Why It’s Not So Easy To Regulate or Split Up Big Tech Companies—Data Sheet

The emotional highlight of the second day of Brainstorm Tech was the town hall meeting on how tech should be regulated, moderated by Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal. The Heritage Foundation’s Diane Katz drew hisses for suggesting hate speech can’t be defined, as she also made the broader case that government is ill-equipped to regulate tech companies. […]

Facebook’s Libra Gets Slammed by Senators at Banking Committee Hearing

Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users’ data. “We know we need to take the time to get this right,” David Marcus, the Facebook executive leading the […]

Why Facebook, Google, and Twitter Must Clean Up Their Act—Data Sheet

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the hate-speech fighting Anti-Defamation League, delivered a powerful challenge to Facebook, Google, and Twitter Monday at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference. “There’s something different going on,” he said, explaining how white supremacist ideology has been nurtured by the social-media platforms, leading to real violence. As for the companies that host the filth […]

Anti-Defamation League Head Blasts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Over Online Extremism

The head of a leading anti-hate group says Facebook’s CEO failed a critical test in removing toxic speech from its service. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent justification for not removing a doctored video depicting the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amounted to an ethical failure, said Jonathan Greenblat, who leads the Anti-Defamation League. “He refused to offer the […]

Why Facebook’s Card Shark Poker Bot Won’t Ruin the Game—Data Sheet

To paraphrase a line from one of my favorite movies¹, it’s sad to see another tired A.I. bot lay down his hand and quit the holy game of poker. Chess, checkers, Go, now poker? Yes, it’s true. A team of artificial intelligence researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Facebook have developed a poker-playing A.I. bot dubbed […]

A New A.I. Is Running the Table Against Poker Pros. Is Business Strategy Next?

It knows when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em. And, unlike in the old Kenny Rodgers ballad, it didn’t need a grizzled cowboy gambler to teach it a trick or two. A poker bot has beaten a table full of pros at six-player, no-limit Texas Hold ’em, the version of the game used […]

One Transatlantic Data-Sharing Pact Is Already Dead. Today’s Case Against Facebook Could Kill Another 

In 2013, NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed to the world how, among other things, the U.S. was forcing tech companies to give American spies access to the data of millions of people around the globe, through a program called PRISM. That revelation is still emitting shockwaves some six years later. The U.S. surveillance efforts have […]

Instagram’s New Anti-Bullying Feature Will Give More Power to People Who Are Being Harassed

Instagram is debuting two new features to curb the growing problem of bullying and harassment on the social network. But Instagram hopes its two new features will prevent bullying in the first place as well as provide tools to those who are being bullied. One of Instagram’s new features, which started rolling out over the […]

Facebook and Google’s Data-Control Tactics Aren’t Just a Privacy Issue Anymore

It used to be that the only regulators who were interested in Facebook and Google’s data-controlling ways were privacy watchdogs. No longer. Competition regulators are increasingly getting in on the action, too—and it’s a controversial trend, particularly in Europe. On Wednesday, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) became the latest to join the fun […]

Instagram Is Down—Again—and Users Are Getting Frustrated

In what’s becoming a semi-regular event, Instagram was inaccessible to many users Wednesday morning. Starting at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET, the site was not showing users’ pictures, though some text captions were still visible. The outage seems concentrated in the Northeast U.S. and parts of Europe, including London, but there are sporadic outages around the […]