US urged to investigate deceptive Facebook ads tied to rightwing group | Facebook- Tempemail

A campaign finance watchdog group has requested that the justice department open a criminal investigation into the figures behind a series of deceptive Facebook ads that promoted Green party candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. A Guardian investigation recently revealed that the ads were placed by a major conservative marketing Continue Reading

UK and EU investigate Facebook over unfair use of data in digital advertising | Facebook- Tempemail

UK and EU regulators are investigating Facebook over whether it is abusing its dominance in digital advertising. It marks the first time the regulators have coordinated on a major inquiry since Brexit, and strikes at the core of Facebook’s revenues, which rely heavily on selling advertising on its platform. The Continue Reading

UK watchdog to investigate Facebook takeover of Giphy | Technology- Tempemail

The UK’s competition regulator is launching an in-depth investigation of Facebook’s $400m (£290m) acquisition of the gif creation website Giphy over fears that it could lead to a squeeze on the supply of gifs to other social networks such as Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Continue Reading

UK regulator to investigate Apple over ‘unfair’ App Store terms | Apps

Britain’s competition regulator has opened an investigation into Apple over claims the company is using its control over the App Store to impose “unfair and anti-competitive” terms on app developers. The Competition and Markets Authority announced the investigation on Thursday morning. It says it decided to investigate based on its Continue Reading

US lawmakers ask FBI to investigate Parler app’s role in Capitol attack | Parler- Tempemail

American lawmakers have asked the FBI to investigate the role of Parler, the social media website and app popular with the American far right, in the violence at the US Capitol on 6 January. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House oversight and reform Committee, asked the FBI to review Parler’s Continue Reading

Police investigate racist abuse of mayor over removal of Brexit flags | Cornwall- Tempemail

Police are investigating racist abuse aimed at the mayor of a Cornish town after she said union flags that had appeared on the seafront to celebrate Brexit had to be taken down. Nicole Broadhurst, the mayor of Penzance, received abuse on social media when she said the 18 flags had Continue Reading

Labour to investigate complaints of antisemitic messages after EHRC report | Politics- Tempemail

Labour officials are poised to investigate complaints about antisemitic messages on social media after campaign groups reported an apparent increase in the use of suspicious terms after the publication of a damning report on the issue. The expected crackdown prompted concerns from allies of Jeremy Corbyn, who was suspended from Continue Reading

Trade unions urge EU to investigate Amazon effort to spy on workers | Technology

European trade union leaders, including three UK unions, have called on the European commission to open an investigation into Amazon’s “potentially illegal” effort to spy on workers for union activities. The heads of some of Europe’s biggest unions, representing more than 12 million workers, wrote to the commission to demand Continue Reading

Facebook to investigate claims its algorithms are discriminatory | Facebook

Facebook is launching an investigation into whether its algorithms discriminate against minority ethnic groups, after internal protests forced the company to reassess the possibility that its machine learning systems could have picked up on real-world bias. The company’s new “equity and inclusion” teams will be tasked with assessing the algorithms Continue Reading

US congress just got more power to investigate Big Tech. Let’s make it count | Zephyr Teachout | Opinion

In the last decision of the 2019-2020 supreme court term, Trump v Mazars, John Roberts outdid himself in being John Roberts. He authored a 7-2 decision in which he appears to stand up against Donald Trump’s lawlessness, by clarifying that Congress can issue subpoenas for Trump financial documents. However, the Continue Reading