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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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There are no laws protecting kids from being exploited on YouTube — one teen wants to change that

At just 17, Chris McCarty helped a Washington state rep craft a bill that would add unprecedented regulation to the way children are monetized on...

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State attorneys want TikTok and Snap to support third-party parental control apps

TikTok and Snapchat need more parental controls, a letter signed by 44 attorneys general stated. Yesterday, the National Association of Attorneys...

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TikTok’s affect on teens will be investigated by state attorneys

The effect of social media on teen mental health is on government officials' minds. President Biden even mentioned this in his State of the...

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Instagram quietly limits ‘daily time limit’ option

RIP Mark Zuckerberg’s “time well spent“? In a move that appears to coincide with Facebook/Meta reporting slowing growth,...

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Senators propose the Kids Online Safety Act after five hearings with tech execs

Last year, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked a trove of internal company documents, which illuminated just how harmful apps like...

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Give users genuine control over ad targeting, MEPs urged

Over 30 civil society organizations, pro-privacy tech businesses and European startups are making a last-ditch pitch to try to convince EU lawmakers...

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Fact-checkers write open letter urging YouTube to get serious about COVID misinformation

A group of more than 80 prominent fact-checking organizations around the world is pressing YouTube to take action against COVID misinformation, which...

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Cheugiest tech moments of 2021

Technology has come a long way in 2021. There’s widespread mRNA vaccines! An asteroid-deflecting space mission! A very powerful laptop with a very...

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Nonprofits have the answers to improve social media: Big Tech has the resources to make it happen

There is potential for social media giants to team up with other organizations and nonprofits to make social media a safer place for all people.

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UK lawmakers push for Online Safety Bill to have a tighter focus on illegal content

A U.K. parliamentary committee that’s spent almost half a year scrutinizing the government’s populist yet controversial plan to regulate...

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Instagram’s Adam Mosseri defends the app’s teen safety track record to Congress

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri testified before Congress for the first time Wednesday, defending the app’s impacts on teens and its aspirations to...

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Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri says teen accounts created on the web don’t default to private

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, is testifying before the Senate today about the impact of Instagram on teens’ mental health. His first...

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Ireland-led GDPR inquiry into Instagram’s use of kids’ data inches on

Ireland’s embattled data protection regulator, the DPC, has announced the submission of a draft decision sent to other EU DPAs Friday in...

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Instagram announces plans for parental controls and other safety features ahead of congressional hearing

On Wednesday, Instagram head Adam Mosseri is set to testify before the Senate for the first time on the issue of how the app is impacting...

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will talk Section 230 reform with Congress this week

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will go before Congress again this week, this time offering her unique perspective on the company’s...

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Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate on teen mental health

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate for the first time as part of a series of hearings about online safety for children and...

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Facebook to delay full E2EE rollout until ‘sometime in 2023’

The company formerly known as Facebook is delaying a rollout of end-to-end encryption across all its services until “sometime in 2023”,...

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Facebook tests News Feed controls that let people see less from groups and pages

Facebook announced Thursday that it’s running a test to give users a sliver more control over what they see on the platform. The test will go...

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Apple, Google questioned by ICO over app age ratings after UK child safety charity raises concerns

The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has written to Apple and Google seeking details of how they assess apps to determine the age ratings they...

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Facebook accused of continuing to surveil teens for ad targeting

The adtech giant formerly known as Facebook is still tracking teens for ad targeting on its social media platforms, according to new research by...

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Facebook will no longer allow advertisers to target political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation

Facebook announced today that it will no longer allow advertisers to target users based on potentially “sensitive” topics like health,...

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Europe’s digital rules reboot could tame Facebook, whistleblower Frances Haugen tells EU Parliament

In her latest turn in front of a phalanx of lawmakers, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen gave a polished testimony to the European Parliament on...

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UK warns Facebook to focus on safety as minister eyes faster criminal sanctions for tech CEOs

The U.K.’s recently appointed secretary of state for digital, Nadine Dorries, has signalled she wants to take a tougher line on social media...

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Why Facebook’s angry emoji should interest the US SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission must thoroughly investigate Facebook and enforce our laws.

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Facebook changes its corporate branding to Meta

Well, it’s official. After 17 years of being called Facebook, the social networking parent company behind Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and...

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Online platforms have a responsibility to protect children from harm

We must arm children and teens with tools and technology to understand whether someone they meet online has a record of bad behavior.

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Lawmakers confront TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube about eating disorder content

Representatives from TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security...

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