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Nation Apr 16A flub by YouTube on Notre Dame videos highlights AI’s blind spots
As people around the world Monday turned to YouTube to watch Notre Dame Cathedral burn, an automated system attached background information about the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York to videos of the fire. YouTube explained that the background…
Politics Apr 08WATCH: House Judiciary Committee looks at hate crimes, white nationalism and tech
The Judiciary Committee hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday follows a series of violent incidents fueled in part by online communication. Watch live in our player.
Health Apr 05How social media is trying to contain misinformation over vaccines
In social media's battle against misinformation, bogus claims about the dangers of vaccines are the next target.
Nation Mar 28Facebook faces charges of housing discrimination for targeted ads
The Department of Housing and Urban Development says Facebook technology illegally restricts who can view housing-related ads.
Nation Mar 21Facebook says millions of passwords stored in readable format
Facebook said there is no evidence its employees abused access to the data, but thousands of employees could have searched them.
Nation Mar 19Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination
The changes to Facebook's advertising methods —which generate most of the company's enormous profits — are unprecedented.
Politics Dec 11WATCH: Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before House committee
Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks.
Nation Sep 04WATCH: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg testify to Congress on foreign election interference
Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their social networks against manipulation during the 2018 midterm elections and…
Nation Sep 04WATCH: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faces questions about ‘transparency and accountability’ in House hearing
In prepared testimony released ahead of a House hearing Wednesday, Jack Dorsey says he wants to be clear about one thing: "Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or…
Politics Jul 31Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt U.S. elections
The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated” political behavior and appeared to be fake.