Want to Buy a Scrunchie Mask? Great. But Forget About That N95.

Scientists are urging Americans to upgrade their face coverings. But Amazon, Google and Facebook restrict the sale of medical-grade masks. Critics say the rules are outdated.

#amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #masks, #online-advertising, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Sacha Baron Cohen Has a Message for Mark Zuckerberg

The actor who, as Borat, drew our attention to racism, misogyny and autocratic propaganda calls out the social media companies who profit off these trends.

#cohen-sacha-baron, #facebook-inc, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook Bans Myanmar Military Accounts in Aftermath of Coup

The move plunges the social network into the post-coup politics of the roiled nation, after years of criticism over how Myanmar’s military had used the site.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Australia’s Social Media Law Won’t Save Journalism

Google and Facebook have objected to a law that will require them to pay media outlets for content. But the legislation won’t protect the businesses it aims to help.

#australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia

The agreement means users and publishers in Australia can once again share links to news articles, after Facebook had blocked the practice last week.

#australia, #brown-campbell, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #frydenberg-josh, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Positive Coronavirus Test? Canadians Worry Their Neighbors Will Find Out

The fear of public shaming is becoming so prevalent in some Canadian provinces that doctors worry it is driving virus cases underground.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #new-brunswick-canada, #quarantines, #social-media

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A New-Media Showdown in Australia

What to make of a proposed law that would require tech companies to pay for news that appears on their platforms.

#australia, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-corporation, #newspapers, #social-media

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Facebook and Google Diverge in Response to Proposed Australian Law

With Australia moving to make the tech companies pay for news, Facebook said it would block news links in the country while Google has struck deals to pay publishers.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #australian-the-newspaper, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #news-corporation, #social-media, #youtube-com

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Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Faces Its First Major Test

The questions are bigger than whether Trump should have been suspended.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #oversight-board-facebook, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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Big Tech’s Next Big Problem Could Come From People Like ‘Mr. Sweepy’

Government antitrust lawsuits have created openings for numerous private cases against Big Tech, with more expected to come. If successful, the cases could cost them dearly.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Military Imposes Full Grip on Myanmar in Overnight Crackdown

Armored vehicles rolled in along with soldiers in camouflage in cities across the country as generals moved to crush the protest movement against the Feb. 1 military coup.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mandalay-myanmar, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #naypyidaw-myanmar, #social-media, #twitter

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Why Is Facebook Rejecting These Fashion Ads?

The automated intelligence systems of Instagram and Facebook have repeatedly denied ads placed by small businesses that make stylish clothing for people with disabilities.

#adaptive-fashion, #artificial-intelligence, #corporate-social-responsibility, #disabilities, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #online-advertising, #social-media, #your-feed-fashion

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The Economic Case for Regulating Social Media

The core business model of platforms like Facebook and Twitter poses a threat to society and requires retooling, an economist says.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-speech, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With Clubhouse

The social network, which has a history of cloning its competitors, has started working on an audio chat product.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #davison-paul-entrepreneur, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Dials Down the Politics for Users

News feeds will start getting less political content in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia, the social network said, with the change reaching the U.S. in coming weeks.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Cyberspace Plus Trump Almost Killed Our Democracy. Can Europe Save Us?

If we don’t find a solution fast, China will pass us economically.

#china, #cyberspace-administration-of-china, #europe, #european-parliament, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #zuboff-shoshana

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Facebook says it plans to remove posts with false vaccine claims.

The move, which applies to anti-vaccine posts unrelated to Covid as well, targets unpaid posts to the site and particularly Facebook pages and groups.

#autism, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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To Fight or Hide: Fear Grips Myanmar With Military Back in Charge

Dozens of arrests, beatings by mysterious thugs and telecommunication cutoffs are the new reality across the country. But civil disobedience defiantly persists.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #facebook-inc, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #social-media, #yangon-myanmar

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How the Pandemic Left the $25 Billion Hudson Yards Eerily Deserted

The largest private development in U.S. history has attracted marquee companies, but is struggling with unsold luxury condos and a mall barren of shoppers.

#amtrak, #facebook-inc, #foreign-investments, #hudson-yards-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #neiman-marcus-group, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #related-cos, #ross-stephen-m, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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Facebook’s Supreme Court Needs a Broader Mandate

The first decisions from the new Oversight Board have been issued. The results are underwhelming.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #oversight-board-facebook, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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In Hong Kong, Easing the Pain of Covid With the Kindness of Strangers

Members of a Hong Kong Facebook group help people they’ve never met cope with quarantine and virus testing, whether that means saving an 8-year-old’s birthday or keeping an eye on an octogenarian.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #hong-kong, #quarantines

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Are Private Messaging Apps the Next Misinformation Hot Spot?

Telegram and Signal, the encrypted services that keep conversations confidential, are increasingly popular. Our tech columnists discuss whether this could get ugly.

#chen-brian-x, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #telegram-llc, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

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How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis

These steps, experts say, could prod more people to abandon the scourge of hoaxes and lies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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GameStop and Investing for the Long Run

Signs of irrational exuberance abound. Stay sober and invest for the long run, our columnist says.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #blockbuster-inc, #charles-schwab-corporation, #facebook-inc, #financial-brokers, #gamestop-corporation, #hedge-funds, #long-term-capital-management-lp, #stocks-and-bonds

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Robinhood Faces a Cash Drain and Angry Customers

The online broker raised $1 billion to prop itself up. Overcoming customer anger may be harder.

#american-airlines, #corporate-social-responsibility, #depository-trust-and-clearing-corporation, #facebook-inc, #financial-brokers, #gamestop-corporation, #oversight-board-facebook, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #social-media, #world-economic-forum

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Your App Knows You Got Your Period. Guess Who It Told?

Millions of women use apps to track their cycles, and that data is often passed on to third-party companies, like Facebook and Google. But what if that data could be used to help women’s health research?

#apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #women-and-girls

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Facebook Said to Consider Suing Apple Over App Store Practices

The social network has discussed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, as tensions grow between the companies over how each treats consumer data.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Who Will Pay to Get America Back on Its Feet?

A one-time tax on those who have made lots of money during the pandemic may be an answer.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #social-media, #taxation

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Bonus: Kara and Kevin Roose Debrief on Chris Best

They also discuss “flouncing” and whether a Substack newsletter would be too much work for Donald Trump.

#4chan, #facebook-inc, #new-york-times, #parler-llc, #qanon, #roose-kevin, #substack-inc, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

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They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

Companies inspired by the cryptocurrency are creating social networks, storing online content and hosting websites without any central authority.

#bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #virtual-currency, #youtube-com

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The Rising Union Movement at Amazon, Google and Twitter

The Trump era spurred them to collective action. But the work has just begun.

#alphabet-workers-union, #computers-and-the-internet, #cotton-tom, #facebook-inc, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #parler-llc, #race-and-ethnicity, #sanders-bernard, #social-media, #strikes, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Is Big Tech Policing Free Speech? Because the Government Isn’t

Deplatforming President Trump showed that the First Amendment is broken — but not in the way his supporters think.

#amazon-com-inc, #censorship, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #parler-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump Wants Back on Facebook. This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him.

A new kind of corporate supercourt is looking for legitimacy.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #oversight-board, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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An Australia With No Google? The Bitter Fight Behind a Drastic Threat

The big tech platforms are facing a challenge unlike any other as Australia moves to make them pay for news.

#australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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When Joe Biden Took the White House, He AlsoTook @WhiteHouse Twitter

The transition of official White House social media handles in 2020 was more complicated than four years ago.

#archives-and-records, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #facebook-inc, #inaugurations, #instagram-inc, #presidential-transition-us, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook

Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents.

#advertising-and-marketing, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #online-advertising, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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WhatsApp Delays Privacy Changes Amid User Backlash

The company faced a backlash from users who worried the changes made the messaging service less secure.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

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Big Tech Has Failed Us. But There’s Hope.

The chaos of the last two weeks offers an opportunity to rethink the role of technology in our lives.

#entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #miami-fla, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #start-ups, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suarez-francis-x-1977

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Facebook and Twitter Face International Scrutiny After Trump Ban

Human rights groups and activists have spent years urging the companies to do more to remove content that encouraged violence.

#computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #violence-media-and-entertainment

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They Can’t Leave the Bay Area Fast Enough

As a tech era draws to an end, more workers and companies are packing up. What comes next?

#atlanta-ga, #austin-tex, #cabo-san-lucas-mexico, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #georgia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-juan-puerto-rico, #savannah-ga, #twitter, #work-life-balance

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San Francisco’s Tech Workers Make the Big Move

As a tech era draws to an end, more workers and companies are packing up. What comes next?

#atlanta-ga, #austin-tex, #cabo-san-lucas-mexico, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #georgia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-juan-puerto-rico, #savannah-ga, #twitter, #work-life-balance

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Changing the Internet Law That Lets Twitter Ban Trump

In a special bonus episode of “The Argument,” Jane Coaston defends the law that made the internet as we know it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #politics-and-government, #section-230, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world’s hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies and privacy concerns.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #durov-pavel-valeryevich-1984, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #moxie-marlinspike, #parler-llc, #privacy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whatsapp-inc

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Is More Violence Coming?

Social media platforms have raced to bar organizers of the attack on the Capitol. Will that make a repeat less likely, or just harder to prevent?

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #police, #social-media, #telegram-llc

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Now Social Media Grows a Conscience?

Facebook and Twitter are taking action. It’s too little, too late.

#facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter, #united-states

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Uganda Blocks Facebook Ahead of Contentious Election

President Yoweri Museveni accused the company of “arrogance” after it removed fake accounts and pages linked to his re-election campaign.

#elections, #facebook-inc, #kampala-uganda, #kyagulanyi-ssentamu-robert-bobi-wine, #social-media, #twitter, #uganda

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Trump Is Blowing Apart the G.O.P. God Bless Him.

There still will be a place for principled Republicans.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #facebook-inc, #graham-lindsey, #mcconnell-mitch, #murkowski-lisa, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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AT&T, JPMorgan and Coca-Cola Pull Back Political Giving Following Capitol Riots

AT&T and Marriott were among companies that will stop campaign contributions to lawmakers who objected to certifying the election. Other companies, such as JPMorgan, paused all political donations.

#att-inc, #charles-schwab-corporation, #citigroup-inc, #corporations, #cruz-ted, #facebook-inc, #fedex-corporation, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #lincoln-project, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #marriott-international-inc, #morgan-stanley, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walmart-stores-inc

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Fringe Groups Splinter Online After Facebook and Twitter Bans

Tracking what may be planned in the coming days could become even more difficult as the groups take to lesser-known networks and apps that can’t be easily monitored.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #gab-ai-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #telegram-llc, #trump-donald-j

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The Scary Power of the Companies That Finally Shut Trump Up

Tech giants were right to ban the president. We still need to break them up.

#amazon-com-inc, #bill-of-rights-us, #censorship, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #debates-political, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #impeachment, #jones-alex-1974, #liberalism-us-politics, #libertarianism-us-politics, #navalny-aleksei-a, #parler-llc, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #sanders-sarah-huckabee, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

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