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2021-08-19 20:18:44
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Trade Commission Sues Facebook Claiming Unfair Monopoly Tactics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission submitted an amended complaint Thursday against Facebook Inc. in federal court in a case... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission submitted an amended complaint Thursday against Facebook Inc. in federal court in a case that threatens the social media giant’s multibillion dollar annual business operations. The FTC accuses Facebook of antitrust violations that give... Read More

2021-08-12 19:53:54
by Tom Ramstack
Twitter Loses in Court Ruling on Releasing FBI Search Data

Twitter lost another court battle this week in its effort to publicly release data showing when the FBI tapped into... Read More

Twitter lost another court battle this week in its effort to publicly release data showing when the FBI tapped into customer communications of the social media giant. Twitter, Inc. wants to release the information for the sake of transparency to... Read More

2021-07-26 13:00:04
by Dan McCue
Judge Grants FTC More Time to File Amended Complaint Against Facebook

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday gave the U.S. Federal Trade Commission until Aug. 19 to file an amended... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Friday gave the U.S. Federal Trade Commission until Aug. 19 to file an amended complaint in its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,... Read More

2021-07-12 17:12:25
by Victoria Turner
Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms,... Read More

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms, and should be bolstered by federal and state laws to enforce transparency, accountability and anti-discrimination, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. ... Read More

2021-07-07 18:36:01
by Dan McCue
Trump Sues Facebook, Twitter and Google

BEDMINSTER, N.J. - Former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google, and their CEOs... Read More

BEDMINSTER, N.J. - Former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google, and their CEOs on Wednesday, alleging the companies violated his 1st Amendment rights when they banned him and suspended his accounts. “Our case... Read More

2021-07-02 15:16:06
by TWN Staff
Former Trump Advisor to Launch Social Media Platform July 4

WASHINGTON - Former top Trump advisor Jason Miller will launch GETTR, a new social media platform, on July 4, a... Read More

WASHINGTON - Former top Trump advisor Jason Miller will launch GETTR, a new social media platform, on July 4, a launch date chosen to “symbolically declare independence from Big Tech,” according to a release from the company. “There is a... Read More

What's In a Tag? Twitter Revamps Misinformation Labels

Last May, as Twitter was testing warning labels for false and misleading tweets, it tried out the word "disputed" with... Read More

Last May, as Twitter was testing warning labels for false and misleading tweets, it tried out the word "disputed" with a small focus group. It didn't go over well.  "People were like, well, who's disputing it?" said Anita Butler, a... Read More

2021-06-27 12:21:59
by Dan McCue
Trump Unveils New Social Media Presence

WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump on Saturday rolled out his new social media presence, inviting recipients of emails to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump on Saturday rolled out his new social media presence, inviting recipients of emails to his Save America PAC to subscribe to his page on rumble.com. The invite was sent out just hours before the... Read More

2021-06-25 11:59:28
by Victoria Turner
House Panel Passes Antitrust Reform Bills After Heated Debate

WASHINGTON - A heated debate took place in the House Judiciary Committee markup of a merger fee legislation that skated... Read More

WASHINGTON - A heated debate took place in the House Judiciary Committee markup of a merger fee legislation that skated through the Senate, but their congressional counterparts took three hours Wednesday to come close to an agreement. The single amendment... Read More

Journalists Demanding More Action Against Online Harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press' recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press' recent firing of a young reporter for what she said on Twitter has somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that... Read More

2021-06-04 17:46:45
by Dan McCue
Trump Suspended From Facebook, Instagram for Two Years

Donald Trump’s accounts on two of the world’s biggest social media platforms will be suspended for at least two years... Read More

Donald Trump’s accounts on two of the world’s biggest social media platforms will be suspended for at least two years and will only be reinstated “if” conditions permit. The announcement from Facebook, which also applies to Instagram, comes just weeks... Read More

Reports: Facebook to End Rule Exemptions for Politicians

Facebook plans to end a contentious policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that exempted politicians from certain moderation rules on... Read More

Facebook plans to end a contentious policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that exempted politicians from certain moderation rules on its site, according to several news reports. The company's rationale for that policy held that the speech of political leaders... Read More

2021-05-26 20:32:10
by Reece Nations
Facebook Releases Renewable Energy Impact Study

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an economic analysis of the company’s solar and wind projects that support its data centers... Read More

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an economic analysis of the company’s solar and wind projects that support its data centers across the nation, Facebook iterated its adherence to broader sustainability initiatives.  As of last year, Facebook’s fleet of energy-intensive data... Read More

2021-05-05 15:22:55
by Dan McCue
Oversight Board Upholds Facebook Ban on Trump, With Caveat

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the social media platform’s suspension of former President Donald Trump’s Facebook account, but in doing... Read More

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the social media platform’s suspension of former President Donald Trump’s Facebook account, but in doing so, it said the company failed to impose the penalty properly. “It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a... Read More

2021-04-28 15:24:50
by Victoria Turner
Senators Charge Addiction Drives Social Media Platforms’ Business Models

WASHINGTON - Even after the call-to-arms of the Kenosha Guard militia group had been flagged on Facebook 450 times, it... Read More

WASHINGTON - Even after the call-to-arms of the Kenosha Guard militia group had been flagged on Facebook 450 times, it was not taken down because it did not “meet the standards” for removal, said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a... Read More

2021-04-21 14:40:06
by Victoria Turner
Cicilline: Congress Must Curb Power of Google and Facebook

WASHINGTON - The dominance of Google and Facebook as “gatekeepers” for online information and massive market power, particularly in digital... Read More

WASHINGTON - The dominance of Google and Facebook as “gatekeepers” for online information and massive market power, particularly in digital advertising, has left U.S. journalism in a “state of crisis” and “Americans have had enough,”  said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.,... Read More

2021-04-01 20:53:55
by Dan McCue
Facebook Notifications Are Not Akin to Robocalls

WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court sided with Facebook on Thursday, ruling that a notification system the social media giant... Read More

WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court sided with Facebook on Thursday, ruling that a notification system the social media giant employs to alert users to suspicious logins does not run afoul of a federal law aimed at curbing robocalls and... Read More

2021-03-30 13:33:18
by Victoria Turner
Event Looks at Free Expression in the Digital Age

David Freiheit began his presentation at the American Enterprise Institute event on the values and consequences of free expression in... Read More

David Freiheit began his presentation at the American Enterprise Institute event on the values and consequences of free expression in the digital age by pointing to the response of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to Amazon’s “snotty tweets.” Warren has repeatedly... Read More

2021-03-29 18:07:59
by Alexa Hornbeck
Posting Vaccine Cards Online Could Attract Scammers

As vaccine eligibility expands to those 16 and over in many states, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning those... Read More

As vaccine eligibility expands to those 16 and over in many states, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning those getting shots against posting photos of their vaccine cards online.  “I’ve seen people wanting to be proud and show off... Read More

2021-03-26 15:18:27
by Victoria Turner
Can Online Platforms Properly Police Themselves?

WASHINGTON - In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized to a U.S. House committee when presented with active drug trafficking... Read More

WASHINGTON - In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized to a U.S. House committee when presented with active drug trafficking posts on his site, admitting social media platforms need better “policing” of such content.  Three years later, despite Facebook having... Read More

2021-03-25 20:37:23
by Victoria Turner
Social Media Platforms’ Self-Regulation Era is Over

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., said at a congressional hearing today that as a parent of three school-aged... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., said at a congressional hearing today that as a parent of three school-aged children, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are her “biggest fear.”  After spikes in teenage suicides in her community, everyone she reached... Read More

2021-03-02 21:29:26
by Sara Wilkerson
Judge Holds Off on Approval of TikTok Settlement

CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday put off approval of a proposed $92 million class-action settlement by the social... Read More

CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday put off approval of a proposed $92 million class-action settlement by the social media app TikTok, wanting to give attorneys at least 21 days to address his questions about the proposal. U.S. District... Read More

2021-02-23 22:07:55
by Victoria Turner
Antitrust Reforms Could Kill Competition

Four panelists warned today that proposed legislative reforms for more aggressive antitrust enforcement in Big Tech would likely spill over... Read More

Four panelists warned today that proposed legislative reforms for more aggressive antitrust enforcement in Big Tech would likely spill over across all industries, hindering innovation and harming consumers. Strengthening the antitrust laws - federal and state statutes that restrict the... Read More

Right-Wing Friendly Parler Announces Re-Launch

BOSTON (AP) — The right-wing friendly social network Parler, which was forced offline following the Jan. 6 attack on the... Read More

BOSTON (AP) — The right-wing friendly social network Parler, which was forced offline following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, says it is re-launching.The Twitter alternative has been struggling to return online... Read More

Judge Says Amazon Won't Have to Restore Parler Web Service

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea... Read More

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge... Read More

2021-01-19 18:00:54
by Dan McCue
FEC Rules US Citizens Living Abroad Can Purchase Online Political Ads

WASHINGTON - The Federal Elections Commission has ruled that U.S. citizens living abroad can purchase political advertisements pertaining to elections... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Federal Elections Commission has ruled that U.S. citizens living abroad can purchase political advertisements pertaining to elections in the United States. The agency handed down the ruling in the case of Jean-Marc Bertrand, who seeks to encourage... Read More

EXPLAINER: Can Social Media Companies Boot Trump? Yes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media companies decided this past week they had finally seen enough from President Donald Trump. Facebook... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media companies decided this past week they had finally seen enough from President Donald Trump. Facebook and Instagram suspended Trump at least until Inauguration Day. Twitch and Snapchat also disabled Trump’s accounts. To top it all... Read More

2021-01-08 23:59:30
by Dan McCue
Twitter Permanently Bans Trump, Citing Risk of Inciting Violence

Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump's account Friday night, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.” Twitter initially suspended... Read More

Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump's account Friday night, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.” Twitter initially suspended Trump's account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the... Read More

2021-01-07 18:04:13
by Reece Nations
Trump ‘Indefinitely’ Barred From Facebook, Instagram Accounts

PALO ALTO, Calif. — After initially stating they would freeze President Donald Trump’s access to its services for a 24-hour... Read More

PALO ALTO, Calif. — After initially stating they would freeze President Donald Trump’s access to its services for a 24-hour period, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday the platform would ban the accounts “indefinitely.”  Zuckerberg made the announcement via a... Read More

2020-11-18 15:19:43
by Tom Ramstack
Senators Threaten Regulatory Crackdown on Facebook and Twitter Content Policies

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee left little doubt Tuesday that changes are coming to social media giants Facebook and Twitter... Read More

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee left little doubt Tuesday that changes are coming to social media giants Facebook and Twitter for their policies on controlling content posted on their websites. Democrats and Republicans at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing accused... Read More

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