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Blistering civil rights audit raises alarms about Facebook’s ongoing policy failures

The results of a multiyear investigation into Facebook’s policies and their consequences for the civil liberties of its more than 2.5 billion users are out. The , conducted by former ACLU director Laura W. Murphy and lawyers from law firm Relman Colfax set out by collecting concerns from a broad swath of civil rights organizations concerned about Facebook’s growing power and its potentially harmful reverberations through marginalized communities in particular and democratic society more broa...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Policy, Nick Clegg, Aclu, Civil Rights, Trump, White Supremacy, Georgetown, Laura W Murphy, Zuckerberg Sandberg, Relman Colfax


In blistering audit, civil rights leaders raise alarms about Facebook’s ongoing policy failures

The results of a multiyear investigation into Facebook’s policies and their consequences for the civil liberties of its more than 2.5 billion users are out. The , conducted by former ACLU director Laura W. Murphy and lawyers from law firm Relman Colfax set out by collecting concerns from a broad swath of civil rights organizations concerned about Facebook’s growing power and its potentially harmful reverberations through marginalized communities in particular and democratic society more broa...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Policy, Nick Clegg, Aclu, Civil Rights, Trump, White Supremacy, Georgetown, Laura W Murphy, Zuckerberg Sandberg, Relman Colfax


Ade Ajao, Maryanna Saenko, Charles Hudson, Ulili Onovakpuri, and Melissa Bradley are coming to Disrupt

At TechCrunch Disrupt, our Startup Battlefield event is the centerpiece of the event, the true heart of this signature program. There’s good reason we take it so seriously. Over the years, the Startup Battlefield competition has helped launch dozens of nascent startups that have grown into game-changing brands, including Cloudflare, Dropbox, Vurb, Mint, GetAround, Fitbit, Yammer and more. Collectively, Battlefield participants have gone to raise $9 billion from investors, and to generate 115 exi...
Tags: Google, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Airbus, Oakland, UC Berkeley, Duke, Battlefield, Kapor Capital, Lux Research, Bradley, Georgetown University


Too little, too late: Facebook’s Oversight Board won’t launch until ‘late fall’

Facebook has announced that the limp “Oversight Board” intended to help make difficult content and policy decisions will not launch until “late fall,” which is to say, almost certainly after the election. You know, the election everyone is worried Facebook’s inability to police itself will serious affect. On Twitter, the board explained that as much as it would like to “officially begin our task of providing independent oversight of Facebook’s content decisions,” it regrets that it will be un...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Natasha Lomas, Jonathan Greenblatt, Oversight Board, Zuckerberg Sandberg, Facebook 's Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board, Oversight Board Facebook, Coca Cola Ford REI, StopHateforProfit Facebook


'Disappointing' Zuckerberg meeting fails to yield results, say Facebook boycott organizers

Civil rights groups say company did not commit to concrete plan to address hate speech and misinformationThe organizers behind a major advertiser boycott of Facebook have called a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg and other executives “disappointing”, saying the company failed to commit to concrete solutions for addressing hate speech and misinformation on the platform.Officials at Facebook, including Zuckerberg, the CEO, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, met with members of the coalition...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Activism, Social Networking, Social Media, US news, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Starbucks Continue, Unilever Coca Cola


CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Set for Antitrust Showdown

The House Judiciary Committee has confirmed that the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will go before its antitrust subcommittee later this month, as governments across the globe continue to put regulatory pressure on Big Tech. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Sundar Pichai will appear as witnesses at...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, House Judiciary Committee, Amazon Apple Facebook, Nextech, Ad Tech & Mar Tech, Big Tech Amazon, Tim Cook Facebook


Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai are set to appear before Congress on July 27 in an antitrust hearing

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the US House of Representatives on July 27. The hearing is part of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee's investigation into the dominance of large tech firms. The tech executives will be allowed to appear virtually for the hearing. The four big tech companies are also facing probes from the US Justice Department. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Bloomberg, House, House Of Representatives, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Federal Trade Commission


Apple CEO Tim Cook to Testify in U.S. Antitrust Hearing on July 27

Apple CEO Tim Cook will participate in an antitrust hearing held by the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on Monday, July 27 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Judiciary Committee announced today. The hearing is part of an ongoing U.S. antitrust investigation that involves competition in digital markets. The hearing, labeled "Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple," will also include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet/Google CEO...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Tim Cook, Antitrust, App Store, Justice Department, Sundar Pichai, House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, David Cicilline, Antitrust Subcommittee, House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, Eastern Time the Judiciary Committee


Extend US Facebook boycott to Europe, campaigners urge

Calls follow Mark Zuckerberg’s dismissal of anti-hate-speech campaign in meeting with staffCampaigners are calling for an advertising boycott of Facebook in the US to be extended to Europe, after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, dismissed the effects of the campaign in a meeting with staff.A growing number of companies have halted advertising on Facebook after criticism that the platform was not doing enough to counter hate speech on its sites. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Technology, Media, Protest, Social Networking, Race, Advertising, US, UK News, World news, US news, US Facebook


Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google CEOs will testify in front of the US Congress for its broad antitrust investigation: Reports

CEOs of four of the biggest tech companies in the world — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google — will testify before the US Congress later this month, as part of its anti investigation of the Big Tech. This was first reported by New York Times columnist Kara Swisher following her conversation with Rep-David Cicilline. Later, a spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee also confirmed it to the New York Times. Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet/Google’s Sundar Pichai, and A...
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A Facebook recruiter filed a federal complaint alleging the company is biased against Black employees and job candidates (FB)

A Facebook recruiter and two rejected job applicants filed a complaint Thursday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the company of discriminating against Black workers, as first reported by The Washington Post. The three workers, all of whom are Black, alleged that Facebook has a pattern of "racial discrimination in hiring, evaluations, promotions, and pay" for Black employees and job applicants. "There may be Black Lives Matter posters on Facebook's walls, but Black work...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, Trends, Unilever, Silicon Valley, Naacp, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Black, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Anti Defamation League


Advertisers Will Be Back To Facebook 'Soon Enough', Zuckerberg Assures Employees

As the ads boycott grows, Mark Zuckerberg shows no sign of backing down. From a report: "My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough" the Facebook chief executive has said. Campaigners accuse the tech firm of being too slow and reluctant to remove some hateful content. But Zuckerberg added: "We're not going to change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue." The comments were made to Facebook staff at a privat...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Zuckerberg, Facebook Soon Enough Zuckerberg Assures Employees


Mark Zuckerberg: advertisers' boycott of Facebook will end 'soon enough'

We will not change our policies or approach, says ZuckerbergMore than 500 companies are protesting against hate speechMark Zuckerberg has dismissed the threat of a punishing boycott from major advertisers pressing Facebook to take a stronger stand on hate speech and said they will be back “soon enough”.According to a , the Facebook founder and CEO sees the boycott from big brands including Starbucks and Coca-Cola as a PR issue rather than a serious threat and is not planning a major response. ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Zuckerberg, Information Continue


CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google to Testify at House Antitrust Hearing

Big Tech’s four biggest executives may soon be in the congressional hot seat, with the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google set to appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing as part of its antitrust investigation. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Google’s Sundar Pichai (who also is chief exec […]
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, House Judiciary Committee, Facebook Amazon Apple, Facebook Apple Amazon, Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg Amazon, House Antitrust Hearing


Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai will all testify before Congress in an antitrust hearing

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, Apple's Tim Cook, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos will all testify before Congress in an antitrust hearing in late July. The news was confirmed by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island. Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Bezos had all reportedly been confirmed by mid-June, although Zuckerberg and Pichai said they would only testify if Cook did too. Cicilline's comments suggest Cook has now agreed to attend. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Congress, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, European Commission, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, Rhode Island, Sundar Pichai


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly said Facebook is 'not gonna change' its policies on policing hate speech, in response to a boycott by more than 500 advertisers over the company's hate speech policies. Major brands like Coca-Cola, Ford, Starbucks, and Verizon have joined the boycott. Apple is re-closing 30 more stores in the US as coronavirus cases have spiked across the country. Apple will be re-closing stores in Alabama, Californi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Cook, US, Trends, Tesla, Bbc, Mit, House, Tim Cook, Los Angeles Times, Alexa


Mark Zuckerberg's network effects nightmare

Hello and welcome back to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. This week: Tech's "surge" of goodbyes and Facebook's network effects nightmare The tech business thrives on newness — new products, new features, new speeds. Even when the new stuff is really just old stuff with a new name, you can be s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Yahoo, Ipo, Softbank, US, Trends, CMO, Tesla, Netflix, Missouri, Aol


Could the shift to remote working make tech more inclusive?

Tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon, have already stated they'll be adapting company policies to allow for more remote working. In the business software and tech infrastructure sectors, which are more in-demand than ever, it seems likely that recruiting will resume quickly, with companies seeking to fill specifically remote positions.The tech sector has long suffered from a diversity problem, and remote working fosters a better culture of inclusivity.As the co...
Tags: Amazon, Work, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Technology, Stanford, India, US, America, San Francisco, Cisco, Innovation, Cnbc, Kapor Capital, Remote


With advertiser boycott growing, lawmakers press Facebook on white supremacy

In a new letter to Mark Zuckerberg, three Democratic lawmakers pressed the Facebook chief executive for accountability on his company’s role in amplifying white supremacy and allowing violent extremists, like those in “boogaloo” groups, to organize on its platform. Citing the “long-overdue” national reckoning around racial injustice, Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wrote to Zuckerberg in an effort to highlight the rift Facebook’s stated policies and i...
Tags: Social, TC, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Senate, Tech, United States, Patagonia, Naacp, Zuckerberg, Trump, Democratic, Tucker Carlson, Kaplan, Mazie Hirono


Elon Musk called Jeff Bezos a copycat — again — over Amazon's Zoox acquisition. Here are 9 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world's biggest tech CEOs.

While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, San Francisco, Trends


Facebook says it will prioritize original reporting and ‘transparent authorship’ in the News Feed

Facebook announced this morning that stories with original reporting will get a boost in the News Feed, while publications that don’t clearly credit their editorial staff will be demoted. The change comes as a number of high-profile companies have said that they will pull their advertising from Facebook as part of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, organized by civil rights groups as a a way to pressure the social network to take stronger steps against hate speech and misinformation. On Friday,...
Tags: Google, Social, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Tech, Unilever, Brown, Levin, Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown, Jon Levin


Reddit, YouTube, and Twitch are taking major steps to crack down on hate speech from pro-Trump and far-right groups (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB)

Major social media platforms on Monday took action against Trump, pro-Trump groups, and far-right accounts for violating their policies against hate speech. Reddit banned r/The_Donald, the largest pro-Trump subreddit, Twitch suspended Trump's official account, and YouTube banned a number of prominent white supremacists' channels. The moves come as major advertisers are boycotting Facebook over the company's refusal to take more aggressive action against hate speech and misinformation. Visit Bu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Youtube, Trends, Reddit, Naacp, Donald Trump, Steve Huffman, North Face, Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Tulsa Oklahoma, Denny, Ben Jerry, Stefan Molyneux


How hate speech campaigners found Facebook's weak spot

The social network’s crisis has been a long time in the making and shows no sign of going awayIt took less than two hours for Facebook to react and it did so for good reason.At 5pm on Friday, Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, with a portfolio of products that ranges from Marmite to Vaseline, suddenly announced it was pulling all adverts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the US. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Race, Advertising, US, Unilever, Facebook Instagram, Marmite


Daily Crunch: Facebook faces an advertiser revolt

Facebook takes (small) steps to improve its content policies as advertisers join a broad boycott, founder Alexis Ohanian is leaving Initialized Capital and Waze gets a new look. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 29, 2020. 1. As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging ‘newsworthy’ political speech that violates policy In a live-streamed segment of the company’s weekly all-hands meeting, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new measures to fight voter suppression and misinformation. At the ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising Tech, Germany, Tech, Unilever, Policy, Alexis Ohanian, Waze, Trump, Sonder, Kevin Lynch


Brand Moves for Monday June 29

Eighteen weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand move...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Christopher Nolan, London, Microsoft, China, Germany, Advertising, Diageo, Unilever, Austria, Brooklyn, Lewis Hamilton, Epic


To Keep Trump From Violating Its Rules...Facebook Rewrote the Rules

"Starting in 2015 Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook rewrote their rules in order to not sanction then-candidate Donald Trump," writes Rick Zeman (Slashdot reader #15,628) — citing a new investigation by the Washington Post. (Also available here.) After Trump's infamous "the shooting starts" post, Facebook deputies contacted the White House "with an urgent plea to tweak the language of the post or simply delete it," the article reveals, after which Trump himself called Mark Zuckerberg. (The article ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, White House, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Philippines, Brazil, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, Jair Bolsonaro, Rick Zeman Slashdot, The Washington Post One


Starbucks suspends advertising on all social media platforms, becoming the latest company to boycott Facebook

Starbucks announced Sunday it will suspend all of its advertising across social media platforms as it conducts discussions "internally, with our media partners, and with civil rights organizations" about ending the spread of hate speech. Facebook, in particular, has taken criticism for its response to hate speech on its platform and its decision to allow President Trump to make controversial posts, such as calling protesters "thugs" and writing "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Minneapolis, Youtube, Trends, Patagonia, Starbucks, Donald Trump, Coca Cola, Cnbc, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Trump, Anti Defamation League


Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Starbucks: More Major Advertisers Are Now Boycotting Facebook

Some of America's biggest brands — Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company and the Levi Strauss & Co. — "are among the latest in pledging to halt advertising on Facebook as part of a growing boycott," reports USA Today: Despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlining several steps the social network will take to combat hate speech ahead of the 2020 presidential election Friday, the companies joined Unilever, Honda, Verizon and others in the protest... Jen Sey, chief marketing officer of Levi's, said in a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, America, Tech, Patagonia, Starbucks, Usa Today, Levi, Upwork, Ben Jerry, Pepsi, Eddie Bauer, Levi Strauss Co, Sey, Jen Sey


9 movies and TV shows you can stream to understand the magnetic world of Silicon Valley and Big Tech

Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the US tech industry. The region and the powerful companies and leaders therein have a long history — it can be a lot to digest. But if you're looking for a place to start, look no further than the myriad streaming services at your disposal. We stuck to movies and TV shows that we found were free to watch with subscriptions at the time of writing this post. Sorry, "Pirates of Silicon Valley." Here are 9 movies and TV shows you can watch on HBO, Netflix, Hulu,...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, US, Trends, Netflix, Harvard, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Michael Fassbender, Ashton Kutcher, Seattle, Hulu, Gates


Facebook policy changes fail to quell advertiser revolt as Coca-Cola pulls ads

Company follows Unilever’s lead after platform announces shift in how it handles hate speechFacebook has announced changes to its policies around hate speech and voter suppression, but the measures have done little to quell the wave of companies pulling advertising from the platform amid backlash over how the company handles hate speech online.The CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, on Friday announced tweaks to a number of policies, hours after the multinational Unilever said it would pull its advertisements...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Unilever, US news, Coca Cola, Verizon Communications



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