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What to Expect When Twitter, Facebook, and Google Testify in Congress on Nov. 1

October 27, 2017 Top lawyers from Facebook, Google, and Twitter will be grilled in Congress next week about the role the companies played in Russia’s attempt to influence the US presidential election. Their public testimony in front of the House and Senate is expected to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of how...

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Congress Wants an Investigation of an $8,000 Party for a White House Nominee

October 27, 2017 A Congressional committee wants to know why the White House billed the Department of Homeland Security thousands of taxpayer dollars for a party with corporate lobbyists. The White House held a party in the East Room for Kirstjen Nielsen, its new nominee for secretary of the department, on October 12,...

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The White House Held a Party For Its DHS Nominee, Then Sent the Agency the Bill

October 20, 2017 The White House nominated a new head to the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that secures US borders and handles natural disasters, with unusual fanfare. “It’s hard to imagine a more qualified candidate for this critical position,” Donald Trump said about Kirstjen Nielsen during a glitzy ceremony in the...

Why the Russia Fake News Scandal Hasn’t Touched Snapchat

October 16, 2017 Facebook’s Instagram has been ruthlessly copying features from Snapchat since the ephemeral messaging app rebuffed Facebook’s $3 billion-dollar takeover offer in 2013. But when it comes to what publishers and advertisers can publish on their platforms, Snapchat and Facebook couldn’t be more different. That helps explain why Facebook is being...

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The Woman Keeping Extremists From Trump Has Been Nominated To Keep the U.S. Safe

October 12, 2017 Kirstjen Nielsen, the White House’s deputy chief of staff, was nominated by US president Donald Trump to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday (Oct. 11). As secretary, Nielsen would command the massive federal agency tasked with keeping Americans safe from terrorism, and coping with natural disasters....

Washington Failed to Regulate Big Tech—And Now it’s About to Discover That It Can’t

October 3, 2017 Dystopian warnings abound that “winter is coming” for the tech industry, in the form of a new era of tough regulations and harsh oversight from Washington. Twitter and Facebook executives are being grilled by Congress over Russia’s use of their platforms to influence the US election. Consumer advocates are demanding...

What Facebook Told Congress Suggests its Russian Ad Problem Could Be Bigger Than it Looks

September 22, 2017 Earlier this month, Facebook admitted that Russian-linked ad buyers had spent $150,000 on US political ads during the 2016 election campaign. But there could have been more ads bought than that, according to people briefed in recent days on the company’s closed-door testimony to Congress. And those ads probably also...

Meet the Woman Who Warned About Russian Election Meddling Years Ago—and Got Death Threats

September 19, 2017 Calls for more transparency and regulation governing the content and advertising on Facebook are suddenly coming from both the right and the left in Washington, and are likely to increase as more information emerges about how the company earns nearly all of its almost $30 billion in annual revenue. The...

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Hurricane Harvey May Have Destroyed Trump’s Mexico Wall Before a Single Brick Is Laid

August 30, 2017 Rain is still falling on the US’s gulf coast as Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, hovers over Texas and Louisiana. Record-breaking flooding is expected to continue through the week, levees are crumbling, refineries are submerged, and thousands of stranded people may be need to be airlifted from hotels,...

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One of the Two Agencies That Probes Meddling in U.S. Elections is Broken

August 14, 2017 The by-now infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer in June 2016 has become a focus for the FBI’s probe into last year’s US election campaign. The agency has assembled a grand jury and issued subpoenas to examine evidence related to the meeting, which the president’s son,...