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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
  

‘COVFEFE Act’: lawmaker raises concerns about Trump’s deleted tweets

Who would have thought that “covfefe,” a mysterious term tweeted by President Trump, would become an acronym for legislation. A Democratic U.S. lawmaker on Monday introduced a bill that would amend the...

Can Facebook help news outlets grow subscribers?

Facebook is in early talks with publishers about how it can help media outlets grow their subscribers, including the possibility of releasing a feature this year that asks users to pay...

Facebook eyes San Francisco office space

Facebook is on the hunt for office space in San Francisco. A person familiar with the matter told SiliconBeat that the tech firm is looking at different locations throughout the city for a...

Twitter hack: Activists and journalists targeted in ‘Doubleswitch’ social media attack

Hackers have been taking over the Twitter accounts of activists and journalists to spread false information online, but they’re also making it harder for the victims to regain control of their...

Facebook study shows what TV viewers are doing during commercial breaks

Television viewers aren’t just tuning out during commercial breaks, they’re picking up their smartphones to check Facebook. The tech firm examined the Facebook activity of 537 people who said they watched the season...

Twitter hires former National Security Council employee to oversee global policy communications

Twitter on Wednesday said it hired Emily Horne, former assistant press secretary for the National Security Council, to oversee the tech firm’s global policy communications efforts. The company’s new hire comes as...

Trump is asked to unblock critics on Twitter, threatened with legal action

Twitter users block people all the time. President Trump, who has many critics (and admirers) on Twitter, does, too. Does he have a right to? The Knight First Amendment Institute says no, because...

Tweeter-in-chief: Donald Trump brushes off criticism of his social media use

Don’t expect President Donald Trump to stop tweeting anytime soon. After facing criticism for his frank 140-character remarks Monday, Trump claimed Tuesday the mainstream media was trying to push him off social...

Facebook shareholders want tech firm to share more about the impact of fake news

Facebook shareholders want the tech firm to publish a report about how fake news on the social network is impacting free speech and democracy. They didn’t get their wish. On Thursday, the proposal...

Mark Zuckerberg for president: New super PAC is taking donations

Mark Zuckerberg has said it before and he’ll probably say it again: He’s not running for president. But a new super PAC dedicated to “convincing the American people to convince Mark Zuckerberg to...

Facebook adds more live video features

Facebook wants to make it easier to interact with friends who are broadcasting live videos. On Tuesday, the tech firm said it is testing a new feature that would allow Facebook Live...

Twitter shareholders reject proposal to study selling the company to its users

There’s one potential buyer that Twitter investors don’t want to sell the company to: its own users. On Monday, the company’s shareholders rejected a proposal that asked Twitter to prepare a report...

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dismisses rumors of a presidential run amid listening tour

Mark Zuckerberg flat out stated he’s not running for president or any public elected office, the Facebook boss said in a blog post about his listening tour. The chief executive officer and...

How does Facebook decide what to take down?

The world’s largest social network is scrambling to keep up with violent videos and threatening content posted by the nearly 2 billion users of its platform. The Guardian, which obtained leaked internal...

Yale dean on leave after ‘white trash’ Yelp reviews

News flash: Things you say online can be used against you. No, this time we’re not talking about Anthony Wiener, the former New York lawmaker who on Friday pleaded guilty to sexting...

Facebook launches war on clickbait headlines

Facebook on Thursday launched an assault designed to crack down on clickbait headlines, in a push to banish “fake news” from its news feeds. “People tell us they don’t like stories that are...

Facebook fined $122 million by EU over WhatsApp acquisition

Facebook was fined $122 million for giving European Union antitrust regulators misleading or incorrect information about its acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. The fine is one of the largest that Facebook...

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone returns to ‘guide company culture’

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said Tuesday that he’s returning to the tech firm to guide the company’s culture. In a blog post published on Medium, Stone said he’s not replacing any employee...

Twitter executive faces criticism after suggesting Trump do Q&As on Twitter

Even Twitter executives have to be careful about what they say in 140-characters. On Friday, President Donald Trump criticized the media coverage about him, suggesting in a tweet that perhaps the “the...

Facebook apologizes after pulling down abortion group’s page

Facebook pulled down a page for a nonprofit that refers women to doctors who can provide them with abortion pills, but restored it after more than a day, saying it had...