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Florida Sees Record Turnout for Early Voting

Early voting began in Florida on October 19, and the number of people who turned out shattered opening-day records for in-person early voting. Liliya Anisimova has more in this story narrated by Anna Rice.
Camera: Liliya Anisimova and Aleksandr Fedorov   

Germans Expect Big Changes after US Election

In Germany, policymakers are awaiting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in the belief that it will have significant consequences for the country and for Europe. Jacob Russell has this report from Berlin.Camera: Jacob Russell 
Producer:  Jon Spier 

US Election Carries High Stakes for Twitter, Facebook  

Internet giants Twitter, Facebook and Google appear to be increasing enforcement of their policies in the run-up to U.S. Election Day.    That has put them on a collision course with Republicans, who are calling out the companies for making allegedly biased decisions to restrict conservative speech.     Twitter, where President Donald Trump has more than 87 million followers, has recently placed warnings on some of the president’s tweets about topics such as the coronavirus and voting by mail.    Last week, Twitter temporarily blocked a tweet from Trump’s campaign over an article about his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Facebook also took measures to counter the sharing of that article.  
Over the weekend, Twitter blocked a post from Scott Atlas, a special adviser to the president, who in a Tweet questioned the effectiveness of widespread mask orders.  
The companies are taking measures on other speech as well: YouTube, which is owned by Google, and TikTok have cracked down on the QAnon conspiracy theory. Facebook said it would remove Holocaust denial content.  
Facebook will suspend new political ads from Oct. 27 through election night. Google said it would limit the way political ads can be targeted. Twitter, last year, announced it would not accept political and issues ads. Why are the companies taking these measures now?  Experts say Facebook and Twitter, in particular, are under pressure to better monitor disinformation than they did in the run-up to 2016.   “The thing about the upcoming election, as a colleague put it, it's kind of like the disinformation Super Bowl,” said Lisa Kaplan, chief executive of the Alethea Group, which consults with companies and organizations about disinformation. “It’s a big event.”    Not long ago, the internet companies let their users — and advertisers — do the talking without much interference.  
After the 2016 U.S. election, they were criticized for not doing enough to stop misinformation on their services, including letting foreign-sponsored networks run online influence campaigns. Some criticize the companies as doing too little, too late, to stop the flood of misinformation on their sites.  The companies “need to accept that they have to be the ones to deal with these issues,” rather than being “the enablers as they were previously,” said Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Election Commission. A Democrat, she is running for state senate in California.   Others criticize the firms’ decisions as biased, curtailing conservative speech in a way that could affect the outcome of ...

The US Presidential Race Enters Final Stretch

With more than two weeks to go before the November 3rd U.S. election, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden are driving home their message to voters. Michelle Quinn reports.Producer: Mary Cieslak  

Outta Here! Tech Workers Flee Silicon Valley During Pandemic

Some tech workers who scrambled to get to San Francisco to be near Google, Facebook, Twitter and the tech ecosystem are moving to parts of the U.S. during the pandemic where the cost of living is cheaper. Deana Mitchell has the story.Camera, Producer: Deana Mitchell

Is Trump or Biden Better for Post-Brexit Britain? 

In 2016, many analysts saw parallels between the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, casting both as victories for populist politics.    Four years on, Trump is up for re-election while Britain will leave the Brexit transition period at the end of the year. Those analysts now say Britain’s post-Brexit future could be closely tied with the outcome of the November 3 U.S. presidential election.   The British government is looking to the United States for a new trade deal to boost its economy. However, any hopes that such a deal would be quick and easy have faded rapidly, says Ian Bond of the Center for European Reform, in a recent interview.   FILE - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during a welcoming ceremony at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain, Dec. 4, 2019.“Trump has been a supporter of Brexit but I think the British government has realised by now from its trade negotiations with the U.S. that there is no free lunch. The more that the U.K. wants in terms of access to the America market, the more it’s going to have to give in terms of concessions on standards and the like,” Bond told VOA.   Nevertheless a victory by President Trump would be the best result for Britain as it leaves the EU, argues Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group, whose members include dozens of pro-Brexit lawmakers.   “There is one candidate in the U.S. presidential election who is committed to having a good trade deal with the United Kingdom, and that’s President Donald Trump. So this is really important to the U.K., it’s not just a matter of political preference. Jobs and opportunities really do rely in the U.K. on having Donald Trump as president of the United States,” Oulds told VOA.   British media reported this week that Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is trying to build relations with Trump’s challenger Joe Biden, a past critic of Brexit who is leading in the polls. Biden recently warned Britain there would be no U.S. trade deal if Brexit put peace in Northern Ireland at risk.   Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, in Alliance, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2020.“The upside [to Biden] is more predictability in the relationship and a more favourable view to transatlantic institutions like NATO,” says analyst Ian Bond. “The downside with ...

US Presidential Campaigning Heats Up Ahead of Election Day

President Donald Trump says he’s ready to return to the campaign trail after his recent COVID-19 diagnosis. Former Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ohio this week to press his case for a White House win come November 3rd. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate begins confirmation hearings on Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee for the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Michelle Quinn reports.PRODUCER: Mary Cieslak

Women on Pine Ridge Reservation Create girl Societies Where Girls Can Learn About Their Culture and Acquire Useful Life Skills

Life on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota can be harsh: it’s poor, it’s dangerous, and there are few prospects for girls and young women. But women of the Lakota tribe are taking their lives and their future into their own hands, offering the young generation of women new opportunities. Victoria Kupchinetsky reports.VIDEOGRAPHER: Vladimir Badikov

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