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Conservative Groups Ratchet Up The Heat On Big Tech Companies Over Their Ties To The SPLC

Southern Poverty Law Center

Several conservative groups wrote letters to Google and Amazon Wednesday urging the Silicon Valley giants to back away from the Southern Poverty Law Center after recent reports suggested that the left-wing nonprofit group works to scam liberal donors out of money. Google, Facebook, Amazon and other Silicon Valley companies need to explain where they stand, MRC President Brent Bozell said ...

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Trump’s Team Targets Boomers On Facebook, Bernie Doubles Down On Millennials

President Donald Trump’s campaign team is targeting the bulk of its Facebook ads this upcoming election season on Americans who are 65 years old and older, Axios reported Tuesday. Trump is spending roughly 44 percent of its Facebook ad budget on the boomer generation. Democratic candidates, meanwhile are only spending 27 percent of their budgets on older generations, the report ...

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‘It’s Sort Of Unethical’: Zuckerberg Reportedly Weaponized Facebook To Help Pals And Punish Enemies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leveraged users’ personal data to help friends of the Silicon Valley giant and punish the company’s competitors, NBC News reported Tuesday, citing leaked documents. More than 4,000 pages of documents, which include internal emails and web presentations, show how Zuckerberg and other executives used privacy data as leverage over competitors, the report notes. In one case ...

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Twitter Drops SPLC Following Controversy. But What About Facebook And Google?

Southern Poverty Law Center

Twitter distanced itself from the Southern Poverty Law Center following reports suggesting that the group scams liberal donors out of money. Facebook has not yet revealed whether it plans on ending its partnership with the group. Twitter appears to one of the only big tech companies in Silicon Valley to completely divorce itself from the SPLC, an Alabama-based group that ...

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Facebook Shakes Up Board, Dings Exec Who Once Threatened Peter Thiel For Supporting Trump

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will not be renominated to Facebook’s board of directors when the members meet in May for the company’s annual stockholder’s meeting, Facebook announced Friday night. The move comes less than three years after Hastings told fellow board member Peter Thiel that he intended to slam the PayPal co-founder’s performance review over his endorsement of President Donald ...

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Here’s What Conservatives Tech Groups Are Saying About Trump’s Big 5G Push

Conservative tech groups are cheering President Donald Trump’s move to dramatically expand fifth-generation development despite calls to nationalize the technology. Conservatives and free-market tech groups trumpeted the president’s decision Friday to auction off three big slices of millimeter-wave airwaves that experts argue are important to provide 5G network capability to rural areas. Trump and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai ...

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Twitter’s Algorithm Goes Haywire, Inadvertently Gives New York Times A Trumpian Nickname

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Twitter’s algorithm suffered a glitch Wednesday that directed users to the The New York Times’ account when they composed a tweet with the words “Enemy of the People.” “This is a bug in our search typeahead system limited to desktop that we are working to fix. The issue is that for some search queries the word ‘People’ is linked to ...

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Twitter Punts After Being Asked Whether It Will Submit To An Independent Political Bias Audit

A Twitter executive appeared to punt after Republican Sen. Josh Hawley asked him Wednesday during a congressional testimony whether the company would be willing to submit to an independent political audit. Carlos Monje Jr., Twitter’s director of public policy and philanthropy, evaded questions about whether the social media company is willing to subject itself to an independent audit. Republican Sen. ...

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House Democrats Pass Bill To Make Net Neutrality Great Again

House Democrats passed a bill Wednesday restoring the Federal Communication Commission’s rule prohibiting internet service providers from slowing down internet traffic. Lawmakers approved a Democrat-backed bill that would restore Obama-era rules requiring AT&T, Verizon and others to treat all traffic equally, though the measure is likely a symbolic gesture. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told Reuters Tuesday that ...

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Big Tech Companies Attack Illinois Bill Prohibiting Remote Access To User’s Mics

Google and Amazon are opposing an Illinois bill that would effectively prohibit big tech companies from remotely accessing users’ microphones. The Internet Association and other trade organizations that represent the three major big tech companies — Facebook, Google, and Amazon — criticized SB 1719 in a press statement Wednesday, arguing that the bill is vague and unnecessary given that federal ...

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Leftward Surge Of Woke Democrats Betraying The Base, Helping Biden

Democratic-leaning progressive on social media are substantially outnumbered by their moderate, less educated party colleagues, The New York Times reported Tuesday. An increasingly outspoken group progressives on Twitter are getting swamped 2 to 1 by a more diverse and less educated group of Democrats who don’t often share political content online, the report notes, citing data from the Hidden Tribes ...

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New Zealand Official Accuses ‘Morally Bankrupt’ Facebook Of Promoting Genocide

A New Zealand  public official accused Facebook Sunday of enabling a genocide in Myanmar as the Silicon Valley giant struggles to explain how a shooter was able to use one of the company’s features to videotape his killing spree. Facebook is a “morally bankrupt” company that “cannot be trusted,” New Zealand privacy commissioner John Edwards said on Twitter. The social ...

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GOP Makes $10 Million Push To Win Over Jewish Vote As Dems Struggle With Charges Of Antisemticism

Republicans are making a multi-million dollar push for the Jewish vote as Democratic lawmakers struggle with accusation of antisemitism, Politico reported Sunday. The Republican Jewish Coalition is spearheading plans for a $10 million-plus campaign blitz geared around elevating Jewish support for President Donald Trump, the report notes. The group revealed its plans Friday in a conference room at GOP mega-donor ...

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Twitter Backs Off Partnership With SPLC Amid Bombshell Reports. Amazon Stays Silent

Southern Poverty Law Center

Twitter appears to be one of the only big tech companies to back out of an alliance with the Southern Poverty Law Center after the group’s long-time president was fired for unspecified conduct reasons, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. “The SPLC is not a member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council or a partner the company has worked ...

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Google Dings AI Ethics Panel After Employees Throw A Fit Over Conservative Member

Google announced Thursday night that the company will be dissolving an artificial intelligence ethics panel following internal backlash from employees who criticized one of the board’s conservative members. The company’s decision came after employees complained about Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James’ position on the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC). More than 1,000 “Googlers” signed a petition Monday claimingthat ...

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