The Sri Lankan government’s decision to shutter access to social-media sites after Sunday’s deadly bombings may mark a turning point in how countries around the world perceive Silicon Valley -- and their willingness act to stop the spread of falsehoods online.
The block comes amid a string of deadly explosions that killed more than 200 people.
Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users’ personal information have set their sights on the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new, heightened oversight of his leadership.
Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz accused tech giants of exhibiting bias against conservatives, while Democratic lawmakers described it as a hoax meant only to gain more favorable treatment online.
House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a Democratic-backed bill that would restore rules requiring AT&T, Verizon and other Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally, marking an early step toward reversing one of the most significant deregulatory moves of the Trump era.
A congressional hearing to explore the spread of white nationalism on social media quickly served to illustrate of the problem Silicon Valley faces, after anonymous users on YouTube began posting attacks on the basis of race and religion.
Congressional lawmakers plan to grill Facebook and Google this week over the ways they police their platforms, including their efforts to stop online racism from spurring real-world violence, offering the latest sign that tech giants face a global regulatory reckoning for their business practices.
Tech firm chiefs could face fines, penalties from independent regulator.
British regulators on Sunday unveiled a landmark proposal to penalize Facebook, Google and other tech giants that fail to stop the spread of harmful content online, marking a major new regulatory threat for an industry that’s long dodged responsibility for what its users say or share.
In a pair of predawn tweets, the president said Google was silencing conservative media. The company said its searches aren't politically biased.