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. […]

President Trump’s Tweets Attacking Congresswomen Didn’t Violate Twitter’s Policy, CFO Says

One of Twitter’s top executives said President Donald Trump’s controversial tweet attacking a group of diverse congresswomen a couple of days ago was not against the rules. “If you see something on Twitter, it means it didn’t violate our policy,” Ned Segal, Twitter’s chief financial officer, said in response to how Twitter handled the president’s […]

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 […]

Twitter to Attach a Warning Label to Tweets That Break the Rules from Trump and Other Leaders

Twitter Inc. just created what may soon become a special Trump label. U.S. President Donald Trump walks a fine line on Twitter, routinely posting comments that might get a lesser-known person suspended or locked out of their account for breaking the company’s user guidelines. Twitter has never suspended Trump, though he often tweets insults at […]

Elon Musk Says He ‘Just Deleted My Twitter Account’—in a Tweet on His Still-Active Twitter Account

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has once again used his Twitter account to ignite controversy. Only this time, no one knows why. Musk on Monday morning posted a tweet to his Twitter account, saying that he “just deleted my Twitter account.” Musk also changed his profile picture to a black circle and changed his name to […]

‘This Is Censorship’: Pinterest Is Latest Tech Company Dragged Into Culture Wars

An effort by the social media company Pinterest to limit the spread of medical conspiracy theories has blocked one of the most prominent anti-abortion groups in the U.S. from sharing its content on the site. And it’s put the social media company squarely in the middle of today’s culture wars. The anti-abortion organization, Live Action, […]

We Got a Preview of What NBA’s League Pass May Look Like Next Season

What will the NBA look like next year? Whatever the outcome of Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight in Toronto, the league has some potentially sizable changes underway for one of its other hot properties, its NBA League Pass subscription service. Prior to the Golden State Warriors Game 3 battle with Kawhi Leonard and […]

The Politics of Twitter: Who 2020 Candidates Tweet About Most

President Donald Trump has made himself the talk of Twitter. According to Twitter analytics site Twitonomy, Trump’s @realDonaldTrump page is the account most often mentioned by Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and 2020 candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren. Each of these politicians have mentioned Trump’s account hundreds of […]