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'Cyber Grinches' Snatching Toys Should Be Stopped, Lawmakers Say

Lawmakers including Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chuck Schumer introduced a bill to crack down on "cyber Grinches" using bots to quickly snap up entire inventories of popular holiday toys and resell them at higher prices. Bloomberg reports: "This bill seeks to stop Cyber Grinch greed from ruining kids' holidays," Blumenthal says in a statement. "New tools are needed to block cyber scammers who snap up supplies of popular toys and resell them at astronomic prices. Price gouging hot toys by Gri...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Bloomberg, House Of Representatives, Grinch, Richard Blumenthal, Chuck Schumer, Blumenthal, Cyber Grinch


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


The Head of Instagram Agrees To Testify as Congress Probes the App's Effects on Young People

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. From a report: Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the hearing. Mr. Mosseri's appearance follows hearings this year with Antigone Davis, the global head of safety for Meta, the pare...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Tech, Connecticut, Davis, Meta, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Instagram and Facebook, Commerce Committee, Antigone Davis, Adam Mosseri


Anonymity has always been part of the internet, but Facebook wants us to use our real names in the metaverse. Should we allow fake identities online?

Social media is rife with fake accounts, anonymous users, and alternate profiles. Getting rid of anonymity won't solve the problems of the internet.Marianne Ayala/Insider Facebook has long pushed for people to use their real identity on its platforms.  But digital anonymity has been part of the internet since it began — and users love having the option.  For all the downsides of fake accounts, doing away with anonymity won't solve the internet's problems.  Drew is a Brooklyn-based...
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Blumenthal says Facebook's calls for regulation are the 'height of disingenuousness'

Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Sunday balked at claims made by Facebook that it would support government regulation of social media platforms, calling it the "height of disingenuousness."
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U.S. Senator Blumenthal Calls on Facebook's Zuckerberg to Testify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, called on Wednesday for Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to...
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Top Stories this AM: Evergrande goes after execs who cashed out; espionage, peanut butter sandwich-style; the lockdown lifts down under

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: Blumenthal busts on Facebook. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Facebook is "proffering more talk & crocodile tears" after executive defends the company following whistle blower report. "More bromides & platitudes from Facebook on the Sunday shows. Their aim should be protecting kids, not winning PR," B...
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Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Facebook is 'proffering more talk & crocodile tears' after executive defends the company following whistle blower report

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L). Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images Last week, a whistleblower said Facebook doesn't address harmful content because of profits. On Sunday, a Facebook executive defended the company in several interviews. Sen. Blumenthal doubled down on analogies that the company is similar to Big Tobacco. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Facebook is "proffering...
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'SNL' sketch on Facebook whistleblower hearing pokes fun at US senators' disconnect with social media

SNL's Heidi Gardner portrayed Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen on Oct. 9 show NBC/ YouTube "Saturday Night Live" opened its show mocking the Facebook whistleblower hearing in DC this week. Cast members portrayed former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and various US senators. Haugen testified at a hearing this week criticizing Facebook's negative impacts on society. "Saturday Night Live" proves once again that Silicon Valley drama isn't off-l...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Senate, US, Trends, Netflix, Ted Cruz, Silicon Valley, Dc, Wall Street Journal, Cruz, Kennedy, Kim Kardashian West, Feinstein, Bryant, Gardner


Goldman Sachs has reached a settlement with a former intern who accused the investment banking firm of fostering a 'fraternity culture'

Brendan McDermid/File Photo/Reuters Goldman Sachs and a former intern have settled, according to court filings from Thursday. The intern accused the company of fostering a culture that promotes hazing and violence. He says he suffered bleeding to the brain after an adviser punched him and headlocked him. Goldman Sachs has reached a settlement with a former intern who accused the investment firm of fostering a "fraternity culture" that promoted hazing and violence. Patrick Blumenthal was ...
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Facebook is a menace to children. Maybe Congress will finally take action.

Facebook has come under fire for it's research on how Facebook’s Instagram service harms young people Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images Whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to Congress that Facebook knew its products harm children. After the testimony calls for regulating the company are receiving bipartisan support. Tech Critic Noam Cohen writes that the hearings might finally force Washington to regulate Facebook. By Facebook's own count, its executives have testified before C...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Myanmar, Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, Wall Street Journal, Andrew Bosworth, Zuckerberg, Sen Richard Blumenthal D Conn, Bosworth, Blumenthal, Markey


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


US Lawmakers Demand Facebook Probes; Whistleblower Says Children Harmed

U.S. lawmakers pounded Facebook on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety and they demanded regulators investigate whistleblower accusations that the social media company harms children and stokes divisions. Reuters: Coming a day after Facebook and its units including Instagram suffered a major outage, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified in a congressional hearing that "for more than five hours Facebook wasn't used to deepen ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, US, Tech, Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg, Reuters, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Marsha Blackburn, Senate Commerce, Haugen, Frances Haugen, Whistleblower Says Children Harmed


Facebook whistleblower hearing: Frances Haugen testifies in Washington – live updates

Former Facebook employee who warned company puts profit before safety will urge US senators to take actionProfile: who is Frances Haugen?Key takeaways: what the Facebook whisteblower revealedAfter some statements from Blumenthal and others, Haugen is giving her opening testimony. She repeatedly said that Facebook is not inherently evil and social media could be moderated to be less toxic to its users, but that Congressional action is needed to do so. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Washington, US, US news, US politics, US Senate, Congressional, Blumenthal, Haugen, Frances Haugen


Progressives Form The Firewall For Biden’s Agenda

A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things Let’s Get Down To Business After hours of negotiations with progressive and centrist Democrats on Thursday that dragged on late into the night, House Democratic leadership ultimately decided to pull the plug on the planned vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill (which was always an arbitrary deadline). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters there’ll be a vote on BIF today, which … I mean don’t hold your breath. ...
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Top Stories this AM: How China's housing industry let Evergrande happen; Sen. schools Facebook on 'finstas'; employees say Bezos' Blue Origin unsafe

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: All your Evergrande questions answered: The Evergrande crisis: 4 questions that explain why China's property market, which is twice as big as America's and where 20% of homes are empty, matters. "Over past decades, the price of Chinese real estate has gone up. This has generated a popular belief that ...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, London, News, Instagram, China, America, Newsletter, Trends, Fox, Jeff Bezos, North Carolina, Blue Origin, Sean Hannity, Riley, King s College


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


Top Stories this AM: Trump sues niece, NYT, for $100 million; Brian Laundrie reportedly seen 'acting weird' before disappearance; Britney Spears' unlikely supporter

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What's going on today: "You know, when you're out in the middle of nowhere, your hackles go up when you see something that's out of the ordinary." An FBI tipster claims she saw a man that may be Gabby Petito's fiancée Brian Laundrie "acting weird." Jessica Schultz, a camper who said she saw the white van belonging to Ga...
Tags: News, Newsletter, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, New York Times, Boris Johnson, Britney Spears, El Salvador, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Cruz, Trump, Boris, Blumenthal


Sens. Cruz and Blumenthal to hold subcommittee hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' ahead of Britney Spears hearing

#FreeBritney activists protest at Los Angeles Grand Park during a conservatorship hearing for Britney Spears on June 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Ted Cruz are planning to hold a hearing on "toxic conservatorships." The hearing is set for Sep. 28, a day before Britney Spears' hearing in Los Angeles. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sens. Ted Cruz and Richard Blumenthal announced on Tuesday that they plan to hold...
Tags: Politics, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Trends, Ted Cruz, Britney Spears, Richard Blumenthal, Sen Ted Cruz, Los Angeles California, Senate Committee, Blumenthal, Los Angeles Grand Park, Sens Ted Cruz, Sen Blumenthal, Conservatorship, Jamie Spears


TikTok Under Fire Over ‘Devious Licks’ Viral Challenge Inspiring Students To Vandalize School Bathrooms

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Tags: Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Wacha, Haledon, Around the Nation, Vandalize School Bathrooms, Chris Wacha, Haledon Public School Wacha, Devious Licks, Florencio Hernandez, Machanga Blackmon


Facebook knows Instagram harms teens. Now, its plan to open the app to kids looks worse than ever

Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of investigative pieces makes it clear that what Facebook says in public doesn’t always reflect the company’s knowledge on known issues behind the scenes. The r...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Teens, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, WSJ, Data Security


Lawmakers are going after Facebook's development of Instagram for kids, after a report showed it knew the social media app is toxic for teen girls

Lawmakers are coming after Facebook for its Instagram for Kids project after a bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal. SOPA Images/Getty Images Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on Facebook to stop making Instagram for Kids. They're incensed by an investigation that showed Facebook knew Instagram usage is harming teenage girls. Instagram for Kids has received backlash from parents, child safety groups, and lawmakers since it was revealed in March. See more sto...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, Newton, WSJ, Zuckerberg, Democratic, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Markey, Sen Edward Markey, Kathy Castor, Lori Trahan


Olympians, senators call for prosecution of former FBI agents for lying about the Larry Nassar case

Two and a half hours into a Senate judiciary committee hearing into the FBI’s mishandling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) offered FBI director Christopher Wray some advice. The hearing was in response to the July release of a Department of Justice Office of Inspector General’s report that found the FBI failed to act in its Nassar investigation “with the urgency that the allegations required.” Specifically the Inspector General’s investigation found ...
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Democratic senator says Afghanistan failure is 'tainting America's reputation around the world'

Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Joshua Roberts/Reuters Sen. Richard Blumenthal said America's failure in Afghanistan is ruining its global reputation. He zeroed in on the fact Americans and Afghan allies were left behind after the last US troops departed. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there's about 100 Americans still in Afghanistan who want to leave. See more stories on Insider's business page. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday told reporters tha...
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To No One’s Surprise, FOSTA Is Confounding Judges–J.B. v. G6

Plaintiffs underutilitized FOSTA’s new Section 230 exclusions for the first two years after the law’s enactment, but now we are getting FOSTA rulings at a rapid clip. Given FOSTA’s terrible drafting, it’s not surprising that the rulings are not agreeing with each other. Background As with FOSTA cases generally, this case’s facts are heartbreaking. In a prior ruling, the court held that Craigslist qualified for Section 230(c)(1) protection for state law claims but not for the 1595 claim. The pla...
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Blumenthal ‘furious’ at Biden administration over failing to secure evacuee planes

Sen. Richard Blumenthal took aim at the White House and State Department on Monday, saying he is “furious” over struggles to secure...
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Dem Sen. Blumenthal 'furious' over Biden admin delaying Americans trying to leave Afghanistan

Blumenthal issued a press release on Monday eviscerating the Biden administration for delaying flights out of the Mazar-e Sharif airport...
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Blumenthal 'frustrated, even furious' by delays in getting Americans out of Afghanistan

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Monday said he is "furious" about the Biden's administration's delays in getting Americans out of...
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Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Stealing Our Souls"

From DC's anarchist cartoonist, Mike Flugennock - "Stealing Our Souls" http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=3301 There's a new strain of Covidiot virus going around among healthcare  workers — proof that Stupid can strike any of us, though if you  consider how long it takes to become a doctor vs. how long it takes to  become a nurse, it all makes sense. There have been a couple of outbreaks of the new Stupid Variant in the  past week, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and ...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, New York, Virginia, New York Times, Bill Gates, Pfizer, Shenandoah Valley, Blumenthal, Mike Rhode, Mike Flugennock, Max Blumenthal, Maga, Kimiko de Freytas Tamura


Two senators are calling on the FTC to investigate Tesla's 'deceptive and unfair' claims about Autopilot and Full Self-Driving software

New Autopilot features are demonstrated in a Tesla Model S during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California Thomson Reuters Sens. Blumenthal and Markey have asked the FTC to investigate Tesla over its Autopilot claims. The company's self-driving technology has been involved in numerous accidents and fatalities. Musk's statements "demonstrate a deeply concerning disregard for the safety of those on the road," they said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two US senators h...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, News, California, US, Trends, Tesla, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Autopilot, Nhtsa, Richard Blumenthal, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Blumenthal, Markey, Ed Markey