Watch: China unveils the world’s first A.I. news anchor

China's state-run news agency and the search engine company Sogou have developed an artificially intelligent news anchor that can read the news "tirelessly" 24 hours a day.

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  • The A.I. anchor was based off of a real-life anchor and is able to read any text it's given.
  • It looks realistic, but its movements are slightly awkward while speaking.
  • The developers suggest the technology could someday be used for other purposes besides journalism.
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Why allowing governments to single out reporters sets a dangerous precedent

New York Times reporter Melissa Chan outlined in a Twitter thread how authoritarian governments strategically destroy the reputations of journalists they dislike.

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  • CNN reporter Jim Acosta has frequently locked horns with President Donald Trump during press briefings.
  • On Wednesday, Acosta and Trump had a standoff that ended with the White House revoking the reporter's press badge.
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a tweet saying Acosta had placed his hands on an intern who tried to take the microphone away from him, a claim which many rebuked.
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Fox scolds Sean Hannity for taking stage at Trump rally

Sean Hannity took the stage at a rally for President Donald Trump Monday night and delivered a short, supportive speech.

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  • Fox News says it doesn't condone "any talent participating in campaign events."
  • It's not the first time Hannity has been rebuked by network executives for his political activism.
  • Still, it's not clear whether the network plans to penalize Hannity, partly because he's the most-watched host in cable news.
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Facebook removes Proud Boys pages for "hate speech"

Several members of the far-right group were recently arrested after getting into a fight with protesters in New York City.

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  • The Proud Boys is a far-right group of "Western chauvinists" that have been linked to multiple instances of politically motivated violence, including clashes with the leftist group Antifa.
  • Facebook suggested the pages trafficked in "organized hate speech."
  • The bans come several months after multiple media platforms removed pages belonging to Alex Jones, another popular far-right figure.
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  • CNN was evacuated live on air.
  • The targets of the bomb threats are frequently attacked by some in our political landscape.
  • It's unknown how many more suspicious packages are in the mail.
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