Social Media

New GOP Bill Allows Lawsuits Against Social Media

NBC News reports: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., unveiled his latest attack on tech’s liability shield in a new bill Wednesday. The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act” would allow Americans to sue tech companies that censor political speech or hide content from competitors. Republicans have long complained that tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter censor conservative speech. The …

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DOJ Will Seek To Roll Back Protections For Social Media

CNET reports: The Justice Department will propose rolling back the legal protections online platforms have had since the ’90s, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, to make sites more vigilant about policing content. It follows President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies. The proposal could be announced on Wednesday, reported the Journal, citing a Trump administration official. …

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Facebook To Launch “Historic” Voter Turnout Campaign

Mark Zuckerberg writes for USA Today: With so much of our discourse taking place online, I believe platforms like Facebook can play a positive role in this election by helping Americans use their voice where it matters most — by voting. We’re announcing on Wednesday the largest voting information campaign in American history. Our goal is to help 4 million …

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Russian Disinfo Campaign Targeted Rubio, Others

Wired reports: The Internet Research Agency is infamous for flooding mainstream social media platforms with compelling disinformation campaigns. The GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, deploys strategic data leaks and destabilizing cyberattacks. But in the recent history of Russia’s online meddling, a third, distinct entity may have been at work on many of the same objectives—indicating that Russia’s disinformation operations went …

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Nunes Lawyer: Lawsuit Against Twitter At A “Dead End”

The Fresno Bee reports: The attorney for Rep. Devin Nunes said on Friday that he is at a “dead end” in attempting to identify anonymous people who criticize the California Republican on Twitter as he asked a Virginia judge to hold the company responsible for social media criticism. Nunes, R-Tulare, filed a lawsuit against Twitter last year alleging he was …

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Twitter Zaps 150,000 Chinese Propaganda Accounts

The New York Times reports: China has stepped up its effort to spread misinformation on Twitter, creating tens of thousands of fake accounts that discussed protests in Hong Kong and the Communist Party’s response to the coronavirus, Twitter said on Thursday. The company said it had discovered and removed 23,750 accounts that were “highly engaged” in a coordinated effort to …

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Around 70% Of Trump’s Twitter Followers Are Fake

Mediaite reports: As many as 70 percent — or 56.3 million — of President Donald Trump’s Twitter followers are fake or inactive, according to an expert interviewed by Mediaite. “Our tool defines ‘fake followers’ as accounts that are unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets either because they are spam, bots, propaganda, or no longer active on Twitter,” said …

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Facebook To Biden: We Refuse To Fact-Check Trump

NBC News reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden issued an open letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, calling for the social media giant to stamp out misinformation, including proposing a two-week pre-election period where all political ads are fact-checked. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, also called for “clear rules — applied to everyone, including Donald Trump — that …

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Josh Hawley To Lead New WH Assault On Social Media

Axios reports: At the request of the Trump administration, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is working on new legislation targeting the tech industry’s liability shield, a source familiar with the effort told Axios. Why it matters: The Hawley bill will be an additional threat against platforms like Facebook and Twitter following President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at curbing their legal …

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Review Policies On Content

Axios reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday that the company will review a number of its policies and decision-making processes, including for content about state use of force. Facebook has faced backlash for its decision to leave up a post from President Trump because it didn’t violate the social media company’s policy about inciting violence. Zuckerberg’s public announcement …

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Twitter Zaps Trump’s George Floyd Clip Over Copyright

ABC News reports: Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S. president, one of its most widely followed users. The company put a label on a video posted by the @TeamTrump account that said, “This media has been …

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Facebook To Ban Ads From State-Run Media, Russian Outlet Cries “Technological Dictatorship, Censorship”

Reuters reports: Facebook announced Thursday it will no longer allow state-controlled media outlets to run ads on its social networks, effective this summer. The move is part of its efforts to prevent foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. election and follows massive criticism that it failed to do so in the 2016 election. “Later this summer we will begin blocking …

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Twitter To Label Posts With “Highest Potential For Harm”

Business Insider reports: Twitter said Wednesday it will not tackle all the misinformation on its platform but will instead focus on posts with the “highest potential for harm” as it works to curb false or misleading information from spreading. The social media giant said it is responding to a survey from last year in which respondents said that “Twitter shouldn’t …

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Snapchat Demotes Trump Account For Inciting Violence

Digital Trends reports: Snapchat announced it would no longer promote President Donald Trump’s account on the video-sharing platform. “We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” a Snap spokesperson told Digital Trends. “Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek …

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Tiffany Trump Joins Black Lives Matter “Blackout”

The Independent reports: President Donald Trump’s daughter Tiffany Trump joined the Black Lives Matter Instagram blackout on Tuesday amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. On her Instagram post, Trump also attached a quote from Helen Keller and the hashtags “#blackoutTuesday” and “#justiceforgeorgefloyd.” The blackout posts “are intended as a way of expressing solidarity with the Black Lives …

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Trump Campaign Readies App Should Twitter Ban Him

Reuters reports: Should President Donald Trump and Twitter ultimately part ways, his campaign has a backup plan at the ready to get his voice out. Trump’s campaign has been building an alternative channel for him for months, a smartphone app that aims to become a one-stop news, information and entertainment platform for his supporters, in part because of concerns that …

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Twitter Hides Matt Gaetz Tweet For Glorifying Violence

The New York Times reports: Days after restricting one of President Trump’s posts from view for glorifying violence, Twitter went at it again. On Monday, the social media service used the same label to hide a message by Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida — which likened those who were protesting police violence to terrorists and called for them to …

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FB Managers Publicly Rebuke Boss On Handling Trump

Reuters reports: Facebook employees critical of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to remove an inflammatory comment from U.S. President Donald Trump took their dissent public over the weekend on Twitter, praising the rival social media firm for taking action and rebuking their own employer. Many tech workers at companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon have become active on social justice …

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Facebook Shrugs At Trump’s “Shoot Them” Postings

CNN reports: Twitter decided to affix a warning label to Trump’s tweet — and an identical tweet later posted by the official White House Twitter account — for the first time, indicating that it violated the platform’s rule against glorifying violence. But the exact same message, saying “looting” will lead to “shooting” and referencing “THUGS,” was posted to Trump’s Facebook …

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Trump Signs Order To Punish Critics Of His Lying

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump escalated his war on social media companies, signing an executive order Thursday challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. Still, the move appears to be more about politics than substance, as the president aims to rally supporters after he lashed out at Twitter for …

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