September 2020 Current Events: Science and Technology News

Updated September 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for September 2020:

  1. Facebook to Freeze Political Ads
  2. Brushing Scams Gain Popularity
  3. TikTok and WeChat Officially Banned

Facebook to Freeze Political Ads


On September 3, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will not take any new political ads seven days prior to the US election, though it will continue to show already acquired ads to the target audiences. Facebook will also label posts of candidates who claim victory before votes are counted. Zuckerberg stated he was worried about the division of people in the US, and hopes these measures will prevent civil unrest. (BBC)

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Brushing Scams Gain Popularity

Brushing Scams

On September 6, BBC posted a report regarding the rising popularity of brushing scams. Brushing scams are scams where a company sends its own products to various people and then writes positive reviews under that person’s information. This does not mean accounts have been hacked, but rather the company found information in a public or leaked database. The goal of the scam is to receive positive reviews and build a reputation. Lately, the scam has focused on either sending seeds or masks. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File

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TikTok and WeChat Officially Banned


On September 18, the US announced that in 48 hours, residents will no longer be allowed to download either TikTok or WeChat. WeChat will be shut down immediately, while those who already have TikTok will be able to use the app until November 12. The ban may be reversed if President Trump agrees to a trade deal, but for now, he claims the app (and its parent company) steal data to sell to China. On September 20, a federal judge ruled to block the ban on WeChat for the time being. The judge stated the ban comes dangerously close to violating the First Amendment, though the Trump Administration claims that the app threatens national security. However, that same day, President Trump announced he gave his “blessing” to Oracle and Walmart, who may purchase TikTok. (BBC)

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