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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…
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.