Any action would follow the Justice Department’s landmark suit this week against Google, as a bipartisan tech backlash ramps up.
Even as the Justice Department sued Google, some antitrust experts wondered whether a different government response would be more effective.
An unlikely collection of lawyers, activists, economists and academics is fueling the tech backlash, armed with funding from billionaire sponsors.
In trying to insulate their platforms from the spread of dubious information, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have ignited a different kind of firestorm.
The goal is to disrupt Russia’s well-honed information-warfare systems, whether they are poised to hack election systems or influence the minds of voters.
Our institutions have failed to rein in Donald Trump. So people look to Big Tech.
And why conservatives fear the creep of authoritarianism, too.
The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.
The companies have said they would do more to stop misinformation and hacked materials from spreading. This is what that effort looks like.
Conservatives said they would subpoena the chief executives of the social networks, which had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article.
Facebook’s former chief security officer on what Big Tech needs to do for a free(r) and fair(er) election.
Joe Biden’s campaign rejected assertions made in a published report that were based on unverified material from Trump allies. Facebook and Twitter found the story dubious enough to limit access to it on their platform.
Facebook’s new moves to stop the lies and conspiracy theories seem more random than rigorous.
Baseless claims are circulating online about a Democrat-led coup, inflaming tensions in an already turbulent election season.
The four companies known as Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google — now have more than 22,000 employees in the city, with thousands added just this year.
The social network, which prohibits misinformation related to the coronavirus, has also banned other types of content in recent days.
If you’re wondering if you should buy a new smartphone, ask yourself these questions first.
For the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project, squashing viral rumors means building trust — and avoiding the term “anti-vaxxer.”
From Ford to Microsoft, white-collar companies are increasingly extending working from home through next summer.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.
The platform is trying to address growing concern that falsehoods could lead to instability. Most of the changes will start on Oct. 20.
Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.
Democracy would be better off for it.
Have his supporters seen the light?
Lawmakers said they found multiple problems with each of the four giant tech companies.
The company said an earlier effort to curb the conspiracy movement’s growth didn’t properly address its increasing popularity.
In a report led by Democrats, lawmakers said Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook needed to be checked and recommended reforming antitrust laws.
A House report on how to limit the reach of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook has been delayed as Democrats and Republicans split on remedies.
Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.
The Philippine leader, who harnessed the social network as he rose to power, is now making vague threats to shut it down.
The platforms must not tolerate voter disinformation.
Cities and states face huge bills to deal with voting during the pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg offered $300 million to help — and conservatives are objecting.
The social network said it was moving proactively to dismantle infrastructure Russia could use against the American presidential election.
The social media campaign was small but targeted all sides of the debate. Officials said Beijing had not decided whether to wade more directly in the American presidential race.
Social media sites cracked down on terrorist recruitment. Imagine what they could do about QAnon.
The social network tried cracking down on the spread of the conspiracy theory and other extremist material. But QAnon groups are still flourishing on the site.
What to do if you think Facebook worsens misinformation and hate speech.
How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy?
The social media platforms warn viewers that the Fox News host’s interview with a Chinese virologist contained “false information” about Covid-19.
The new $300 virtual-reality headset works well and feels comfortable. But good luck finding games that will keep you entertained.
Michael R. Caputo told a Facebook audience without evidence that left-wing hit squads were being trained for insurrection and accused C.D.C. scientists of “sedition.”
The employee, who worked in a group dedicated to rooting out fake accounts, said executives ignored or were slow to react to her warnings.
As the rapid pace of change mixes with national security issues, Europe’s role as a global regulator is increasingly tested — and may not be enough.
Despite what Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook shapes our world.
Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children.
There are still many ways that voter misinformation can spread on the social network, even as it moves to cut off new political ads on Oct. 27.
Facebook is too big for democracy.
The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.
The police said a Facebook video found by a mother of her 16-year-old being sexually assaulted while unconscious at a house party in Providence, R.I., had led to charges against eight men.
A man who had written for a site that officials say was a front for a Russian group said his mysterious editor “had a different kind of agenda.”