OAKLAND, California: For the past four years, United States President Donald Trump has enjoyed the special status of a world leader on Twitter and Facebook, even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics. While regular users could have faced being suspended or even booted from the platforms, Trump's misleading proclamations and personal attacks have thus far only garnered warning labels. But could his loose leash on the platforms be yanked on Jan 20 next year when his successor, Joe Biden, is inaugurated? Here are some questions and answers about what the companies have done - and not done - why Twitter’s response has been stronger than Facebook’s and what, if anything, we might see from the platforms in the coming weeks and months, once their most high-profile user is no longer in the White House. WHY ARE SO MANY OF TRUMP’S TWEETS LABELLED? Ever since he lost his re-election bid, Trump has been spreading … [Read more...] about Will Twitter, Facebook crack down on Trump when his presidency ends?
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WASHINGTON: A Senate panel is calling on the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to defend their handling of disinformation in the contest between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. But the senators are deeply divided by party over the integrity and results of the election itself. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday (Nov 17) to question Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on their companies’ actions around the closely contested election. The two social media CEOs are expected to testify via video. Prominent Republican senators - including the Judiciary Committee chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina - have refused to knock down Trump’s unfounded claims of voting irregularities and fraud, even as misinformation disputing Biden's victory has flourished online. Graham, a close Trump ally, has publicly urged: “Do not concede, Mr President. Fight hard.” Zuckerberg and Dorsey promised lawmakers last month that they would … [Read more...] about Facebook, Twitter CEOs facing questions on US election measures
A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users. U.S. District Judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in Illlinois in 2015. Nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will be affected. Donato called it one of the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation. "It will put at least $345 into the hands of every class member interested in being compensated," he wrote, calling it "a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy." Jay Edelson, a Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit, told the Chicago Tribune that the checks could be in the mail within two months unless the ruling is appealed. "We are pleased to have reached a settlement so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our … [Read more...] about Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement
This story is part of a series on the California Consumer Privacy Act. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and other social media companies collect a trove of data about their users. That's no surprise. We provide our birthdays, phone numbers and email addresses along with where we work and went to school. These tech giants know way more about you than you might realize, including your location, the device you use and some of your biometric characteristics. The California Consumer Privacy Act, also known as CCPA, is designed to curb what companies can do with all that information. The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, comes as concerns about privacy grow after a steady stream of scandals, like Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data debacle. A strict European law, called the General Data Protection Regulation , took effect last year. … [Read more...] about CCPA: What California’s new privacy law means for Facebook, Twitter users
WASHINGTON: Tech companies are trying to curb a surge in US election misinformation, with President Donald Trump and his allies taking to social media to falsely claim victory and make unsupported allegations of voter fraud. Trump's allegations come as some battleground states are legally processing provisional and mail-in ballots, a process that is taking longer than usual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and extraordinarily high turnout. The extended count is no surprise, and neither is the swing to Trump's opponent, Joe Biden, which was widely predicted in the run-up to the vote - including by Reuters. Live updates: America decides between Trump and Biden in historic US election That did not stop Trump and his supporters - whose early lead in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin has melted as mail-in ballots are counted - from repeatedly trying to flood the internet with unfounded allegations of fraud. Twitter Inc marked three of Trump's latest tweets, including … [Read more...] about Twitter, Facebook fail to corral Trump’s misinformation about US vote count