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White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official” – TechCrunch

White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official” – TechCrunch A draft executive order circulating around the White House “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The …

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Congressional bill would improve startup valuations – TechCrunch

Congressional bill would improve startup valuations – TechCrunch Late last week, Congress moved one step closer to passing the American Innovation Act of 2018, a bill that would make accounting and tax changes that would likely increase the valuation of startups in an acquisition. The House Ways and Means committee approved a bill containing text that would improve the treatment …

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Twitter agrees to abuse transparency reports, civil rights audit – TechCrunch

Twitter agrees to abuse transparency reports, civil rights audit – TechCrunch A meek and quiet “no” was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s refrain as he responded to an onslaught of questions from House Energy Committee Republicans about whether his service shadowbans or is biased against conservatives. A few Democrats like Rep …

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Twitter CEO Tells Congress It’s ‘Thinking About’ Blockchain Identity

Twitter CEO Tells Congress It’s ‘Thinking About’ Blockchain Identity Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told a Congressional committee Wednesday that the social media company is exploring blockchain solutions for its platform. Dorsey was responding to a question from California Representative Doris Matsui during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing …

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Facebook users becoming more cautious and critical, says Pew – TechCrunch

Facebook users becoming more cautious and critical, says Pew – TechCrunch Ahead of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifying before Congress later today, where she will be questioned alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as US lawmakers wrestle with how to regulate social media platforms (and even just to get bums on seats, …

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Twitter is a Nazi haven for the same reason its CEO claims no bias – TechCrunch

Twitter is a Nazi haven for the same reason its CEO claims no bias – TechCrunch “From a simple business perspective and to serve the public, Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform”. That’s Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s argument for why “Twitter does not use political ideology …

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Washington hit China hard on tech influence this week – TechCrunch

Washington hit China hard on tech influence this week – TechCrunch After months of back-and-forth negotiations, Washington moved rapidly this past week to fend off the increasing transcendence of China’s tech industry, with Congress passing expanded national security controls over M&A transactions and the Trump administration heaping more pressure on …

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Facebook really doesn’t want users to go to a fake Unite the Right counter-protest next week – TechCrunch

Facebook really doesn’t want users to go to a fake Unite the Right counter-protest next week – TechCrunch According to COO Sheryl Sandberg, getting ahead of an event called “No Unite the Right 2, DC” is the reason behind Facebook’s decision to disclose new platform behavior that closely resembles previous …

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Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018 – TechCrunch

Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018 – TechCrunch A Democratic senator seeking reelection this fall appears to be the first identifiable target of Russian hacking in the 2018 midterm race. In a new story on the Daily Beast, Andrew Desiderio and Kevin Poulsen reported …

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Amazon’s facial ID incorrectly identifies Congress members as criminals

Amazon’s facial ID incorrectly identifies Congress members as criminals Rather than identifying 28 members of Congress as members of the country’s legislative branch, Amazon’s Rekognition software instead classified these individuals as police suspects. The post Amazon’s facial ID incorrectly identifies Congress members as criminals appeared first on Digital Trends.

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