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Online platforms have "an ethical obligation" to root out price gouging on hand sanitizer and other high-demand products during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, top law enforcement officials from across the country say.

Tech Tuesday: Scrutinizing Company Mergers

Feb 18, 2020
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In an unusual move, the Federal Trade Commission ordered five big tech companies to turn over information about smaller companies they’ve acquired since 2010.

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Facebook used the grand opening of a New Albany data center to announce plans for more investment at the 345-acre campus.

Tech Tuesday: Privacy Rights

Feb 4, 2020
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Facebook agreed to settle a $550 million class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois. It is believed to be the one of the largest civil settlements involving consumer privacy in U.S. history. 

Tech Tuesday: Dairy Farming Robots

Jan 28, 2020
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Dairy farming in Ohio has gone high-tech. Robots are taking over milking duties on a number of dairy operations in Ohio. 

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Facebook says it's banning many types of misleading videos from its site, in a push against deepfake content and online misinformation campaigns.

Facebook's new ban targets videos that are manipulated to make it appear someone said words they didn't actually say. The company won't allow videos on its site if they've been either edited or computer-generated in ways that the average person couldn't detect.

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Facebook is changing user policies for its social media platforms to explicitly ban disinformation about and ads trying to discourage participation in the 2020 census, the company announced on its website Thursday.

The company says it plans to enforce these specific bans on all users, including politicians — a departure from previous comments from Facebook officials who said the company did not want to restrict politicians' speech on its platforms.

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.

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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.

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