Texas Gunman Sent Facebook Messages About Attack Minutes Before Shooting, Governor Says

The 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in a Texas elementary school said on Facebook minutes before the shooting that he was going to attack. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at a press conference on May 25 …

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Unconstitutional Social Media Law

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A three-judge appellate court on Monday found that a Florida law aimed at social media networks like Facebook and Twitter in 2021 violates the corporations’ First Amendment rights. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ judgment on Monday upheld the majority …

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D.C. Attorney General Sues Mark Zuckerberg Over Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

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Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine sued Meta Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg on May 23 for failing to protect Facebook users’ private and personal data in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior …

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Hong Kong Telegram Group Admin Imprisoned for Allegedly Inciting Violence

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Hong Kong District Court sentenced a Telegram channel administrator to six and a half years imprisonment for allegedly inciting violence and vandalism in the 2019 social unrest.  Ng Man-ho, 27, was sentenced on seven incitement charges of conspiring to incite …

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Google’s Russian Subsidiary to File Bankruptcy

Google’s Russian subsidiary will file for bankruptcy amid the Russian government’s seizure of the company’s assets. Google said the seizure has been “untenable,” leading its Russian office to a difficult position. “The Russian authorities’ seizure of Google Russia’s bank account …

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US Congress Asks Big Tech to Document Russian War Crimes

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At least four Democratic lawmakers requested the CEOs of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook owner Meta to archive content to use as evidence of suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday. In a press release from the House Committee …

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Federal Authorities Investigate Musk Late Disclosure of Twitter Stakes

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United States Federal Authorities have been investigating Elon Musk over the late disclosure of his Twitter stakes as he bid to take over the social media company. Musk reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 4 a stake …

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EU Proposes Scanning Encrypted Messaging

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The European Union (EU) released a legislative proposal that would allow the scanning of encrypted end-to-end messages to help combat child sexual abuse. If implemented, the legislation would require tech companies to scan through encrypted messages in various messaging platforms …

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Musk’s Delayed Disclosure of Twitter Stake Gets SEC Probe

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is reportedly investigating Elon Musk’s delayed disclosure of his sizable purchase of Twitter shares last month. The Tesla CEO made his disclosure on April 4, 10 days late of the deadline for filing …

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