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Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
Social Media
Senate Committee Seeks Subpoena Against Facebook and Twitter Leaders
2020-10-22 18:34:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee voted to subpoena the chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. Thursday over what its chairman called censorship of information potentially embarrassing to presidential candidate Joe Biden. The social media giants limited the sharing... Read More

Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
Social Media
Congress Tries to Take Down Social Media Disinformation
2020-10-16 14:05:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Social media experts described organized disinformation campaigns on social media as a threat to democracy during a congressional hearing Thursday. Confusion created by the disinformation is leading some Americans to perceive threats to their health, safety or political... Read More

Democrats Call for Congress to Rein In, Break Up Big Tech
Technology
Democrats Call for Congress to Rein In, Break Up Big Tech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling for Congress to rein in Big Tech, possibly forcing Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to break up their businesses, while making it harder for them to acquire others and imposing new rules to... Read More

Facebook, Twitter Are Failing to Curb Voting-by-Mail Falsehoods
In The News
Facebook, Twitter Are Failing to Curb Voting-by-Mail Falsehoods

In August, a video posted on social media by a Florida woman named Tina Brown outlined what she claimed were potential hazards with mail-in election ballots. Brown said envelopes for registered Democratic voters included a D in the barcode, while... Read More

Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
Social Media
Gottheimer Seeks to Strengthen Protections Against Terrorist Activity on Social Media
2020-09-10 15:19:50
by Daniel Londono

Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants to hold social media platforms accountable when terrorist organizations use their website portals to raise funds and spread propaganda. A proposal by the New Jersey Democrat, the Online Arsenal to Combat Foreign Terrorist Organizations, would fine... Read More

Facebook to Ban New Political Ads in Week Leading Up to Election
Social Media
Facebook to Ban New Political Ads in Week Leading Up to Election

Facebook is trying to learn from its mistakes. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday morning that the social media site will roll out a series of new measures to avoid a repeat of 2016, including banning any new political ads for... Read More

Twitter Says Direct Messages Accessed in 36 of 130 Hack Victims
Social Media
Twitter Says Direct Messages Accessed in 36 of 130 Hack Victims

Twitter Inc. completed its review of the 130 accounts that were hacked on its social network last week and discovered that the attackers accessed direct messages for as many as 36 of them, including one elected official in the Netherlands.... Read More

Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'
Entertainment
Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'
2020-07-08 18:00:48
by Dan McCue

For the musician Nick Parker, a dream 17 years in the making was just coming to fruition when the coronavirus outbreak suddenly brought the world's arts and entertainment industries to a screeching halt. The son of the acclaimed artist Robert... Read More

COVID-19 Meets the 2020 Election: The Perfect Storm for Misinformation
Social Media
COVID-19 Meets the 2020 Election: The Perfect Storm for Misinformation

SEATTLE — When a mysterious virus began racing around the globe early this year, scientists at the University of Washington’s newly created Center for an Informed Public described it as the perfect storm for bogus information, both innocent and malicious.... Read More

Social Media Platforms Gird for 78 Days of Disinformation Chaos After Election Day
Social Media
Social Media Platforms Gird for 78 Days of Disinformation Chaos After Election Day

WASHINGTON — The 78 days between Election Day this fall and Inauguration Day next January could be a greatly unsettled time for American democracy. Unlike most presidential elections, when ballots are tallied and counted in a majority of precincts by... Read More

Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate
Social Media
Effort to Crack Big Tech’s Legal Shield Gains Bipartisan Momentum in Senate

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan support for a pair of Senate bills that would force social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to change their content moderation policies could mark a turning point in Washington’s ongoing efforts to maintain greater control... Read More

Devin Nunes Can’t Sue Twitter Over Statements by Fake Cow, Judge Rules
Social Media
Devin Nunes Can’t Sue Twitter Over Statements by Fake Cow, Judge Rules

WASHINGTON — A judge has ruled that Rep. Devin Nunes has no right to sue Twitter over statements made by a fake Internet cow, someone parodying his mother and a Republican strategist. Judge John Marshall said in a decision Friday... Read More

Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law
Congress
Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law
2020-06-03 20:14:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eagles founder and co-songwriter Don Henley urged a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to stand by the side of artists he contends have been catastrophically harmed by a safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When it... Read More

Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies
Litigation
Trump Sued Over Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal... Read More

Trump Signs Order Targeting Social Media Companies
Political News
Trump Signs Order Targeting Social Media Companies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies such as Twitter, accusing them of having “unchecked power” and escalating his feud with the popular digital platforms he relies on as a political bullhorn as... Read More

Twitter Becomes Trump’s Latest Enemy After it Tags His Claims as False
Social Media
Twitter Becomes Trump’s Latest Enemy After it Tags His Claims as False

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to strongly regulate or close down social media platforms he deems unfriendly to conservatives, escalating a war with Silicon Valley a day after Twitter for the first time warned that Trump was posting... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus to Hold 'Virtual Congress' Thursday
2020-05-07 13:41:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will hold what it is billing as its first "Virtual Congress" to debate the inclusion of state and local government funding in the next coronavirus relief package. The caucus says 24... Read More

Sanders Suspends All Campaign Facebook Ads Amid Rumors His Campaign is Finished
2020 Elections
Sanders Suspends All Campaign Facebook Ads Amid Rumors His Campaign is Finished

Bernie Sanders suspended all of his Facebook campaign ads Wednesday on the heels of another stinging primary setback, sparking rumors that he’s about to drop out of the race. The Facebook ad freeze came after Joe Biden won Tuesday’s primaries... Read More

Twitter’s ‘Manipulated Media’ Tag on Trump Tweet Suffers Glitch
Social Media
Twitter’s ‘Manipulated Media’ Tag on Trump Tweet Suffers Glitch

Twitter Inc. marked a video posted by President Donald Trump’s team as manipulated content under its new media policy. But the tag doesn’t show up for all users. Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, posted a video... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
Social Media
Blue Dogs Back Action to Address Terrorist Content on Social Media
2020-02-27 21:40:00
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday endorsed H.R. 5209, a bill that would hold social media companies accountable for aiding in the spread of terrorist content on line. The bill, also known as the Raising the Bar... Read More

Facebook Just Banned Bogus NC Page. But It’s Only a Droplet in ‘Tidal Wave’ of Fakery
Social Media
Facebook Just Banned Bogus NC Page. But It’s Only a Droplet in ‘Tidal Wave’ of Fakery

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Facebook page peddling false and misleading news about North Carolina had a relatively short life: Its days are over after Facebook removed it on Tuesday afternoon. Yet the pace at which the page was able to... Read More

Twitter Follows Facebook Cracking Down on Census Misinformation
Social Media
Twitter Follows Facebook Cracking Down on Census Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Social media company Twitter Inc. extended policies meant to protect election integrity to the U.S. Census Tuesday, saying it will prohibit posts containing false or misleading information about how to participate in the national survey. Twitter and... Read More

Why the Front Lines of the 2020 Election Battle Are on Californians’ Facebook Feeds
2020 Elections
Why the Front Lines of the 2020 Election Battle Are on Californians’ Facebook Feeds

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2020 presidential hopefuls have bashed Facebook for its record of playing loose with user data, allowing political ads that spread lies and letting foreign actors mislead voters — and yet, they can’t get enough of... Read More

Facebook Official Defends Deepfake Policy Before House Panel
Social Media
Facebook Official Defends Deepfake Policy Before House Panel
2020-01-09 19:44:13
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A Facebook official told a House panel on Wednesday that the social media giant is “working proactively to remove harmful content,” but critics maintained the company has a “trust problem” that warrants greater government scrutiny. The showdown between... Read More

Google, Facebook at Center of Escalating Political-Ad Tension
Social Media
Google, Facebook at Center of Escalating Political-Ad Tension

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. and Google were drawn into an escalating battle of wills Wednesday over the use of political advertising on social media. Trump campaign officials pressured Facebook to maintain its permissive political advertising rules, while Alphabet Inc.’s... Read More

'Tremendous Degree of Variation' Seen in Members Use of Social Media
Social Media
'Tremendous Degree of Variation' Seen in Members Use of Social Media
2019-11-01 20:28:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite recent controversies around social media, members of Congress are using the platforms as much if not more than ever before to reach out to constituents -- and no one approach applies to all, a Capitol Hill panel... Read More

Twitter Bans All Political Ads, in Sharp Contrast to Facebook
Social Media
Twitter Bans All Political Ads, in Sharp Contrast to Facebook

Twitter Inc. founder and Chief Executive Jack Dorsey announced Wednesday his social media company — in pointed contrast to Facebook Inc. — would stop running political advertising worldwide. In a long thread of Twitter messages, he wrote that online political... Read More

Zuckerberg Threatened With Facebook Breakup
Congress
Zuckerberg Threatened With Facebook Breakup

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a threat to break up his company as a congressional hearing opened on the social media giant’s proposal to establish a cryptocurrency, Libra. The cryptocurrency proposal drew scrutiny due to Facebook Inc.’s enormous... Read More

Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns
2020 Elections
Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns

NEW YORK — Facebook Inc. discovered four separate misinformation networks — three tied to Iran and one to Russia — that the social network said it shut down as part of an ongoing effort to counter “foreign influence campaigns.” Facebook... Read More

Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's 'Free Expression' Policy in Wake of False Trump Campaign Ads
Social Media
Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's 'Free Expression' Policy in Wake of False Trump Campaign Ads
2019-10-18 14:47:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Mark Zuckerberg allowed himself only a brief smile Thursday afternoon as he approached the podium awaiting him on stage in Georgetown University's Gaston Hall. After weeks of criticism over Facebook's decision not to moderate political speech or fact-check... Read More

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