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California Senator says Facebook should remove shoving video

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | A California state senator who was shoved by an anti-vaccine activist says Facebook is deliberately giving a platform to violence by not removing a video of the incident.

Democratic Sen. Richard Pan was walking on a street near the California Capitol on Wednesday when 54-year-old Kenneth Austin Bennett confronted him with a camera. Video of the incident later shows Bennett shoving Pan in the back.

The Sacramento Police Department confirmed it cited Bennett for misdemeanor assault and released him.

A video of the confrontation is on Facebook. Thursday, Pan stood on the Senate floor and said he had asked Facebook to remove the video, but he was told “it’s not violent enough.”

“Facebook is deliberately giving a platform to this violence, and perhaps inciting other people to do the same,” Pan said.

Representatives for Facebook did not immediately respond not a request for comment.

Facebook’s community standards on violence and criminal behavior state the company tries “to prevent potential offline harm that may be related to content on Facebook,” including removing “language that incites or facilitates serious violence.”

Earlier this year, Facebook said it was beginning to remove access to some of its fundraising tools to “pages that violate our vaccine misinformation policies.” The company said it was also blocking certain hashtags on Instagram that are known to contain health-related misinformation.

Pan, a medical doctor, has been a target of protests because he has authored several bills that seek to limit exemptions for child vaccinations. This year, he has a bill that would crack down on doctors who sell fraudulent medical exemptions.

Apple wants people to know how to clean its new credit card

SAN FRANCISCO | Apple believes some of its zealous customers will treasure its new titanium credit card so much that they will spend time polishing its white finish.

That’s why Apple has posted instructions on how to clean the card properly and warned that some materials might leave blemishes that are difficult to remove.

The list of potential hazards includes leather and denim, prompting some people to conclude Apple’s credit card is so special that it can’t be stored in the wallets and pockets where most other credit cards reside.

But the company says it merely wants people to know that the dyes used in some types of leather and denim can leave stains. Those discoloring marks are unlikely in most kinds of wallets and jeans, something Apple alluded to in its post by advising that the card can be kept in a wallet or pocket made of “soft materials.”

The reverence Apple seemed to be according its card triggered widespread derision on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet.

“Do not look directly at Apple Card,” Alex Stamos, a former top security executive at Yahoo and Facebook, mocked in a tweet late Wednesday . “Do not speak to Apple Card. Do not denigrate Apple Card in Its Holy Presence.”

In reality, Apple’s cleaning instructions for the card mirrors the same practice it applies for its iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, ear buds and all other physical products. But while it’s common for people to clean those devices, few consumers spend time sprucing up their credits cards.

Apple describes a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and includes a list of inappropriate cleaners. The instructions also warn against touching another credit card or “potentially abrasive objects” like coins or keys.

The Apple Card, announced in March in partnership with Goldman Sachs, started rolling out in the U.S. this month. Though industry experts say the card’s financial benefits mirror many of those already out there for consumers, Apple is positioning it as a refreshing change from the thousands of other credit cards that have been available for decades.

In one of the biggest differences, the card is designed to be primarily used with the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. But at retail stores, that requires merchants to accept Apple Pay. Apple and Goldman Sachs are giving people the option of a physical card to use when Apple Pay isn’t an option.

The card is made of titanium and a sleek white finish to give it added flair and prestige. It’s a strategy that has worked well for other high-end cards made of metallic alloys, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card .

As part of its effort to keep its new credit card customers happy, Apple is offering to replace any card that loses its sheen, at no extra charge.

Overstock CEO resigns after ‘Deep State’ comments

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SAN FRANCISCO | The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he’d become “far too controversial” to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry.

Patrick Byrne’s resignation Thursday came after the company issued a bizarre statement last week in which the former CEO referred to the “Deep State,” called federal agents “Men in Black” and confirmed a journalist’s stories detailing his relationship with Maria Butina, a gun-rights activist who was sentenced to prison for being an unregistered agent of Russia.

Overstock.com’s shares fell 36% in the two days after the statement was made public.

Byrne, who founded the online discount retailer 20 years ago, said Thursday that he was “in the sad position” of having to step down.

“Though patriotic Americans are writing me in support, my presence may affect and complicate all manner of business relationships, from insurability to strategic discussions regarding our retail business,” he said.

Overstock.com based in Midvale, Utah, named company veteran and board member Jonathan E. Johnson III as interim CEO.

The company’s shares jumped $1.62, or 8.3%, to close Thursday at $21.12.

In his statement last week, Byrne said he had helped law enforcement on three occasions, the last being “less about law enforcement and more about political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and to a lesser degree, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz).”

— From AP reports