Tech CEOs To Face Questions On Disinformation

The chief executives of Twitter, Alphabet and Facebook (l-r: Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg) will appear before a House panel, where they will face questions about social media’s role in fomenting discord and their decisions to suspend or ban former President Trump.

Zuckerberg, Dorsey Face Harsh Questioning From Lawmakers

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter testified Tuesday about their platforms, misinformation and the 2020 election.

3 Social Media CEOs Face GOP Senators

The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday. The executives agreed to appear remotely after being threatened with subpoenas. With the presidential election looming, Republicans led by President Donald Trump have thrown a barrage of grievances at Big Tech’s social media platforms, which they accuse without evidence of deliberately suppressing conservative, religious and anti-abortion views. Above (l-r): Dorsey, Pichai and Zuckerberg.

CEOs Of 3 Tech Giants To Testify

The Senate Commerce Committee voted last week to authorize subpoenas for (l-r) Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai of Google and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to force them to testify if they didn’t agree to do so voluntarily. Spokespeople for the companies said Monday that the CEOs will cooperate and appear at an Oct. 28 hearing.

The 5 Biggest Little Lies Tech CEOs Told Congress

No, Google, we’re not really in control of our data. And yes, Facebook, you profit from harmful information.

Tech Hearing Suggests Antitrust Crackdown Could Come Soon

Analysis: heated exchanges raise concern over anticompetitive behavior as chair warns of companies’ “monopoly power.”

Why The Tech Giants May Suffer Lasting Pain From Their Hill Lashing

Lawmakers investigating Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple made it clear that their allegations of antitrust abuses come with a lengthy paper trail.

House Batters Tech CEOs, Don’t Land Many Blows

Invective flew Wednesday as legislators questioned Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple at a hearing of the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. For the last year, that panel has probed the business practices of the Silicon Valley giants with an eye to determining if they need to be regulated more heavily, or even broken up.

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4 Big Tech CEOs Get Grilled By Congress

The powerful executives sought to defend their companies amid intense grilling by lawmakers on Wednesday. The executives provided bursts of data showing how competitive their markets are, and the value of their innovation and essential services to consumers. But they sometimes struggled to answer pointed questions about their business practices. They also confronted a range of other concerns about alleged political bias, their effect on U.S. democracy and their role in China.

Spotlight On 4 Big Tech CEOs Testifying Wed.

On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook of Apple will answer for their companies’ practices before Congress for the first time as a group. Summoned for a House hearing, they’ll raise a hand (remotely) and swear to tell the truth, in the manner of tycoons of Wall Street or the tobacco industry in earlier high-octane televised shamings.

What’s Facebook’s Deal With Donald Trump?

Mark Zuckerberg has forged an uneasy alliance with the Trump administration. He may have gotten too close.

Facebook Employees Rebel Over Mark Zuckerberg’s Refusal To Act Against Trump

Zuckerberg Distances Facebook From Twitter

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg distanced his company from Twitter and its fight with President Donald Trump, as the White House readied an executive order about social media companies. Trump, who accuses social media firms of bias against conservatives, without evidence, stepped up his attacks on Twitter after the company put a fact-checking label on two of his tweets about mail-in ballots on Tuesday for the first time.

Hill Hammers Zuckerberg Over Controversies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday fielded sharp criticism and tough questions about nearly all aspects of his company’s business practices at a hearing about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project Libra. The aggressive questioning underlined how difficult it will be for the Libra project to move past the baggage of Facebook’s various controversies, which have angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

FTC Fines Facebook $5B For Privacy Violations

The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company. As part of the settlement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to personally certify his company’s compliance with its privacy programs. The FTC said that false certifications could expose him to civil or criminal penalties.

FTC Eyes Personal Punishment For Zuckerberg

Discussions between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission officials about its data-handing lapses have touched on holding the CEO personally accountable. Zuckerberg controls a majority of Facebook’s voting stock and has run the company since starting it at Harvard in 2004.

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Jessell | The Education Of Mark Zuckerberg

Whether he likes it or not, Mark Zuckerberg has discovered that he is responsible to some extent for the malicious and ugly content that flows through Facebook, and for the personal information that users carelessly leave behind. A series of missteps have transformed him from high-tech hero to high-tech villain. But now I see he has learned another lesson: government regulation may not be the problem; it may be the solution.

Zuckerberg: ‘New Rules’ Needed For Political Ads

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos that he’s open to having Facebook regulated but there are limits to what the company can do to limit harmful political posts on its networks. As to the role Facebook played in the 2016 election and other cases where forces from within and without the U.S. managed to weaponize the platform, the executive conceded, “We need new rules” around political advertising.

Zuckerberg Touts Privacy-Friendly Facebook

Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to encourage small numbers of individuals to carry on encrypted conversations that neither Facebook nor any other outsider can read. It also plans to let messages automatically disappear, a feature pioneered by its rival Snapchat that could limit the risks posed by a trail of social media posts that follow people throughout their lives.

Zuckerberg Defends Facebook As Furor Over Tactics Grows

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said that he wouldn’t step down as chairman and that his No. 2, Sheryl Sandberg, was “doing great work” despite questions about their management.

Facebook Shareholders Want Zuckerberg Out As Chair

Several public funds that hold shares in Facebook Inc. on Wednesday backed a proposal to remove Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg as chairman, saying the social media giant mishandled several high-profile scandals.

View: Facebook Still Stymied By Misinformation

Farhad Manjoo writes that two years since a presidential campaign in which Facebook was riddled with misinformation and state-sponsored political interference, the platform still seems unsure of how it’s going to respond. Public comments, interviews and testimony from its top brass, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, still reveal a company that seems as surprised as anyone that it needs to devise speech rules for billions of users.

Facebook CEO Secretly Called Trump After Election

Mark Zuckerberg placed a previously unreported call to the president-elect following his victory and campaign, which had spent millions of dollars on Facebook. BuzzFeed has found evidence that Facebook has internally lauded the Trump campaign “as an ‘innovator’ of a fast-moving, test-oriented approach to marketing on Facebook.”

Zuckerberg Apologizes For Facebook Failures

During some five hours of Senate questioning Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized several times for his company’s privacy failures, disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users’ private data by a data-mining company affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign. (AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Zuckerberg To Testify To Congress Next Week

Facebook’s chief executive will appear before a House committee on April 11. He is also expected to appear before at least one Senate committee.

Zuckerberg Admits Mistakes, Outlines Fixes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday addressed the concerns arising from a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm. Zuckerberg said it will ban developers who don’t agree to an audit. An app’s developer will no longer have access to data from people who haven’t used that app in three months. Data will also be generally limited to user names, profile photos and email, unless the developer signs a contract with Facebook and gets user approval.

Missing From Facebook’s Crisis: Zuckerberg

Amid a data scandal this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, have been nowhere to be found in public.

Officials Question Facebook’s Data Protection

U.S. and European officials on Sunday called for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to explain how personal information about tens of millions of users ended up in the hands of a data analysis firm that worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign — without the permission or knowledge of the vast majority of those affected.

Inside The Two Years That Shook Facebook

How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.

Facebook Vows Transparency On Political Ads

In the wake of revelations that thousands of Russian-backed 2016 political ads were taken out on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged that the platform will strengthen its review process. He said that Facebook will also increase transparency for the political ads its receives in the wake. “Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser’s page and see the ads they’re currently running to any audience on Facebook,” he wrote. 

Facebook May Face ‘Era Of Accountability’

The platform is facing questions from lawmakers and others looking to rein in its enormous power, and speculation is high that its top execs, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, could be called to testify before Congress. New regulations could be in the cards for the company. 

Zuckerberg Vows To Remove Hate Speech

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is vowing to take down hate speech from his social media platform in light of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Zuckerberg committed to actively “keep working to make Facebook a place where everyone can feel safe.”

Zuckerberg Ponders Future Of Facebook, US

“No one single event triggered this,” said the Facebook CEO and co-founder in an interview, noting the heightening of ugly political discourse in the U.S. under President Donald Trump was not the impetus for a nearly 6,000-word opus on his world view for the social giant’s future that he released today. “I have been thinking about these things for a long time … my views have just become more nuanced.”

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Facebook Needs To Stand Up For 1st Amend.

After news of how Facebook compiles its “Trending” stories broke, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter in which he tries to probe deeply into Facebook editorial processes. Zuckerberg needs to put on his publisher hat and decline. Thune has no more business making such demands of Zuckerberg than he does making them of New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Thune’s letter is an affront to all First Amendment speakers.

The Media Moguls To Watch In Europe In 2016

Is Berlusconi a spent force? Does Murdoch have one last big European deal up his sleeve? Can anyone stand up to Silicon Valley?

Zuckerberg: TV Is The Next Social Frontier

Speaking at the EG8 technology forum in Paris, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that TV, music and books are the next “media experiences” that will be revolutionized by social media. “I hope we can play a part in enabling those new companies to get built, and companies that are out there producing this great content to become more social,” he said.