Congressional Committee Presses Cable Providers on Election Fraud Claims

Before a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked cable companies what they did to combat “the spread of misinformation.”

#att-inc, #comcast-corporation, #dorsey-jack, #eshoo-anna-g, #fox-news-channel, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #news-and-news-media, #newsmax-media, #one-america-news-network, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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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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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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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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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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Twitter’s Ban on Trump Shows Where Power Now Lies

The ability of a handful of people to control our public discourse has never been more obvious.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gab-ai-inc, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Trump Is Losing His Platforms on Twitter and Facebook

He is running out of places to post.

#dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #futures-and-options-trading, #gab-ai-inc, #menker-sara, #parler-llc, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Trump Is Banned on Facebook ‘at Least’ Until His Term is Over

“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said.

#censorship, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook’s Tone-Deaf Attack on Apple

The company declared in newspaper ads that it was “standing up to Apple.” It’s a desperate ploy that’s unlikely to work.

#apple-inc, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #epic-games, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Should Facebook Be Broken Up?

The U.S. government and more than 40 states say the social networking company has become an unlawful monopoly that is hurting consumers.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #social-media, #two-thousand-tens-decade, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Takes the Gloves Off in Feud With Apple

The social network said it opposed changes that Apple was making to the tracking of apps and would provide information for an antitrust complaint against the iPhone maker.

#advertising-and-marketing, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #privacy, #small-business, #social-media, #software, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Yes, Facebook Has Become a Menace

It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #microsoft-corp, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘It’s Hard to Prove’: Why Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Face Hurdles

The U.S. and states cases against the social network are far from a slam dunk because the standards of proof are formidable.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #instant-messaging, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Inside the Battle Between Biden and Facebook

What if neutrality isn’t neutral?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Justice Dept. Suit Says Facebook Discriminates Against U.S. Workers

The lawsuit adds to Facebook’s woes in Washington, where the social network also faces antitrust questions.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook says it will remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation.

The step goes beyond what the social network previously did on vaccine falsehoods by taking down the false claims entirely.

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

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What to Expect in Senate Hearing With Zuckerberg and Dorsey

The executives, who have now testified several times in recent years, will most likely face some new questions about how they handled the election.

#computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook and Twitter Can’t Fix Our Elections

Tech companies aren’t going to dismantle the systems that are making them billions.

#facebook-inc, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #united-states, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Republicans Blast Social Media C.E.O.s While Democrats Deride Hearing

Republican senators accused the leaders of Twitter, Facebook and Google of censorship. Democrats denounced that as posturing.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cruz-ted, #dorsey-jack, #duckworth-l-tammy, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #pichai-sundar, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate-committee-on-commerce-science-and-transportation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Trump Allies Amp Up Fight Over Tech’s Legal Shield Before Election

Their animosity is likely to be on full display at a hearing on Wednesday with the leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #censorship, #commerce-department, #dorsey-jack, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-communications-commission, #federal-trade-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #law-and-legislation, #pichai-sundar, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Where Liberal Power Lies

And why conservatives fear the creep of authoritarianism, too.

#ahmari-sohrab, #conservatism-us-politics, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #new-york-post, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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As Twitter and Facebook Clamp Down, Republicans Claim ‘Election Interference’

Conservatives said they would subpoena the chief executives of the social networks, which had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article.

#biden-hunter, #blackburn-marsha, #cruz-ted, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #jordan-jim-1964, #new-york-post, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Evolving’ Position on Holocaust Denial

Facebook’s new moves to stop the lies and conspiracy theories seem more random than rigorous.

#facebook-inc, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Bans Content About Holocaust Denial From Its Site

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vigilantes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.

#buzzfeed-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whitmer-gretchen, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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‘The Social Network’ 10 Years Later: A Grim Online Life Foretold

At the time, the fictional story of Facebook’s founding seemed overdramatic; now it underscores how our connections have changed, especially in the Covid era.

#movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #the-social-network-movie, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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N.Y. Voting Officials Need Money. They Were Told to Go to Zuckerberg.

Local election boards say they may need up to $50 million to avoid a repeat of the botched primary, so some are seeking, and receiving, grants funded by the Facebook chief executive.

#absentee-voting, #board-of-elections-nys, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grants-corporate-and-foundation, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voting-and-voters, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Now You Can Use Instagram to Chat With Friends on Facebook Messenger

Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Social Media Needs an Election Declaration of Conscience

The platforms must not tolerate voter disinformation.

#absentee-voting, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #computers-and-the-internet, #crowdtangle-inc, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #romney-mitt, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Short of Money to Run Elections, Local Authorities Turn to Private Funds

Cities and states face huge bills to deal with voting during the pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg offered $300 million to help — and conservatives are objecting.

#absentee-voting, #chan-priscilla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #facebook-inc, #federal-state-relations-us, #philanthropy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How Big Tech Could Influence the Election

The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.

#absentee-voting, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #giridharadas-anand, #paid-time-off, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World

How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy?

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hundessa-hachalu, #oromia-ethiopia, #politics-and-government, #qanon, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #zhang-sophie-data-scientist, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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No, Facebook Does Not Reflect Reality

Despite what Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook shapes our world.

#apple-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children.

#bock-laszlo, #child-care, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #salesforce-com-inc, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #twitter, #workplace-environment, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Is the Most Powerful Unelected Man in America

Facebook is too big for democracy.

#facebook-inc, #hughes-chris-1983, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Moves to Stop Election Misinformation

The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Braces Itself for Trump to Cast Doubt on Election Results

The world’s biggest social network is working out what steps to take should President Trump use its platform to dispute the vote.

#absentee-voting, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Mark Zuckerberg Questioned Under Oath in F.T.C. Antitrust Inquiry

It was the first known time that regulators directly interviewed a chief executive of one of the tech companies being scrutinized for potential antitrust violations.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #social-media, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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The Week QAnon Went Mainstream

A supporter of the dangerous conspiracy theory is most likely headed to Congress. The social media platforms have some soul-searching to do.

#4chan, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections-house-of-representatives, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #qanon, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say

The call from 20 state officials adds to the rising pressure facing Mark Zuckerberg and his company.

#attorneys-general, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #grewal-gurbir-s, #hate-speech, #new-jersey, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #states-us, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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With TikTok Mired in Uncertainty, Facebook Pounces With Instagram Reels

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, rolled out a new product that lets people create 15-second videos and share them.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zhang-yiming-1983, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How TikTok’s Owner Tried, and Failed, to Cross the U.S.-China Divide

The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, dreamed of building a global tech company based in China. Then the geopolitical reality set in.

#china, #committee-on-foreign-investment-in-the-united-states-cfius, #facebook-inc, #foreign-investments, #mayer-kevin-a, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #zhang-yiming-1983, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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More Than 1,000 Companies Boycotted Facebook. Did It Work?

Major advertisers on Facebook reduced their spending by millions of dollars in July, but not enough to significantly damage the platform’s revenue.

#advertising-and-marketing, #allengerritsen, #boycotts, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #facebook-inc, #hate-speech, #media, #online-advertising, #small-business, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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The Last Days of the Tech Emperors?

Congress was once filled with “Atari Democrats.” This week’s hearings showed their transformation into trust busters.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Lawmakers, United in Their Ire, Lash Out at Big Tech’s Leaders

The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #social-media, #software, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon C.E.O.s Are Testifying Before Congress. Here’s What to Know.

The C.E.O.s are likely to argue before Congress that their companies aren’t anticompetitive. Here are the facts.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #search-engines, #shopping-and-retail, #smartphones, #social-media, #software, #washington-dc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How to Hold Big Tech’s Feet to the Fire

Members of Congress will be able to grill tech C.E.O.s at a hearing. Let’s hope they don’t waste the opportunity.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cicilline-david-n, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #pichai-sundar, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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