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Google exec to UN: Ukraine 'a crystal ball' for info warfare

Jun. 21, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Google executive warned the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that cyberattacks, disinformation and other forms of information warfare being waged in Ukraine are a “crystal ball" for future problems elsewhere. “States must find a way to turn the volume down...

White supremacists are riling up thousands on social media

Jun. 10, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The social media posts are of a distinct type. They hint darkly that the CIA or the FBI are behind mass shootings. They traffic in racist, sexist and homophobic tropes. They revel in the prospect of a “white boy summer.” White nationalists and supremacists, on...

FTC Chair Khan plans key work on kids' data privacy online

Jun. 09, 2022 06:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Trade Commission says the agency is pushing a robust agenda of actions and policies to help safeguard children's privacy online. The ongoing work will include toughened enforcement of a long-standing law governing kids’ online privacy and...

Reports: Twitter to provide Musk with raw daily tweet data

Jun. 08, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter plans to offer Elon Musk access to its “firehose” of raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets in an effort to push forward the Tesla billionaire’s agreed-to $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform, according to multiple news reports. ...

Sheryl Sandberg, long Facebook's No. 2 exec, steps down

Jun. 01, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sheryl Sandberg, the No. 2 executive at Facebook owner Meta, who helped turn its business from startup to digital advertising empire while also taking blame for some of its biggest missteps, is stepping down. Sandberg has served as chief operating officer at...

California parents could soon sue for social media addiction

May. 23, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon hold social media companies responsible for harming children who have become addicted to their products, permitting parents to sue platforms like Instagram and TikTok for up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly on...

DC sues Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica privacy breach

May. 23, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia on Monday sued Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold him personally liable for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a privacy breach of millions of Facebook users’ personal data that became a major corporate and political scandal. D.C....

Boards for Meta, Twitter face backlash from NY pension fund

May. 23, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A major New York pension fund that has invested in both Facebook's corporate parent and Twitter believes it's time to shake up the companies' boards of directors because of their inability to keep violent content off their influential social media services. The...

Appeals court: Florida law on social media unconstitutional

May. 23, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida law intended to punish social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, dealing a major victory to companies who had been accused by GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis of...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Musk, Tesla and Twitter fan

May. 20, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in California has dismissed a securities fraud and defamation lawsuit filed by a Tesla investor against CEO Elon Musk, one of Musk's supporters and Tesla. In an order filed Thursday, Judge James Donato threw out the lawsuit by the investor,...