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The FDA should regulate Instagram’s algorithm as a drug

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Move fast and break Facebook: A bull case for antitrust enforcement Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: Instagram harms teens’ mental health; in fact...
Tags: Health, Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Opinion, Government, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda


Move fast and break Facebook: A bull case for antitrust enforcement

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly This is the second post in a series on the Facebook monopoly. The first post explored how the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should define the Facebook monopoly. I am inspired by Cloudflare’s recent p...
Tags: Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo, Etsy, Congress, Opinion, Government, Senate, White House


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


Instagram to default young teens to private accounts, restrict ads and unwanted adult contact

As it gears up to expand access to younger users, Instagram this morning announced a series of updates designed to make its app a safer place for online teens. The company says it will now default users to private accounts at sign-up if they’re under the age of 16  — or under 18 in certain locales, including in the E.U. It will also push existing users under 16 to switch their account to private, if they have not already done so. In addition, Instagram will roll out new technology aimed at reduc...
Tags: Security, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Cornell University, Northeastern University, Instagram Facebook, Janis Whitlock


TikTok called out for lack of ads transparency and for failing to police political payola

TikTok announced a ban on political advertising all the way back in 2019. So you’d be forgiven for thinking the ugly problem of democracy-denting political disinformation doesn’t apply inside its walled garden of dancing Gen Zers. But you’d be wrong. New research by Mozilla suggests that policy loopholes and lax oversight, especially around influencer marketing, coupled with an ongoing lack of ads transparency by TikTok — which offers no publicly searchable ad archive — are making its video-shar...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Youtube, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Native Advertising, Policy, Mozilla, Italy


Facebook’s decision-review body to take “weeks” longer over Trump ban call

Facebook’s self-styled and handpicked ‘Oversight Board’ will make a decision on whether or not to overturn an indefinite suspension of the account of former president Donald Trump within “weeks”, it said in a brief update statement on the matter today. The high profile case appears to have attracted major public interest, with the FOB tweeting that it’s received more than 9,000 responses so far to its earlier request for public feedback. It added that its commitment to “carefully reviewing all c...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Policy, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Board, The Board, Oversight Board, Platform regulation, Facebook Oversight Board, Facebook s Oversight Board


Facebook, Instagram users can now ask ‘oversight’ panel to review decisions not to remove content

Facebook’s self-styled ‘Oversight Board’ (FOB) has announced an operational change that looks intended to respond to criticism of the limits of the self-regulatory content-moderation decision review body: It says it’s started accepting requests from users to review decisions to leave content up on Facebook and Instagram. The move expands the FOB’s remit beyond reviewing (and mostly reversing) content takedowns — an arbitrary limit that critics said aligns it with the economic incentives of its p...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, US, Social Media, Tech, Policy, User Generated Content, Donald Trump, Trump, Board, Facebook Instagram, Freedom Of Expression, Oversight Board, Content Moderation, FOB


Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK’s CMA

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator . The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as thriving marketplaces for selling fake reviews since it began investigating the issue in 2018 — pressuring both eBay and Facebook to act against fake review sellers back in 2019. The two companies pledged to do more to tackle the insidious ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Ebay, France, Social Media, Tech, Spain, Paypal, Policy, United Kingdom, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma


New Facebook ad campaign extols the benefits of personalized ads

Online advertising can be a “pretty dry topic,” as Facebook’s head of brand marketing Andrew Stirk acknowledged, but with a new campaign of its own, the social networking giant is looking to “bring to life how personalized ads level the playing field” for small businesses. The will include TV, radio and digital advertising. Individual businesses will also be able to promote it using a new Instagram sticker and the #DeserveToBeFound hashtag on Facebook. The campaign will highlight specific smal...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Policy, Tim Cook, New Facebook, TV Radio, Annette Njau, House of Takura, Andrew Stirk, Njau, Apple Stirk, Facebook Business Products


TikTok emerges as a political battleground in Navalny-stirred Russia

TikTok has crafted a number of policies over the years to distance itself from the often-messy political fray, but its users continue to have other agendas in mind. In Russia, a tug-of-war has emerged on the social network. On one side are young people using the app to create videos in support of free speech, rallying the public against the government and its treatment of Alexander Navalny, the anti-Putin, anti-corruption politician and activist. On the other is a government that has quickly v...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Putin, Germany, Russia, America, Tech, Foreign Affairs, Policy, Moscow, BLM, State, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs


Daily Crunch: Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram

Myanmar’s government extends its internet crackdown, Microsoft’s lobbying arm blacklists presidential election objectors and Dublin’s Frontline Ventures raises a new fund. This is your Daily Crunch for February 5, 2021. The big story: Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram The military government in Myanmar recently told telecom operators and internet service providers to block access to Facebook. Now it’s doing the same thing to Twitter and Instagram. This comes after the military staged a coup...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Eu, Paypal, Policy, House, Myanmar, Dublin, Republican, Robinhood, Lightspeed, Alex Wilhelm


Facebook’s ‘oversight’ body overturns four takedowns and issues a slew of policy suggestions

Facebook’s self-regulatory ‘Oversight Board’ (FOB) has delivered its first batch of decisions on contested content moderation decisions almost two months after picking its first cases. A long time in the making, the FOB is part of Facebook’s crisis PR push to distance its business from the impact of controversial content moderation decisions — by creating a review body to handle a tiny fraction of the complaints its content takedowns attract. It started accepting submissions for review in Octobe...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Hate Speech, Donald Trump, Board, UA, Oversight Board, Content Moderation, Dangerous Individuals and Organizations, Facebook Oversight Board, Oversight Board FOB


The deplatforming of President Trump

After years of placid admonishments, the tech world came out in force against President Trump this past week following the violent assault of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. From Twitter to PayPal, more than a dozen companies have placed unprecedented restrictions or outright banned the current occupant of the White House from using their services, and in some cases, some of his associates and supporters as well. The news was voluminous and continuous for the past f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Minneapolis, Obama, Youtube, Washington, Government, White House


The deplatforming of a president

After years of placid admonishments, the tech world came out in force against President Trump this past week following the violent assault of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. From Twitter to PayPal, more than a dozen companies have placed unprecedented restrictions or outright banned the current occupant of the White House from using their services, and in some cases, some of his associates and supporters as well. The news was voluminous and continuous for the past f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Minneapolis, Obama, Youtube, Washington, Government, White House


From the U.S. to China, Korea, India and Europe, antitrust action against tech is gaining serious momentum

After decades of global expansion and consolidation in the tech sector, antitrust is now a headline issue for the industry across the world. What has been a slow and sputtering series of disparate actions over the past decade has coalesced in just the past few weeks into a rapid and comprehensive series of actions against the industry, with the United States being a notable laggard worldwide. Nowhere are these actions more prominent than in China, where the competition authorities have — after m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, China, Germany, India, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Alibaba


From the US to China, Korea, India and Europe, antitrust action against tech is gaining serious momentum

After decades of global expansion and consolidation in the tech sector, antitrust is now a headline issue for the industry across the world. What has been a slow and sputtering series of disparate actions over the past decade has coalesced in just the past few weeks into a rapid and comprehensive series of actions against the industry, with the United States being a notable laggard worldwide. Nowhere are these actions more prominent than in China, where the competition authorities have — after m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Government, China, Germany, India, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States


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


Survey: Americans think Big Tech isn’t so bad after all

Will Johnson Contributor Share on Twitter Will Johnson is CEO of The Harris Poll, one of the world’s leading public opinion research firms. In government, there’s rare bipartisan consensus on taking down Big Tech . Capping a 16-month investigation, a Democratic-controlled House committee recently identified Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google as monopolies that snuff out competition and innovation, equating the Bi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, Facebook, Column, Instagram, Congress, Government, Social Media, Joe Biden, Policy, House, Antitrust, Biden


Daily Crunch: FTC and 48 state AGs sue Facebook

Facebook faces big antitrust lawsuits, DoorDash and C3.ai go public and YouTube announces new election misinformation policies. This is your Daily Crunch for December 9, 2020. The big story: FTC and 48 state AGs sue Facebook The Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook today, as did 48 attorneys general representing 46 states. They’re separate suits, although the two groups coordinated their investigations. Both suits claim that Facebook has behaved illegally whe...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix, Crypto, Cbs, Sundar Pichai, Menlo Ventures, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cbs All Access


YouTube declares war on US election misinformation… a month late

As Twitter and Facebook scrambled to institute new policies for the 2020 election, YouTube was… mostly quiet. The platform didn’t make any flashy announcements about a crackdown on election-related misinformation, nor did it really fully grapple with its massive role in distributing information during what was widely regarded as an extremely volatile time for American democracy. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election on November 7, but YouTube decided to wait until the ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Susan Wojcicki, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Justice Department, Trump


Trump will lose protected Twitter status after his presidency

Twitter has at various times acknowledged that Donald Trump isn’t bound by the same rules that govern the rest of us. This executive privilege has allowed him to continue posting comments that could have long ago gotten any normal person banned from the platform. More recently, the service has sought to balance misinformation/disinformation with warning labels that alternately sit below or obscure the text. Twitter was adding these at a frenetic pace in the lead-up to the November 3 election....
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Supreme Court, US, Tech, Policy, Pennsylvania, Republican Party, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Dorsey, Trump, Congressional


Facebook blocks hashtags for #sharpiegate, #stopthesteal election conspiracies

Facebook today began to block select hashtags which were being used to share misinformation related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Now, searches for the hashtags #SharpieGate is being blocked on the social network. Another election conspiracy hashtag #stopthesteal is also blocked on Facebook, with a note saying some of its content goes against the platform’s community standards. The #stopthesteal hashtag has been promoted by Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign associates on Twi...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Supreme Court, Government, White House, US, Tech, Policy, Pennsylvania, Conspiracy Theories, Trump, Misinformation, Donald Trump Jr


Daily Crunch: Pakistan un-bans TikTok

TikTok returns to Pakistan, Apple launches a music-focused streaming station and SpaceX launches more Starlink satellites. This is your Daily Crunch for October 19, 2020. The big story: Pakistan un-bans TikTok The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked the video app 11 days ago, over what it described as “immoral,” “obscene” and “vulgar” videos. The authority said today that it’s lifting the ban after negotiating with TikTok management. “The restoration of TikTok is strictly subject t...
Tags: Apple, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Spacex, Instagram, Singapore, Disney, US, Tech, Ukraine, Policy, Pandora, Pakistan, Paris


Big tech blows a collective raspberry at the House’s antitrust report

Big tech has responded to the mammoth antitrust report put out by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee yesterday with blanket denials there’s any monopolistic behaviour or competitive imbalances to see here. Here’s a quick run down of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google’s rebuttals. Amazon In a lengthy but punchy blog post the ecommerce giant brands the committee’s views on antitrust “fringe notions” and “regulatory spitballing” — lathering on dire predictions of doom for small business and ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Instagram, Supreme Court, Privacy, Congress, Government, US, America, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Competition


Daily Crunch: Big tech responds to antitrust report

The major tech platforms push back against the House antitrust report, Google Assistant gets a “guest” mode and we interview a freshly minted Nobel laureate. This is your Daily Crunch for October 7, 2020. The big story: Big tech responds to antitrust report The House Judiciary Committee released its tech antitrust report late yesterday, concluding that the big tech platforms should face additional regulation. Recommendations include creating new separations to prevent dominant platforms from ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Policy, House, Republican, Doordash, House Judiciary Committee, Google Amazon, Jennifer Doudna, US China, Substack, Shogun


Facebook introduces Accounts Center, a tool for managing a growing number of cross-app settings

Despite being under antitrust investigations in U.S. and E.U., Facebook today is rolling out a new feature that highlights the extent to which its suite of apps now interoperate. The company this morning introduced a consumer-facing tool called “Accounts Center,” which is found in the Settings section of Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. The feature aims to give users the ability to manage their connected experiences across Facebook-owned apps, like Single Sign On and Facebook Pay, for example....
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Policy, Settings, Antitrust, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Pay, Instagram Shops, Instagram and Messenger, E U Facebook, Accounts Center


Trump says deadline for TikTok sale won’t be extended

The United States government will not extend the September 20 deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to sell TikTok, President Donald Trump said on Thursday. This adds urgency to negotiations because TikTok may be banned in the United States if it can’t reach an agreement with a buyer. “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” Trump said before boarding Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. Some analysts had predicted that the deadline would be extended because o...
Tags: TC, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Singapore, India, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Beijing, United States, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, U.s. Government, Trump


Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr

Facebook’s photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely: cloud storage providers Dropbox and (EU-based) Koofr. The tech giant debuted the photo porting tool in December last year, initially offering users in its EU HQ location of Ireland the ability to port their media direct to Google Photos, before going on to open up access in more markets. It completed a global rollout of that first offering in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Dropbox, Google Photos


Daily Crunch: Judge says Apple can’t block Unreal Engine

Epic Games wins a victory against Apple, Fitbit announces a new smartwatch and Microsoft Word adds a transcription feature. This is your Daily Crunch for August 25, 2020. The big story: Judge says Apple can’t block Unreal Engine U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers weighed in on the legal battle between Epic Games and Apple with a mixed verdict. She denied Epic’s motion to restore the popular game Fortnite to Apple’s App Store, but also ordered Apple not to block Epic’s develop...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Tech, Policy, Netflix, Porsche, Epic, Instacart, Devops, Rogers, Epic Games, Yc


Instagram’s hashtag searches gave Trump better treatment than Biden

Instagram apparently handled searches for popular hashtags related to the two presidential candidates differently, pointing Joe Biden search queries toward often negative related hashtags while making no such suggestions in corresponding searches pertaining to President Trump. A new report by the Tech Transparency Project details the strange platform behavior. In the report, the tech watchdog compared searches for 20 popular hashtags related to the Trump and Biden campaigns and found that rel...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Algorithms, Biden, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Twitter Instagram, 2020 Election, Algorithmic Bias, Ryan Mac



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