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Facebook’s FTC settlement could include 20 years of oversight

(Reuters) — The social media giant Facebook is headed toward an agreement with the U.S. government over its privacy policies and practices that would put it under 20 years of oversight, according to a source knowledgeable about the discussions. The agreement would resolve a probe of whether the company violated a similar consent pact reached […]

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U.S. senators say Facebook executives including Zuckerberg must be personally accountable in FTC settlement

(Reuters) — Two U.S. senators on Monday criticized reported plans for a Federal Trade Commission settlement with Facebook for misuse of consumers’ personal data, saying that top officials, potentially including founder Mark Zuckerberg, must be held personally responsible. In a letter to the FTC, Senators Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, and Josh Hawley, a Republican, told […]

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Microsoft launches election verification tool and M365 for Campaigns to protect political parties

Microsoft is introducing tools and services for political parties and democratic governments with ElectionGuard SDK, an open source software development kit for verification of elections results, and M365 for Campaigns with additional email security for political parties. Microsoft is negotiating partnerships with election equipment suppliers currently supplying the majority of voting machines in the United […]

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Donald Trump complained to Twitter CEO about losing followers

(Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump met with Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on Tuesday and spent a significant time questioning him about why he had lost some Twitter followers, a person briefed on the matter said. The meeting, which was organized by the White House last week, came hours after Trump again attacked […]

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EU countries give final approval to copyright reform aimed at Google and Facebook

The European Union has officially approved a controversial and sweeping reform of its copyright rules to protect content creators but that includes provisions critics and tech giants have argued will signficantly reduce free speech online. The rules were passed by the European Parliament last month, but still needed the final approval of member governments to […]

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U.S. senators introduce bill to ban social media firms from using misleading ‘dark pattern’ designs

(Reuters) — Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data. The bill from Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Deb Fischer, a Republican, would also ban online platforms with more than 100 million monthly active users from […]

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U.K. proposes new social media regulations to battle harmful content

(Reuters) – Britain proposed new online safety laws on Monday that would slap penalties on social media companies and technology firms if they fail to protect their users from harmful content. Easy access to damaging material, particularly among young people, has caused growing concern worldwide and came into the spotlight in Britain after the death […]

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Zuckerberg is right: Third-party standards must govern online speech

While some lawmakers and privacy advocates have criticized Mark Zuckerberg’s recent call for greater government oversight, deeming it PR-driven and self-serving, the proposal he outlined goes a long way toward reforming an issue of enormous significance in the tech space. He advocates for third-party content standards, which would sharply reduce Facebook and other companies’ power […]

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AI Weekly: Google’s ethics council barely lasted a week, but there’s a thin silver lining

Google disbanded its external AI ethics board on Thursday, only 10 days after it was formed to advise the Alphabet company about potential issues with AI models. Critics of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Committee (ATEAC) seemed to primarily oppose Heritage Foundation president Kay Cole James, who Google employees say voiced anti-immigrant, anti-gay, and anti-transgender […]

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WhatsApp launches fact-checking service to fight fake news ahead of Indian elections

(Reuters) — WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a service for Indians to check the veracity of information, in the messaging platform’s latest attempt to combat fake news in India ahead of national elections beginning this month. WhatsApp said in a statement it was working with local startup Proto to classify messages sent to the service by […]

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Europe passes controversial online copyright reforms

And so the European Parliament has finally done it: it has approved controversial copyright reforms that could have significant repercussions for the internet in Europe. The set of copyright rules known as the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, but more succinctly as the EU Copyright Directive, has been debated and discussed for […]

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Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are raging against the machine (intelligence)

Beto is running. So is Bernie, and maybe Biden. Primaries to pick 2020 presidential candidates are more than a year away in most parts of the United States, but candidates seeking the highest office in the land are making their intentions known now, and almost every candidate running for the Democratic nomination to take on […]

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Elizabeth Warren vows to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google

(Reuters) — Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed on Friday to break up Amazon.com, Alphabet’s Google, and Facebook if elected U.S. president to promote competition in the tech sector. Warren, who is seeking to stand out in a crowded field of presidential candidates, said in a blog post that on their way to the top, the big […]

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Twitter expands political ad policy to EU, India, and Australia

Following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook, Twitter today announced it’s expanding its political campaign policy and Ads Transparency Center to all European Union member states, India, and Australia. Launched in the U.S. last year, the Ads Transparency Center allows anyone — whether a Twitter user or not — to see all of the Twitter […]

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U.K. says Facebook needs independent ethical oversight

(Reuters) — Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for what it […]

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Germany orders Facebook to restrict data-gathering practices

(Reuters) — Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a ruling that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook said it would appeal the landmark ruling on Thursday by the Federal Cartel Office, the culmination of […]

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Facebook’s 15th birthday is clouded by controversies and concerns

Today marks 15 years since the service then known as TheFacebook was launched. This could be the time to trot out a list of all of Facebook’s accomplishments. But as the company reaches its teenage years, the most important thing is not what Facebook has accomplished, but how the environment it’s operating in has changed. Facebook’s […]

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Google and Facebook spend more than ever on U.S. lobbying efforts

(Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google disclosed in a quarterly filing on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, topping its previous high of $18.22 million in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices. In its filing to Congress on Tuesday, Facebook disclosed that […]

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Google will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of general elections

Google is joining Facebook in bringing greater transparency to its political advertising tools in India as the world’s largest democracy gears up for general elections in the coming months. The search giant today said it will introduce an India-specific Political Advertising Transparency Report and make available a searchable Political Ads Library in the country in March of […]

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Facebook to bring stricter ads rules to countries with big votes in 2019

(Reuters) — Facebook told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become […]

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