October 7, 2020

Congress should rein in top US tech companies, lawmakers\’ inquiry finds

Companies including Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have amassed too much power and should be reined in, US lawmakers concluded in a major report resulting from a 16-month inquiry into America’s largest tech platforms. These companies “wield their dominance in ways that erode entrepreneurship, degrade Americans’ privacy online, and undermine the vibrancy of the free [...]
October 7, 2020

Government \’likely to miss\’ 2025 target for fibre broadband in every home

The government’s ambition to “level up” the nation by providing next-generation fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed, unless issues including pricing and concrete plans on reaching remote towns and villages are addressed, according to a new report. Addressing the UK’s status as a global laggard in rolling out gigabit [...]
October 7, 2020

Facebook to ban QAnon-themed groups, pages and accounts in crackdown

Facebook will ban any groups, pages or Instagram accounts that “represent” QAnon, the company announced Tuesday, in a sharp escalation of its attempt to crack down on the antisemitic conspiracy movement that has thrived on its platform.The policy will apply to groups, pages or Instagram accounts whose names or descriptions suggest that they are dedicated [...]
October 7, 2020

EU lawmakers ask Jeff Bezos whether Amazon spies on politicians

A cross-party group of MEPs has written to Amazon’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos, demanding information on the online retailer’s monitoring of trade union activists and politicians in response to deleted job postings that described unions as “threats”. The letter, from 37 members of the European parliament, said they were concerned Amazon deliberately targeted workers seeking [...]
October 5, 2020

Twitter accused of double standards over ban on tweets wishing death on Trump

Twitter is facing a growing backlash in the wake of Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis as users accuse it of double standards in the way it polices those who wish death on others. The filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman were among thousands of Twitter users accusing the platform of failing to [...]