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Facebook on Thursday said it removed campaign posts and advertisements from the Trump campaign featuring an upside down red triangle symbol once used by Nazis to identify political opponents.

The posts, according to a Facebook spokesperson, violated the social network's policy against hate.

"Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group's symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol," the spokesperson told NPR.

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The Justice Department is proposing legislation to curtail online platforms' legal protections for the content they carry.

The proposal comes nearly three weeks after President Trump signed an executive order to limit protections for social media companies after Twitter began adding fact checks to some of his tweets.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
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Major technology companies are responding to growing pressure, internally and externally, against how they have handled controversial social media posts and for supplying law enforcement with facial recognition technology.

Twitter has taken steps to flag controversial posts, including those by the President Donald Trump. Facebook has not followed suit, angering employees.

Joe Biden is demanding that Facebook crack down on false information, including from President Trump, adding his voice to escalating criticism over the social network's hands-off approach to political speech.

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Location data from millions of phones is helping the U.S. government collect clues about COVID-19.

Officials hope that by tracking where people move and gather they can pinpoint how novel coronavirus spreads.

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.

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

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.

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.

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