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Justice Department Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

Shares in Facebook, Amazon, Google fall

(Newser) - The Department of Justice has opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up the big tech companies, which... More »

Cop on Facebook: AOC 'Needs a Round'

The Louisiana officer posted the message Thursday

(Newser) - A Louisiana police officer posted a Facebook message Thursday saying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile Idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve." The post refers to AOC's time as a bartender and appears to suggest that... More »

Philadelphia Expected to Fire Cops After Database Reveals Offensive Posts

As many as 13 could be fired after database catalogs offensive Facebook posts

(Newser) - Some fallout from the database published online in June that catalogs thousands of racist or otherwise offensive Facebook posts of current and former police officers: Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the city's police department plans to start the process of firing officers whose posts were documented there. As many... More »

Storm Area 51? 415K People RSVP Yes

Facebook event looks like a joke, but will curiosity seekers actually show?

(Newser) - If you'll be in Nevada on Sept. 20, there's a Facebook event that may pique your interest. CNN reports the "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" raid planned for that day "is most certainly a joke," but as of Friday, 415,... More »

Trump Slams Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency

He says he's 'not a fan' of cryptocurrencies

(Newser) - President Trump declared Thursday that he is "not a fan" of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—including Facebook's upcoming Libra currency . Cryptocurrencies "are not money" and their value is "highly volatile and based on thin air," Trump tweeted . "Similarly, Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency'... More »

You Probably Can't See Photos on Facebook Right Now

Instagram, Twitter, and WhatsApp are also having problems

(Newser) - Social media platforms apparently decided to take off for the holiday weekend a day early: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter all had problems Wednesday, according to CNN . Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were experiencing problems with images being uploaded and displayed, while Twitter was having problems with direct message delivery and... More »

Package Sets Off Sarin Alarm at Facebook

Scare triggers evacuations

(Newser) - An alarm went off as a machine screened packages at Facebook on Monday, alerting employees of the possible presence of sarin. Four buildings on the Menlo Park, California, campus were evacuated, CNBC reports; three were soon reopened. No employees were exposed to the poison, firefighters said, and a fire official... More »

What the New Facebook Cryptocurrency Means

Company announces Libra, which will be out next year

(Newser) - After a year of secret planning, Facebook announced Tuesday that it's getting into the cryptocurrency business. The new cryptocurrency, called Libra, is expected to be available in 2020, and Facebook has lined up more than two dozen big-name backers so far, reports TechCrunch . Many details are still to be... More »

2 Glum Headlines for Zuckerberg

Unflattering deepfake video will survive, and there may be troubling emails

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to unflattering headlines, and Wednesday proved to be no exception. Two stories getting play:
  • "Facebook Worries Emails Could Show Zuckerberg Knew of Questionable Privacy Practices": This Wall Street Journal report relies on anonymous sources who say that the company has come across emails connecting
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Facebook Is Building a Massive Solar Farm

Texas project will be among the nation's biggest

(Newser) - Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy. Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with Facebook on... More »

Peggy Noonan: Let's Ditch This 'Imperious Twerp'

'Journal' columnist goes after Mark Zuckerberg and big tech

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan won't be receiving any more invitations to a private gathering with Mark Zuckerberg. In her latest op-ed, Noonan refers to Zuckerberg as an "imperious twerp" who summons people as if he were a prince. More to... More »

House Plans Sweeping Probe of Tech Giants

Investigation to focus on 'concentration of market power'

(Newser) - Tech giants—including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—will face a "top-to-bottom" antitrust investigation by the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. David Cicilline, leader of the investigation, said Monday it is aimed at the "tremendous concentration of market power" held by the companies more than it is at individual... More »

Fierce New Visa Rules Kick In

The State Dept. imposes new application rules

(Newser) - Know anyone seeking a US visa? Now they'll have to submit their social-media information, email addresses, and past phone numbers in order to apply, CBS News reports. The new State Department rules, proposed last March , are expected to affect some 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants and 710,000 immigrant... More »

Zuckerberg, Sandberg Run Afoul of Canada

Facebook execs defy subpoenas to appear at Ottawa hearing

(Newser) - Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg could be held in contempt of the Canadian parliament after refusing subpoenas to appear at a Tuesday hearing, reports CNN . A Facebook rep said the company planned to send its head of public policy for Facebook Canada, Kevin Chan, and director of public... More »

Cooper Isn't Buying Facebook's Answers on Pelosi Video

After 2016 campaign, site promised to police disinformation

(Newser) - "Facebook has repeatedly told Congress and the American people that you’re serious about fighting disinformation and fake news," Anderson Cooper reminded a Facebook executive Friday in a CNN interview about an altered video that appeared to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drunk . "Yet this doctored video... More »

A Massive Number of Fake Facebook Accounts Have Been Taken Down This Year

Facebook says automated attacks have increased

(Newser) - Facebook says it removed 2.19 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of the year—a total nearly as high as the number of monthly active users. About 1.2 billion accounts were taken down in the last quarter of 2018, Engadget reports. The company said in its Community... More »

Fugitive Says He'll Surrender for 15K Likes on Facebook

Jose Simms promises he'll abide by deal with cops

(Newser) - A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical. Jose Simms, 29, who is believed to be somewhere in New York, has seven... More »

Zuckerberg's Old Roommate Says Enough Is Enough

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says the company must be broken up

(Newser) - Facebook is used to hearing complaints that it's too big and powerful—just last month, for instance, 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren argued that it needed to be broken up. But never has the complaint come so forcefully from someone so instrumental to the company's very creation: In a... More »

Trump: I Am 'Monitoring and Watching, Closely!'

The president reacts to new social-media bans

(Newser) - President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was "monitoring and watching, closely!!" Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would "monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms." He... More »

Alex Jones, Yiannopoulos Respond to Facebook Ban

Right-wing figures and Louis Farrakhan, known for anti-Semitic comments, permanently banned

(Newser) - After years of pressure to crack down on extremist content, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban against hate and violence, the AP reports. The company also banned right-wing leaders Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer, along with... More »

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