EU digital chief invites tech giants to discuss rules that limit their powers

The European Union’s digital chief has invited companies including Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Facebook to video talks next week to discuss draft rules to curb their powers, an EU official said on Thursday. Tech companies and online platforms have lobbied intensively to try to blunt the proposed regulatory rules, which the Internal Market Commissioner Thierry… Read More EU digital chief invites tech giants to discuss rules that limit their powers

Facebook, Twitter chief executives testify on content moderation at Congress hearing

Republican senators on Tuesday attacked the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter for effectively censoring President Trump and allies during the U.S. election while Democrats bemoaned the spread of misinformation about the vote on social media. The CEOs, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, defended their content moderation practices at a congressional… Read More Facebook, Twitter chief executives testify on content moderation at Congress hearing

U.S. President Donald Trump to lose special Twitter privileges in January

U.S. President Donald Trump will be subject to the same Twitter Inc rules as any other user when President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, the social media company confirmed this week. Twitter places “public interest” notices on some rule-breaking tweets from “world leaders” that would otherwise be removed. Such tweets from political candidates… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump to lose special Twitter privileges in January

Twitter, Facebook to place labels on U.S. election posts claiming early victory

Social media companies Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc on Monday outlined plans for placing warning labels on posts from U.S. election candidates and campaigns that claim victory in advance of official results. The moves come as social network platforms brace for what has been an unusual election cycle due to a high number of mail-in… Read More Twitter, Facebook to place labels on U.S. election posts claiming early victory

U.S. tech companies chief executives testify at Senate committee hearing

A U.S. Senate hearing to reform an internet law and hold tech companies accountable for how they moderate content quickly turned into a political scuffle as lawmakers not only went after the companies but also attacked each other. Lawmakers are split on ways to hold Big Tech accountable under Section 230 of the Communications Decency… Read More U.S. tech companies chief executives testify at Senate committee hearing

Facebook launches dating service in Europe

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it was launching its dating service in 32 European countries after the rollout was delayed earlier this year due to regulatory concerns. The social media company in February postponed launching Facebook Dating in Europe after concerns were raised by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the main regulator in the European… Read More Facebook launches dating service in Europe

Thailand begins legal action against Facebook and Twitter over content violation

Thailand began legal action on Thursday against Facebook and Twitter for ignoring requests to take down content, in its first such move against major internet firms. The digital ministry filed legal complaints with cybercrime police after the two social media companies missed 15-day deadlines to comply fully with court-issued takedown orders from Aug. 27, the… Read More Thailand begins legal action against Facebook and Twitter over content violation