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Democrats attack Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter over the Capitol riots, saying the tech giants play 'whack-a-mole' with radicalization

Rep. Anna Eshoo. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS House Democrats wrote to Facebook, Google, and Twitter accusing them of fostering extremism. They compared the platforms' approach to moderating hateful and dangerous content to "whack-a-mole." Lawmakers recommended each platform make sweeping design changes to stop chasing engagement, which they said fosters extremism. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. On the first full day of President Joe Biden's administration, House Democr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Washington Post, Youtube, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, House, Fox News, Susan Wojcicki, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Sheryl Sandberg


Kamala Harris was just sworn in as the first female vice president in US history. Here are 35 of the most powerful women in 2021.

Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Shonda Rhimes. Tasos Katopodis/JIM WATSON/AFP/George Pimentel/Getty Images First ladies, political figures, and prominent businesswomen hold great power in the US. Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States. Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, has served for over 65 years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. From the boardroom to Hollywood and the floor of the House of...
Tags: Strategy, Features, Women And Leadership, Women's History Month, Feminism, Women, CDU


Capitol Riot Suspect Plotted To Sell Stolen Pelosi Laptop To Russian Intelligence, Authorities Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: A Pennsylvania woman accused of being one of the Capitol rioters told a former "romantic partner" that she planned to steal a laptop computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and sell it to Russian intelligence, court documents revealed Monday. The woman, Riley June Williams, 22, was on the run, charged with disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds with the intent to disturb a session of Congress and other charges after her former flame tur...
Tags: Congress, Russia, Nbc News, Tech, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Williams, House, Nancy Pelosi, William, Capitol, Pelosi, Lund, SVR Russia, Riley June Williams, Jonathan Lund


How Twitter is handling the 2021 US presidential transition

Twitter has set out its plans for US Inauguration Day 2021, next Wednesday, January 20, when president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office as the 46th US president and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will become VP. “This year, multiple challenging circumstances will require that most people experience this historic ceremony virtually,” the social media firm writes in a blog post detailing how it will handle the transition of power on its platform as the Trump administration departs off...
Tags: Social, TC, Twitter, Europe, Obama, US, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, House, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Nara


How to experience some of California’s biggest music festivals — from your car

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. The big news in the live music industry this week is that Dr. Anthony Fauci says we may see concerts return in the fall if things go well and 70-85% of the population gets the COVID-19 vaccine. (Fingers crossed and sleeves rolled up for that to happen.) We’re already seeing some festivals elsewhere in the country move dates into the fall, such as Governors ...
Tags: Apple, New York, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, House, San Diego, Music Festivals, Coachella, Anthony Fauci, Elvis, Arcadia, Palm Springs, Southern California, Claude Vonstroke


35 of the most powerful women in 2021

Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Shonda Rhimes. Tasos Katopodis/JIM WATSON/AFP/George Pimentel/Getty Images From first ladies of the United States to prominent businesswomen and leading figures in the entertainment industry, these women hold great power. On January 20, Senator Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female and first Black and South Asian vice president of the United States. Queen Elizabeth II, one of the best-known female leaders in the world and the longest-reigning mon...
Tags: Strategy, Features, Women And Leadership, Women's History Month, Feminism, Women, CDU


Trump circumvents Twitter ban to decry ‘unprecedented assault on free speech’

Following a comprehensive ban from Twitter and a number of other online services following last week’s assault on the Capitol by his followers, President Trump managed to put out a tweet in the form of a video address touching on the “calamity at the Capitol”… and, of course, his deplatforming. In the video, Trump instructs his followers to shun violence, calling it un-American. “No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” he said, days after calling rioters “great patriots...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Twitter, Government, Senate, Tech, House, Jack Dorsey, Jack, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, Twitter Trump, Capitol Riots


Dow Jones Futures: House Impeaches President Trump; Apple, New IPOs Airbnb, DoorDash Flash Buy Signals

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Tags: Apple, House, Trump


House Votes To Impeach President Trump a Historic Second Time

A House majority, including several Republicans, on Wednesday voted to impeach President Trump for "incitement of insurrection." The New York Times reports: The House had enough votes on Wednesday to impeach President Trump for inciting a violent insurrection against the United States government, as more than a half-dozen members of the president's party joined Democrats to charge him with high crimes and misdemeanors for an unprecedented second time. Reconvening under the threat of continued vi...
Tags: Congress, Kentucky, Senate, Tech, Ukraine, United States, House, New York Times, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Trump, National Guard, McConnell, Joseph R Biden Jr


House Democrats call for accountability while Republicans call for unity and rail against 'cancel culture' in impeachment debate

Reuters The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for the "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol siege. During the House debate, Democrats argued Trump must be held accountable for provoking the violent mob, while Republicans called for "unity and healing" and defended the president's rhetoric and election lies.  Trump is the first president in American history to be impeached twice. His impeachment is also the most bipartis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky


House members engage in a fiery debate over impeaching Trump for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol

Reuters The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for the "incitement of insurrection" in the wake of last week's deadly Capitol siege. During the House debate, Democrats argued Trump must be held accountable for provoking the violent mob, while Republicans called for "unity and healing" and defended the president's rhetoric and election lies.  Trump is the first president in American history to be impeached twice. His impeachment is also the most bipartis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky


The House prepares to impeach the president after a fiery debate and as Trump is more isolated than ever

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate


Democratic Rep. Cori Bush makes a fiery speech calling to impeach 'the white supremacist in chief'

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate


LIVE: House minority leader Kevin McCarthy says Trump 'bears responsibility' for the Capitol siege and shoots down antifa conspiracy theories

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Florida, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate


LIVE: Rep. Cedric Richmond says some Republicans are 'co-conspirators' in the insurrection and tells them to 'man up, woman up,' and defend the Constitution

Reuters The House of Representatives is poised to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time for "incitement of insurrection" following last week's deadly Capitol siege. Debate over the article of impeachment began shortly after 9 a.m. ET and can be watched online on C-SPAN, YouTube, and the House's official website. Scroll down to watch the livestream and follow Insider's live coverage of the historic event. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The House of Represe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, New York, News, Instagram, Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House


Parler Users Breached Deep Inside US Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the horde of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside the U.S. Capitol building and into areas normally restricted to the public, according to GPS metadata linked to videos posted to the platform the day of the insurrection in Washington. The data, obtained by a computer hacker through legal means ahead of Parler's shutdown on Monday, offers a bird's eye view of...
Tags: Washington, Senate, Tech, Fbi, House, National Mall, Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi, Gizmodo, Trump, Capitol, U S Capitol, Capitol Rotunda, Maga, Parler, US Capitol Building


Trump claims people think his rally that incited the deadly Capitol riot was 'totally appropriate'

US President Donald Trump. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Speaking publicly for the first time on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters that "people" believe a speech he gave that incited last week's deadly Capitol insurrection was "totally appropriate." He also said the push to impeach him over his incitement of the insurrection was "absolutely ridiculous," adding that there was "tremendous anger" over it, though he didn't specify who was angry. The president has lost hi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Trends, House, House Of Representatives, Portland, Republican, Seattle


Sheryl Sandberg says the US Capitol siege was not primarily organized on Facebook, but acknowledges Facebook moderation not perfect

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair Sheryl Sandberg said the pro-Trump siege of the US Capitol was organized largely off of Facebook. "I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don't have our abilities to stop hate, and don't have our standards, and don't have our transparency," Sandberg said at the Reuters Next conference on Tuesday. Experts who study extremism said Facebook was "indirectly involved" in the insurrection for allowing misinformation and violen...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, House, Donald Trump, Shopify, Sheryl Sandberg


Sheryl Sandberg says the US Capitol siege was not primarily organized on Facebook

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair Sheryl Sandberg said the pro-Trump siege of the US Capitol was organized largely off of Facebook. "I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don't have our abilities to stop hate, and don't have our standards, and don't have our transparency," Sandberg said at the Reuters Next conference on Tuesday. Experts who study extremism said Facebook was "indirectly involved" in the insurrection for allowing misinformation and violen...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, House, Donald Trump, Shopify, Sheryl Sandberg


Microsoft says it's halting all political donations until after it assesses the 'implications of last week's events'

Microsoft said it will not make political donations as it assess the "implications of last week's events" following a siege of the US Capitol. After a violent, pro-Trump mob stormed into the US Capitol building, other firms like Facebook and JPMorgan said they would halt all political donations.  "The PAC regularly pauses its donations in the first quarter of a new Congress, but it will take additional steps this year to consider these recent events and consult with employees," a Microsoft spok...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, News, Microsoft, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Jp Morgan, PAC, Citibank, Biden, Morgan Stanley


Twitter is warning of more DC violence as tech giants move to suspend Trump and calls for the president's removal grow

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider from Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.Read on for a breakdown of the biggest stories of the past week, the inside track on a COVID vaccine loophole, and insight into Instagram's mysterious algorithm. Read time: 5 minutes.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images Hello!It's hard to find words to describe the past week.I watched with horror as pro-Trump supporte...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Senate, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, Bank Of America, Joe Biden


Parler has removed a violent comment about Mike Pence by pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood

Attorney Lin Wood speaks during a rally. Associated Press/Ben Margot Parler, the "free speech" social network, removed a post by Lin Wood, in which the pro-Trump lawyer made violent remarks about Vice President Mike Pence. "Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST," wrote Wood, according to Mediate. Wood claimed it was not a threat.  The message, along with a few others, violated Parler's terms of service, and was removed, CEO John Matze told Mediate on Saturday.  Visit Business Insid...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Washington, Senate, Trends, House, Michigan, Nancy Pelosi, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Wood, Rudy Giuliani, Amazon Web Services, Trump


After the Riot, the US Capitol's IT Staff Faces 'a Security Mess'

After Wednesday's invasion by protesters, America's Capitol building is now grappling with "the process of securing the offices and digital systems after hundreds of people had unprecedented access to them," writes Wired. Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike shares their report: Rioters could have bugged congressional offices, exfiltrated data from unlocked computers, or installed malware on exposed devices. In the rush to evacuate the Capitol, some computers were left unlocked and remained ac...
Tags: Oregon, Senate, America, Tech, House, National Security Council, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Homeland Security, National Cyber Security Alliance, Capitol, Slashdot, Larkin, US Capitol, Jeff Merkley, Frank Larkin, Kelvin Coleman


Anti-Trump protest set for downtown L.A.; pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills

Demonstrations for and against President Donald Trump are scheduled in the Southland today, amid calls for the president’s ouster three days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a melee that resulted in five deaths. The group Refuse Fascism planned a demonstration and “car caravan” at noon in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, part of a nationwide series of demonstrations. The group will denounce Wednesday’s violence and call for the removal of Trump and Vice Preside...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Democrats, House, Beverly Hills, Nancy Pelosi, Airlines, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence


Theft of two computers during Capitol attack raises information security concerns

Nancy Pelosi’s office confirms laptop was stolen when Trump supporters, incited by the president, invaded the buildingAt least two computers were stolen from the Capitol when a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building on Wednesday – including one from the office of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi – raising grave information security concerns. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, US news, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, US Capitol breach


Venrock’s Bryan Roberts on the firm’s new $450 million fund, and where it’s shopping in 2021

Venrock, the 51-year-old firm that started as the venture arm of the Rockefeller family, has closed its ninth fund with $450 million, the same amount it raised for its last two funds. The outfit, with offices in Palo Alto, New York, and Cambridge, clearly feels comfortable with the fund size, but it says change is otherwise a constant, given that trends and tech shift so fast that so-called pattern recognition can prove a liability if an investment team isn’t careful. To learn more about what th...
Tags: Amazon, Washington, Senate, Tech, House, Cambridge, Berkshire Hathaway, Venrock, Rockefeller, Camille, Federation, CNS, Bryan Roberts, Michael Fischbach, Amazon JPMorgan Chase, Racquel Bracken


Stolen computers are the least of the government’s security worries

Reports that a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office was stolen during the pro-Trump rioters’ sack of the Capitol building has some worried that the mob may have access to important, even classified information. Fortunately that’s not the case — even if this computer and others had any truly sensitive information, which is unlikely, like any corporate asset it can almost certainly be disabled remotely. The cybersecurity threat in general from the riot is not as high as one might thi...
Tags: Security, Government, Senate, US, Tech, Cybersecurity, House, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Reuters, Capitol, Pelosi, FBI NSA, Capitol Riot


Decrypted: How bad was the US Capitol breach for cybersecurity?

It’s the image that’s been seen around the world. One of hundreds of pro-Trump supporters in the private office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after storming the Capitol and breaching security in protest of the certification of the election results for President-elect Joe Biden. Police were overrun (when they weren’t posing for selfies) and some lawmakers’ offices were trashed and looted. As politicians and their staffs were told to evacuate or shelter in place, one photo of a congressional compu...
Tags: Security, Congress, Washington, Government, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, House, National Security, Fireeye, Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Usc, Data Security


VCs dispense with niceties during Capitol riots: “Never talk to me again”

It was hard not to feel emotional today, as the world watched for more than four hours as rioters stormed into and throughout the Capitol building in Washington to disrupt the certification of the election win of incoming U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden. They’d been encouraged earlier in the afternoon by outgoing President Donald Trump to head to the building and protest what he falsely claimed yet again was a stolen election, a lie he began to spread the evening of the U.S. election in November....
Tags: Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Tech, Joe Biden, House, Silicon Valley, Dc, Pbs, Donald Trump, Walk, Trump, Capitol


Social media allowed a shocked nation to watch a coup attempt in real time

Today’s historic and terrifying coup attempt by pro-Trump extremists in Washington, D.C. played out live the same way it was fomented — on social media. Once again Twitter, streaming sites, and other user-generated media were the only place to learn what was happening in the nation’s capital — and the best place to be misled by misinformation and propaganda. In the morning, official streams and posts portended what people expected of the day: a drawn-out elector certification process in Congress...
Tags: Social, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Opinion, Washington, Government, Senate, White House, Tech, House, Reddit, National Mall, Jack Dorsey, Trump, Twitter Facebook



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