Technology

Trump: Google, Facebook, Amazon may be in a 'very antitrust situation'
Companies
TheHill | President Trump in a new interview Thursday said that Facebook, Google and Amazon may be in a “very antitrust situation,” but declined to elaborate on whether the companies should be broken up. “I won’t comment on the...
Facebook Censors Articles From Salena Zito, Jenna Lynn Ellis, Saying They 'Look Like Spam'
Facebook
PJMedia | Multiple posts sharing articles by prominent conservatives have been temporarily censored on Facebook under the excuse that they "look like spam." Both articles dealt with the Paul Manafort conviction and the Michael...
Who needs democracy when you have data?
China
TechnologyReview | In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated...
Apple pulls 25,000 apps from China App Store
App Store
BBC | Apple has removed thousands of gambling apps from its China app store, according to reports. The tech giant would not confirm reports suggesting it had pulled 25,000 apps, but in a statement the firm said "gambling apps...
How China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance.
CCTV
Technology Review | In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated...
World’s Leading Human Rights Groups Tell Google to Cancel Its China Censorship Plan
Human Rights
TheIntercept | Leading human rights groups are calling on Google to cancel its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, which they said would violate the freedom of expression and privacy rights of millions of...
Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy
Twitter
BuzzFeed | Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. Last week,...
ACLU: Alex Jones ban could set dangerous social media precedent
Alex Jones
TheHill | Ben Wizner, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) speech, privacy and technology project, warned Monday that bans against Alex Jones and Infowars could set a dangerous precedent. Wizner told...
China's Xi says internet must be "clean and righteous"
President Xi
Reuters | BEIJING, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The internet must be "clean and righteous" and vulgar content must be resisted in the field of culture, Chinese President Xi Jinping told a meeting of senior propaganda officials, state media...
Facebook has TRUST ratings for users – but it won’t tell you your score
FB
Sun.co.uk | Users receive a score on a scale from zero to one that determines if they have a good or bad reputation. The rating system was revealed in a report by the Washington Post, which says it's in place to "help identify...
Fake numbers? Facebook misled advertisers with inflated ‘potential reach,’ lawsuit says
Facebook
EastBayTimes | Facebook allegedly misled advertisers on its platform by demonstrating it had a far larger audience size in U.S. cities and states than it actually had, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed by a...
Twitter suspends Alex Jones
Twitter
CNBC | Twitter has restricted the account of right-wing media personality Alex Jones for violating its policies, the company told CNBC. Jones will be blocked from posting on Twitter for seven days because of a post that linked...
Google consumes one-third of our digital minds
Axios | Google — and its products like YouTube and Waze — combined to account for 34.2% of all time on digital media in June, according to Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser. The details: Pivotal found that as Google...
Facebook Asking Major US Banks To Share User Data
Facebook
ZeroHedge | Facebook has asked several large US banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including checking account balances and card transactions, as part of a new push to offer new services to its...
Google Admits It Tracks Users – Even When Location History Is Turned Off
RT | Google has confirmed that it still tracks users even after they turn off the “Location History” setting on their device. It comes just one day after the practice was revealed by an AP investigation. The clarification is...
Twitter Purges Accounts Across the Platform – Again
Cybersecurity
Breitbart | Social media platform Twitter has begun banning a large number of accounts from the website, specifically focusing on accounts that have previously been banned or have received suspensions. Yesterday a number of Twitter...
Twitter's 'Trust and Safety Council' Is Working Overtime to Ban Conservatives
PJMedia | Sometimes I think all the hand-wringing about some sort of online "war on conservatives" is silly. Sure, dude, maybe nobody is paying attention to your brilliant tweets because you've been shadowbanned. Perhaps Twitter'...
Facebook threatens Press saying: ‘Work with us or end up in a hospice’
Zuckerberg
Sun.co.uk | FACEBOOK has been accused of threatening media firms into working with them by saying their businesses would end up "in a hospice" if they didn't. Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to...