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Twitter Might Want to Think This Through

Columnist writes the implications are many, surely, but unclear

(Newser) - Twitter's decision to permanently bar President Trump is in opposition to a decades-long movement to banish media filters. It raises many questions, John Harris writes in Politico , and he poses the first one to Twitter itself: "Are you sure about this?" The implications of Twitter's move aren'...

SF Supervisors Want to Rename Zuckerberg Hospital

They accuse Facebook of 'endangering public health' with COVID misinformation

(Newser) - A $75 million donation to a hospital wasn't enough to earn Mark Zuckerberg a like from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The board voted 10-1 this week to condemn the naming of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital after the Facebook founder, Business Insider reports. The hospital's full...

Moderators to Zuckerberg: Stop Risking Our Lives

They say they are being forced back to the office

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this year that remote working will become permanent for many Facebook employees. Most of its content moderators, however, are contract workers, not Facebook employees—and they say the company is risking their lives. In an open letter to Zuckerberg and execs at Accenture and CPL, which...

Facebook, Twitter CEOs Face Angry GOP Senators

Lawmakers accused them of anti-conservative bias

(Newser) - Two social media CEOs appeared for another grilling by a Senate panel Tuesday, with senators from both parties expressing concerns about their content moderation policies. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared remotely at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where Republican lawmakers accused them of anti-conservative bias,...

Zuckerberg Explains Why Bannon Wasn't Suspended

Twitter suspended his account over beheading comments

(Newser) - Steve Bannon's call for the beheading of FBI Director Christopher Wray and government infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci didn't warrant a Facebook suspension, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a recording from an all-staff meeting on Thursday, Zuckerberg said the former White House chief strategist—who said he...

Sacha Baron Cohen: Zuckerberg Must Go, Too

'One down, one to go,' he tweets, along with a photo of Facebook leader and Trump

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen made clear last year that he is no fan of Mark Zuckerberg, or any of Silicon Valley's leaders , for that matter. Now the actor—speaking as himself and not as his alter-ego Borat—is going after Zuckerberg anew. He tweeted a photo of the Facebook CEO...

Facebook to Employees: Here's Time Off, Go Work Those Polls

Company joins in efforts to alleviate shortage of poll workers for Election 2020

(Newser) - With shortages of poll workers looming before the election, one big tech company is stepping up to help fill that gap. Facebook executives told Axios this week that it will be offering its employees additional paid time off so they can become poll workers if they so choose, which would...

Zuckerberg, Chan Just Gave Huge Boost to Election Setup

Goal of $300M donation: 'to preserve the integrity of our elections'

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are donating $300 million to help secure the November election. The majority of that—some $250 million—will go to the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a nonprofit that seeks to modernize US elections, according to a Tuesday announcement, per Axios . The remaining $50...

Elon Musk Joins an Elite Club

He is now one of 4 'centibillionaires' on the planet

(Newser) - MacKenzie Scott may just become the world's richest woman after all . Her ex-husband, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, should be celebrating, too. Bezos' wealth topped $200 billion on Wednesday as shares in the e-commerce giant hit a record. As Bloomberg reports, the climb brings Scott "to the brink of...

'Emperors of the New Economy' Grilled at Antitrust Hearing

'Simply put, they have too much power'

(Newser) - The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google were sworn in remotely Wednesday for a historic antitrust hearing before House lawmakers. Rep. David Cicilline, chairman of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, used his opening statement to accuse the tech giants of damaging the economy through excessive dominance, the New York ...

Big Tech CEOs Head to Congress for Historic Hearing

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google on the defense over rising power

(Newser) - Chief executives of Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon are set to testify remotely before Congress on Wednesday as part of a hearing focusing on the size and power of the world's leading tech companies, following a yearlong investigation by the House judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

Zuckerberg: I'm Not in Cahoots With the President

'Pretty ridiculous,' Facebook CEO tells Axios regarding whispers of a secret deal

(Newser) - Back in June, the New York Times started scratching its head over Mark Zuckerberg's "uneasy alliance" with the Trump administration, asking: "What's Facebook's deal with Donald Trump?" In an interview with Axios' Mike Allen, however, the Facebook CEO is now pushing back on those whispers,...

Facebook Meeting With Boycotters Was Rough

Zuckerberg and Co. wanted 'A for attendance,' met no real demands, activists say

(Newser) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met virtually with civil rights and activist groups who've helped organize a massive advertiser boycott of the social network, and as CNN reports, "it did not go well." Facebook spokesman Andy Stone later expressed gratitude to the organizers "for their continued engagement"...

Facebook Relents Amid Growing Boycott

Agrees to remove posts that break rules, even those by President Trump

(Newser) - The boycott appears to have worked. Facebook said Friday it will begin removing posts that it says incite violence or attempt to suppress voter turnout—even if they are from politicians including President Trump, reports the Washington Post . "There are no exceptions," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a...

Scarborough: Facebook Is 'Pushing People Toward Extremism'

He speaks out after 'Boogaloo' killings

(Newser) - Joe Scarborough ripped into Mark Zuckerberg on Morning Joe Wednesday, accusing the Facebook CEO of promoting extremism that has led to domestic terrorism. Scarborough slammed Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg following a segment on the California "Boogaloo" killings of law enforcement officers, which involved two suspects who allegedly...

Zuckerberg, Chan: We're Just 'Disgusted'

Facebook's founder responds to scientists

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are responding to over 200 scientists who criticized Facebook —but what this means for the tech giant remains unclear, the Hill reports. "We take your concerns seriously and to heart," the couple wrote in a letter to scientists associated with...

214 Scientists Urge Zuck: Do Something About Trump

Zuckerberg-funded researchers say it's time to curb misinformation from president

(Newser) - The pushback against Mark Zuckerberg continues: 214 scientists who have received grants from a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative program published a letter they sent the Facebook founder over the weekend. In it, the researchers, about 10% of whom are employed by foundations run by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, call...

Zuckerberg: It's Time I Take a Fresh Look at Things

Facebook's CEO says he'll review company policies

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will reconsider its content policies after a backlash erupted in the company and spilled over in the media, CNN reports. "I know many of you think we should have labeled the President's posts in some way last week," he wrote on Facebook about...

Facebook Resignations Add Pressure on Trump Posts

As Zuckerberg refuses to bend, employee anger builds

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg's defense of allowing President Trump's post about shooting looters, and the CEO's refusal to budge during an employee town hall Monday, have only increased the anger inside Facebook. There have been a handful of resignations this week, with one departing employee, Recode reports, posting on...

Zuckerberg Defends Trump Policy in Tense Meeting

He says the 'right action' is to leave president's posts up

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg held firm on his decision not to take action on President Trump's Facebook posts during what insiders say was a tense town hall meeting with employees Tuesday. The CEO told employees that it was a "tough decision," but a review of Facebook's policies shows...

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