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2022-06-01 21:36:48
by Madeline Hughes
Sheryl Sandberg Steps Down as Facebook Exec

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg announced she is leaving the company this fall after 14 years. “Fourteen years later,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg announced she is leaving the company this fall after 14 years. “Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I... Read More

2022-06-01 14:24:16
by Alexa Hornbeck
HHS to Fund Center Focused on Social Media Use and Youth Mental Health

WASHINGTON — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will soon direct millions in funds towards examining the impact of social media use on the mental health of teens and... Read More

2022-05-31 23:11:35
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Censorship Law

WASHINGTON — Social media companies scored a huge win late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily... Read More

WASHINGTON — Social media companies scored a huge win late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily block a Texas law that would have barred them from taking action on hate speech and disinformation. NetChoice v. Paxton... Read More

2022-05-27 16:50:19
by Tom Ramstack
DC Attorney General Sues Meta Chief Executive for Cambridge Analytica Data Breach

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.'s attorney general is suing Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg over his alleged backing of the Cambridge... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.'s attorney general is suing Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg over his alleged backing of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal suspected of influencing the 2016 presidential election. Cambridge Analytica, a former British political consulting firm, used data... Read More

2022-05-26 20:28:10
by Madeline Hughes
Twitter Fined $150M for Using Emails, Phone Numbers for Targeted Advertising

WASHINGTON — Twitter has agreed to pay a $150 million fine in a settlement reached with the Department of Justice... Read More

WASHINGTON — Twitter has agreed to pay a $150 million fine in a settlement reached with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission for improperly using users’ email addresses and phone numbers for targeted advertising, according to a... Read More

2022-05-24 19:07:12
by Madeline Hughes
Appeals Court Hands Gov. DeSantis a Loss

ATLANTA, Ga. —  A Florida law intended to punish social media companies from allegedly barring conservative politicians from their platforms... Read More

ATLANTA, Ga. —  A Florida law intended to punish social media companies from allegedly barring conservative politicians from their platforms is unconstitutional, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. “Put simply, with minor exceptions, the government can’t tell... Read More

2022-05-06 21:31:58
by Dan McCue
Florida Pension Fund Sues to Block Musk Takeover of Twitter

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Florida pension fund filed a complaint in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Friday asking a judge to... Read More

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Florida pension fund filed a complaint in Delaware’s Chancery Court on Friday asking a judge to rule Twitter can’t close its deal with Elon Musk until, potentially, 2025. The complaint filed by the Orlando, Florida, Police... Read More

2022-04-26 21:02:56
by Madeline Hughes
Questions Abound as Musk Poised to Take Twitter

WASHINGTON — Skepticism is in the air the day after Twitter announced Elon Musk would purchase the company and turn... Read More

WASHINGTON — Skepticism is in the air the day after Twitter announced Elon Musk would purchase the company and turn it private. “The scariest thing is we have an ultra-wealthy individual taking control of this without regulations in place,” said... Read More

2022-04-25 18:43:45
by Madeline Hughes
Elon Musk Seals Deal to Buy Twitter for $44 Billion

WASHINGTON — After a weekend of intense negotiations, Elon Musk has clinched a deal to become the new owner of... Read More

WASHINGTON — After a weekend of intense negotiations, Elon Musk has clinched a deal to become the new owner of Twitter, after convincing the company’s board to accept his $44 billion takeover proposal. Under the terms of the deal, Twitter... Read More

2022-04-15 18:51:28
by Madeline Hughes
Twitter Adopts 'Poison Pill' Defense to Thwart Musk Takeover 

WASHINGTON — Twitter’s board of directors implemented a poison pill to block the potential hostile takeover of the social media... Read More

WASHINGTON — Twitter’s board of directors implemented a poison pill to block the potential hostile takeover of the social media company.  The board’s unanimous vote to deploy its so-called poison pill came the day after Elon Musk publicly made an... Read More

2022-04-14 17:57:26
by Madeline Hughes
Musk Attempts Hostile Takeover of Twitter

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter for $43 billion, according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and... Read More

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter for $43 billion, according to papers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it," Musk wrote in a letter to Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor.... Read More

2022-04-11 18:00:27
by Madeline Hughes
Musk Not Joining Twitter’s Board

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is no longer joining Twitter’s board of directors, CEO Parag Agrawal announced via Twitter Sunday night.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is no longer joining Twitter’s board of directors, CEO Parag Agrawal announced via Twitter Sunday night. The announcement came days after it became public Musk bought just over 9% of Twitter’s stock shares and was offered... Read More

2022-04-05 17:11:09
by Madeline Hughes
Elon Musk to Join Twitter's Board of Directors

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is joining the board of directors for Twitter. The company announced Musk’s new role Tuesday in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk is joining the board of directors for Twitter. The company announced Musk’s new role Tuesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission the day after Musk filed that he owns 9.2% of the company’s... Read More

2022-02-18 20:54:35
by Dan McCue
New FCC Rules on Write-In Candidates to Go Into Effect March 14

WASHINGTON — Broadcast stations will have to take a few additional steps in assessing political advertising from purported write-in candidates... Read More

WASHINGTON — Broadcast stations will have to take a few additional steps in assessing political advertising from purported write-in candidates beginning March 14, including conducting a review of the candidates’ social media presence and whether they’ve created campaign websites. The... Read More

2022-02-15 13:58:52
by Reece Nations
Facebook Corrections Found to Reduce Misinformation 

WASHINGTON — Fact-checks added to posts on a Facebook news feed were found to reduce users’ acceptance of misinformation on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Fact-checks added to posts on a Facebook news feed were found to reduce users’ acceptance of misinformation on the platform, according to a new study published in the Journal of Politics. The study, conducted by assistant professors Ethan... Read More

2022-01-11 22:23:41
by Reece Nations
Twitter Algorithms Amplify Conservative Politics

SAN ANTONIO — Twitter content curated by its personalization algorithms amplifies the mainstream political right more than the left, according... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Twitter content curated by its personalization algorithms amplifies the mainstream political right more than the left, according to a joint study conducted by the platform’s transparency and accountability team. Researchers undertook a large-scale experiment that analyzed millions... Read More

Twitter Bans Rep. Greene's Personal Account for COVID Claims

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Sunday it had banned the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter said Sunday it had banned the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, the latest strike against the firebrand whose embrace of conspiracy theories has been called “a cancer” for... Read More

2021-12-06 22:45:16
by Dan McCue
Devin Nunes to Quit Congress to Become Trump Social Media Co. CEO

WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will resign from Congress at the end of the month to become chief executive... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will resign from Congress at the end of the month to become chief executive officer of former President Donald Trump’s fledgling social media entity, the company announced Monday. "Congressman Devin Nunes is a fighter... Read More

2021-11-29 17:04:36
by Dan McCue
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Stepping Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey is stepping aside as the head and CEO of Twitter, believing the social media giant... Read More

SAN FRANCISCO — Jack Dorsey is stepping aside as the head and CEO of Twitter, believing the social media giant “Is ready to move on from its founders.” Dorsey has faced pressure for months over his decision to serve as... Read More

2021-11-24 00:18:21
by Dan McCue
Study Finds Significant Bipartisan Support for Corporate Social Responsibility

WASHINGTON — A new, groundbreaking study suggests not only is there strong bipartisan support for corporate efforts to address environmental,... Read More

WASHINGTON — A new, groundbreaking study suggests not only is there strong bipartisan support for corporate efforts to address environmental, social and governance challenges, but that the bipartisan appeal of these initiatives dramatically increases among Americans under the age of... Read More

2021-11-23 21:20:56
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Intervenes Against Trump In Lawsuit Against Social Media Giants

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department intervened this week in a lawsuit former President Donald Trump filed against social media companies... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department intervened this week in a lawsuit former President Donald Trump filed against social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube. Trump accuses the companies of violating his First Amendment right to free speech by banning... Read More

2021-11-23 16:47:06
by Dan McCue
Pixstory Striving to Address the Need for User Safety On Social Media

WASHINGTON - Social media, once a venue for pet pictures and catching up with friends from high school, has turned... Read More

WASHINGTON - Social media, once a venue for pet pictures and catching up with friends from high school, has turned toxic in many cases. And it’s almost impossible to escape the most divisive of political commentary. Among those trying to... Read More

2021-11-23 14:19:42
by Reece Nations
NYU Study Finds Twitter Warnings May Reduce Hate Speech

NEW YORK — Researchers at New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics found that issuing warnings of possible... Read More

NEW YORK — Researchers at New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics found that issuing warnings of possible suspensions resulting from the use of hate speech on Twitter reduced the ratio of tweets containing hateful language by up... Read More

2021-11-12 22:03:10
by Reece Nations
Meta Changes Targeted Advertising Policy, Prompting Political Outcry

WASHINGTON — Meta Platforms, Inc., the parent company of Facebook and other social media platforms, announced that starting Jan. 19... Read More

WASHINGTON — Meta Platforms, Inc., the parent company of Facebook and other social media platforms, announced that starting Jan. 19 it will place new limits on advertisers' ability to target users based on their interactions with content related to health,... Read More

2021-11-11 15:23:09
by Dan McCue
Momentum Building for Gosar Censure Over Tweeted Video

WASHINGTON — Nearly 30 Democrats have signed on so far to support a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nearly 30 Democrats have signed on so far to support a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., for posting an anime-style video that shows him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and threatening President Joe Biden. “For that... Read More

Facebook Inc. Rebrands as Meta to Stress 'Metaverse' Plan

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An embattled Facebook Inc. is changing its name to Meta Platforms Inc., or Meta for short,... Read More

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An embattled Facebook Inc. is changing its name to Meta Platforms Inc., or Meta for short, to reflect what CEO Mark Zuckerberg says is its commitment to developing the new surround-yourself technology known as the "metaverse."... Read More

2021-10-28 19:17:13
by Tom Ramstack
Social Media Faces New Regulations as it is Blamed for Inciting Extremists

WASHINGTON — Few lawmakers or witnesses disputed whether the government should crack down on social media companies like Facebook during... Read More

WASHINGTON — Few lawmakers or witnesses disputed whether the government should crack down on social media companies like Facebook during a Senate hearing Thursday, only how it should be done. The Senate is concerned that social media amplifies threats of... Read More

2021-10-22 20:22:05
by Tom Ramstack
Trump’s Social Media Company Starts With Strong Financing

Shares in a company that is spearheading former President Donald Trump's planned social media platform surged for a second day... Read More

Shares in a company that is spearheading former President Donald Trump's planned social media platform surged for a second day Friday on investors’ hopes that it will compete head-to-head with Facebook and Twitter. Trump said this week he is creating... Read More

2021-10-14 19:27:49
by Victoria Turner
Cybersecurity Experts Point to More Investment Needed in Detection, Response

WASHINGTON -- If everyone were to employ proper cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication or not clicking on links in phishing... Read More

WASHINGTON -- If everyone were to employ proper cyber hygiene like multi-factor authentication or not clicking on links in phishing emails, more than 85% of cyberattacks would be prevented, said Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Thursday.  “The best hack is the... Read More

2021-10-13 21:24:59
by Victoria Turner
BIPOC Entrepreneurs Work to Combat Inequities

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder... Read More

Social entrepreneurship uses technology to bridge the gap between “cash-strapped” municipalities and local governments, said Gabriella Wong, CEO and founder of AccesSOS, Tuesday.  Wong’s comment came during the Camelback Venture’s Guardian Summit panel discussion where she was joined by two... Read More

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