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Trump administration defends FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules

Trump administration defends FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules

(Reuters) — The Trump administration defended the Federal Communications Commission repeal of landmark open internet rules known as net neutrality, urging a federal appeals court to reject a
Despite new rules, tracking political ad spend across Facebook, Google, and Twitter remains difficult

Despite new rules, tracking political ad spend across Facebook, Google, and Twitter remains difficult

This year, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have all created archives of political ad spending on their platforms, making publicly available for the first time information about how much are spending,
Facebook to remove more voting misinformation, considered ban on political advertising

Facebook to remove more voting misinformation, considered ban on political advertising

(Reuters) — The world’s largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something that Facebook has shied away from as it would
EU leaders ready sanctions amid fears of election hacking

EU leaders ready sanctions amid fears of election hacking

EU leaders are readying sanctions amid fears that the upcoming European elections could be subjected to foreign interference.
Facebook’s biggest political advertiser is…Facebook

Facebook’s biggest political advertiser is…Facebook

Since May, Facebook has spent more than $12 million on political ads promoting its own policy changes on Facebook and Instagram.
Trump disputes China-Russia cellular spying story in tweet from iPhone

Trump disputes China-Russia cellular spying story in tweet from iPhone

After an article said Russia and China have been intercepting his cellular calls, the prolific Twitter for iPhone user claimed he rarely uses a cell phone.
Trump directs U.S. Commerce Department to set 5G wireless spectrum strategy

Trump directs U.S. Commerce Department to set 5G wireless spectrum strategy

The United States will develop a long-term plan for allocating and reallocating multiple blocks of wireless spectrum used by carriers to offer 5G service.
Microsoft expands AccountGuard to U.K. to safeguard elections from cyberthreats

Microsoft expands AccountGuard to U.K. to safeguard elections from cyberthreats

Microsoft expands its AccountGuard security service to the U.K. in an effort to "defend democracy" through protections for politicians and political groups.
Alexa can now talk about the midterm elections

Alexa can now talk about the midterm elections

Amazon's Alexa is teaming up with Ballotpedia and the Associated Press to share info about ballot measures and candidates and results on Election Day.
Snapchat will help you find your polling place on Election Day

Snapchat will help you find your polling place on Election Day

Snap recently said that it registered 400,000 U.S. voters through its app. Now, its helping users find their poling place on Election Day.
Twitter purged over 10,000 bots that tried to discourage U.S. voter turnout

Twitter purged over 10,000 bots that tried to discourage U.S. voter turnout

Twitter removed over 10,000 automated accounts this fall after they were flagged by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
U.S. Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

U.S. Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

The U.S. Supreme Court refused a request by the Trump administration to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules.
Mapping tech adds truth to election debate

Mapping tech adds truth to election debate

There’s a vital role to play for the democratization of mapping tools, and of the data sets that power them. Our democracy depends on it.
3 ways trolls are trying to spread disinformation on Election Day

3 ways trolls are trying to spread disinformation on Election Day

Here's a few ways trolls have tried or are actively trying to trick voters in the United States on Election Day.
Homeless ballot prop opposed by billionaire tech CEOs is winning in San Francisco

Homeless ballot prop opposed by billionaire tech CEOs is winning in San Francisco

Prop C passed in San Francisco to provide up to $300 million for homeless services, in spite of opposition from a number of billionaire tech CEOS.
Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before U.K. and Canada-led committee

Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before U.K. and Canada-led committee

Mark Zuckerberg rejected a request to testify before an international committee on the topic of fake news -- even as the committee continues to grow.
France leads effort to save internet from itself with ‘Paris Call’ and Facebook embed

France leads effort to save internet from itself with ‘Paris Call’ and Facebook embed

French president Macron made two major announcements that underscore his administration's drive to address the long list of problems facing the internet.
Facebook rebuttal claims ‘inaccuracies’ in scathing New York Times investigation

Facebook rebuttal claims ‘inaccuracies’ in scathing New York Times investigation

Facebook tries to refute a story by the New York Times that depicts efforts to deflect blame for the company's responses to a number of controversies.
Facebook’s ‘independent oversight group’ is destined to fail

Facebook’s ‘independent oversight group’ is destined to fail

CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn't want Facebook to be the only one to make content moderation decisions, but a "social media supreme court" isn't the answer.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey kicks up social media storm over ‘hate mongering’ against India’s Brahmins

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey kicks up social media storm over ‘hate mongering’ against India’s Brahmins

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey kicked was accused of 'hate mongering' after a picture of him with a placard saying "smash Brahminical patriarchy," referring to the highest Hindu caste, went viral.