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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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Trump Campaign Floods Web With Ads, Raking In Cash as Democrats Struggle

The 2016 Playbook In the wake of the 2016 election, some on the left sought an explanation for Mr. Trump’s victory in the idea that his campaign had used shadowy digital techniques inspired by military-style psychological warfare — a “Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine,” as one article described it — created by the defunct political consulting …

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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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China’s Cryptocurrency Plan Has a Powerful Partner: Big Brother

BEIJING — When Facebook announced plans this year for a cryptocurrency called Libra, it said its goal was to reinvent money for the internet age. What the company probably didn’t imagine was that its efforts might spur China to get there first. China wants to start replacing the cash that people carry with a digital …

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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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Facebook’s Hands-Off Approach to Political Speech Gets Impeachment Test

But by removing itself as the moderator of political content — including in paid ads on the site — Facebook has left itself open another avenue of criticism. In a series of tweets Monday evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination, said Facebook allowed President Trump to spread false information …

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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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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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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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