The secretary of state’s office said it expected that its own reporting of election results would be behind.
The Associated Press and all the major news outlets called the presidential race in Michigan for former Vice President Wednesday afternoon. By AP’s total electoral vote count, it put Biden six votes shy of the 270 needed to defeat President Donald Trump.
But some people looking at the Michigan secretary of state’s website, which updates election results, noted that it still said Trump was leading Biden by more than 3.5% Wednesday night with 81 of 83 counties reporting. But news outlets, including AP, had a higher total vote count reported and with Biden holding a 2% lead.
The secretary of state’s office said it expected that its own reporting would be behind and advised the public and the media ahead of time to check county election websites for the most updated information.
“Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices” by tech giants Google and Facebookhave suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
The report, echoing a landmark antitrust suit filed last week against Google by the Justice Department, concludes that Google and Facebook have used their sheer heft to dominate the digital advertising market, to the detriment of local media outlets and an informed public.
“These trillion-dollar companies scrape local news content and data for their own sites and leverage their market dominance to force local news to accept little to nothing for their intellectual property,” the report claims. “There is a clear need for Congress to address the market failures created by the search and social-media platforms.”
The report from the Commerce Committee’s Democratic minority recommends
When Facebook tweaked its newsfeed algorithm in 2017 to reduce the visibility of political news, the company’s engineers intentionally designed the system to disproportionately impact left-leaning outlets, effectively choking off their traffic in the process.
According to a Wall Street Journal report this week, Facebook bigwigs at the time were concerned about how these changes would affect right-leaning news outlets and wanted to avoid adding fuel to critics’ argument that the platform has an anti-conservative bias. However, in its attempt to appear unbiased, the company evidently overcorrected (which it has a history of doing). Facebook’s engineers overhauled the update to affect left-leaning sites more than previously planned, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself OK’d the redesign, sources told the Journal. The changes weren’t aimed at any particular outlet, the company later said.
“We did not make changes with the intent of impacting