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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Right-Wing Friendly Parler Announces Re-Launch
Social Media
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

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

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

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

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

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

Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
2020-06-11 15:20:32
by Sara Wilkerson

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, Americans have struggled to find information they believe they can trust on the rate of infection, the death rate and what they should be doing to protect themselves, a new Gallup/Knight... 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

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

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

'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

Presidential Contenders Want Social Networks to Crack Down on White Nationalism
Political News
Presidential Contenders Want Social Networks to Crack Down on White Nationalism

The gunman who killed 20 people in El Paso, Texas, posted his white supremacist manifesto on the right-wing forum 8chan. The man who massacred 51 people at a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque streamed video of the attack live on Facebook.... Read More

Foundation Commits $50 Million to Study How Social Media, Tech Impacts Democracy
Political News
Foundation Commits $50 Million to Study How Social Media, Tech Impacts Democracy
2019-07-22 20:34:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced Monday it is committing $50 million for research to better understand how social media and technology are impacting democracy. The nonprofit foundation, which focuses on journalism and fostering "informed... 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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