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Journalists Demanding More Action Against Online Harassment
Media
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 somewhat unexpectedly turned company and industry attention to the flip side of social media engagement — the online abuse that... Read More

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

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
Social Media
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 its site, according to several news reports. The company's rationale for that policy held that the speech of political leaders... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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 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
Social Media
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 to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge... Read More

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

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
Social Media
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 and Instagram suspended Trump at least until Inauguration Day. Twitch and Snapchat also disabled Trump’s accounts. To top it all... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media Executives Advocate Against More Government Regulation
Social Media
Social Media Executives Advocate Against More Government Regulation
2020-10-29 14:39:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chief executive officers of the world’s largest social media companies assured a skeptical U.S. Senate committee Wednesday they try to remain neutral in deciding which Internet content they block. They also advocated against government regulation that could... Read More

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

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