Facebook to Drop On-Site Support for Political Campaigns

Facebook said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with US President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. The company and other major online ad sellers including Alphabet’s Google and Twitter have long offered free dedicated assistance to strengthen relationships with top advertisers such…

Europe’s News Agencies Blast Google, Facebook for ‘Plundering’ Content

Europe’s biggest news agencies accused Google and Facebook of “plundering” news for free on Tuesday in a joint statement that called on the Internet giants to share more of their revenues with the media. In a column signed by the CEOs of around 20 agencies including France’s Agence France-Presse, Britain’s Press Association and Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur they called on…

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Users Faced Temporary Outage on Monday

Facebook on Monday said a technical problem prevented some users from accessing and posting on the social network as well as messaging app WhatsApp and Instagram, and it had mostly fixed the issue. “Earlier today, a networking issue caused some people to have trouble accessing or posting to various Facebook services. We quickly investigated and started restoring access, and…

Trump Lashes Out at Social Media Companies Over ‘Political Censorship’

President Donald Trump on Thursday sharpened his attacks on American social media companies, calling out Google, Facebook, and Twitter by name and declaring to an Indiana crowd, “We will not let large corporations silence conservative voices.” At a rally for Republican Senate nominee Mike Braun, Trump pledged that his administration will protect the “free speech rights of all Americans”…

Facebook, Twitter Executives to Testify to US Congress Next Week

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are set to face a fresh grilling on Capitol Hill next week as lawmakers probe Silicon Valley’s efforts to police content online, from political speech to suspected Russian propaganda. The Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday it would hold a hearing next week with the two tech giants focused on “social media…

Russian Telcos Press for Foreign Internet Companies to Pay for Data Storage

Russian telecoms operators have proposed legislation that would oblige foreign Internet companies to share the financial burden of a new law on storing data in the country, a draft bill seen by Reuters shows. If adopted, the legislation would allow Russian telecoms companies to claim compensation from foreign Internet companies, including social media and messenger…

Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet Dismantle Global Iranian Propaganda Push

Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to Iranian actors that a cyber-security firm said on Tuesday were promoting Iran’s geopolitical agenda around the world. Through a network of fake news websites and fraudulent social media personas spread across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube, the Iranian-linked campaign pushed narratives in line with the country’s interests. The campaign was…

New tech surveillance laws criticised by group representing Facebook, Google and Twitter

New laws that could compel global technology companies to assist Australian spy agencies and police have been strongly criticised by an industry group representing Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others. If passed, the assistance and access bill would introduce expansive new powers to help law enforcement officers investigate illicit activity online. Its supporters argue these…