Apple and Google ‘hold data hostage’ and stifle competition, Senate told | Apple

Apple and Google “hold data hostage” from small apps and force competitors to pay high commissions, stifling their ability to compete, a number of companies said in a US Senate hearing on Wednesday. The hearing before the Senate antitrust committee offered a rare opportunity for smaller competitors – including Spotify, Continue Reading

SolarWinds hack was work of ‘at least 1,000 engineers’, tech executives tell Senate | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Tech executives revealed that a historic cybersecurity breach that affected about 100 US companies and nine federal agencies was larger and more sophisticated than previously known. The revelations came during a hearing of the US Senate’s select committee on intelligence on Tuesday 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

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

Facebook and Twitter CEOs face Senate hearing over handling of 2020 US election – video | US news- Tempemail

The chief executive officers of Twitter and Facebook appear before a US Senate hearing to testify about allegations of anti-conservative bias and their handling of the 2020 election. Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg  face questioning for the second time in as many months, with Republican lawmakers alleging – without evidence Continue Reading

‘Who the hell elected you?’ Big tech CEOs grilled in US Senate hearing – video | Technology- Tempemail

Republican and Democrat lawmakers grill the CEOs of tech giants Twitter, Facebook and Google in a hearing about a federal law protecting internet companies from legal liability for content generated by its users. While Republicans focused on disinformation and the ‘censoring’ of Donald Trump, Democrats accused their rivals of politicising Continue Reading

Section 230: tech CEOs to defend key internet law before Congress | US Senate

The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to tell lawmakers in a rare appearance before Congress that a federal law protecting internet companies is crucial to free expression online. Wednesday’s hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai will take place less than a week before election Continue Reading

Senate panel moves to compel 3 social media CEOs to testify Donald Trump Facebook lawmakers companies companies- Tempemail

A Senate panel voted Thursday to compel testimony from the CEOs of Facebook Google and Twitter as lawmakers opened a new front in the battle over hate speech, misinformation and perceived political bias on social media a month before the presidential election. The Senate Commerce Committee authorized subpoenas for Facebook Continue Reading

TikTok hits back at ‘misinformation’ about its ties to China in submission to Senate inquiry | Technology

Video messaging app TikTok has hit back at what it says is “misinformation” about its connection to China, characterising itself as a global platform with “strict controls around security and data access”. The hugely popular platform has used a submission to the Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media Continue Reading

Online privacy experts sound alarm as US Senate bill sparks surveillance fears | Technology

A US Senate bill that critics say would enable widespread censorship and surveillance has taken a significant step towards becoming law, raising alarm among internet freedom advocates. The Senate judiciary committee voted on Thursday to advance the Earn It Act, legislation that on paper is intended to address sexual exploitation. Continue Reading