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Livestream Tech Firms Learn Hard Lessons from Violent Videos Tied to Mass Killings

These days, mass shooters like the one now held in the Buffalo, New York, supermarket attack don’t stop with planning out their brutal attacks. They also create marketing plans while arranging to livestream their massacres on social platforms in hopes …

Mother Sues Meta, Snap Over Social Media ‘Addicted’ Daughter’s Suicide

Meta Platforms Inc. and Snap Inc. are to blame for the suicide of an 11-year-old girl who was addicted to Instagram and Snapchat, the girl’s mother alleged in a lawsuit. The woman claims her daughter Selena Rodriguez struggled for two …

Sister of Slain Federal Officer Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Facebook

The sister of a slain federal security officer is suing Facebook, alleging the tech giant played a part in the radicalization of two men who are accused of planning the killing on its platform. David Patrick Underwood was fatally shot …

How Big Tech Is Faring in U.S. Lawsuits and Probes

Big Tech platforms Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, and Google have been hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the U.S. federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and abusing their power. Below is …

Aspen Institute Report Calls for Regulation, Local Media to Fight Internet Misinformation

Misinformation is jeopardizing efforts to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges, be it climate change, COVID-19 or political polarization, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute that’s backed by prominent voices in media and cybersecurity. Recommendations in the …

Lawmakers Introduce Liability, Competition Bills Targeting Giant Internet Firms

The biggest U.S. tech companies would face new constraints under two bills announced Thursday after a month of revelations from a Facebook Inc. whistle-blower sparked fresh calls to rein in an industry that has largely escaped regulation so far. A …

If Facebook Is the Problem, Is a Social Media Regulator the Fix?

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told Congress on Tuesday that one option for making social media less harmful would be to create a dedicated regulatory agency to oversee companies like Facebook, and could have former tech workers on staff. “Right now, …

Amazon Will Pay Shoppers’ Product Claims Up to $1,000

Amazon.com Inc. on Tuesday said it would pay customers who suffer injuries or property damage from defective goods others sell on its U.S. platform, in a new policy that could reduce litigation. For years, consumers have sued the world’s largest …

‘Zoombombing’ Costs Zoom $85 Million Privacy Settlement

Zoom Video Communications Inc. agreed to pay $85 million and bolster its security practices to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated users’ privacy rights by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and letting hackers disrupt Zoom meetings in …

U.S. Lawsuit Could Open ‘Giant Can of Worms’ in Amazon’s Fight Against Product Recalls

A U.S. safety regulator’s decision last week to sue Amazon.com Inc. could bring clarity to a question that has long befuddled courts and state legislatures nationwide: Who is responsible when a product bought from the world’s largest online retailer hurts …