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Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe – TechCrunch


Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads.

In an SEC filing, reported on earlier by the New York Times, Twitter revealed it received the draft complaint from the FTC late last month. The activity the regulator is complaining about is alleged to have taken place between 2013 and 2019. Read More

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Engadget

Facebook blocks Brazil president’s allies after court order


Facebook has been eager to fight misinformation on its platform, but it’s concerned Brazil might have taken things a step too far. BBC News reports that Facebook has blocked the accounts of a dozen allies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after the country’s Supreme Court ordered them blocked worldwide in May. The group, which includes business mogul Luciano Hang and political party leader Roberto Jefferson, was accused of spreading fake news about judges.

The social network also paid a fine of 1.92 million reais (about $368,000) for initially refusing to obey the order, and faced additional penalties of 100,000 reais (slightly over $19,000) per day. In a statement, it said it objected as the order hurt free expression and conflicted with “laws and jurisdictions worldwide.” Facebook only gave in after an employee in Brazil faced the “threat of criminal liability,” according to the statement. Read More

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The Next Web

Trump says he will sign the order to ban TikTok today

TikTok might be looking at a ban in the US soon, as President Donald Trump said he could sign the executive order to block the app by Saturday.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Trump told reporters on Friday night that the app will be banned from the country,  “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” 

[Read: TikTok’s CEO takes shots at Zuckerberg as it aims to continue to survive in the US]

He added that he “will sign the document tomorrow.” The President could issue an executive order or bar the short video app under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Read More

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Wired

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles


Teens love TikTok, but the Trump administration fears it. Earlier this week, treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that the social app was subject to a national security review into whether it could be a conduit for interference by China. Friday, Bloomberg reported that Trump will “sign an order” directing TikTok’s Chinese owner Bytedance to sell off the service. “We may be banning TikTok,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, adding, “We are looking at a lot of alternatives.” Read More

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The Next Web

Only 8 seasons of classic Law & Order are currently on Peacock

If you’re like me, you grew up on the classic Law & Order. None of that SVU or Criminal Intent stuff — they’re great, but give me an episode with Lennie Briscoe and any of this three partners bantering it up on the streets of New York City and I’m happy as a hog in slop. If you’re like me, you were extra excited to hear that classic Law & Order will finally be on a streaming service; namely, NBCUniversal‘s Peacock. Well, I’ve got some bad news.

Everyone needs a Benson to their Stabler. 😫❤️ Get ready to binge all 21 seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in just three days on #PeacockTV. #CountdownToPeacock pic.twitter.com/PNkQ45CDFB Read More

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Mashable

Google, Twitter, and Amazon condemn Trump’s anti-immigration order

Never say that Donald Trump doesn’t inspire unity, even if it just so happens to be in opposition to him.

Late Monday afternoon, the White House issued a proclamation, signed by the president, stating that the administration’s restrictive April visa policy — issued in response to the coronavirus — would be extended through the end of the year. As a result, Google, Twitter, and Amazon have all issued varying statements condemning the administration’s move.

Notably, the tech industry relies on the H-1B highly-skilled worker visas targeted by the proclamation (which also goes after H-2B, J, and L visa programs) to fill open roles with foreign workers.  Read More

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President Trump signs executive order temporarily suspending work visas for H-1B holders – TechCrunch


President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting work visas like the H-1B visa program for highly-skilled workers, cutting off a critical source of foreign labor for tech companies already complaining about tech talent shortages.

Visa-holders already in the U.S. and those applicants who have already received a visa are exempt from the ban. The restrictions are intended to last until the end of the year, which would disrupt the government’s typical process of awarding new visas at the beginning of the national fiscal calendar in October. Read More