politics

House passes controversial copyright bill that could be abused by trolls

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links boonchai wedmakawand via Getty Images Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted in favor (410-6) of a controversial copyright bill known as the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019, or CASE Act. The bill is meant to give independent creators an affordable and accessible way to defend their intellectual […]

Read More

Facebook releases Zuckerberg’s upcoming testimony in defense of Libra

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Tomorrow, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the Financial Services Committee, where he’s expected to be grilled about Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra. Ahead of tomorrow’s inquisition, Facebook has shared Zuckerberg’s prepared statement. In it, Zuckerberg admits that Facebook is “not the ideal messenger […]

Read More

Facebook’s version of political neutrality isn’t neutral

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Niall Carson – PA Images via Getty Images Yesterday, Facebook outlined how it will prevent the 2020 elections from being hacked and influenced in the same way they were in 2016. That includes crackdowns on “coordinated, inauthentic behavior” and securing the accounts of individual politicians and campaigns. But one thing […]

Read More

Senate bill aims to make user data ‘portable’ across social networks

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS Three senators think they have a way to address some of the antitrust concerns around social media companies. Today, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) will introduce a bill that would force social media companies to make user data “portable,” so that […]

Read More

Nearly every state AG has joined NY’s Facebook antitrust investigation

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links SIPA USA/PA Images Dozens of attorneys general have joined an antitrust investigation into Facebook. The New York Attorney General’s office is leading the investigation, which it opened last month with AGs from seven other states and the District of Columbia. “After continued bipartisan conversations with attorneys general from around the […]

Read More

Sunday Riley settles with FTC over fraudulent skincare reviews

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Sunday Riley, Instagram The FTC’s fight against fake product reviews has extended to the world of hype-driven cosmetics. Skincare maker Sunday Riley has settled with the FTC over reports that it ordered employees to post fake reviews on Sephora’s website in a bid to boost sales. Managers and Sunday Riley […]

Read More

TikTok is the latest platform to pull ISIS propaganda videos

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links TikTok may have a terrorism problem. According to The Wall Street Journal, Islamic State militants have been posting short propaganda videos to the platform. That’s especially concerning because TikTok is so popular with impressionable teenagers. According to WSJ, the videos showed things like corpses being paraded through the streets, ISIS […]

Read More

Facebook’s 2020 election ‘protections’ still allow for lying politicians

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links hermosawave via Getty Images Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don’t change Facebook’s rules that allow political candidates to lie in their […]

Read More

Georgia court rules police need a warrant to get data from your car

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links John Keeble/Getty Images Your connected car data might be safer from prying eyes — Georgia’s Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to obtain personal data from cars. The decision overturns an earlier state Court of Appeals ruling that defended police obtaining crash data from a car in […]

Read More

Huawei wants to license its 5G tech to US telecoms

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links AP Photo/Andy Wong Huawei is banned from selling its 5G technology in the US, but that isn’t stopping it from trying an end run around that hurdle. Senior VP Vincent Pang told Reuters that Huawei is in early discussions to license its 5G tech to American companies. The talks are […]

Read More