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Skimm This: Fake News, Puerto Rico Relief, and Equal Pay Day

Apr 2, 2019

It’s April 2nd. Happy Tuesday. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • India is headed to the polls soon. In the run-up, Facebook is trying to figure out how to fight fake news on its platform. Sounds familiar. Three years after Russia used social media to influence the 2016 U.S. elections, we’ll tell you how big tech is working with governments to try and stop that from happening again. And why that job is harder than it sounds.

  • The Senate said ‘nah’ to two disaster relief bills on Monday. The sticking point: how much to set aside for Puerto Rico, which is still rebuilding after Hurricane Maria decimated the island in 2017. We’ll break down the arguments.

  • It’s Equal Pay Day. But not for everyone. We’ll tell you what you need to know.

  • Chicago’s headed to the polls to elect a new mayor. And they’re going to make history no matter what.


India is headed to the polls soon. Social media has turned into a mess of fake news. Sounds familiar. Facebook is trying to avoid a repeat of the 2016 elections in the US. But that’s harder than it sounds. Meanwhile, the US Senate can’t agree on how much to budget for Puerto Rico relief funding. Also on today’s episode: it’s Equal Pay Day (but not for everyone), and Chicago gets ready to make history.

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