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Politics May 26In a first, Twitter adds ‘get the facts’ warning to Trump tweets
On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots "fraudulent" and predicted that "mail boxes will be robbed," among other things.
Economy Apr 27Digital ad downturn may complicate things for tech giants
Demand for digital advertising is shriveling after a decade of explosive growth amid the pandemic-fueled downturn.
Politics Mar 12Facebook takedowns reveal sophistication of Russian trolls
The accounts posted about topics such as black history, celebrity gossip and fashion. Twitter says the accounts tried to sow discord around social issues such as race and civil rights.
Politics Feb 14Facebook to allow paid political messages that it says aren’t ads
Its policy change comes days after presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg exploited a loophole to run such humorous messages promoting his campaign on the accounts of popular Instagram personalities followed by millions of younger people.
Nation Feb 04Twitter to label altered media and remove if it may cause harm
Twitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people.
Politics Jan 31Online political ads remain cheap, efficient and ripe for misuse
Online political ads are still vulnerable to manipulation in this year's U.S. election. That's according to experts who warn that foreign governments and domestic grifters could try to influence the election again this year, just as they did in 2016.
World Jan 30U.S. House subcommittee investigates sex offenders’ use of dating apps
A U.S. House subcommittee is investigating popular dating services such as Tinder and Bumble for allegedly allowing minors and sex offenders to use their services. In separate letters Thursday to the companies, the subcommittee is seeking information on users' ages,…
Politics Jan 09Facebook again declines to limit political ad targeting
Instead, it is announcing much more limited “transparency features” that aim to give users slightly more control over how many political ads they see.
Politics Nov 15Twitter details political ad ban, admits it’s imperfect
Twitter’s new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content. But the company quickly acknowledged Friday that it expects to make mistakes as individuals and groups look for loopholes.
Nation Oct 30Twitter bans all political advertisements
"While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Wednesday in…