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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Records obtained via FOIA requests and interviews with local officials reveal the unusual lengths Google goes to keep its data center construction plans secret   —  Last May, officials in Midlothian, Tex., a city near Dallas, approved more than $10 million in tax breaks for a huge …
Feb 16, 2019, 2:45 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Sources: FTC commissioners have met to consider a record fine against Facebook for potentially violating a 2011 consent decree about user privacy   —  U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government …
Jan 18, 2019, 2:44 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Facebook is investigating whether News for Democracy, a left-leaning organization backed by Reid Hoffman, violated its community standards and ad policies   —  Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by Internet billionaire and Democratic megadonor Reid Hoffman violated …
Jan 8, 2019, 12:05 AMIn context
Washington Post:
How online hate and its long-term effects lingered for seven people in 2018, including a Parkland shooting survivor, a CNN journalist, and a track cyclist   —  It cost a school-shooting victim the safety of home.  —  It cost an athlete the joy of a victory.  —  It cost the family of a gay teen a battle with their community.
Dec 29, 2018, 8:00 AMIn context
Washington Post:
Facebook's ex-CSO Alex Stamos to announce the Stanford Internet Observatory, an institute to help companies work together on solving tech's “negative impacts”   —  For two years, Alex Stamos was the Facebook executive tasked with defending the company's systems against Russian interference and other critical threats.
Oct 16, 2018, 2:50 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Facebook removes 800+ US-based accounts and pages, some with 100K+ followers, that were spamming people with political messages for profit   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it purged more than 800 U.S. publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented spam …
Oct 11, 2018, 2:16 PMIn context
Washington Post:
A look at the philosophies and styles of Sheryl Sandberg, a veteran of Capitol Hill, and Jack Dorsey, a relative newcomer   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Silicon Valley leaders who testified before Congress for the first time on Wednesday came to Washington with personal styles that could not be more different.
Sep 5, 2018, 11:20 AMIn context
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook assigns a trustworthiness score to each of its users, tracking things like whether an article a user flags as false turns out, after review, to be true   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1.
Aug 21, 2018, 10:29 AMIn context
Washington Post:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is considering promoting alternative viewpoints in timeline, labeling bots, and redesigning the like button and follower count display   —  Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so that it doesn't enable …
Aug 15, 2018, 5:00 PMIn context
Washington Post:
Facebook's increased scrutiny of ads targeting ethnic groups is delaying the approval of political ads for Hispanics and Spanish-speaking audiences   —  Political strategists say recent moves by Facebook to secure its powerful advertising engine are hampering their ability to communicate …
Aug 5, 2018, 10:55 AMIn context

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