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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…
Economy Oct 25Facebook launches a news section and plans to pay publishers
The "News Tab," a new section in the Facebook mobile app will display headlines — and nothing else — from the national and local news organizations.
Politics Oct 21Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020
The efforts outlined Monday include a special security tool for elected officials and candidates that monitors their accounts for hacking attempts such as login attempts from unusual locations or unverified devices.
Nation Sep 18Facebook still auto-generates Islamic State and al-Qaida pages
On Wednesday, U.S. senators on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be questioning representatives from social media companies.
Nation Aug 30Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked, sent antisemitic tweets
The person tweeting from Dorsey's account on Friday sent tweets such as "Hitler is innocent" and, using a vulgarity, asked "bald skeleton head," referring to Dorsey, to unsuspend his account.
Nation Aug 28Facebook tightens political ad rules ahead of 2020, but these loopholes still exist
The changes include a tightened verification process that will require anyone wanting to run ads pertaining to elections, politics or big social issues like guns and immigration to confirm their identity and prove they are in the U.S.
Nation Aug 20Facebook launches tool that lets users block its data collection on other websites
The company is allowing users to see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service via its "like" buttons and other means. Users now have the option to turn off the tracking.
Nation Jul 24FTC fines Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations, adds oversight
The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company.
Nation Jun 27Twitter says Trump’s future tweets might come with warning labels
Starting Thursday, tweets that Twitter deems in the public interest, but which violate the service's rules, will be obscured by a warning explaining the violation.