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Thousands of Twitter accounts that spread fake news during the 2016 election are still active today, say researchers – TechCrunch

Thousands of Twitter accounts that spread fake news during the 2016 election are still active today, say researchers – TechCrunch Fake news and misinformation was a key tactic used by the Russians during the 2016 presidential election to try to sway voters against candidates and sow mistruths and mistrust. Now, …

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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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Hate speech, collusion, and the constitution – TechCrunch

Hate speech, collusion, and the constitution – TechCrunch Half an hour into their two-hour testimony on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were asked about collaboration between social media companies. “Our collaboration has greatly increased,” Sandberg stated before turning to Dorsey …

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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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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 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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Justice Dept. says social media giants may be ‘intentionally stifling’ free speech – TechCrunch

Justice Dept. says social media giants may be ‘intentionally stifling’ free speech – TechCrunch The Justice Department has confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed a “growing concern” that social media giants may be “hurting competition” and “intentionally stifling” free speech and expression. The comments come as Facebook chief operating …

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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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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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Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features – TechCrunch

Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features – TechCrunch Twitter head Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet this afternoon hinting the social platform might get a couple of interesting updates to tell us who else is online at the moment and to help us thread our Twitter …

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