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Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch

Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented …

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“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in – TechCrunch

“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in – TechCrunch A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform — including …

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UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe – TechCrunch

UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe – TechCrunch Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime he’s …

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Facebook policy VP, Richard Allan, to face the international ‘fake news’ grilling that Zuckerberg won’t – TechCrunch

Facebook policy VP, Richard Allan, to face the international ‘fake news’ grilling that Zuckerberg won’t – TechCrunch An unprecedented international grand committee comprised of 22 representatives from seven parliaments will meet in London next week to put questions to Facebook about the online fake news crisis and the social network’s …

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Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch

Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined a invitation from …

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Facebook under pressure over Soros smear tactics – TechCrunch

Facebook under pressure over Soros smear tactics – TechCrunch Facebook is facing calls to conduct an external investigation into its own lobbying and PR activities by an aide to billionaire George Soros. BuzzFeed reports that Michael Vachon, an advisor to the chairman at Soros Fund Management, made the call in …

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Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments – TechCrunch

Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments – TechCrunch Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments. MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland …

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Where’s the accountability Facebook? – TechCrunch

Where’s the accountability Facebook? – TechCrunch Facebook has yet again declined an invitation for its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer international politicians’ questions about how disinformation spreads on his platform and undermines democratic processes. But policymakers aren’t giving up — and have upped the ante by issuing a …

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Facebook must change and policymakers must act on data, warns UK watchdog – TechCrunch

Facebook must change and policymakers must act on data, warns UK watchdog – TechCrunch The UK’s data watchdog has warned that Facebook must overhaul its privacy-hostile business model or risk burning user trust for good. Comments she made today have also raised questions over the legality of so-called lookalike audiences …

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Tool up for the midterms with this Facebook junk news aggregator – TechCrunch

Tool up for the midterms with this Facebook junk news aggregator – TechCrunch With the US midterms fast approaching purveyors of online disinformation are very busy indeed spreading their hyper-partisan junk on Facebook . Their goal: Skewing democratic outcomes by putting out misleading, deceptive or incorrect information that’s packaged as real …

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