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A group of nearly 50 nonprofits has launched a campaign to 'effectively end Facebook's current business model' in the wake of whistleblower testimony

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan A group of almost 50 nonprofits is trying to "stop Facebook" in the wake of multiple company crises. It wants a data privacy law "strong enough to effectively end Facebook's current business model." The effort was spurred by testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen last week. Dozens of human rights organizations have started a campaign calling for action against Facebook following a week of turmoil for the tech giant. The coalition of nearly 50 nonpr...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Senate, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook Instagram, PEN America, Mark Lennihan, Tech Insider, Sarah Jackson, Haugen, Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen


Facebooks bad few weeks could leave it facing 2 threats even bigger than new laws, analyst says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Facebook's brutal few weeks could lead to class action lawsuits and state attorneys general-led probes. Analyst Blair Levin of New Street Research said that is a greater threat than potential regulation. Litigation could force Facebook to share documents, which could include "problematic evidence." Facebook has had a brutal few weeks, and lawmakers now have increasingly more fodder to finally reign in Big Tech.But the social...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Social Media, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Tech Companies, Levin


‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ Peddle Bogus COVID

How ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ Sold Access to Bogus COVID-19 Treatments—and Left Patients in the Lurch How ‘America’s Frontline Doctors’ Sold Access to Bogus COVID-19 Treatments—and Left Patients in the Lurch Mike says he was struggling with COVID-19 when he felt his breathing getting worse. He did not want to go to the Veterans Affairs hospital near his home, where he believed doctors might put him on a ventilator. And he knew they would not prescribe the treatment he really wanted: a drug ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Texas, Instagram, Mississippi, Supreme Court, California, Cdc, Stanford, Senate, White House, America, Los Angeles, Gold, Georgia, Customers


Congress Will Investigate Claims That Instagram Harms Teens

Two top lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee's panel over consumer protection said they were launching a probe into Facebook after The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the company was aware of the harm Instagram can cause to teenage girls. The Verge reports: Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) announced their investigation into Facebook in a statement released Tuesday. The senators said that they were in touch with "a Facebook whistleblower" and would seek ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, House, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Federal Trade Commission, House Judiciary Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, Marsha Blackburn R TN, Sens Richard Blumenthal, Ken Buck R CO, Big Tobacco Facebook, Sen Ed Markey D MA Rep Kathy Castor D FL, Lori Trahan D MA


FTC lawsuit seeks to force Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook’s “special announcement” of a new VR meeting app was curiously timed. It arrived on the same day that the Federal Trade Commission made a fresh attempt to force the company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. The FTC filed an antitrust complaint on Thursday that alleges Facebook used an illegal buy-or-bury scheme to maintain its market dominance. The US competition regulator argues that Facebook repeatedly failed to develop meaningful innovations on its mobile app. Instead, it acquired comp...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Insider, Next Featured


Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. Facebook is a monopoly. Right? Mark Zuckerberg appeared on national TV today to make a “special announcement.” The timing could not be more curious: Today is the day Lina Khan’s FTC refiled its case to dismantle Facebook’s monopoly. To the average person, Facebook’s monopoly seems obvious. “After ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Networks, Youtube, Opinion


Facebook Hit by New US Antitrust Case as FTC Seeks Do-Over

U.S. antitrust officials on Thursday refiled their monopoly lawsuit against Facebook, seeking to salvage the landmark case that a judge threw out in June. From a report: The Federal Trade Commission filed the new complaint in federal court in Washington, alleging that Facebook violated antitrust laws by buying Instagram and WhatsApp in order to eliminate them as competitors. The agency is trying to revive the case after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in June dismissed it, saying the agency f...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Washington, Tech, House, Khan, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, James Boasberg, Boasberg, Lina Khan, New US Antitrust Case, Joe Biden Khan


Google will block ad targeting based on teens' age and gender as tech giants face mounting pressure to protect minors

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Carsten Koall/Getty Images Google said it will block age and gender-based ad targeting for teens. It also said it will remove minors' photos from search results if requested. The changes come as Google and others, like Instagram, face pressure to add protections for young users. See more stories on Insider's business page. Google is adding some safety guards for minors who use its services that will afford them more privacy.The company announced in a Tuesd...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Strategy, Social Media, Federal Trade Commission, Tech Companies, Youtube Google, Tech Insider, Getty Images Google, Tiktok, Katie Canales, Sundar Pichai Carsten Koall


Google will block ad targeting based on users' age and gender as tech giants face mounting pressure to protect minors

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Carsten Koall/Getty Images Google said it will block age and gender-based ad targeting for teens. It also said it will remove minors' photos from search results if requested. The changes come as Google and others, like Instagram, face pressure to add protections for young users. See more stories on Insider's business page. Google is adding some safety guards for minors who use its services that will afford them more privacy.The company announced in a Tuesd...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Youtube, Trends, Strategy, Social Media, Federal Trade Commission, Tech Companies, Youtube Google, Tech Insider, Getty Images Google, Tiktok, Katie Canales, Sundar Pichai Carsten Koall


Facebook Killed Research Into Capitol Riot to Protect Itself—Not Users

When the Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion for deceiving its users on privacy, it celebrated the fine as “record-breaking and history-making.” Two years and $200 billion in revenue later, Facebook has found a way to turn lemons into lemonade, deceiving its users once again and using a seemingly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Federal Trade Commission, Targeted Advertising, Jr, Frank Pallone, Joe Osborne, Jan Schakowsky, Internet Privacy, Samuel Levine


Facebook cuts off NYU researcher access, prompting rebuke from lawmakers

Facebook shut down accounts belonging to two academic researchers late Tuesday, cutting off their ability to study political ads and misinformation on the world’s biggest social network. The company accused the academics of engaging in “unauthorized scraping” and compromising user privacy on the platform, claims that Facebook’s many critics are slamming as a thin pretense for killing the transparency work. The company took action against Laura Edelson and Damon McCoy, two well-known researchers ...
Tags: Firefox, Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Privacy, Congress, Social Media, Tech, Mozilla, Warner, Wyden, Social Network, Operating Systems, Federal Trade Commission, World Wide Web


States Say They Will Appeal the Dismissal of Their Facebook Antitrust Suit

More than 40 state attorneys general on Wednesday said they planned to appeal the dismissal of their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, setting up a protracted legal fight to rein in the power of the Silicon Valley giant. From a report: The states would be pushing back on a decision made last month by a federal judge who eviscerated their arguments that Facebook had obtained a monopoly through its acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 and had harmed competition. The judge said ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, U S District Court for the District of Columbia, Boasberg, James E Boasberg


Zuck Celebrates $1 Trillion Valuation, Dismissed Antitrust Suits With Bizarre Flag-Waving Instagram Post

"Make America weird again," quipped CNBC, describing Mark Zuckerberg's Instagram post today commemorating America's national Independence Day holiday MarketWatch explains: Yes, that's the Facebook Inc. chief executive wakeboarding while holding an American flag to the tune of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Because: America. In fairness, Zuckerberg did have reason to celebrate, as the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust case against Facebook was shot down (at least temporaril...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, America, Tech, Cnbc, Federal Trade Commission, Marketwatch, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Zuck, John Denver, Instagram Post


Federal Judge Tosses Antitrust Lawsuit Brought By the FTC Against Facebook and Instagram

A federal judge on Monday dismissed an antitrust complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission against Facebook, claiming that the evidence presented by the agency had not sufficiently proven that the social media giant held monopoly power over other social media platforms.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook Inc, Ken Buck, Big Tech, Competition Law, James E Boasberg, Technology Internet, Lawsuits Involving Facebook


Judge tosses FTC antitrust lawsuits against Facebook

By Michael Balsamo and Marcy Gordon | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday dismissed antitrust lawsuits brought against Facebook by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state attorneys general, dealing a significant blow to attempts by regulators to rein in tech giants. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Monday that the lawsuits were “legally insufficient” and didn’t provide enough evidence to prove that Facebook was a monopoly. The ruling dismisses the compla...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Sport, Soccer, Associated Press, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Harman, Oakland California, U S House, House Judiciary Committee


Facebook Rises After Lawsuit Dismissal, Hits $1 Trillion Value

Facebook shares posted their biggest intraday gain in two months after it won a dismissal of two antitrust cases, pushing its market value above $1 trillion for the first time. The social-media giant jumped as much as 4.4%, the most since April 29 after a judge granted Facebook's request to dismiss the complaints filed last year by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general. Reader phalse phace writes: A federal court on Monday dismissed the Federal Trade Commission's antitrus...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Court, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, U S Federal Trade Commission, U S District Court for the District of Columbia


Here's What's in the Six Antitrust Bills That Could Finally Break Up Big Tech

After two years of investigations and a 30-hour debating session on the House floor, the US House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to pass a sweeping six-bill package collectively meant to reign in Big Tech’s massive market power. Read more...
Tags: Ios, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Technology, Instagram, US, Companies, Netflix, House, Computing, App Store, Hakeem Jeffries, United Airlines, Expedia


40% of kids under 13 already use Instagram and some are experiencing abuse and sexual solicitation, a report finds, as the tech giant considers building an Instagram app for kids

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan The report suggests that kids under 13 are already active on the platforms. As Facebook and Instagram's rules stand now, children under that age are not allowed on the apps. The report comes after 40 state attorneys general urged Facebook to scrap plans for Instagram for kids. See more stories on Insider's business page. Forty-five percent of kids under the age of 13 already use Facebook daily while 40% of children survey...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Snapchat, Federal Trade Commission, Thorn, Zuckerberg, Instagram Instagram, Casey Newton, Forty, Mark Lennihan, Children's Health


40 state attorneys general sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg urging Facebook to abandon plans to build an Instagram app for kids under 13

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images 40 attorneys general are urging Facebook to scrap plans to build an Instagram app for kids under 13. In a letter, the AGs cited Facebook's poor track record of protecting kids online. They also cited research showing how social media harms kids' physical, emotional, and mental health. See more stories on Insider's business page. A group of 40 state attorneys general wrote a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging Fac...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Social Media, Getty Images, Federal Trade Commission, Youtube Kids, Zuckerberg, Asahi Shimbun, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Children's Health, Tech Insider


Mark Zuckerberg's Details Leaked in Facebook Data Breach

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's own personal information was among the details of 533 million Facebook users that leaked in a data breach, it has emerged. Facebook has now confirmed that the leaked data was obtained not by a hack, but by scraping the platform prior to September 2019. The company now says that an exploit was found in its contact importer, but the "specific issue that allowed them to scrape this data in 2019 no longer exists." Facebook has not clarified exactly what personal in...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, European Union, Signal, Federal Trade Commission, Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerburg, Pete Buttigieg, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Facebook Data Breach, Facebook Via Bleeping Computer


Facebook asks judge to throw out antitrust lawsuits filed by FTC and state attorneys general

There's a growing appetite in Congress for increased regulation of internet platforms like Facebook. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook motioned to dismiss two antitrust suits filed against the tech giant on December 9. Facebook argues the FTC does not have evidence to prove Facebook broke the Sherman Antitrust Act. The tech giant also said state attorneys general waited too long to file their lawsuit. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook has motioned to dismis...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Tech Insider, Facebook Apple Amazon, Allana Akhtar


Facebook challenges FTC’s antitrust case with Big Tech’s tattered playbook

Facebook has challenged the FTC’s antitrust case against it using a standard playbook that questions the agency’s arguably expansive approach to defining monopolies. But the old arguments of “we’re not a monopoly because we never raised prices” and “how can it be anti-competitive if we never allowed competition” may soon be challenged by new doctrine and the new administration. In a document filed today, which you can read at the bottom of this post, Facebook lays out its case with a tone of agg...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Verizon, Facebook, Europe, Lawsuit, Instagram, Fcc, Microsoft, Government, US, Tech, Antitrust, Khan, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Lawmakers want to break up Facebook, but experts say restoring competition through regulation should be the goal

Facebook products. Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency Hakan Nural/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images New York Attorney General Letitia James said a Facebook breakup is "on the table." Insider spoke to three experts who explained what a breakup might look like. They said restoring competition through regulation should be the ultimate goal.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Last week, New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading 48 other attorneys general in suing Faceboo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Trends, Whatsapp, Antitrust, Bloomberg Businessweek, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, James, New York University, Nyu, Northwestern University


Facebook blows away Q4 expectations, but calls out Apple's iOS privacy change as a 'headwind' for 2021

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook on Wednesday reported $28.1 billion in Q4 revenue, beating expectations of $26.4 billion. Facebook said monthly users grew to 2.8 billion, versus 2.76 billion expected by analysts. Facebook reported GAAP EPS of $3.88, beating analyst expectations of $3.23. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook on Wednesday reported record numbers for its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue, beating Wall Street's expectations.The company generated ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Canada, Federal Trade Commission, GAAP, Facebook Facebook, US Capitol, Wehner, Dave Wehner, Tyler Sonnemaker, Drew Angerer Getty Images Facebook


What a Facebook Photos product manager thinks about antitrust

Samuel Odio Contributor Share on Twitter Samuel is a product leader and two-time founder, currently serving as VP of Product at Fivestars. He previously founded Divvyshot (acquired by Facebook) and co-founded Freshplum (acquired by TellApart). Leading up to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, I was the product manager in charge of Facebook Photos. Mark Zuckerberg had bought my previous company, Divvyshot, one of the first ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Instagram, Microsoft, Opinion, China, Tech, Policy, United States, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Facebook Photos


Google faces its 3rd major antitrust lawsuit as Texas and other states take the company to court over its ad practices

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Justin Sullivan /Getty Images A coalition of states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google over the company's ad practices on Wednesday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a Facebook post that Google "used its monopolistic powers to control pricing" and "engage in market collusions to rig auctions" for online ad sales. The Department of Justice brought an antitrust case against Google in October, and a separate group of states plans to file a lawsuit as ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Texas, News, Enterprise, Instagram, Colorado, California, US, Trends, Markets, Washington Dc, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Nebraska


Google faces its third major antitrust lawsuit as Texas and other states take the company to court over its ad practices

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai Justin Sullivan /Getty Images A coalition of states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google over the company's ad practices on Wednesday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a Facebook post that Google "used its monopolistic powers to control pricing" and "engage in market collusions to rig auctions" for online ad sales. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an antitrust case brought against Google by the DOJ in October, and another one that a separate gr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Texas, News, Enterprise, Instagram, Colorado, California, US, Trends, Markets, Washington Dc, Lawsuits, Antitrust, Nebraska


Google is reportedly about to get hit this week with a second major antitrust lawsuit - this time from states accusing the company of designing its search engine to hurt rivals

CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach A bipartisan group of state attorneys general is planning to file an antitrust lawsuit against Google this week, Politico reported on Tuesday evening. The suit is expected to accuse Google of designing its search engine to favor its own specialized search products over the specialized search tools of competitors, according to Politico. This latest legal challenge follows a rece...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Enterprise, Instagram, Colorado, California, Politico, US, San Francisco, Trends, Markets, Washington Dc, Arizona


Experts say the antitrust suits against Facebook may not change anything, but they're still a 'big deal' and signal that the US government will no longer look the other way

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington DC on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook was slammed with two antitrust lawsuits this week — one from the FTC and one from a group of 48 attorneys general — that take aim at the company's practices of stifling market competition. They also seek to force Facebook's spin-off of WhatsApp and Instagram, but experts told Business Insider that that's unlikely to happen, and the suits will likely stretch out for years. What the lawsuits really repr...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Analysis, Washington Dc, House, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Carnegie Mellon


‘Google Has Stifled Competition’: California Joins Federal Antitrust Case Against Search Giant

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) — California is seeking to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet Inc., one of the state’s largest businesses. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the motion to join the case in federal court on Friday. “By using exclusionary business agreements to dominate the market, Google has stifled competition and rigged the advertising market,” Becerra said. We’re moving to join a lawsuit against @Google for violating federal anti...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Politics, Instagram, California, Washington, California News, Sacramento, Joe Biden, Ap, Cbs, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Alphabet Inc, Mountain View California



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