Trump Voices Support for Social Media Legislation Conservatives Call a Free-Speech Killer

“Senator [Hawley] thinks conservatives are too stupid to realize he’s trying to kill free speech online,” FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group, tweeted out last month. It’s not alone in its criticism. In recent weeks, a slew of prominent right-wing voices have taken similar aim at Sen. Josh Hawley, a…

Homeland Security Exhibits Ignorance, Incompetence in Handling of Surveillance Contractor Breach

At a Homeland Security hearing this week that largely focused on the unsolved mystery of whether it’s illegal to use face recognition software on U.S. citizens at airports, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official proved unable to answer the most rudimentary questions about a recent data breach that has…

Customs and Border Protection Tells Congress It's Totally Legal to Use Face Recognition on Americans

U.S. Homeland Security officials faced a barrage of questions on Wednesday from House lawmakers frustrated—as several put it—over the alleged lack transparency exhibited by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when it comes to the legally murky use of face recognition tools at U.S. ports of entry.

Civil Rights Groups Mostly Unimpressed by New Twitter Policy Against 'Dehumanizing' Language

Civil rights organizations were, somehow, both pleased and exasperated with Twitter on Tuesday after the social network announced the latest update to its rules against “hateful conduct,” a change characterized by the New York Times, which first broke the news, as a “scaling back” of the company’s policymaking to…

Seth Rich Conspiracy Spread by Fox News Linked to Russian Intelligence: Report

A stunning report published Tuesday by Yahoo News identifies a Russian intelligence service as the origin of a conspiracy theory connecting the unsolved murder of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to the leak of thousands of DNC emails in the summer of 2016. The report, authored by Yahoo’s chief…

'The Definition of Corruption': Warren Calls Out FCC Advisory Committee Overrun by Corporate Suits

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for president, took aim at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week over the makeup of an advisory committee she calls “stacked with corporate insiders.” In a letter last month, the senator also highlighted some questionable advice offered by the committee,…

Leading Civil Rights Groups Call Facebook's Latest Internal Audit 'Woefully Inadequate' to Address Hate

Facebook on Sunday issued the first major update of 2019 on the progress of its ongoing civil rights audit. The audit was launched a year ago following a sharp upsurge in rebukes of Facebook’s permissive attitude toward hateful and abusive content, largely aimed at persecuting people of color and religious…

Ajit Pai's Silence on Phone Tracking Abuse Is Further Eroding Faith in His Competence

The Federal Communication Commission’s investigation into the unauthorized sale of Americans’ location data is now in its second year and still, no one outside of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s office knows a thing about it. On Capitol Hill, faith in his ability to properly handle these apparent violations has reached an…

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