Top news of week: SpaceX Crew Dragon's return,TikTok controversy and more

From Twitter hack mystery to Barack Obama's subtle criticism towards Donald Trump, here's what happened this week

Twitter

Twitter said that it will remove or attach warning labels to any claims of victory before the results are certified, or misleading claims inciting "unlawful conduct to prevent a peaceful transfer of power or orderly succession."

It will also label or remove unverified claims about the outcome that could undermine faith in the election process, like claims about vote tallying or results certification. Twitter also bans threats of violence against an individual or group.

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Barack Obama launches sharp attack against Donald Trump

Former US president Barack Obama on Thursday launched a scathing attack on his successor, Donald Trump, criticising police brutality against blacks and use of federal agents against protesters. 

"We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators," Obama said. 

Read full story: Barack Obama launches sharp attack against Donald Trump

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Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon: Tech Giant CEOs testify at US antitrust hearing

Big Tech executives faced an onslaught of criticism from US lawmakers Wednesday at a high-stakes antitrust hearing which could lay the groundwork for tougher regulation and legal actions against the major internet platforms.

CEOs Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google were questioned for more than five hours in a video conference before a House of Representatives panel investigating market dominance.

Read full story: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon: Tech Giant CEOs testify at US antitrust hearing

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'I am ready to come home': SpaceX Crew Dragon undocks from ISS to return to Earth

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, the first US astronauts to reach the International Space Station (ISS) in nearly a decade, have successfully undocked from the ISS on Saturday late night and are now en route its way back to the Earth.

The two American astronauts' capsule is set to undock around 2334 GMT (7:30pm).

Read full story: 'I am ready to come home': SpaceX Crew Dragon undocks from ISS to return to Earth

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TikTok

The Chinese-owned video app says it will make any content that prematurely claims victory less discoverable on the platform and will add banners on videos to say that results have not been officially announced.

Asked about how it would handle videos that contest election results, TikTok spokeswoman said it would work with fact-checking partners and would remove false content or limit its distribution if it was unverified or the fact-check was inconclusive. She said TikTok removes videos that seek to incite violence.

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