Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

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Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said […]

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The tech industry actually is a lot like the Wild West but not in the ways you might think

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Bandits and sheriffs? Not so much. Capitalism, graft, and regulation? A tale old as time.Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Strap on your spurs and pull up those chaps! The U.S. government and the tech industry are gearing up for a good old-fashioned Wild West showdown — but not in the way you might think. During Twitter’s and […]

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How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

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In what's threatening to become an annual tradition, executives from Twitter and Facebook will testify before Congress Tuesday. And unlike last fall's session, this round will include the top brass, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presumably gets a pass, given his solo session this past April. […]

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Instagram enables support for third party authenticator security apps

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Multiple ways to authenticate.Image: LightRocket via Getty Images About time, Instagram. On Tuesday, Instagram announced several changes intended to improve security for its 1 billion users. Among the changes is the ability to use third party authenticator apps to log in to Instagram, including DUO Mobile and Google Authenticator. Instagram did not previously support this […]

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Heres Twitters position on Alex Jones (and hate-peddling anti-truthers) hint: Its a fudge

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The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans including from Google, Apple and Facebook. However, as we noted earlier, Twitter is not among them. Although it has banned known hate peddlers […]

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Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for ethical pause of ad ops

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The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that’s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods — and indeed, at […]

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Facebook faces fresh criticism over ad targeting of sensitive interests

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Is Facebook trampling over laws that regulate the processing of sensitive categories of personal data by failing to ask people for their explicit consent before it makes sensitive inferences about their sex life, religion or political beliefs? Or is the company merely treading uncomfortably and unethically close to the line of the law? An investigation […]

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