Optimizing for outrage: ex-Obama digital chief urges curbs on big tech | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter A former digital strategist for Barack Obama has demanded an end to big tech’s profit-driven optimization of outrage and called for regulators to curb online disinformation and division. Michael Slaby – author of a new book, For All the People: Redeeming the Continue Reading

White House budget chief nominee apologizes for past tweets nomination Senate Neera Tanden politics Joe Biden- Tempemail

President Joe Biden s choice to the lead the Office of Management and Budget apologized Tuesday for spending years attacking top Republicans on social media as she tried to convince senators she’ll leave partisan politics behind if confirmed. Neera Tanden also admitted to spending “many months” removing past Twitter posts, Continue Reading

Jeff Bezos to resign as chief executive of Amazon | Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, billionaire founder of Amazon, will step down as chief executive, the company announced on Tuesday. Bezos, who will remain executive chair, will hand the reins to Andy Jassy, chief executive of Amazon Web Services, the company’s fast-growing cloud computing business. The surprise news came as Amazon released its Continue Reading

Twitter permanently bans My Pillow chief Mike Lindell | Twitter

Twitter has permanently banned My Pillow chief executive Mike Lindell, after he continued to perpetuate the baseless claim that Donald Trump won the 2020 US presidential election. Twitter decided to ban Lindell due to “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy, a spokesperson said. The policy was implemented last September Continue Reading

Twitter chief says Trump ban was right decision but sets ‘dangerous precedent’ | Twitter

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, has said that banning Donald Trump from the platform was the “right decision” but that it sets a dangerous precedent. Speaking out for the first time since the social network took the remarkable step of permanently suspending the president’s account following a violent Continue Reading

SEACOM Appoints New Group Chief Digital Officer – Tempemail

SEACOM has announced that its current Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Claes Segelberg, has resigned. Segelberg has been with the ICT company almost since its inception in 2009.  Segelberg and his passionate team are credited with building up the organisation from a small new private linear east coast cable system into the Continue Reading

Political fight brewing over Biden’s WH budget chief nominee Tom Cotton Donald Trump Democrats Joe Biden Senate- Tempemail

President-elect Joe Biden s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget is quickly emerging as a political battle that could disrupt his efforts to swiftly fill out his administration. Some Republicans are expressing doubt that Neera Tanden could be confirmed by the Senate after she spent years attacking Continue Reading

US police chief resigns over ‘death to all Democrats’ posts- Tempemail

A police chief in Arkansas has resigned after posting messages on a right-wing social media app calling for “death to all” Democrats. Lang Holland’s posts on Parler went viral and received widespread condemnation on other social media platforms such as Twitter.  The mayor of Marshall, the small city where Mr Continue Reading

Turkey’s battered currency rises after finance chief resigns Recep Tayyip Erdogan Finance minister lira Dollar Turkey- Tempemail

The Turkish lira firmed against the dollar on Monday a day after the finance minister, who is also the son-in-law to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his resignation on social media. The lira was up by 2.6%, trading at 8.29 against the dollar, even though it was not immediately clear Continue Reading