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Some call it a scam. Others say it’s the best available option. Either way, the Facebook Oversight Board is about to decide whether Trump can use Facebook.

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Over the next few weeks, the biggest tech story will be the Facebook Oversight Board’s ruling on Donald Trump. Facebook suspended Trump indefinitely following the Capitol Riots earlier this year. …

Lawmakers should listen to the communities most affected before rushing to change Section 230 again

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Big Tech’s haphazard content moderation and abuse of personal data create…

Pattern Matching

Social networks would love to show users less political content. Here’s why that’s a problem.

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Political posts on Facebook and other social networks are often divisive, misleading, or just plain false. Social platforms including Facebook and YouTube have played a role in radicalizing people and facilitated the organization of radical groups, including hate groups, some of which have committed real-world violence.

There is reason to…

Big Technology

‘They’re going to have to prepare now about how to resist the onslaught that absolutely will be coming in their direction`

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Birdwatch and the Oversight Board are new approaches to the same idea: shifting responsibility away from the platforms themselves

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In the never-ending scramble to solve the insoluble problem of content moderation, social media companies are willing to try just about anything — as long as it doesn’t involve making it a core part of their business.

Contrasting approaches were on display this week from Facebook and Twitter. Facebook’s Oversight…

App stores and cloud hosting platforms want the right to ban content without the responsibility of moderation

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When app stores and cloud hosting platforms banned Parler earlier this month after the self-described “free speech” social network failed to moderate calls for violence, they set a new precedent. Previously, the conventional wisdom was that developers bore the responsibility of policing an app’s community. …

Congress asked the FBI to investigate the app’s role in promoting ‘civil unrest’ in the U.S. — but the entire social media ecosystem demands scrutiny

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee chair demanded on Thursday that the FBI “conduct a robust examination” of Parler and its alleged role in the Capitol riots on January 6, which resulted in the deaths of five individuals and for which hundreds of people are being investigated by the Justice…


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