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Trump accuses social media companies of ‘terrible bias’ at White House summit decried by critics

President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 2. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News) July 11 at 4:49 PM President Trump assailed Facebook, Google and Twitter on Thursday for exhibiting “terrible bias” and silencing his supporters at a White House “social media summit” that critics chastised for giving a prominent stage to […]

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Trump looks to rally controversial online allies at White House social media summit

President Trump at the White House in July. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) Michael Scherer National political reporter covering campaigns, Congress and the White House Amy B Wang National politics reporter covering 2020 presidential campaigns July 9 at 7:58 PM President Trump has summoned Republican lawmakers, political strategists and social media stars to the White House on […]

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White House campaign to collect data on social media bias raises free speech, privacy alarms, experts say

A new White House campaign to collect stories about alleged instances of political bias on social media has drawn wide-ranging objections from members of Congress, free-speech advocates and privacy hawks, some of whom question whether the Trump administration’s effort violates the constitution. Their concerns stem from a survey the White House tweeted to followers on […]

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A.I. and Privacy Concerns Get White House to Embrace Global Cooperation

Two hallmarks of American economic policy under President Trump are a reflexive aversion for regulation and go-it-alone nationalism. But in technology policy, that stance is changing. In September, the Trump administration abandoned its hands-off approach and began working closely with the 36-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to create international guidelines for the design […]

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A projection onto Sydney Opera House causes huge rumpus in Australia

Projection mapping can be a beautiful spectacle, with the digital performance art allowing artists’ imaginations to run riot with colorful creations that splash entertaining imagery onto huge buildings. Suggest projecting an ad onto Sydney Opera House, however, and you could run into trouble. A national debate has been raging among Australians for the past week after […]

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As White House holds 5G summit, FCC debuts industry-guiding 5G FAST Plan

On relatively short notice, the White House today convened a 5G Summit consisting of morning and afternoon sessions for regulators, legislators, and telecom representatives. While its specific purpose wasn’t clear ahead of time, the Summit turned out to be an opportunity for administration officials who openly said that they “don’t know anything” to learn about and plan for the […]

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White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order

Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy September 22 The White House sought to dis­tance it­self Sat­ur­day from re­ports that President Trump is con­sid­er­ing an ex­ec­u­tive ord­er that would sub­ject tech giants like Facebook, Goo­gle and Twitter to federal in­ves­ti­gat­ions into al­leged po­lit­i­cal bias. For weeks, top tech com­panies have been on edge, fear­ing that […]