US: Senate Commerce Committee wants a word with Google, Amazon, Twitter

US: Senate Commerce Committee wants a word with Google, Amazon, Twitter

AT&T, Twitter, Alphabet’s Google and three other major web and internet service companies plan to testify before a US Senate panel later in September to lay out their consumer data privacy practices. According to a report in Reuters, the companies – which also include Amazon, Apple and Charter Communications – will appear before the Senate […]

US: State AGs mull tech regulation

US: State AGs mull tech regulation

US state attorneys general are working together to figure out the best way to regulate internet powerhouses such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, the state officials are working on a legal strategy to deal with alleged antitrust violations and data-privacy abuses, as well as what some claim is a […]

US: Sessions’ concerned social media firms “stifle” free speech

US: Sessions’ concerned social media firms “stifle” free speech

The US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has expressed a “growing concern” that social media companies may be “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas” on their platforms, the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed on Wednesday, September 5. A statement issued through spokesman Devin O’Malley said the DOJ monitored a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with Twitter CEO […]

US: Tech Industry Hearings to start Wednesday

US: Tech Industry Hearings to start Wednesday

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are likely to face questions about political content, antitrust concerns and consumer privacy at hearings that begin Wednesday, reported the Wall Street Journal. Wednesday’s hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee are expected to include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and a representative of Google, as yet […]

US: Google won’t send its CEO to testify

US: Google won’t send its CEO to testify

Executives from three major tech companies are due to appear before Congress next Wednesday to talk about their role in protecting the integrity of November’s midterm elections, but senators are threatening to put an empty chair in Google’s place. The potential move is a sign of lawmakers’ increasing dissatisfaction with the company. The Senate Intelligence […]

US: Senator drops new policy proposals for regulating tech

US: Senator drops new policy proposals for regulating tech

The team at Facebook is not having a great week, as it seems all of its recent data scandal chickens have come home to roost. Last Wednesday, July 25, its market cap took a US$120 billion beating in the aftermath of earnings that fell short of revenue and earnings targets. Analysts say this is the […]

US: Twitter considers ad ban on cryptos

US: Twitter considers ad ban on cryptos

Twitter looks to be following in Facebook and Google’s footsteps as it prepares to prohibit cryptocurrency ads on its site. According to Sky News, the policy, which will be implemented in two weeks, will prohibit advertisements for initial coin offerings (ICOs), token sales and cryptocurrency wallets globally. There is also the chance that the social […]

UK: Regulator steps up campaign against price-fixing cartels

UK: Regulator steps up campaign against price-fixing cartels

According to The Telegraph, the UK’s competition watchdog is launching a crackdown on cartels after the success of its first advertising campaign led to a rise in tip-offs about illegal activity. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) paid for advertisements for the first time last year to encourage tip-offs about potential price-fixing activity. Sponsored posts on […]

US: Facebook, Google, Twitter execs to testify at Russia hearings

US: Facebook, Google, Twitter execs to testify at Russia hearings

Executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been asked to testify to the United States Congress as lawmakers continue to investigate Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, committee sources have said on Wednesday, September 27. The Senate intelligence committee asked that the executives testify at a public hearing on November 1, 2017. […]