Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues
Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, April 24th 2019, New York Times
Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.
Facebook Users Care Less About Privacy Than Regulators
Reuters in the New York Times, April 25th 2019
Facebook Inc is preparing for a record-setting fine from U.S. regulators over privacy issues, but Wall Street shrugged at the looming penalty after the company added users and trounced profit expectations for the first quarter.
New Zealand and France to Seek Pact Blocking Extreme Online Content
Charlotte Graham-McLay, April 24th 2019, New York Times
New Zealand’s prime minister said on Wednesday that she would meet with French leaders next month in hopes of forging an agreement between governments and technology companies aimed at eliminating violent extremist content on the internet.
Regulators Around the World Are Circling Facebook
Cecilia Kang and Adam Satariano, April 25th 2019, New York Times
Regulators on four continents are preparing for a long-awaited showdown with Facebook, after years of disinterest and half-steps.
How to Fight India’s Fake-News Epidemic
Samir Patil, Opinion, April 29th 2019, New York Times
In the continuing Indian elections, as 900 million people are voting to elect representatives to the lower house of the Parliament, disinformation and hate speech are drowning out truth on social media networks in the country and creating a public health crisis like the pandemics of the past century.
F.B.I. Warns of Russian Interference in 2020 Race and Boosts Counterintelligence Operations
Julian Barnes and Adam Goldman, April 26th 2019, New York Times
The F.B.I. director warned anew on Friday about Russia’s continued meddling in American elections, calling it a “significant counterintelligence threat.” The bureau has shifted additional agents and analysts to shore up defenses against foreign interference, according to a senior F.B.I. official.