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Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
Twitter’s ban on political advertising is ratcheting up pressure on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to follow suit. But so far, that doesn’t appear likely to happen.
Facebook’s policy is to accept paid political ads from candidates without fact-checking them or censoring them, even if they...
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
Twitter announced an end to political campaign and issue ads on its service, calling it an important step in reducing the flow of election-related misinformation.
But some of its users might face an unintended consequence or two.
Among those potentially affected could be public-...
Monday, Aug. 12, 2019
Trump Can't Block Critics From The @realDonaldTrump Twitter Account, Says The Second Circuit (and the First Amendment)
Last month, the Second Circuit held that Donald Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked several Twitter users from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. The ruling, Knight First Amendment Inst. at Columbia Univ., et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al., affirmed a 2018 Southern...
Friday, Mar. 15, 2019
Internet companies scrambled Friday to remove graphic video filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack.
Facebook said it took down a livestream of the shootings and removed the shooter's Facebook and...
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
Facebook, Twitter and Google routinely squabble for users, engineers and advertising money. Yet it makes sense for these tech giants to work together on security threats, elections meddling and other common ills.
Such cooperation was evident Tuesday when Facebook announced that it had...
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018
After long resisting change, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wants to revamp the "core" of the service to fight rampant abuse and misinformation. But it's not clear if changing that essence — how it rewards interactions and values popularity — would even work.
Though Dorsey was scant on details,...
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology's brightest minds should have seen that coming.
Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of...
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018
Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the...
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018
Facebook has taken the lion's share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it's far from alone. YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in more videos, posts and...
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists.
And it's not clear if the companies have taken sufficient action to prevent...