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Daily Crunch: Truth Social says federal grand jury probe could block its planned SPAC merger

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The Oversight Board’s annual report tracks how often Meta follows its advice

The advisory group reviewing Facebook and Instagram’s content moderation decisions issued its first annual report Wednesday, capping off its...

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TikTok moves all US traffic to Oracle servers, amid new claims user data was accessed from China

Employees in China had access to TikTok's U.S. users’ data as recently as this January.

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Washington DC’s AG is suing Mark Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica

The District of Columbia has just announced fresh litigation targeting Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for his role in the Cambridge Analytica...

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Trump’s deal with Truth Social makes returning to Twitter complicated

These questions haunt us: will Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter actually go through? If so, will former President Donald Trump be allowed back on...

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Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘temporarily on hold over spam’

Twitter staff must really be wishing for a quiet life… Elon Musk, the gadfly billionaire who recently decided he wants to add the social media...

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Elon Musk says he would reverse Trump’s lifetime Twitter ban

Twitter’s future owner weighed in on the social network’s biggest question Tuesday, leaving little room for doubt that if Elon Musk has...

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Judge tosses Trump’s lawsuit over his lifetime Twitter ban

A federal judge in California dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Twitter Friday, dimming at least one avenue the former president and...

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You know damn well that Trump is coming back to Twitter

Have you enjoyed your 473-day reprieve from @realdonaldtrump? Think back for a moment. Allow your mind to wander to January 8, 2021… How did...

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Trump says he won’t return to Twitter if his account is reinstated

Former President Donald Trump said on Monday that he will not be returning to Twitter if his account is reinstated, according to a statement he...

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Twitter is wiping embeds of deleted tweets from the web

Twitter is hiding the text of tweets that were embedded on websites and later deleted. The change is proving controversial.

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Don’t lose sleep over Elon Musk’s desire to build the next Twitter

Elon Musk tweeted that he wants to build an alternative Twitter, but when it comes to his followthrough on his tweet-borne ideas, his track record...

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Trump’s TRUTH Social launches at the top of the App Store, but no one can get in

Donald Trump’s media group released its TRUTH Social iOS app today in the U.S., but a scan of the app’s API using publicly available...

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Right-wing social app Parler raises $20M in funding

The conservative social media platform Parler has raised $20 million in funding, according to an SEC filing that was signed and submitted on January...

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First we SPAC, then we take down AWS

The plan is simple: First, we create a knockoff of a popular digital service. Second, we cry political persecution. Third, we raise a bunch of money...

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The Trump SPAC is doing stonk things, which is hilarious

None of this makes sense. Even by the standards of 2021 and the SPAC era, this is all very stupid.

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Inside the Trump SPAC deal taking on Twitter, Disney, CNN and every major tech company

In a blinding flash of humility, TMTG allows that taking on public cloud and fintech infrastructure giants is more a "long-term" goal, not...

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Should Mark Zuckerberg be scared of Peter Thiel?

Unless you’ve been in a cave over the last week, you’ve likely read a review or some discussion about The Contrarian, a new book about...

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Facebook’s Oversight Board throws the company a Trump-shaped curveball

Facebook’s controversial policy-setting supergroup issued its verdict on Trump’s fate Wednesday, and it wasn’t quite what most of us...

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Facebook’s hand-picked ‘oversight’ panel upholds Trump ban — for now

Facebook’s content decision review body, a quasi-external panel that’s been likened to a ‘Supreme Court of Facebook’ but...

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For Trump and Facebook, judgment day is around the corner

Facebook unceremoniously confiscated Trump’s biggest social media megaphone months ago, but the former president might be poised to snatch it back....

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Facebook’s decision-review body to take ‘weeks’ longer over Trump ban call

Facebook’s self-styled and handpicked “Oversight Board” will make a decision on whether or not to overturn an indefinite suspension...

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Facebook, Instagram users can now ask ‘oversight’ panel to review decisions not to remove content

Facebook’s self-styled “Oversight Board” (FOB) has announced an operational change that looks intended to respond to criticism of...

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Clarence Thomas plays a poor devil’s advocate in floating First Amendment limits for tech companies

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas flaunted a dangerous ignorance regarding matters digital in an opinion published today. In attempting to...

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Supreme Court tosses ruling that said Trump blocking Twitter critics was unconstitutional

The Supreme Court has vacated a previous ruling that found former President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his Twitter foes. The...

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Facebook says Trump can’t skirt its ban through daughter-in-law’s account

Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump promoted a new interview with the former president on Facebook and Instagram Tuesday, but a workaround to...

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Facebook’s Oversight Board already ‘a bit frustrated’ — and it hasn’t made a call on Trump ban yet

The Facebook Oversight Board (FOB) is already feeling frustrated by the binary choices it’s expected to make as it reviews Facebook’s...

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TikTok’s forced sale to Oracle is put on hold

The insane saga of a potential forced sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations is reportedly ending — another victim of the transition to methodical...

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