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In the fight for democracy, can we still tap social media for ‘good’?

In the fight for democracy, can we still tap social media for ‘good’?

OPINION: If you haven’t seen Yuval Noah Harari’s recent TED Talk on the allure of fascism — and why now, more than ever, it’s a real threat to democracy — it’s worth watching. An author and historian,
White House is investigating Google after Donald Trump claims bias

White House is investigating Google after Donald Trump claims bias

(Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday Google’s search engine was hiding “fair media” coverage of him and said he would address the situation, taking a swipe at the internet giant
Silicon Valley has no idea how to fight Trump’s anti-tech propaganda

Silicon Valley has no idea how to fight Trump’s anti-tech propaganda

If nothing else, President Trump’s latest hysterical rants against tech have demonstrated once again how badly he continues to outfox his opponents. Google is the latest to fall into this well-laid
Twitter joins Facebook in rolling out issue ads policy

Twitter joins Facebook in rolling out issue ads policy

Two months after releasing its ads transparency center, Twitter announced its new policy on how it will regulate issue ads — ads that “advocate for legislative issues of national importance.” Twitter
Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey must convince Congress that Silicon Valley is ready for U.S. midterms

Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey must convince Congress that Silicon Valley is ready for U.S. midterms

OPINION: Wednesday will mark the fourth time in the past year that representatives from large tech companies have testified in front of Congressional bodies. What questions will they answer, and what
Tech giants promise Congress they‘ll try harder to stop making the world an awful place

Tech giants promise Congress they‘ll try harder to stop making the world an awful place

In advance of Congressional hearings today, executives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter have submitted various statements summarizing progress they’ve made in combatting electoral manipulations,
Google becomes the scapegoat as U.S. Senate questions Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey

Google becomes the scapegoat as U.S. Senate questions Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey

When Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, it was the fourth such hearing held by the committee in the past
In House testimony, Jack Dorsey refutes claims that Twitter’s algorithms have anti-conservative bias

In House testimony, Jack Dorsey refutes claims that Twitter’s algorithms have anti-conservative bias

A hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday quickly devolved into squabbling about whether Twitter is biased against conservatives. While Wednesday’s
Internet companies may face EU fine if extremist content isn’t removed within an hour

Internet companies may face EU fine if extremist content isn’t removed within an hour

(Reuters) — The European Union’s chief executive on Wednesday proposed fining Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms if they fail to remove extremist content within one hour. Brussels
EU Parliament passes copyright reform, but fate of controversial ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ uncertain

EU Parliament passes copyright reform, but fate of controversial ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ uncertain

The European Union Parliament voted overwhelmingly to approve a copyright reform that includes two hotly debated measures critics have dubbed catastrophic for an open internet. But while the vote was
Amazon’s Bezos says Trump should be ‘glad’ of media scrutiny

Amazon’s Bezos says Trump should be ‘glad’ of media scrutiny

(Reuters) — Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said on Thursday the company would announce a decision on where it will build a second headquarters before the end of the year, and also said that
Facebook announces pilot to monitor hacking threats against U.S. political candidates and staff

Facebook announces pilot to monitor hacking threats against U.S. political candidates and staff

As the U.S. midterm elections draw closer, Facebook announced today that it is rolling out a pilot program that U.S. political campaigns can enroll in to get additional security protections for their
Facebook will stop on-site support for political campaigns

Facebook will stop on-site support for political campaigns

(Reuters) — Facebook said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump
Twitter will now ask you for feedback before implementing policy changes

Twitter will now ask you for feedback before implementing policy changes

Twitter announced today that it will incorporate more user feedback before making policy changes, by releasing surveys that anyone can answer. The first survey will be rolled out today, and will be
Google confirms Dragonfly project in Senate hearing, dodges questions on China plans

Google confirms Dragonfly project in Senate hearing, dodges questions on China plans

During a Wednesday Senate hearing, Google’s chief privacy officer Keith Enright confirmed that the company has a project codenamed Dragonfly — reported to be a censored search engine that’s being
U.S. sues after California signs net neutrality law

U.S. sues after California signs net neutrality law

(Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department late on Sunday filed suit after California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to restore open internet protections known as net neutrality in the state
Jam City encourages mobile gamers to vote in midterm elections

Jam City encourages mobile gamers to vote in midterm elections

Mobile game publisher Jam City wants players to get out to vote for the U.S. midterm elections, and it’s partnering with the national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization When We All Vote to
Firefox’s election toolkit protects you from misinformation and bad ads

Firefox’s election toolkit protects you from misinformation and bad ads

Mozilla, the nonprofit behind Firefox, announced today an “election bundle” it’s pushing to help users protect themselves from misinformation and misleading advertising in the run-up to the U.S.
Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google ready for the midterms?

Are Facebook, Twitter, and Google ready for the midterms?

ANALYSIS: Two years ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “it was a pretty crazy idea” to think that foreign interference on his platform could have swayed the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential
U.S. legislators urge Canada to block Huawei from 5G networks

U.S. legislators urge Canada to block Huawei from 5G networks

(Reuters) — Two leading U.S. lawmakers, both sharp critics of China, urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday to consider dropping China’s Huawei from helping to build next-generation 5G