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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week announced that the social media platform will ban all political ads. Dorsey said that he’s concerned political ads will impact the “democratic infrastructure,” and that the reach of a message “should be earned, not bought.”

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: social media and politics. 

 

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A panel of state senators is hitting the road to gather input on how the broad reach of Facebook and Google impacts average Ohioans.

Updated at 5:44 p.m. ET

The push to investigate Big Tech is picking up steam.

Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have launched a formal investigation into Facebook over anti-competitive practices, the New York attorney general's office confirmed Friday morning. And later in the day, Google's parent acknowledged that the Department of Justice is looking into antitrust issues at the search giant.

Tech Tuesday: Data Security And Privacy

Aug 27, 2019
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Facebook has long collected outside data on its users, using it to monetize the social media site with targeted ads. That’s why, for example, an ad for camping equipment pops up on an individual’s Facebook page after he or she has shopped online for a backpack.

Facebook is changing that protocol by rolling out a tool that enables users to anonymize their data. 

Ireland, South Korea and Spain are the first countries with access to the tool. Others will follow suit in the coming months. 

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William Wood answers the door to his suburban Columbus home with a Glock 19 on his hip. His two toddler-aged children, Daisey and Wesley, peak out from behind his legs.  

Tech Tuesday: Social Media Censorship

Aug 13, 2019

The White House is calling for significant changes in how large tech companies manage speech on their websites.

A draft executive order from the White House would put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of developing new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they remove or suppress speech on their platforms.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: social media censorship and more.

Tech Tuesday: The Digital Service Tax

Jul 16, 2019
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Google and Facebook are as ubiquitous in France as the U.S.

But those tech giants and others like them from outside France pay little tax on the profits that they earn there.

The French Government has responded with a 3% digital services tax, which could trigger retaliatory tariffs and already has the Trump administration investigating.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: The digital tax in France and more. 

Customs and Border Protection has launched an investigation into a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents in which members posted derogatory remarks targeting migrants and lawmakers.

Tech Tuesday: Your Data's Worth

Jun 25, 2019
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Social media outlets like Facebook and Google make money from your data.

They use personal information to craft marketing and advertising materials.

Two U.S. Senators proposed a bipartisan legislation that would pull back the curtain on just how much personal data is worth.

If passed, companies that have more than 100 million users, think Facebook and Amazon, must publicly provide information on the total monetary value of this data, among other information.

Today on All Sides, the value of data, virtual reality, and more.

Tech Tuesday: The Impact Of Space Travel On Humans

May 7, 2019
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Scientists have struggled to understand the effects of space on the human body in large part because it’s difficult to blame changes on spaceflight alone. 

Twin studies are the closest scientists can get to such understandings.

But identical twins who are both astronauts is a rare occurrence.

We hear about the latest results in the first-of-its-kind longitudinal study of twins Scott and Mark Kelly, both astronauts, one of whom spent a year onboard the International Space Station.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides, the impact of space travel on humans, and more. 

Facebook expects to pay a fine of up to $5 billion in a settlement with federal regulators. The tech giant disclosed that figure in its first-quarter 2019 financial results.

Tech Tuesday: Personal Safety And Mobile Applications

Apr 2, 2019
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Travel in groups. If you’re alone, take out the earbuds. Be aware of your surroundings.

And consider mobile technology as part of your personal safety toolkit. 

Hear about some ideas today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher.  

Facebook announced Wednesday that it intends to ban content that glorifies white nationalism and separatism, a major policy shift that will begin next week.

"It's clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services," the company said in a statement.

Updated at 3:57 p.m. ET

After years of criticism and multiple lawsuits alleging that Facebook engaged in discrimination by allowing advertisers to select which users could see their ads, the social media giant announced it will make changes to its ad platform by the end of the year.

State Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)
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A spokesperson for Republicans in the Ohio Senate says caucus members have unblocked people on their official social media pages as part of an effort to avoid further legal action.

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