Sunday, Apr. 24, 2022

Big tech companies like Google and Facebook parent Meta will have to police their platforms more strictly to better protect European users from hate speech, disinformation and other harmful online content under landmark EU legislation approved early Saturday.

European Union officials...

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022

To her 1.4 million followers across TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, Vica Li says she is a "life blogger" and "food lover" who wants to teach her fans about China so they can travel the country with ease.

"Through my lens, I will take you around China, take you into Vica's life!"...

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2022

As Russia's war in Ukraine  plays out for the world on social media, big tech platforms are moving to restrict Russian state media from using their platforms to spread propaganda and misinformation.

After the European Union's president called for a ban on Russian state media, a wave of...

Monday, Jan. 3, 2022

Three bright and driven women with ground-breaking ideas made significant — if very different — marks on the embattled tech industry in 2021. 

Frances Haugen, Lina Khan and Elizabeth Holmes — a data scientist turned whistleblower, a legal scholar turned antitrust enforcer and a former...

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

The head of Instagram on Wednesday met with deep skepticism on Capitol Hill over new measures the social media platform is adopting to protect young users.

Adam Mosseri appeared before a Senate panel and faced off with lawmakers angry over revelations of how the photo-sharing platform can...

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

Ex-Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen implored lawmakers Wednesday to avert the usual congressional stalemates as they weigh proposals to curb abuses on social media platforms by limiting the companies' free-speech protections against legal liability. 

Still, Haugen urged...

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

Facebook's parent company Meta says it will remove sensitive ad targeting options related to health, race or ethnicity, political affiliation, religion or sexual orientation beginning on Jan. 19. 

Currently, advertisers can target people who have expressed interest in issues, public...

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen warned Tuesday that the "metaverse," the all-encompassing virtual reality world promised by the social media giant, will be addictive and rob people of yet more personal information while giving the embattled company another monopoly online.

Haugen...

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

When Mark Zuckerberg announced ambitious plans to build the "metaverse" — a virtual reality construct intended to supplant the internet, merge virtual life with real life and create endless new playgrounds for everyone — he promised that "you're going to able to do almost anything you can...

Monday, Nov. 1, 2021

Break up Big Tech? How about shrinking the tech companies' shield against liability in cases where the content they push to users causes harm? Or creating a new regulator to strictly oversee the industry?

Those ideas have captured official attention in the U.S., Europe, U.K. and Australia...

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