Dealers remain on Instagram as it pushes drug searchers to treatment
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Dealers remain on Instagram as it pushes drug searchers to treatment

You don’t have to search too hard to find Xanax and Fentanyl dealers posting their phone numbers all over Instagram, but at least it’s starting…

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European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms
Posted in artificial intelligence copyright copyright infringement digital economy europe european commission european parliament european publishers council european union law Mariya Gabriel media online copyright online platforms Policy Social Tech

European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms

The European Parliament has just voted to back controversial proposals to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content…

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Hate speech, collusion, and the constitution
Posted in antitrust facebook first amendment government hate speech Jack Dorsey Policy Sheryl Sandberg Snap Social TC Tech Tweet Trumps twitter

Hate speech, collusion, and the constitution

Half an hour into their two-hour testimony on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were asked…

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How to watch Facebook and Twitter’s big hearings with Congress
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How to watch Facebook and Twitter’s big hearings with Congress

On Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before Congress in the latest high profile hearings for tech on Capitol…

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Facebook, Twitter: US intelligence could help us more in fighting election interference
Posted in digital media facebook Google Larry Page law enforcement Policy presidential election Security Senate Intelligence Committee Sheryl Sandberg Social Social Media Tech twitter us government

Facebook, Twitter: US intelligence could help us more in fighting election interference

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has admitted that the social networking giant could have done more to prevent foreign interference on its platforms, but…

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Twitter is a Nazi haven for the same reason its CEO claims no bias
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Twitter is a Nazi haven for the same reason its CEO claims no bias

“From a simple business perspective and to serve the public, Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform”. That’s Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s…

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Instead of Larry Page, Google sends written testimony to tech’s Senate hearing
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Instead of Larry Page, Google sends written testimony to tech’s Senate hearing

Silicon Valley is about to have another big moment before Congress. On Wednesday, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg will go before the Senate…

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It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech
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It’s time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter….

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California lawmakers are one step closer to bringing back Obama-era net neutrality protections
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California lawmakers are one step closer to bringing back Obama-era net neutrality protections

California’s state Assembly voted 58-17 on Thursday to advance a bill, called S.B. 822, that would implement the strongest net neutrality provisions in the U.S….

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Bernie Sanders fires back against Amazon, calling subsidy reliance ‘absurd’
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Bernie Sanders fires back against Amazon, calling subsidy reliance ‘absurd’

Next week, Bernie Sanders will introduce legislation aimed firmly at large companies he believes have taken advantage of “corporate welfare” by underpaying employees. Amazon and…

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Bernie Sanders’ problem with Amazon
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Bernie Sanders’ problem with Amazon

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is seeking additional information about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses in advance of legislation he’s preparing to introduce on September…

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UK data protection complaints more than double under new GDPR rules
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UK data protection complaints more than double under new GDPR rules

The number of complaints filed with the UK data protection watchdog has more than doubled since the introduction of new European regulations. There were 6,281…

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Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news
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Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news

Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable…

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HUD complaint accuses Facebook ads of violating Fair Housing Act
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HUD complaint accuses Facebook ads of violating Fair Housing Act

A new complaint filed Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accuses Facebook of helping landlords and home sellers violate the…

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Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect
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Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect

Facebook’s role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday’s release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control. It estimated…

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Google releases a searchable database of US political ads
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Google releases a searchable database of US political ads

In an effort to provide more transparency and deliver on a promise to Congress, Google just published an archive of political ads that have run…

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New defense bill bans the U.S. government from using Huawei and ZTE tech
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New defense bill bans the U.S. government from using Huawei and ZTE tech

U.S. government agencies will be forbidden from using certain components or services from several Chinese tech firms, including Huawei and ZTE. The ban was signed…

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Facebook is the recruiting tool of choice for far-right group the Proud Boys
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Facebook is the recruiting tool of choice for far-right group the Proud Boys

Twitter may have suspended the Proud Boys and their controversial leader Gavin McInnes, but it was never their platform of choice. The Proud Boys, a…

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