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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter – TechCrunch

Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter – TechCrunch Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as U.S. lawmakers continue to …

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Twitter is considering badging bots — “as far as we can detect them” – TechCrunch

Twitter is considering badging bots — “as far as we can detect them” – TechCrunch At today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked by vice chair Sen. Mark Warner whether users should have “a right to know” if they are talking to a bot or a human …

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Google rebuked by Senate Intelligence Committee for not sending Page or Pichai to testify – TechCrunch

Google rebuked by Senate Intelligence Committee for not sending Page or Pichai to testify – TechCrunch Alphabet’s decision to decline to send its CEO Larry Page to today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing — to answer questions about what social media platforms are doing to thwart foreign influence operations intended to sow …

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Civil, the blockchain journalism startup, has partnered with one of the oldest names in media – TechCrunch

Civil, the blockchain journalism startup, has partnered with one of the oldest names in media – TechCrunch Civil, the two-year-old crypto startup that wants to save the journalism industry by leveraging the blockchain and cryptoeconomics, has partnered with the 172-year-old Associated Press to help the wire service stop bad actors …

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It’s a fudge – TechCrunch

It’s a fudge – TechCrunch The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans including from Google, Apple and Facebook. However, as we noted earlier, Twitter is …

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Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office? – TechCrunch

Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office? – TechCrunch A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering …

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Facebook’s chief legal officer to leave this year – TechCrunch

Facebook’s chief legal officer to leave this year – TechCrunch Facebook’s chief legal officer Colin Stretch has announced he’ll be out by the end of the year.  In the inevitable Facebook post explaining why he’s moving on, Stretch writes that after he and his wife made a decision to move back to DC …

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WhatsApp now marks forwarded messages to curb the spread of deadly misinformation – TechCrunch

WhatsApp now marks forwarded messages to curb the spread of deadly misinformation – TechCrunch WhatsApp just introduced a new feature designed to help its users identify the origin of information that they receive in the messaging app. For the first time, a forwarded WhatsApp message will include an indicator that …

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Facebook buys ads in Indian newspapers to warn about WhatsApp fakes – TechCrunch

Facebook buys ads in Indian newspapers to warn about WhatsApp fakes – TechCrunch As Twitter finally gets serious about purging fake accounts, and YouTube says it will try to firefight conspiracy theories and fake news flaming across its platform with $25M to fund bona fide journalism, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is grappling …

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Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots – TechCrunch

Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots – TechCrunch Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster efforts to fight spam and “malicious automation” (aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account verification and sign-up; running a historical audit to catch spammers who …

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