The Big, Bad Tech vs Section 230

“Mr Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?” That was Sen. Cruz doing what he calls the “Free Speech Showdown” during the US Judiciary Committee Hearing. CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google appeared virtually […]

House: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google have “monopoly power,” should be split

A US House of Representatives panel in its report said Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon used “killer acquisitions” to crush rivals and forced small businesses into “oppressive contracts” for profit. The 449-page report also suggested expansive changes to antitrust law and recommended structural changes in tech firms. All four firms disagreed with the report and […]

Now you can DM anyone on Instagram’s Threads

Threads, if you don’t know, is an app from Instagram which lets you DM your close messages list. It doesn’t bring anything new to what Instagram already offers except that your “close friends” can see your status based on your location and phone data like “On the move” or “low battery”. Since Instagram DMs and […]

Facebook launched Forecast

This is what Facebook calls Forecast: “A community for crowdsourced predictions” The basic idea: people can share their predictions on trending events and topics (like “Who’ll win US Elections?”) and see an average of what the world predicts. It’s kind of like surveys. Huge sums of data makes predictions be nearer accurate. The main reason […]

You can message Messenger users via Instagram DMs and vice versa.

This will make message end-to-end encrypted across Facebook’s ecosystem. Both Instagram’s and Messengers tools will be clubbed together which includes vanishing messages, selfie stickers, custom emoji, chat colors, Watch Together feature etc Problem: Someone you blocked on Messenger will be able to talk to you on Instagram. Why is Facebook doing this? First, with end-to-end […]

Facebook’s Oversight Board won’t launch in in time to oversee the elections.

Backdrop: More than a year ago, Facebook pledged to launch it’s independent Oversight Board, which will handle FB’s moderation decisions. (Oversightboard.com) The board had to be launched this summer but is now delayed probably till October. Since decisions would take months, Oversight Board would not hear cases related to US Elections. (The Verge)