FTC Chief Aims To Take On ‘Most Significant Actors’

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan suggested last week that she plans to devote more resources to the “root causes” of unlawful activity than to prosecuting small-time violators.

Senators Urge Biden To Make Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair

A group of over two dozen U.S. Senators are urging President Biden to designate acting FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel to a permanent position, making her the first woman to hold the office. The chairmanship of the commission has been in limbo since Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2021, with Rosenworcel operating in acting capacity.

Blumenthal Calls Out FCC On Robocalls

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Facebook Will Participate In Instagram Hearing

Senators from both parties signal rough going over research revelations.

What Social Media Needs To Learn From Traditional Media

Government regulation will never fix everything wrong with online discourse. The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did.

Facebook iOS Fallout: Underreported Conversions, Lower Advertiser ROI, Increased Ad Loads

Facebook today acknowledged that the performance of its ads has suffered as Apple has rolled out new privacy controls for iOS users, and it could be poised to get even worse as Facebook offsets it by charging higher prices and increasing the ad loads in its feeds.

Big Tech Says Texas Social Media Law Is Big Mistake

CCIA sues over legislation it said is unconstitutional potential aid to Nazi and white supremacist speech.

Facebook Gets Bipartisan Beatdown In Senate Big Data Hearing

Facebook took unfriendly fire from both sides of the aisle in a Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on Big Data.

FCC: LPTV’s Can’t Demand Satellite Carriage

The Biden Administration is telling a federal court that low power TVs are not eligible for satellite must-carry and it should reject a challenge to a clear statutory directive to that effect.

Democrats Push FTC To Take Privacy Protection Action

Senators urge agency rulemaking on opt-in, protecting children and more.

FTC Releases Findings On How Big Tech Eats Little Tech

NBCU Faces Age Discrimination Complaint

After working at NBCUniversal for a decade, 59-year-old television executive Mark “Scott” Vila has gone public with an age discrimination complaint against the entertainment behemoth. Vila, who oversaw programming development for NBCUniversal properties including Syfy, USA Network and streaming service Peacock, was among nearly a dozen employees laid off this February.

Netflix Hit With $5M Suit Over ‘Sexism’ Of ‘Queen’s Gambit’ Line About Soviet Chess Legend

Poised to win big at this weekend’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, The Queen’s Gambit is now a pawn in a legal game. Barrier breaking Soviet chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has sued Netflix for $5 million in a defamation lawsuit over a line in the Anya Taylor-Joy starrer.

ABC News Staffers ‘Livid’ With Exec’s Silence On Bombshell Suit

ABC News Staffer Claims Network Retaliated After She Filed Sexual-Assault Complaint

Kirstyn Crawford, an ABC News staffer claims the network retaliated against her after she filed a complaint early this year alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Michael Corn, who was then her boss as the top producer of Good Morning America.

DOJ Official Signals Firm Stance Against ‘Killer Acquisitions’

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who oversees the agency’s antitrust division, said the Justice Department will not shy away from enforcing antitrust laws against so-called killer acquisitions, where dominant firms buy start-ups before they can become competitive threats. Acquisitions of nascent competitors, she said, “are one category of particularly concerning transactions because they undermine competition that can disrupt monopolies.”

Biden’s Baffling FCC Delay Could Give Republicans 2-1 FCC Majority

President Joe Biden’s failure to nominate a fifth FCC member has forced Democrats to work with a 2-2 deadlock instead of the 3-2 majority the president’s party typically enjoys at the FCC. But things could get worse for Democrats starting in January. If Biden doesn’t make his choice quickly enough to get Senate confirmation by the end of this year, Republicans could get a 2-1 FCC majority despite Democrats controlling both the White House and Senate.

Broadcasters Ask FCC to Stay Order Requiring Disclosures Of Foreign Government-Sponsored Programming

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters have asked the FCC to delay implementation until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rules on the issue.

Biden To Tap Privacy Advocate For FTC

President Joe Biden will nominate privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission, an agency facing accusations of lax scrutiny of major tech platforms’ anticompetitive behavior and data practices, according to people familiar with the White House’s plan.

Pinterest Accused Of Not Paying Female ‘Co-Creator’

In a lawsuit, Christine Martinez says she helped create Pinterest claimed the founders had agreed to compensate her, but never did.

FCC’s Simington Has Dynamic View Of Spectrum Sharing

Dynamic spectrum sharing got a boost from FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington at a speech to the Silicon Flatirons conference in Boulder, Colo., though he painted a complex portrait of such a future for which AI is likely no magic bullet.

Starks: Broadcast Ownership Report Still Shows Diversity Deficit

The FCC has released its fifth report on broadcast ownership, according to FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, and there is some slight improvement in the number of women and minority-owned stations, but the emphasis is on the “slight.”

Fox News Must Face Suit From Producer Alleging Ed Henry Rape

Thanks to a ruling on Thursday, Jennifer Eckhart will be able to proceed in a lawsuit against Fox News over its responsibility for a correspondent’s sexual misconduct. A federal judge has decided to trim claims from Eckhart but ruled that she plausibly alleges the network should have known about sexually harassing behavior.

FTC Releases Allegations Against Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday unsealed a host of previously secret material involving Facebook, ranging from information about the company’s monthly users to details about prior acquisitions. Among other newly unsealed allegations, the FTC says more than 200 million people in the U.S. visited Facebook in every month of 2020, while more than 138 million in the country visited Instagram, according to Comscore data.

Meredith To FCC: Mr. Antenna Claim Is Baseless

Meredith said Mr. Antenna Las Vegas got it all wrong when it said the broadcaster refused to sell it ad time to advertise its over-the-air antennas and that the FCC should reject an informal objection lodged by the company.

Where Are President Biden’s Telecom Picks?

Nearly eight months into his presidency, jOE Biden has yet to pick permanent leaders for the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which together oversee and set policy for the broadcast and Internet service industries. For the FCC, that’s slower than any president since Jimmy Carter in 1977 — just by a few days — and for NTIA, it’s the longest ever since the agency’s founding in 1978.

New York’s Highest Court To Hear Orioles-Nats TV Dispute

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the long-running dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over television rights fees. The court, the highest in the state, on Sept. 2 granted the the Orioles’ motion for permission to appeal. MASN was established in March 2005 after the […]

FCC Announces Sept. 24 Regulatory Fee Deadline

Each year with the end of summer comes an announcement from the FCC as to how it is divvying up its operating costs to then charge its regulatees in the form of regulatory fees.  This annual ritual, required by Congress, makes the FCC virtually unique among federal agencies in funding its operations by passing the hat among those it regulates (and then charging them a fee to process each application to boot). Being told how much broadcasters must pay to be regulated is never welcome news, but this year there is at least some upside, as broadcasters’ fees will be nearly 10% less than originally proposed, with most broadcasters’ 2021 fees being the same or less than last year’s.

Texas Passes Bill Prohibiting Social Media Companies From ‘Censoring’ Posts

Lawmakers in Texas have passed a bill that would prohibit Facebook, Twitter, Google and other large social media companies from blocking, demoting or demonetizing posts based on political viewpoint. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the measure, which will almost certainly face a legal challenge.

China Bans Men It Sees As Not Masculine Enough From TV

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality. President Xi Jinping has called for a “national rejuvenation,” with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the […]