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

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

Biden Administration's Antitrust: Traditional or Transformational?
Economy
Biden Administration's Antitrust: Traditional or Transformational?
2021-03-16 21:44:23
by Victoria Turner

The Biden administration has talked a big game on beefing up enforcement in market competition and it will undoubtedly bring more competition cases to court, said Bill Kovacic, a former regulator at the Federal Trade Commission.  The new leadership, however,... Read More

Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
Antitrust
Mandates Needed to Keep Big Tech in Check
2021-02-26 15:02:10
by Victoria Turner

Congress needs to create mandates to curb the abusive power exerted by a handful of online platforms, according to all six witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. During the hearing, members of a House Judiciary subcommittee grappled with... 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

FEC Rules US Citizens Living Abroad Can Purchase Online Political Ads
Social Media
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

Trump ‘Indefinitely’ Barred From Facebook, Instagram Accounts
Social Media
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

Facebook Sued by US, States in Antitrust Case
Business
Facebook Sued by US, States in Antitrust Case

WASHINGTON — Facebook Inc. was sued by U.S. antitrust officials and a coalition of states that want to break up the company by unwinding its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, deals the government says was part of a campaign to illegally crush competition. The Federal Trade Commission and... Read More

EU Auditors: Antitrust Probes Too Slow to Curb Tech Giants
Business
EU Auditors: Antitrust Probes Too Slow to Curb Tech Giants

LONDON (AP) — The EU's efforts to rein in the power of big tech companies such as Google and Facebook through antitrust investigations have taken too long, dulling their effectiveness, a report said Thursday. Legal tools available to the bloc's... 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

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

Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
2020-10-01 19:19:24
by Dan McCue

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S.... 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

Big Tech Chief Executives Defend Against Antitrust Accusations in Congress
Congress
Big Tech Chief Executives Defend Against Antitrust Accusations in Congress
2020-07-30 14:03:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chief executives of the biggest computer and Internet companies faced tough questioning in Congress Wednesday on whether they have too much control over the U.S. market. Some lawmakers want to break up their dominance under federal antitrust... 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

How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
In The News
How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-04-10 18:33:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - To no one's surprise, the coronavirus outbreak -- once it breached our shores -- became all anyone was talking about. Fears over the pandemic and the grim death toll projections dominated the early narrative, to be surpassed later... 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

Facebook to Remove Misleading Trump Census Ads
Census
Facebook to Remove Misleading Trump Census Ads

WASHINGTON — Facebook will remove more than 1,000 Trump campaign ads directing people to fill out an online form titled “Official 2020 Congressional District Census,” after Democrats criticized them as misleading. For weeks, the Republican National Committee has sent people... 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

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

Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts
State News
Philadelphia Police Department to Fire 13 Officers Over Offensive Facebook Posts

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday that 13 officers would be fired for making racist or offensive Facebook posts, an unprecedented wave of terminations resulting from a scandal that has attracted national attention. Speaking alongside Mayor Jim... Read More

Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
Technology
Social Media Giants Questioned On Encouraging Hate Crimes
2019-04-10 00:09:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats in Congress used a hearing Tuesday to criticize President Donald Trump and social media companies for encouraging white nationalism and hate crimes. They cited FBI statistics showing hate crimes have increased since Trump took office in 2016.... Read More

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