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There Is No Tech Backlash

It’s fun, and increasingly fashionable, to complain about technology. Our own devices distract us, others’ devices spy on us, social media companies poison public discourse, new wired objects violate our privacy, and all of this contributes to a general sense of runaway change careening beyond our control. No wonder there’s a tech backlash. But, really, […]

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Michigan Police Officer Is Terminated After K.K.K. Application Was Found in His Home

A police officer in Michigan was terminated on Thursday after a prospective homebuyer who had been touring the officer’s house posted a picture on social media of a framed Ku Klux Klan application he had seen there, spurring an internal investigation. Frank Peterson, the city manager of Muskegon, confirmed on Friday that the officer, Charles […]

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House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

A House committee investigating Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google over possible antitrust violations on Friday sent the four companies detailed requests for documents, emails and other communications. House investigators are seeking information on the big technology companies’ businesses, acquisitions and conduct in digital markets including internet search, advertising and e-commerce. The formal requests for information […]

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Business Leaders to Call on Congress to Act on Gun Violence

In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies were set to send a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws. “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis […]

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You Can’t Go to College With Your Kid. But You Can Pretend on Facebook.

Jenny Tananbaum was at home in New Jersey one Saturday morning last September when she noticed a flurry of activity in the Facebook group she had joined for parents of students at American University in Washington, D.C., where her son was a freshman. Fire alarms were sounding in the dorms, according to posts from anxious […]

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E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’

BRUSSELS — For five years, Margrethe Vestager, was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers. As the European Union’s competition commissioner, she, and her army of lawyers, became heroes to many critics of Big Tech, even […]

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Google Antitrust Investigation Outlined by State Attorneys General

The state attorneys general from about four dozen states officially declared on Monday that they are beginning investigations into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech companies. The formal declaration, delivered from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan group of state officials, adds investigative muscle and political momentum […]

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How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have been the envy of corporate America, admired for their size, influence and remarkable growth. Now that success is attracting a different kind of spotlight. In Washington, Brussels and beyond, regulators and lawmakers are investigating whether the four technology companies have used their size and wealth to quash competition and […]

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New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act

There is a force uniting the nation’s fierce partisan divide: big technology companies. Democrats and Republicans at the federal and state levels are uniting to scrutinize the power of the tech giants, and potentially to rein them in. Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, announced on Friday that the attorneys general in eight states — […]

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Facebook Faces Antitrust Investigation by State Attorneys General

Regulators in eight states and the District of Columbia are moving forward with an antitrust investigation into Facebook, New York’s attorney general said on Friday, the latest move by government officials to increase scrutiny of America’s technology giants. “Even the largest social media platform in the world must follow the law and respect consumers,” Attorney […]

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‘We’re at War’: A Covert Social Media Campaign Boosts Military Rulers

CAIRO — Days after Sudanese soldiers massacred pro-democracy demonstrators in Khartoum in June, an obscure digital marketing company in Cairo began deploying keyboard warriors to a second front: a covert operation to praise Sudan’s military on social media. The Egyptian company, run by a former military officer and self-described expert on “internet warfare,” paid new […]

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They Posed as Soldiers in Love. Over 30 People Lost $2.1 Million.

It often started with a hope for love, then quickly turned into a promise of gold. In one tragic case, it ended in death. A woman had struck up a romance on a dating website with a man who said he was a United States soldier stationed overseas. He claimed to have more than $12 […]

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Facebook Tightens Rules on Verifying Political Advertisers

Facebook on Wednesday said it was strengthening how it verifies which groups and people place political advertising on its site, as the social network braces for the 2020 presidential election in the United States and works to reduce the spread of online disinformation. The moves build on rules that Facebook introduced last year, in which […]

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Many Are Abandoning Facebook. These People Have the Opposite Problem.

For a decade, Christopher Reeves, an Uber driver in Seattle, used Facebook for everything: talking with friends, communicating with fellow drivers, meeting singles. But one day in June, as he was uploading photos from a comic book convention and a family trip to Disney Land, he found himself abruptly logged out. When Mr. Reeves, 32, […]

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A Business Built on Disinformation: Highlights From Our Investigation

It may not be a household name, but few publications have had the reach, and potentially the influence, in American politics as The Western Journal. Even the right-wing publication’s audience of more than 36 million people, eclipsing many of the nation’s largest news organizations, doesn’t know much about the company, or who’s behind it. In […]

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Big Tech, a Conservative Provocateur and the Fight Over Disinformation

Each day, in an office outside Phoenix, a team of young writers and editors curates reality. In the America presented on their news and opinion website, WesternJournal.com, tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes. Danger and outrages loom. A Mexican politician threatens the “takeover” of several […]

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Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has built an extensive network of tracking technology outside of its core social network to bolster its targeted advertising business. That has allowed the company to collect information about its users’ browsing habits, even when they were not using the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook said it was changing its practices […]

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