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A lawmaker wants to end ‘social media addiction’ by killing features that enable mindless scrolling

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) July 30 at 4:08 PM The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley’s bill, the Social Media Addiction […]

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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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Russia Sought to Use Social Media to Influence E.U. Vote, Report Finds

LONDON — European authorities blamed Russian groups on Friday for disinformation campaigns designed to depress turnout and sway public opinion in last month’s European Union elections, an official accounting that underscored how Russian interference has not abated and that Facebook and other tech platforms remain vulnerable to meddling. The preliminary review by the European Commission […]

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Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer leave a news conference following a meeting with President Trump on Wednesday. (Alex Edelman/Bloomberg) Drew Harwell National technology reporter covering artificial intelligence May 23 at 4:14 PM Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she’s drunkenly slurring her words, are spreading rapidly […]

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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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Trump warns he’ll ‘monitor the censorship’ on social media after Facebook banned some far-right leaders

President Trump on Friday threatened to “monitor” social-media sites for their “censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS,” a day after Facebook permanently banned far-right figures and organizations including the conspiracy theory site InfoWars. Trump’s subtle threat — delivered in a series of tweets — marked the president’s latest broadside against Silicon Valley, which he has repeatedly accused […]

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Art meets blockchain on this social network for collecting photos, designs

Editional A new blockchain-powered social media network aims to take sharing digital artwork beyond the typical “like” button. On Tuesday, April 30, Editional launched on Apple’s App Store as a platform for sharing and claiming limited edition digital collectibles, like photography and graphic design. The social platform allows artists to share digital artwork, while fans […]

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A new survey shows that Snapchat is still the favorite social platform among Gen Z – but it’s not the app teens are using the most

The Gender Spectrum Collection Snapchat remains the favorite social platform among teens, a survey from Piper Jaffray shows. The survey reports that while Snapchat was the favorite social platform, Instagram beat out Snapchat in monthly users among Gen Zers. Despite these numbers, Snapchat’s number of daily active users is continuing to fall, and has been […]