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10 things in tech you need to know today

In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Facebook is preparing for election unrest. The tech giant plans...
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Pakistan PM Imran Khan asks Facebook to ban Islamophobic content, takes shot at India’s CAA-NRC

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused Facebook of failing to curtail the spread of Islamophobic content on the social media platform. In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, Khan requested that the company implement a ban on Islamophobic content, similar to its recent policy on holocaust denial. He referred in length to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India as examples of growing Islamophobia across the world. Khan’s letter c...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, News, France, India, BJP, Pakistan, Islam, United Nations, Burma, Imran Khan, Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims, Caa


Pakistan calls on Facebook to extend holocaust denial ban into Islamophobia crackdown

As comms minister says nation will create its own regulated Netflix clone Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan has called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to ban all Islamophobic content from the platform.…
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Software, Netflix, Pakistan, Imran Khan


Instagram row over plus-size model forces change to nudity policy

Facebook amends code after deletion of black users’ photos sparks outrageAs campaigning victories go, forcing Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire to admit a discriminatory flaw in its policy is no small feat.But following a campaign launched in this paper, the Observer can exclusively reveal that Instagram and its parent company Facebook will be updating its policy on nudity in order to help end discrimination of black women on its platforms and ensure all body types are treated fairly. Contin...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Photography, Fashion, Instagram, Censorship, Social Media, Models, Discrimination at work, Black Lives Matter Movement


Facebook is taking specific measures to slow the 'spread of viral content' in anticipation of possible unrest on Election day, report says

In this photo illustration a Facebook logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Facebook is preparing specific measures to slow the "spread of viral content" in preparation for violence and unrest related to the election, sources told the Wall Street Journal. Last month, the company's head of global affairs told The Financial Times it planned to restrict content circulation in preparation for potential violence and u...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Elections, Buzzfeed, US, Trends, Violence, Election, Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg, Kenosha, Election 2020, Kenosha Wisconsin, The Financial Times, Tech Insider


Facebook Could Soon Be the Latest Big Tech Company Hit With Antitrust Charges

State and federal investigators are planning to slap Facebook with antitrust charges as soon as November, four people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post. Such a lawsuit would mark the government’s latest crackdown on the biggest names in the tech industry, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, for …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Another One Bites The Dust, Apple Google, Antitrust Laws, Washington Post Such


Daily Crunch: Uber and Lyft defeated again in court

A California court weighs in as Prop. 22 looms, Google removes popular apps over data collection practices and the Senate subpoenas Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg. This is your Daily Crunch for October 23, 2020. The big story: Uber and Lyft defeated again in court A California appeals court ruled that yes, a new state law applies to Uber and Lyft drivers, meaning that they must be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors. The judge ruled that contrary to the rideshare ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, California, France, Senate, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Huawei, Phil Libin, Dorsey, Zuckerberg


Facebook and Twitter CEOs to testify before Congress in November on how they handled the election

Shortly after voting to move forward with a pair of subpoenas, the Senate Judiciary Committee has reached an agreement that will see the CEOs of two major social platforms testify voluntarily in November. The hearing will be the second major congressional appearance by tech CEOs arranged this month. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will answer questions at the hearing, set for November 17 — two weeks after election day. The Republican-led committee is chaired by South Caro...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Jack Dorsey, South Carolina, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Lindsey Graham


Facebook Touts Free Speech. In Vietnam, It's Aiding in Censorship

An anonymous reader shares a report: For months, Bui Van Thuan, a chemistry teacher turned crusading blogger in Vietnam, published one scathing Facebook post after another on a land dispute between villagers and the communist government. In a country with no independent media, Facebook provides the only platform where Vietnamese can read about contentious topics such as Dong Tam, a village outside Hanoi where residents were fighting authorities' plans to seize farmland to build a factory. Believ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, United States, Vietnam, Times, Hanoi, Menlo Park, Turkey Facebook, Thuan, Vietnam Facebook, Dong Tam, Bui Van Thuan, Cuba India Israel Morocco Pakistan


Oversight Board, Facebook’s independent appeals body, goes live

Facebook’s Oversight Board — a court of appeals of sorts for the social media giant — has gone live. Facebook and Instagram users whose content has been taken down can appeal to the Oversight Board (OSB) for independent review, it announced on Thursday. However, users cannot yet flag content that they want taken down from these platforms. The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, after years of Facebook being subject to intense criticism for its lacklustre enforcement of its content moderatio...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, India, US, Myanmar, Delhi, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Delhi Assembly, Jamal Greene, Facebook Users, Content Moderation, Krishnaswamy


Senate subpoenas could force Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify on New York Post controversy

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of issuing subpoenas for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Thursday, meaning that there might be two big tech CEO hearings on the horizon. Republicans in the committee declared their interest in a hearing on “the platforms’ censorship of New York Post articles” after social networks limited the reach of a dubious story purporting to contain hacked materials implicating Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, in impropriety involving a Ukrai...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, Congress, Government, Senate, Tech, Fox News, Graham, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Trump


Facebook's much-hyped oversight board that can overrule even CEO Mark Zuckerberg likely won't make any decisions until after Election Day

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook's oversight board — a pseudo-independent group sometimes called Facebook's "Supreme Court" that can review and overrule the company's decisions to remove posts — announced its launch Thursday. Facebook and Instagram users will now be able to submit appeals on content moderation to the board for review. The board has give...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Washington, Advertising, US, Trends, United States, Capitol Hill, Co, Board, HARRIS, House Financial Services Committee, Andrew Harnik, Helle Thorning Schmidt


Facebook’s Independent Content Oversight Board to Finally Begin Taking Cases

Nearly two years after the concept of an independent content oversight board was first mentioned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and following delays, and even the creation of an unofficial alternative board, Facebook's global independent Oversight Board for content is finally open for business. Facebook director of governance and global affairs Brent Harris said in a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Advertising, Platforms, Oversight Board, Brent Harris, Social Pro Daily, Facebook 's Independent Content Oversight Board


3 reforms social media platforms should make in light of ‘The Social Dilemma’

Jason Morgese Contributor Jason Morgese is the founder and CEO of Leavemark, the first ad-free, data storage and social media hybrid. “The Social Dilemma” is opening eyes and changing digital lives for Netflix bingers across the globe. The filmmakers explore social media and its effects on society, raising some crucial points about impacts on mental health, politics and the myriad ways firms leverage user data. It interweaves interviews from industry executives ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Opinion, Social Media, Tech, Netflix, Internet Culture, Pew Research Center, Don, Jason Morgese, Social Dilemma


Facebook's Oversight Board is finally hearing cases, two years after it was first announced

Facebook's court-like Oversight Board for appealing content decisions will now begin receiving cases, officials said Thursday, marking the launch of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised two years ago would be an independent accountability mechanism for the world's largest social media platform.
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Senate Judiciary Committee authorizes subpoenas for Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over Hunter Biden stories

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he hoped it would give the panel "leverage" to secure testimony from the CEOs.
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Senate Judiciary Committee authorizes subpoenas for Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over Hunter Biden stories

Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he hoped it would give the panel "leverage" to secure testimony from the CEOs.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Senate Republicans Vote To Subpoena Facebook and Twitter CEOs About Alleged Censorship

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify about their handling of a recent unverified New York Post article about former Vice President Joe Biden's son. From a report: Twelve Republicans on the committee voted to authorize the subpoenas and ten Democrats sat out the markup in a protest of the session's earlier vote on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Zuckerberg and Do...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York Post, Supreme Court, Senate, Tech, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Democratic


Watch: New ad asks if Facebook makes Zuckerberg's kids proud, airing tonight

"I really just care about building something that my girls are going to grow up and be proud of me for," Mark Zuckerberg told CNN Money. Now the clip is being used in a new ad created by Accountable Tech, airing tonight during the presidential debate, reminding us of Facebook's catastrophic failings and Zuckerberg's empty words. — Read the rest
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See You Soon, Jack and Mark

“BIG victory that didn’t look possible even 24 hrs ago,” Senator Josh Hawley tweeted on Thursday morning. The senator was celebrating the fact that the Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to drag Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a hearing on why they hate conservatives so much. Read more...
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WhatsApp's New Update Is So Privacy-Preserving, Even Facebook Won't Say What It Is

There’s a lot we don’t really know about Facebook. Why is the company always beefing with Apple? Is CEO Mark Zuckerberg actually unsettlingly thicc, or are we just catching him at weird angles? And in the latest stumper thrown in our direction, we also have to ask: What’s the deal with that cryptic blank blog post…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Whatsapp, Mysteries


Facebook Dating finally launches in Europe, having been delayed since Valentine's Day over data protection concerns

An image from Facebook showing video-calling in Facebook Dating. Facebook Facebook Dating has finally launched in Europe after nine-month delay. The in-app feature finds matches based on preferences, interests, and activity on Facebook. EU regulators postponed a planned Valentine's-Day launch over data protection concerns. They now say Facebook has provided "detailed clarifications" on how the in-app feature will process data. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook ha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Ireland, Facebook News Feed, Valentine, Facebook Users, Irish Data Protection Commission, Facebook Dating, Facebook EU, Graham Doyle, Kate Duffy


Facebook paused efforts to redirect QAnon searches to fact-checks after a glitch showed people information about the conspiracy theory even when they weren't looking for it

QAnon supporters have appeared frequently at President Donald Trump's campaign rallies. Rick Loomis/Getty Images Facebook is pausing efforts to redirect people to fact-checks about QAnon after a "glitch" accidentally redirected users who weren't looking for the conspiracy theory, the company said Wednesday. Facebook said its "redirect initiative" would "direct people to resources that can help inform them of the realities of QAnon and its ties to violence and real world harm." The init...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Trends, Social Media, Gop, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Trump, Misinformation, BuzzFeed News, Rick Loomis, YouTube Twitter


Facebook is working on Neighborhoods, a Nextdoor clone based on local groups

Using social networks to connect with neighbors and local services has surged during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Facebook — with 2.7 billion users globally — is now looking at how it can tap into that in a more direct way. In the same week that it was reported that Nextdoor is reportedly gearing up to go public, Facebook has started to test a Nextdoor clone, Neighborhoods, which suggests Facebook-generated Neighborhood groups (with a capital N, more on that below) local to you to join to conne...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Networks, Tech, Communities, Groups, Facebook Groups, Calgary, Sarah, Zuckerberg, Nextdoor, SPAC, Calgary Canada, Grigg, TechCrunch Facebook


TikTok explicitly calls out white nationalism, white genocide theory, and male supremacy as hate speech

Members of the Proud Boys, a far right organization dedicated to fighting with leftists, hold a rally on September 26, 2020 in Delta Park, on the northern edge of Portland, Oregon. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images TikTok is being more explicit about what qualifies as hate speech on its platform. The company said it will ban hate symbols and coded hate language, and called out white supremacy, white genocide theory, and male supremacy as hate speech. TikTok's guidelines already b...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Trends, New Zealand, European Commission, Hate Speech, Christchurch, Business Insider, White Supremacy, ADL, Ahmad, Heil Hitler, Oxford Internet Institute, Anti Defamation League ADL, Tech Insider


The Justice Dept just slapped Google with a landmark antitrust lawsuit. That could be bad news for Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, which could be have implications for other tech giants Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. If Google loses it could encourage lawmakers to rein in other tech giants, potentially going as far as breaking up parts of their business. Successful antitrust action could mean Amazon loses important third-party seller data, and Apple loses control over its ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Politics, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, US, Trends, Tech, House


The Justice Department just slapped Google with a landmark antitrust lawsuit. That could be bad news for Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images The Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google Tuesday morning, which could be have implications for Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. If Google loses, lawmakers could be encouraged to rein in other tech giants, potentially going as far as breaking up parts of their business. Successful antitrust action could mean Amazon loses important third-party seller data and Apple loses control over its App Store market...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Politics, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Youtube, US, Trends, Tech, House


Silicon Valley's biggest billionaires have reportedly poured millions into a super PAC-run series of anti-Trump TV ads ahead of Election Day

Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have reportedly donated to a a pro-Biden super PAC that is running a series of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch before Election Day. Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images Silicon Valley billionaires like Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt have poured millions into a Democratic super PAC that is behind a slew of anti-Trump TV ads in the home stretch to Electi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Texas, US, America, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, PAC, US Senate, Silicon Valley, Biden, Donald Trump, Oracle


Democrats Propose 'Section 230' Changes, Say Facebook Algorithms Cradle Violent Extremists

A pair of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced the latest bill proposing to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act on the grounds that algorithms used by social media platforms—namely, Facebook—have facilitated extremist violence across the country resulting in U.S. citizens being deprived of their…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Hate Speech, White Supremacists, Section 230, Communications Decency Act


A Facebook contractor has reportedly contracted COVID-19 days after returning to the office, and now colleagues are worried about an outbreak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives for the 8th annual Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California on November 3, 2019. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images A Facebook content moderator has reportedly contracted COVID-19 just days after their employer instructed them to return to the office, per a report from The Intercept. Other contract workers at Accenture's Austin office are now fearful of being infected themselves in a potential officewid...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Trends, Austin, Philippines, Accenture, Tech Companies, Mountain View California, NASA Ames Research Center, Sam Biddle, Tech Insider, Content Moderation, Josh Edelson, Katie Canales