Justice Dept. says ‘good faith researchers’ no longer will face hacking charges

The police recognizes the importance of cybersecurity research in the modern era.

By Joseph MennMay 19, 2022

How the GOP assault on social media flipped net neutrality on its head

Republicans, who oppose common carrier rules for telecom, learned to embrace them for tech.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferMay 19, 2022

Texas, 12 states fire back at tech industry in Supreme Court filings

The filing escalates a battle between Paxton and industry groups representing some of the country’s most powerful social media firms, which have turned to the Supreme Court after a surprise ruling at the 5th Circuit court last week allowed the law to take effect.

By Cat ZakrzewskiMay 18, 2022

Meta's Clegg: Facebook’s rule book won’t work in the metaverse

In an interview, the exec calls virtual safety a "philosophically, technologically and legally different phenomenon."

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferMay 18, 2022

Inside Facebook's political advocacy group

Facebook has come under pressure by lawmakers in Washington. But the company has a loud and aggressive defender: American Edge, a Facebook-funded political advocacy group that has launched a full-throated advertising campaign to fight back.

By Aaron SchafferMay 17, 2022

Facebook quietly bankrolled small, grass-roots groups to fight its battles in Washington

By funding minority interest groups, conservative think tanks and small business groups American Edge creates the appearance of grassroots opposition to antitrust regulation, absent Facebook's fingerprints.

By Cat Zakrzewski and Elizabeth DwoskinMay 17, 2022

Crypto’s meltdown is refocusing Washington’s attention on regulating the industry

Financial watchdogs are zeroing in on stablecoins, the subset of cryptocurrencies meant to offer traders a safe harbor from the wild swings of the wider crypto market

By Tory Newmyer and Aaron SchafferMay 16, 2022

Musk doesn’t own Twitter yet, but conservatives are racking up followers

Carlson’s gain is one of several early signs that Musk’s takeover is already shifting the dynamics of one of the most influential social networks in the country. A Washington Post analysis of hundreds of Twitter accounts found that right-leaning accounts, including Republican members of Congress, received a surge in followers since the deal was announced last month, even as their Democratic counterparts’ followings flatline.

By Cat Zakrzewski,  Naomi Nix,  Jeremy B. Merrill and Madison DongMay 13, 2022

Tech groups ask Supreme Court to block Texas social media law

NetChoice and the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an emergency request for a stay, seeking to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed Texas's social media law to take effect.

By Cat ZakrzewskiMay 13, 2022

The Technology 202: The future of social media could be decided by the Supreme Court

‘Everybody who thinks they have been canceled now has access to the courts’

By Will Oremus,  Naomi Nix and Aaron SchafferMay 13, 2022

Big Tech would get its own regulator under new Senate bill

Under a bill introduced by Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) the commission would be able to interrogate the algorithms that power major tech platforms and set new rules to force greater transparency of social media.

By Cat Zakrzewski and Aaron SchafferMay 12, 2022

Senator introduces bill giving Big Tech its own federal watchdog

The bill represents a growing awareness that the federal government is consistently outmatched in resources and tech skills when examining massive Silicon Valley companies.

By Cat ZakrzewskiMay 12, 2022

Musk reinstating Trump could give Facebook, YouTube cover to follow suit

The move could have a "domino effect" on other platforms, said one researcher.

By Cristiano LimaMay 11, 2022

Biden locks arms with telecom giants, riling allies

His display of support for companies' Internet pricing moves ignores lobbying, advocates say.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferMay 10, 2022

For the Biden administration, a preview of tech oversight under GOP rule

The uproar over the "Disinformation Governance Board" could be a sign of things to come.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferMay 9, 2022

Musk says he will ban Twitter spam bots, but he has been a beneficiary

Elon Musk has promised to rid Twitter of bots. But he's been the frequent beneficiary of bot accounts.

By Joseph Menn and Cat ZakrzewskiMay 8, 2022

Judge dismisses Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter

The judge’s dismissal comes after Elon Musk announced his plans to buy Twitter, taking issue over content moderation decisions he views as limiting free speech — and raising speculation that Trump could return to the platform.

By Cat ZakrzewskiMay 6, 2022

Will social media platforms ban ads promoting abortion in red states?

A slew of states are poised to deem abortion an illegal activity, which platforms ban in ads.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferMay 6, 2022

Law enforcement may fully unleash its data collection tools on abortion

Privacy advocates fear the repercussions of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion.

By Cristiano Lima and Aaron SchafferMay 5, 2022