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Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of ‘harmful’ power

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of ‘harmful’ power

Business
The heads of some of the world's biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors.Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said the world "needs large" firms, while the heads of Facebook, Apple and Google argued their companies had spurred innovation.The appearance comes as lawmakers consider tougher regulation and competition probes are underway.Some critics want the firms broken up.Follow live updates of the congressional hearingCongressman David Cicilline, a Democrat leading the congressional committee holding the hearing, said a year-long investigation by lawmakers had revealed patterns of abuse by the online platforms."The dominant platforms have ...
Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Facebook takes the EU to court over privacy spat

Technology
Facebook has pushed back against a European Union investigation into its practices, taking it to court over privacy concerns. Two investigations are being carried out into Facebook to find out if it breaches competition laws. To gather information, the European Commission has demanded internal documents from Facebook that include 2,500 specific key phrases.Facebook says that means handing over unrelated but highly sensitive data. The European Commission says it will defend the case in court, and its investigation into Facebook's potential anticompetitive conduct is ongoing.The social media giant has filed an appeal to the EU courts, arguing against the breadth of the document requests. 'Irrelevant documents'"We are cooperating wi...
Labour joins Facebook advert boycott over ‘hateful material’

Labour joins Facebook advert boycott over ‘hateful material’

Technology
Labour is joining the advertising boycott of Facebook "in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement", one of the party's senior MPs has said.Shadow minister Rachel Reeves told the BBC the party wanted "to express our concern about the failure of Facebook to take down some hateful material". Companies including consumer goods firm Unilever have also joined the campaign.Facebook has said harmful posts would be removed but some could stay if they have news value.The Facebook advertising boycott was started by the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis.The organisers, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, accused Facebook of allowing "racist,...
Facebook civil rights audit: ‘serious setbacks’ mar progress

Facebook civil rights audit: ‘serious setbacks’ mar progress

Technology
A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and biasBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterJuly 8, 2020, 10:04 AM3 min read A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias. Facebook hired the audit’s leader, former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy, in May 2018 to assess its performance on vital social issues. Its 100-page report released Wednesday outlines a “seesaw of progress and setbacks” at the company on everything from bias in Facebook's algorithms to its content moderation, advertising practices and treatment
Zuckerberg: Advertisers will be back to Facebook ‘soon enough’

Zuckerberg: Advertisers will be back to Facebook ‘soon enough’

Technology
As the ads boycott grows, Mark Zuckerberg shows no sign of backing down. "My guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough" the Facebook chief executive has said.Campaigners accuse the tech firm of being too slow and reluctant to remove some hateful content.But Zuckerberg added: "We're not going to change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue."The comments were made to Facebook staff at a private meeting last Friday, and were subsequently leaked to the Information news site.The social network has confirmed they are accurate and also announced a fresh development: its chief executive is to meet the organisers of the boycott - Stop Hate for Profit.It illustrates the concurre...