hood to die this year, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

The Navajo Nation Council praised Chee in a statement Friday and urged the Army to thoroughly investigate his and the other soldiers' deaths.

"We are deeply disturbed by the string of deaths at Fort Hood, and if there is any malfeasance or negligence involved, the Navajo Nation calls on our national leaders to pursue every available avenue to protect the lives of our Navajo warriors and those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces," Speaker of the Council Seth Damon said.

Army officials have said Chee's death is being investigated.

Florida protesters released from jail

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- More than a dozen demonstrators were released from jail in Florida's capital city Sunday, hours after being arrested during a protest over the exoneration of police by a grand jury in the deaths of three Black suspects in separate incidents earlier this year.

Saturday's protest drew an unusually high number of law enforcement officers clad in riot gear, despite months of mostly peaceful demonstrations by groups bringing attention to the use of deadly force by police, particularly against Black people.

"It was like stormtroopers rushing across the street. I was in disbelief of what I was seeing," said Trish Brown, a founder of the Tallahassee Community Action Committee and among the first to be arrested Saturday.

Police said protest organizers did not have permits for a Saturday afternoon march that drew dozens and that turned raucous after police began arresting demonstrators near the state Capitol.

Police said they arrested 15 people, although organizers said it was actually 14. Leon County jail records showed most were taken into custody for resisting officers and assembling unlawfully. Nearly all were released from custody after posting bond.

Tallahassee police did not immediately respond to phone calls requesting comment. Mayor John Dailey also could not be reached.

-- Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports


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