Computers and the Internet

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Accused of Lying, Withstands a Washington ‘Beating’

WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, traveled to Washington to defend a cryptocurrency project that has become the latest target of lawmakers frustrated with the social media giant. He ended up answering a smorgasbord of questions on other issues on Wednesday, as members of the House Financial Services Committee took him to task …

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Biden Escalates Attack on Facebook Over False Political Ads

WASHINGTON — A 30-second video ad that ran on Facebook this week falsely accused former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. of blackmailing Ukrainian officials to stop an investigation of his son. “Send Quid Pro Joe Biden into retirement,” a narrator in the ad intoned. The video wasn’t released by the Trump campaign, which has …

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Europe’s Margrethe Vestager Uses a Rarely Used Weapon to Take On Big Tech

Already considered the world’s most assertive regulator of the technology industry, the European authorities on Wednesday signaled an even more aggressive approach by applying a rarely used rule to order a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice as investigators explore the case. The European Commission’s antitrust enforcer, Margrethe Vestager, said “interim measures” were being …

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Warren Dares Facebook With Intentionally False Political Ad

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren is playing a game of dare with Facebook. The Democratic presidential candidate bought a political ad on the social network this past week that purposefully includes false claims about Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, and President Trump to goad the social network to remove misinformation in political ads ahead of the …

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Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Faces Exodus of Partners

As part of that, the social network said, it had more than 27 corporate partners — including PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and companies like Uber — that had pledged to support the project. The partners are important because Libra will be controlled not by the social network but by a broad network of corporations, Facebook said. …

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By Taking Aim at Chinese Tech Firms, Trump Signals a Strategy Shift

SHANGHAI — The world has largely sat by for nearly two years as China detained more than one million people, mostly Muslims and members of minority ethnic groups, in internment camps to force them to embrace the Communist Party. Now, the Trump administration is taking the first public steps by a major world government toward …

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PayPal Pulls Out of Libra, Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Project

SAN FRANCISCO — PayPal said on Friday that it had pulled out of the coalition of companies involved in a Facebook-backed cryptocurrency initiative, in the latest headache for the social network’s effort. The proposed cryptocurrency, Libra, has been in the works at Facebook for more than a year and was announced to much fanfare in …

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Addicted to Screens? That’s Really a You Problem

Nir Eyal does not for a second regret writing Silicon Valley’s tech engagement how-to, “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” even as he now has a new book out on how to free ourselves of that same addiction. In his original manual for building enthralling smartphone apps, Mr. Eyal laid out the tricks “to subtly …

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Barr Pushes Facebook for Access to WhatsApp Messages

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has renewed its fight for access to encrypted communications, arguing that it is a vital crime-fighting tool even as technology companies and advocates have countered that it will threaten individual privacy. Attorney General William P. Barr took aim at Facebook’s plan to make WhatsApp and its other messaging services more …

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E.U.’s Top Court Rules Against Facebook in Global Takedown Case

LONDON — Europe’s top court said on Thursday that an individual country can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos and restrict global access to that material, in a ruling that has implications for whether countries can expand content bans beyond their borders. The European Court of Justice’s decision came after a former …

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Ahead of 2020, Facebook Falls Short on Plan to Share Data on Disinformation

In April 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told Congress about an ambitious plan to share huge amounts of posts, links and other user data with researchers around the world so that they could study and flag disinformation on the site. “Our goal is to focus on both providing ideas for preventing interference in 2018 …

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An Explosion in Online Child Sex Abuse: What You Need to Know

Offenders are sharing images of younger victims and more heinous crimes Criminals are increasingly “going dark” to hide their tracks. They are using virtual private networks to mask their locations; deploying encryption techniques to obscure their messages and make their hard drives impenetrable; and posting on the so-called dark web, the vast underbelly of the …

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