Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying

Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen groups paid by Big Tech have tried to head off bipartisan support for six bills meant to undo the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Lina Khan Named F.T.C. Chair by Biden

Ms. Khan, who first attracted notice as a critic of Amazon, was confirmed by the Senate as a commissioner on the agency on Tuesday.

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What Data About You Can the Government Get From Big Tech?

The revelations of a leak investigation started in the Trump administration are a reminder that Big Tech companies often hand over information about their users.

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Are Tech’s Wealthiest Men Worth Their Pay?

The mood about technology has soured more recently, but bosses’ paychecks have mostly remained unscathed.

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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Meet Big Tech’s Tormenter in Chief

Margrethe Vestager is the European regulator trying to do something audacious: get companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook to play fair and pay taxes.

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How Facebook’s News Feed Changed the Internet

Before the News Feed, we navigated the internet at our leisure. But on one fateful day in 2006, it started organizing itself around us.

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Silicon Valley’s Thin Skins and Giant Egos

Ellen Pao, the former C.E.O. of Reddit, talks Big Tech boys clubs, content moderation and workplace culture.

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Zuckerberg’s Trusted Facebook Users to Fix His Trump Problem.

The CEO — and the rest of us — are paying the price.

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Facebook Says Trump’s Ban Will Last at Least 2 Years

The decision puts a time frame on the former president’s suspension, which was put in place after the Capitol riots in January.

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Facebook Plans to End Hands-Off Approach to Politicians’ Posts

The social network, under pressure since barring former President Donald J. Trump, will no longer automatically give world leaders special treatment.

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India and Israel Inflame Facebook’s Fights With Its Own Employees

The social network wrongly bowed to government demands to take down content in the countries, employees said, in more signs of internal dissent.

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Russia Raises Heat on Twitter, Google and Facebook in Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

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WhatsApp Sues India’s Government to Stop New Internet Rules

The rules, which would require WhatsApp to make people’s messages traceable, would violate people’s privacy, the messaging service said.

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Florida, in a First, Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

The new law is a direct response to Facebook’s and Twitter’s suspensions of former President Donald J. Trump.

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Can Snapchat Win the War Against TikTok?

Evan Spiegel, the C.E.O. of Snap Inc., says he knows what users want: “fame, fortune” — and wearable A.R.

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Once Tech’s Favorite Economist, Now a Thorn in Its Side

Paul Romer’s call for government activism, particularly toward the big tech companies, reflects “a profound change in my thinking.”

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Apple and Facebook’s Feud Reveals Americans Like Privacy

A new operating system gives users more privacy. That’s bad news for Facebook.

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Why Are Tech Companies Pretending to Be Governments?

The decision-making theatrics of Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies underscore the need for government to play a larger role.

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Mob Violence Against Palestinians in Israel Is Fueled by Groups on WhatsApp

Jewish extremists have formed more than 100 new groups on the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app in recent days to target attacks.

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Goldman Sachs Wants Its Bankers Back at the Office

Goldman Sachs is the latest to call an end to remote work.

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Inside the Decision on Trump’s Facebook Fate

Alan Rusbridger led The Guardian through the Snowden revelations and WikiLeaks. Now, he’s on the Facebook Oversight Board. He tells Kara how the Trump decision went down.

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A Major Ruling From Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’

What does the decision about the barring of former President Donald Trump tell us about the platform’s oversight board?

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Josh Hawley and Donald Trump Haven’t Been ‘Silenced’

But it’s not clear how Facebook should deal with them or how we should deal with Facebook.

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‘It’s His Own Damn Fault,’ Frank Luntz Says of Trump and Facebook

The veteran Republlican pollster has never felt so gloomy.

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Facebook Oversight Board Tells Zuckerberg He’s the Decider on Trump

The company tried to punt its Trump dilemma to a panel of experts. On Wednesday, the experts punted back.

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Nick Clegg Steers Facebook’s Trump Decision

Nick Clegg, a former deputy prime minister, has shaped the company’s handling of Donald Trump at every turn.

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Facebook Ban Hits Trump Where It Hurts: Messaging and Money

Facebook has increasingly become one of the most vital weapons in a political campaign’s arsenal, and few had tapped into its potential for advertising and fund-raising as aggressively as Mr. Trump’s.

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A Verdict in Facebook’s Show Trial

An oversight board essentially kicks the decision over Donald Trump’s status back to the social media site.

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The Limits of Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’

What happens on Facebook has such big consequences, its quasi-independent Oversight Board can only do so much.

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Trump’s Suspension From Facebook Continues — For Now

Wednesday’s ruling throws the fate of the former president back to Mark Zuckerberg — exactly what he doesn’t want.

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Good Riddance, Donald Trump?

A Facebook-appointed panel avoided a clear decision about Trump’s heinous online behavior. It’s kind of perfect, actually.

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Trump Ban From Facebook Upheld by Oversight Board

A company-appointed panel ruled that the ban was justified at the time but added that the company should reassess its action and make a final decision in six months.

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Facebook Oversight Board Set to Rule on Trump Ban

The panel of about 20 people, including academics and political leaders, will decide whether the company’s ban of former President Donald J. Trump will remain in effect.

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‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech

The dictionary doesn’t have enough superlatives to describe what’s happening to the five biggest technology companies, raising uncomfortable questions for their C.E.O.s.

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To Understand Tech, Look Beyond the C.E.O.s

What the tech barons think matters. But imagine if those working in the trenches had a bigger voice.

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How Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s C.E.O. Became Foes

The chief executives of Facebook and Apple have opposing visions for the future of the internet. Their differences are set to escalate this week.

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To Be Tracked or Not? Apple Is Now Giving Us the Choice.

With Apple’s latest mobile software update, we can decide whether apps monitor and share our activities with others. Here’s what to know.

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Breaking Point: How Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook Became Foes

The chief executives of Facebook and Apple have opposing visions for the future of the internet. Their differences are set to escalate this week.

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Why Does the C.I.A. Need Puppets?

And where does it get them? The agency’s top technologist, Dawn Meyerriecks, talks spy gear and why Hollywood and Silicon Valley play a critical role in national security.

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Is an Activist’s Pricey House News? Facebook Alone Decides.

The New York Post has complained that Facebook is blocking and downplaying its stories. But the platform doesn’t pay any special deference to journalists.

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As Covid Outbreak Rages, India Orders Critical Social Media Posts to Be Taken Down

Aimed at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the move sets up a clash over free speech amid a widening political and public health crisis.

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Why Is Big Tech Under Assault? Power.

Tech executives wanted to change the world, and they did. Of course we’re now questioning them.

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A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

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Chauvin, Vaccines, Indianapolis: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Facebook, Preparing for Chauvin Verdict, Will Limit Posts That Might Incite Violence

The company said it planned to limit posts that contain misinformation and hate speech related to the trial to keep them from spilling over into real-world harm.

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A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture

Social media companies and other organizations are looking out for themselves.

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Mark Zuckerberg is urged to scrap plans for an Instagram for children.

A version of the popular photo-sharing app for younger users could hook children on endless scrolling and body-image shame, nonprofit groups warned.

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Online Scammers Have a New Offer For You: Vaccine Cards

Hundreds of sellers are offering false and stolen vaccine cards, as businesses and states weigh proof of vaccinations for getting people back to work and play.

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Apple’s C.E.O. Is Making Very Different Choices From Mark Zuckerberg

Tim Cook views privacy as ‘one of the top issues of the 21st century.’ Other tech leaders don’t seem to agree.

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