Recode Daily: Silicon Valley may have a Saudi Arabia problem

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia meets with President Donald Trump at the White House.

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Silicon Valley may finally have to confront its love affair with Saudia Arabia’s oil money, following reports that the Kingdom’s leadership is responsible for the murder of Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On Thursday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi became the latest big name in business to pull out of a glitzy tech event in Riyadh. But he and Silicon Valley’s investor community would do more than snub a conference if they cared about Saudi human rights abuses. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

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Facebook said it has purged more than 800 U.S. publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically oriented content that violated the company’s policies around spam and “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” Although the move risks reigniting accusations of political censorship, Facebook said it was not removing the accounts because of the type of content they posted but because of the behaviors they engaged in,

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