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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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Snap is being probed over its IPO because some investors are salty about losing money – TechCrunch

Snap is being probed over its IPO because some investors are salty about losing money – TechCrunch Here’s something I didn’t expect to read today. The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Snap for details on its IPO apparently in connection with a lawsuit from disgruntled shareholders …

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Facebook is facing an EU data probe over fake ads – TechCrunch

Facebook is facing an EU data probe over fake ads – TechCrunch The UK’s privacy watchdog has asked Facebook’s lead EU regulator to look into ongoing data protection concerns about its ad platform — including how its platform is being used to target and spread fake adverts to try to …

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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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Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch

Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch Tiffany Olson Kleeman Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleeman is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George …

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China’s frenzy over League of Legends championship sheds light on esports growth – TechCrunch

China’s frenzy over League of Legends championship sheds light on esports growth – TechCrunch When China’s Invictus Gaming defeated European squad Fnatic in the League of Legends 2018 finals this past Saturday, China’s social media platforms became awash in ecstasy and pride. “It’s like winning an Olympic gold, a teenage …

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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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Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments – TechCrunch Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them. The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and …

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Europe’s parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal – TechCrunch

Europe’s parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal – TechCrunch The European Parliament has called for a full audit of Facebook following a string of data breach scandals —  including the Cambridge Analytica affair. MEPs are urging the company to allow European Union bodies to …

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