Trump expected to re-emerge on social media with his own platform—adviser

U.S. 02/07/21, 14:28

Former President Donald Trump is mulling over re-emerging with a new social media platform by launching one of his own after being silenced by Big Tech. Speaking on Breitbart News Saturday’s SiriusXM satellite radio on Feb. 6, Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller said that the former president is considering launching his own ...

Trump moves forward to end social media censorship

U.S. 07/29/20, 19:33

White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany announced Wednesday, July 29, that the Commerce Department filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 27, asking about the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. It follows from the measures requested in an executive order signed ...

President Trump says Twitter’s trending topics are ridiculous, unfair

U.S. 07/28/20, 02:04

President Donald Trump on Monday, July 28, accused Twitter of promoting bad topics about him and trying to make them “ridiculous” trends. "So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called 'Trending,' where sooo many trends are about me, and never a good one," the president wrote in a tweet. “They look for anything they ...

Missing Michigan girl found in Rhode Island with 40-year-old man

U.S. 08/06/19, 17:46

A missing Michigan teen was found Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 6, with a 40-year-old man she apparently met online. Fifteen-year-old Gracie Hewartson, of Wayland, was found in Warwick, Rhode Island, according to Allegan County Sheriff's Office. She is said to be in good health. Her parents, Darrin and Micki Hewartson, said that they ...

Justice Department launches antitrust scrutiny of big tech

U.S. 07/23/19, 20:42

The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, July 23, opened a review into whether the U.S.'s biggest and most powerful technology companies have stifled competition or hurt consumers. It said the probe will take into account "widespread concerns" about social media, search engines and online retail services. Its antitrust division is ...

Trump to lean on social media giants to curb censorship

Politics 07/12/19, 05:36

President Donald Trump, during a free-wheeling speech Thursday, said he would be bringing top social media executives to the White House to push them to stop censoring conservatives and try to ensure free speech for everyone’s opinion.   “On behalf of the nation, it’s very important what you’re doing,” Trump said.  He praised ...

72 officers off streets amid probe into social media posts

U.S. 06/19/19, 20:58

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says 72 Philadelphia police officers have been placed on administrative duty amid an initial investigation into a national group's accusation of officers in at least five states posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media. Ross said he believed at least "several dozen" people would be disciplined ...

Harvard case offers reminder of perils of online misbehavior

U.S. 06/18/19, 17:34

The racist social-media posts were originally shared only among friends — in text messages and a Goggle document. But someone took screenshots, which led Harvard University to revoke an offer of admission to a Parkland high school survivor.The decision announced Monday serves as a reminder to aspiring college students and ...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the focus of latest doctored video

Tech 06/12/19, 20:30

Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously altered "deepfake" videos as Facebook ...

Woman alleges 2008 sexual assault by UCLA gynecologist

U.S. 06/11/19, 18:17

A woman says she was sexually assaulted by a gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles and is upset the school apparently knew about it from her social media post but never contacted her as it investigated other incidents that led to criminal charges.The Los Angeles-area woman ...

Facebook is building a massive solar project in Texas

U.S. 06/11/19, 00:10

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 the $416 million ...

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

U.S. 06/07/19, 02:19

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real ...

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