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U.K. to create big tech watchdog to counter market dominance

Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses.The U.K. government said Friday that it’s setting up a “Digital Markets Unit” next year to enforce
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Apple moving forward with plan to limit “creepy” user tracking

Enlarge / A man glowers at an iPhone, just as ad firms are worried iOS users will when they discover how they are being tracked and that they can opt out of it.Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto | Getty Images Apple's plan to add a new privacy feature to iOS to limit "invasive, even creepy" tracking by third-party firms is nothing but an abuse of market power to stifle competition,
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Facebook says hate speech consists of less than 1% of its content

Facebook Inc for the first time on Thursday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech.The world’s largest social media company, under scrutiny over its policing of abuses, particularly around November’s U.S. presidential election, released the
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Facebook AI catches 95% of hate speech; company still wants mods back in office

Enlarge / Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters as seen in 2017.Jason Doiy | Getty Images Facebook's software systems get ever better at detecting and blocking hate speech on both the Facebook and Instagram platforms, the company boasted today—but the hardest work still has to be done by people, and many of those people warn that the world's biggest social media
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Zuckerberg defends Facebook not removing Steve Bannon over violent comments: audio

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension when he urged beheading two senior U.S. officials, according to a recording heard by Reuters.Zuckerberg acknowledged criticism of Facebook by President-elect Joe Biden
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Facebook and Twitter struggle with online fury from Trump supporters

Enlarge / HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 05: A child holds a sign as dozens of people calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania due to alleged fraud against President Donald Trump gather on the steps of the State Capitol on November 5, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The activists, many with flags and signs for Trump, have made allegations that votes are
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Facebook, Twitter will flag posts that prematurely declare victory in U.S. election

Social media companies Twitter and Facebook 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 ballots that may cause a delay in final results.
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Senate hauls Zuckerberg, Dorsey in to hearing to yell at them about tweets

Enlarge / Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (and his COVID beard?) testifying remotely before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on October 28, 2020.Michael Reynolds | Pool | Getty Images The Senate Commerce Committee met for a hearing Wednesday meant to probe some of the most seemingly intractable tech questions of our time: is the liability shield granted