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Kevin McCarthy avoided condemning Lauren Boebert's Islamophobic comments about Ilhan Omar, instead praising her for a phone call that ultimately went off the rails

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyDrew Angerer/Getty Images McCarthy avoided condemning Lauren Boebert's Islamophobic comments about Ilhan Omar. "She apologized publicly, she apologized personally," McCarthy said at a press conference Friday. Boebert is likely to face punishment soon as Democratic calls for her to lose committee seats grow. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy signaled on Friday that House Republicans would not take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert after the far-right...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, Congress, Colorado, Senate, Israel, America, Trends, House, Nancy Pelosi, Republican, Islamophobia, Mccarthy, Democratic, Omar, Kevin McCarthy


Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to testify before Congress for the first time, as lawmakers seek answers on child safety

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri.Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to testify before Congress for the first time, on child safety, the NYT reports. His scheduled appearance comes after a backlash over internal research leaked by the Facebook whistleblower. The research found that Instagram made body image issues worse for one in three teen girls. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to appear before Congress for the first time, to answer questions about child safety on ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Children, Congress, Trends, Mental Health, New York Times, The Times, Meta, Times, Richard Blumenthal, Adam, Blumenthal, Tech Insider


Facebook, now Meta, just got hit with its first major lawsuit since a whistleblower exposed a trove of internal documents

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo Ohio's Attorney General is suing Meta, alleging it misled the public and cost investors billions. The suit says the company violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose its harm to young users. Lawsuits like this remain a bigger risk for Meta than potential regulation from Congress.  Ohio's Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, on Monday, accusing the company of violating federal...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Tech, Lawsuits, Meta, Yost, Erin Scott, Tech Insider, Haugen, CONGRESS Ohio, Blair Levin


MyPillow's Mike Lindell is sponsoring anti-vaxxer Sherri Tenpenny, one of the 'disinformation dozen'

A composite image of Mike Lindell (L) and Dr Sherri Tenpenny (R). Octavio Jones/Reuters / Dr Sherri Tenpenny/Instagram Anti-vaxxer Dr Sherri Tenpenny has been receiving sponsorship from Mike Lindell's MyPillow. She touted his products on her Bible study chats, which center around vaccine misinformation. The deal showcases the growing alliance between election denialism and anti-vaccine sentiment. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell recently became a sponsor for the prominent anti-vaxxer Dr Sher...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Instagram, America, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Guardian, Kohls, Lindell, Agence France Presse, R, Dominion, The Financial Times, L


Mark Meadows got a call during Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing because a low-level HUD staffer liked a Taylor Swift Instagram post urging people to vote: book

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and musical artist Taylor Swift. Leah Millis/Pool/AFP/Getty Images and Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty images Mark Meadows had to leave the room to take a call during Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings. A HUD official called to inform Meadows that a low-level staffer had liked a Taylor Swift Instagram post. The post said "Vote" and endorsed Biden, and the White House was rooting out disloyal staffers. Former White House chief of staff Mar...
Tags: Politics, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Supreme Court, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Atlantic, Hud, Biden, Donald Trump, Swift, John Kelly, Trump, Kelly, Karl


AOC points to 'trust' issues in explaining her vote against Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill, remains wary of moderates who called for CBO score

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cited "trust" issues in opposing the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The congresswoman lamented that the bipartisan bill was decoupled from the reconciliation framework. Ocasio-Cortez remains critical of House moderates for requesting a CBO score for the social spending bill. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday pointed to her mistrust of the legislative process in explaining her '...
Tags: Politics, New York, Instagram, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, White House, Massachusetts, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Hawaii, House, Michigan, Moderates, Bronx


Mark Zuckerberg should quit Facebook, says Frances Haugen

Whistleblower says a new CEO should prioritise online safety over Meta restructureFacebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has delivered her strongest call yet for Mark Zuckerberg to step down as chief executive of his social media empire, saying the business will be better off with a leader who focuses on user safety.Frances Haugen said Facebook’s parent company, rebranded Meta last week, is unlikely to change if its founder remains in charge. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, the former Faceb...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, UK News, World news, Whatsapp, Corporate Governance, Meta, Lisbon, Zuckerberg


Facebook says it just uncovered one of the largest troll farms ever - run by the government of Nicaragua

The Spanish word for "Murderer" covers a mural of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, as part of anti-government protests demanding his resignation in Managua, Nicaragua. Esteban Felix/AP Facebook announced it uncovered one of the largest troll farms, run by the government of Nicaragua. The troll operation involved state employees working out of Nicaragua's postal service, Facebook said. The company said the effort violated its policy against "Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior." On...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, US, International, Trends, Reagan, United States, Nicaragua, Charles Davis, Trump, Contras, Managua, Sandoval, Rosario Murillo


Mark Zuckerberg opposed pushing Spanish-language voting information on WhatsApp because he thought it would look partisan

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images/Andrew Harnik/AP Mark Zuckerberg objected to pushing a Spanish-language voting resource on WhatsApp in 2020. The Facebook CEO argued that sending millions of WhatsApp users voting resources would look partisan. Zuckerberg's opposition to the effort was exposed as part of a major leak of internal Facebook documents. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opposed pushing a Spanish-lang...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Politics, News, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Whatsapp, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook CEO, Andrew Harnik


Purported hacker claims they defaced Trump's campaign website to protest Joe Biden's stance on Turkey

Former President Donald Trump's campaign website was hacked for several hours on Monday, October 18, 2021. Screenshot A subdomain of former President Donald Trump's website appeared to be hacked Monday. The website remained defaced as of Monday evening. Hackers using the same name defaced a Biden campaign website in 2020. Hackers appeared to deface a portion of former President Donald Trump's campaign website on Monday, replacing it was an Islamic message and video featuring Tu...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Turkey, Joe Biden, Erdogan, Hacker, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Recep Erdogan, Tech Insider


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


Facebook exec Nick Clegg said he couldn't give a 'yes or no answer' on whether its algorithms boosted insurrection sentiments ahead of Jan. 6 riot

20 January 2020, Bavaria, Munich: Nick Clegg, Head of Policy at Facebook, speaks on stage during the DLD (Digital Life Design) innovation conference. Clegg has defended the decision to stick to advertising with political content, unlike Twitter and Google. Lino Mirgeler A Facebook executive told CNN he couldn't give "a yes or no answer" when asked whether its algorithms amplified pro-insurrection voices leading up to January 6. A Facebook whistleblower testified before Congress last we...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Cnn, Nick Clegg, Capitol, Congressional, Adam Schiff, Dana Bash, Clegg, Tech Insider, Bavaria Munich, Haugen


Facebook exec Nick Clegg called Big Tobacco comparisons 'extremely misleading' but said the company needs to be 'held to account' after whistleblower testimony

Facebook executive Nick Clegg defended Facebook amid mounting scrutiny during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week.". ABC News/This Week Facebook executive Nick Clegg on Sunday defended the company against comparisons to Big Tobacco. The social-media giant has been under intense scrutiny after a former employee publicly criticized the company. While he defended the company, Clegg admitted Facebook needed to be "held to account." Nick Clegg, who works as the vice president for global...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Nick Clegg, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Richard Blumenthal, Yahoo News, Clegg, Big Tobacco, Big Tech, Tech Insider


Social media was once a neutral battleground. Now, both Republicans and Democrats have demonized them to drive political agendas.

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others have become targets on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers using them to push their agendas. Google; Twitter; Instagram; Facebook; Samantha Lee/Insider Lawmakers have weaponized tech firms and their content moderation decisions to drive agendas. It's the culmination of a slew of factors, like the post-2016 techlash and the Trump administration. Experts say tech animosity has become "a core Republican tenet," and progressives want more rules. See more stor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, News, Instagram, Obama, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, US, Barack Obama, Trends


Facebook's week of scandals has made it easier than ever to argue for its downfall - here's why the whistleblower still thinks it shouldn't be broken up

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies to senate committee Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images Facebook's chaotic outage Monday revealed its outsized grip on users around the world. The next day, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to US lawmakers after leaking internal documents. Here's why the whistleblower doesn't Facebook should be broken up. See more stories on Insider's business page. The past two days have provided nothing but ammo for Facebook critics. On M...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, Antitrust, Whistleblower, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Misinformation, Instagram Facebook, Facebook WhatsApp, Big Tech, Tech Insider


The most important moments from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony: 'The buck stops with Mark'

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen arrives to testify before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Pool via AP Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She testified that Facebook prioritized profits over stopping ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Massachusetts, Trends, Social Media, Capitol Hill, MSI, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Mark, Richard Blumenthal


Senator says Facebook will 'haunt a generation' and blasts Mark Zuckerberg for going sailing during whistleblower hearing

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal criticized Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Blumenthal said Facebook's inaction on Instagram's effect on teens will "haunt a generation." "Zuckerberg's new policy is no apologies, no admissions, no acknowledgement," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. In...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Bloomberg, Getty Images, Connecticut, Silicon Valley, Securities And Exchange Commission, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, San Francisco Chronicle, Duke Ellington


Facebook's whistleblower is testifying before Congress - here are the most important moments so far

Whistleblower Frances Haugen in a 60 Minutes interview on October 3 said that Facebook had not done enough to halt the spread of misinformation. CBS News Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen will testify before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She's expected to testify that Facebook prioritized profits over stopping extremism and division. See more stories on Insider's bus...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Social Media, US Senate, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Reuters Congressional, Tech Insider, Check, Haugen, Facebook Files, Facebook Hearing


The most important moments from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen arrives to testify before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Pool via AP Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen will testify before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She's expected to testify that Facebook prioritized pro...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Massachusetts, Trends, Social Media, Capitol Hill, MSI, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Mark, Capitol


Instagram "actively promotes" accounts encouraging teen eating disorders

Instagram has acknowledged to CNN that it promoted accounts glorifying extreme dieting and eating disorders, the channel reports, and admitted that it should not have done so. The extreme dieting accounts were promoted to an Instagram account set up by Sen. — Read the rest
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Facebook during outage, saying company's 'monopolistic behavior' saying it's destructive to 'free society and democracy'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) listens as Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images A Monday outage took Facebook-owned companies offline- including WhatsApp and Instagram. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez slammed the company saying it is a thr...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Media, Instagram, Politico, Trends, Whatsapp, Washington Dc, Financial Services, Latin America, Forbes, Aoc, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Facebook It, Instagram Facebook


A Democratic senator mistook the slang word 'finsta' for one of Facebook's products in a hearing with the company

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation held a hearing on Thursday regarding Facebook's, Instagram, and mental health, spurred on by a Wall Street Journal investigation about what Facebook knows about the impact of Instagram on young users. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images The Senate Commerce Committee held a Thursday hearing about Facebook, Instagram, and mental health. Sen. Blumental of Connecticut asked if Facebook would "commit to banning Finsta....
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, News, Media, Instagram, Teens, Congress, Trends, Creators, Connecticut, Davis, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Facebook Instagram, Blumenthal


High School Voter Registration Week aims to get LA County students into political participation

LOS ANGELES — Student volunteers will be hosting in-person and online voter-registration drives at high schools in Los Angeles County and in nearly two dozen other states as part of High School Voter Registration Week, a civics organization announced Monday. In conjunction with the effort, The Civics Center also introduced the L.A. County Future Voter Scorecard Campaign, measuring the effectiveness of school districts in the county in improving low youth voter registration rates. “High School Vo...
Tags: Politics, Elections, News, Instagram, La, US, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Twitter Facebook, LA County


Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in New York

Boris Johnson (left) met with Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez while in New York. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez in New York on Monday. Bezos discussed climate change and taxation with Johnson, a Downing Street spokesperson said. Bezos said on Monday he would donate $1 billion to conservation efforts this year. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sat down with UK Prime Min...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, UK, New York, Taxes, News, Instagram, Climate Change, Trends, United Nations, Arthur C Clarke, Boris Johnson, Jeff Bezos, Johnson, Downing Street, Bezos


Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten share first family photo as new parents of 2 babies

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Buttigieg wave during a campaign town hall event at Washington Liberty High School February 23, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, announced they are the parents of two. "We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family," Buttigieg said. The couple met in 2015 and marri...
Tags: Politics, News, Instagram, Trends, Chasten, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, Washington Liberty High School, Chasten Buttigieg, Connor Perrett, Sec Pete Buttigieg, Penelope Rose, Joseph August Buttigieg


False claims of election fraud in California's recall election are already spreading - and being debunked

Hair dresser Nikki Johnson dons a "Recall Newsom" mask and "Make Stylists Essential again" hat as she protests COVID-19 salon closures by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in Costa Mesa, California on August, 10, 2020. Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images California will vote on September 14 over whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. Claims of election fraud are spreading online among supporters of the recall. Some of the claims have already been debu...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, California, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Donald Trump, Gavin Newsom, Haynes, San Francisco Chronicle, KCRA, Dominion, Newsom, Costa Mesa California, Sacramento County Elections Office, Torrance Police Department


Lurch to right may imperil Texas’ attraction for employers

By Catarina Saraiva and Brendan Case | Bloomberg In the past decade, Texas attracted almost 4 million people and a cavalcade of employers thanks to low taxes, lax regulation and thriving cities. But a defiant attitude toward Covid restrictions, new limits on voting access and now the nation’s strictest abortion law could undermine its appeal for future moves. Companies including Apple Inc., Toyota Motor Corp. and Tesla Inc. have moved operations and college-educated, creative-class workers to Te...
Tags: Apple, Business, Elon Musk, Florida, Politics, Texas, Technology, News, Instagram, California, California News, San Francisco, Atlanta, Georgia, Tesla, Hp


Joe Rogan reports he has tested positive for COVID-19

By Kerry Flynn | CNN Joe Rogan, one of the world’s highest paid and most influential podcast hosts, announced Wednesday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and said he’d embarked on a fringe treatment regime. In a video posted to his official Instagram account, Rogan said he felt “very weary” on Saturday and got tested for Covid-19 the following day. He said ahead of the test he quarantined from his family and “throughout the night, I got fevers and sweats and I knew what was going on.” Rogan’s ...
Tags: Spotify, Politics, News, Instagram, US, Bloomberg, Sport, Social-media, Soccer, EK, Nashville, Donald Trump, Daniel Ek, Joe Rogan, Rogan, Kerry Flynn


Former intelligence official slams Reps. Meijer and Moulton for choosing to 'bypass Disneyland and take an Instagram trip' to Afghanistan

Former CIA Counterterrorist Center Deputy Director Phil Mudd takes part in a Q&A at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City on April 16, 2013. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/HBO Reps. Meijer and Moulton made an unauthorized trip to Afghanistan on Tuesday, prompting strong backlash. Phil Mudd, a former intelligence official, slammed the duo on CNN for taking an "Instagram trip" to Kabul. He also said House leaders should seize a "chance for bipartisanship" and kick both lawmakers ...
Tags: Politics, Instagram, Congress, Massachusetts, New York City, US, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Afghanistan, House, Kabul, Michigan, Nancy Pelosi, Cia, Disneyland


An Instagram meme account raised over $6.7 million in a matter of days for Afghan rescue mission

Tommy Marcus's GoFundMe page for Afghanistan. Screenshot via GoFundME Instagram memer Tommy Marcus, also known as @quentin.quarantio, started a campaign to help Afghans. Raising over $6.7 million, the campaign aims to fly out Afghanswho need help escaping the Taliban. Marcus is working with the US Military and other volunteer groups for the success of the operation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Tommy Marcus operator of the popular meme page @quentin.quarantio on Ins...
Tags: Politics, News, Instagram, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Afghanistan, Taliban, US military, Kabul, Lgbtq, Donations, Gofundme, Meme, Marcus



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