TikTok To Sue Trump Administration

TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president’s executive order banning the service from the United States. The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation will file the federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for the company. It will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok’s American operations are based, the person said.

Facebook Extends Work-From-Home Policy Until July 2021

Trump Bans Dealings With TikTok, WeChat

The twin executive orders issued Thursday — one for each app — add to growing U.S.-Chinese conflict over technology and security. They take effect in 45 days and could bar the popular apps from the Apple and Google app stores, effectively removing them from U.S. distribution. China’s foreign ministry expressed opposition but gave no indication whether Beijing might retaliate.

Facebook Deletes Trump Virus Post

The post in question featured a link to a Fox News video in which Trump says children are “virtually immune” to the virus. Facebook said Wednesday that the “video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”

With TikTok Mired In Uncertainty, Facebook Pounces With Instagram Reels

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, rolled out a new product to compete with TikTok that lets people create 15-second videos and share them.

FCC Seeks Comments On Trump Social Petition

The FCC has put out for public comment the Trump Administration’s request that it come up with a regime for regulating social media and other website content to prevent what the president claims is anti-conservative bias.

NTIA Wants FCC To Clamp Down On Social

As directed by President Trump, the Commerce Department has petitioned the FCC for regulations that could affect how social media companies treat posts by users. The petition, filed Monday by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, asks the FCC to issue rules tying web companies’ legal protections for users’ speech to the companies’ content moderation policies.

CBS Veteran Jim Lanzone Named Tinder CEO

Jim Lanzone, the veteran tech executive who led CBS’s push into streaming video, has been named the new CEO of Tinder. He replaces Elie Seidman, who has led the Match Group-owned business since 2017.

QUARTERLY REPORT

A Surge Of New Users For Twitter

Average daily user growth spiked 34% in the second quarter, the company said Thursday, the largest jump in users ever recorded by the company.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Snap Net Loss Balloons, Rev Up 17%

Snap’s stock price initially plunged more than 11% after hours then moderated to a smaller decline as investors digested positive user and revenue growth on Tuesday after the company reported its second-quarter earnings.

LinkedIn To Lay Off About 6% Of Workforce

LinkedIn will lay off about 960 workers across the company’s global sales and talent acquisition organizations as it grapples with falling demand for recruitment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disney Slashes Ad Spending On Facebook Amid Growing Boycott

Walt Disney Co. has dramatically slashed its advertising spending on Facebook Inc., according to people familiar with the situation, the latest setback for the tech giant as it faces a boycott from companies upset with its handling of hate speech and divisive content.

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Hollywood Stays Away From Facebook Boycott

The entertainment business is a big advertiser but has been noticeably silent as other industries protest the social network’s handling of hate speech.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid Facing Revived Defamation Lawsuit

Twitter Breach Troubling, Undermines Trust

The ruse discovered Wednesday included bogus tweets from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities were also hacked. Hackers used social engineering to target some of Twitter’s employees and then gained access to the high-profile accounts. The attackers sent out tweets from the accounts of the public figures, offering to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.

Facebook Weighs Ban On Political Ads

Facebook executives are considering a temporary ban on political advertising in the final days before the U.S. election in November as the company continues to grapple with a large advertising boycott, employee unrest and other issues related to its policies on hate speech and misinformation, according to two people familiar with the company’s thinking.

COMMENTARY

Does Mark Zuckerberg Understand How The Right To Free Speech Works?

A new audit warns that Facebook may be “driving people toward self-reinforcing echo chambers of extremism.”

Facebook Fails To Appease Boycott Organizers

Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s top executives, engaged in “spin” during a meeting over hate speech, civil rights groups said.

Trump And The Future Of Online Speech

The debate over censorship and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is thorny, contentious and outdated.

Goodbye To The Wild Wild Web

The internet is changing, and the freewheeling, anything-goes culture of social media is being replaced by something more accountable.

 

Facebook Struggles To Contain Ad Boycott

 

With more than 400 brands committing to a Facebook boycott, the social giant is struggling to explain its position on hateful and hostile content.

Facebook Advertising Boycott Kicks Off

Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish from Facebook on Wednesday, after the failure of last-ditch talks to stop a boycott over hate speech on the site.

YouTube Bans White Supremacist Channels

Google’s YouTube has banned several white supremacist channels. Those banned include some of the net’s most high-profile far-right commentators, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke; Canadian white nationalist activists/conspiracy theorist Stefan Molyneux; and U.S. white supremacist Richard Spencer, said to have coined the term “alt right.”

Trump Suspended From Twitch, Reddit

Both Twitch and Reddit have made moves against the president’s political content, citing violations of terms of service. Twitch confirmed today that it has temporarily suspended the president’s account. “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a spokesperson for the streaming giant said.

Verizon Joins Facebook Ad Boycott

Verizon said on Thursday it is pulling advertising on Facebook until the company “can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable.” A company spokesperson said the pause applies to both Facebook and Instagram. It comes as marketers including Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia and REI have also said they plan to pause advertising on the platforms.

Zuckerberg And Facebook Concede ‘Trust Deficit’

The #StopHateForProfit boycott organized by civil rights groups against Facebook advertising may not serve to make a dent in the tech giant’s massive revenue, at least in the short term — as various analysts continue to point out. But it’s clearly worrying CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his senior executives, who are now reaching out to major ad industry players to try to calm their growing concerns about supporting a platform that has become associated with spreading racist, violence-inciting hate messaging from President Donald Trump and right-wing extremists.

More Brands Join Facebook Boycott

Though July is typically a busy season for Ben & Jerry’s and Eddie Bauer, consumers won’t find the brands on Facebook that month. On Tuesday, both companies said they were joining the boycott against Facebook and Instagram, voicing their support for the “Stop the Hate for Profit” campaign.

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

Facebook Plans To Boost Workforce Diversity

In a blog post on the social network’s website, Chief Operating Officer Sandberg said Facebook will have 30% more people of color, including 30% more Black employees, in leadership positions within the next five years.

Twitter Flags Trump Tweet Featuring Fake CNN Chyron As ‘Manipulated Media’

Black Creators Sue YouTube, Alleging Racial Discrimination

Facebook Takes Down Trump Ads Featuring Symbol Used By Nazis To Mark Political Prisoners

YouTube Adds Direct-Response Ad Formats

YouTube is experimenting with new ways to make video ads actionable, drive leads to increase performance, and automate content delivery across the platform. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned YouTube’s direct-response business during the company’s 1Q earnings call in April, saying it has been a profitable focus for the company. Advertisers requested the support.

FCC’s Starks: Trump Trying To ‘Work The Refs’

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said today that for the commission to consider President Trump’s executive order on social media during the run-up to the election “risks producing a chilling effect construed to make social media companies less willing to flag misinformation.”

Hawley Unveils Bill Targeting Big Tech’s Shield

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will introduce legislation today that would give consumers grounds to sue companies like Facebook or Twitter over accusations of selective censorship of political speech.

Facebook Lets You Skip Political Ads

The change lets Facebook play both sides of the debate about political advertising on social media.

O’Rielly Voices Doubt About Trump Order

Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said he’s unsure whether his agency has the authority to carry out President Trump’s executive order targeting tech firms’ legal protections.

Biden Preps Attack On Facebook Speech Policies

The campaign will urge its supporters to push the social media giant to strengthen its rules against misinformation and harmful comments.

Some Advertisers Take Timeout From Facebook

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg defended the platform’s hands-off policy toward posts by President Trump that contained misinformation or promoted violence, some companies are staying away.