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Klobuchar favors fines if social media companies don’t address bot problem

Plus: skin-bleaching controversy; GoFundMe for student accused of threatening Orono high school; celebration planned for Duluth Olympians; and more.

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Fine with bot fines. NBC News’ Kailani Koenig reports: “Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Sunday that she believes tech giants like Facebook and Twitter should face fines if they fail to get rid of ‘bots’ after they are discovered by the government. … ‘I think that would be a great idea,’ she said when asked on Sunday’s ‘Meet The Press.’ ‘But then you need a Congress to act and there are too many people who are afraid of doing something about this because we know these sites are popular.’ ”

An issue about which you might not be aware. NPR’s Nancy Rosenbaum reports (via MPR): “Amira Adawe has just arrived at a Somali-American community radio station in Minneapolis where she hosts a weekly call-in show called Beauty-Wellness Talk. After peeling off her winter jacket, Adawe slides a pair of headphones over her crown of dark, short curls. ‘Hello? As-Salaam-Alaikum,’ she says into the foam mouth of her studio microphone. An anonymous stream of listeners starts calling in to confide about a subject that is deeply personal and also taboo — skin bleaching.

Interesting twist. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “An online fundraising effort has earned more than $25,000 in pledges for the family of student whose social media posts prompted a school lockdown in Orono last week. … A GoFundMe page set up for the student, described as having autism, says he is being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. He was arrested last week after police investigated an anonymous online posting that threatened a school shooting at Orono High School. It was the second threat in less than a day and prompted a lockdown for more than 900 students, just a week after 17 people were shot and killed at a school in Florida.”

Should be quite a party. The Duluth News Tribune’s Lisa Kaczke writes: “Duluth is planning to give its Olympians a warm welcome home from South Korea. … The Duluth Curling Club is planning to gather at 5 p.m. Monday at the Duluth International Airport to welcome home the U.S. men’s curling gold medalists John Shuster of Superior; John Landsteiner, Tyler George and Joe Polo of Duluth; and Matt Hamilton of McFarland, Wis., as well as U.S. women’s curling team members Cory Christensen and Aileen Geving of Duluth.”

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