Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) criticized Big Tech companies for not being “very civically involved” in San Francisco this week. “What I see as the downside, to be very candid, is I don’t see tech as very civically involved, and I think they have to be,” declared Feinstein in an interview with KQED. “Like when I was mayor [of San Francisco], the CEOs of the big banks — I could go in and ask them to help with any civic cause. Cross my heart. I never got a ‘no.’ Bank of America, Wells — all of them said ‘yes.'”“I don’t understand it, to be honest with you… It’s a much more reserved world, sort of a world apart,” Feinstein continued. “I have had occasion to meet with some of the tech leaders, and I guess they’re like any other group of people. There are some that want to be helpful, and there are some that don’t.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently complained about a … [Read more...] about Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Big Tech Companies Are Not ‘Civically Involved’ in San Francisco
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Dating app Tinder has joined a growing list of Big Tech companies attempting to get users interested in the upcoming November Midterm elections. With its “Swipe the Vote” campaign, Tinder hoped to get “young people to the polls through in-app messaging,” and “believes it’s well-positioned to mobilize younger voters during the 2018 U.S. midterm elections,” according to TechCrunch.“Tinder says it will begin to share ‘fun facts’ with its users during election season right in the app — like the volumes of voter registrations and other anecdotes related to past and upcoming elections. These facts will have a particular focus on those that are of most interest to Tinder’s younger users,” reported TechCrunch, adding that the company will also push users into registering to vote. In a musical cartoon video made by Tinder to promote the campaign, a voice sings, “You think that politics don’t apply to you? … [Read more...] about Tinder Joins Big Tech Companies Trying to Influence Midterms
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) joined SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, Thursday, to discuss what needs to be done about the bias of Big Tech companies. After being asked by Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow about the leaked 2016 Google “TGIF” all-hands meeting, which was released by Breitbart News and showed Google executives and employees reacted somberly to the election of President Trump, Rep. Jordan declared, “It underscores and highlights what we all sort of expected. These are no longer, as they claim, neutral social media platforms, but in fact they have a bias, and a bias that they’re actively trying to exploit for political gain.”“That’s what it looks like to me, and I’m someone who personally experienced it, because it wasn’t conservatives who said this, it was a media outlet — not a conservative media outlet — who said four members of Congress were being shadowbanned by Twitter,” he … [Read more...] about Rep. Jim Jordan: Big Tech Companies Need to be Reclassified as Publishers, or Broken Up
Six big tech companies will send representatives to testify before Congress about privacy practices later this month. Amazon, Google, Twitter, AT&T, Apple and Charter Communications will all send officials to speak before the Senate Commerce Committee. The hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26. The hearing will allow policymakers to ask the companies how they are addressing data privacy concerns. The companies' representatives will also be able to address new privacy laws in California and the European Union.Notably, Facebook will not be a part of the hearing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress in April.Trending stories at Newsy.com … [Read more...] about Six Big Tech Companies To Testify To Congress About Privacy
Dr. Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and a veteran of Breitbart News’ “Masters of the Universe” town hall on Internet freedom, joined SiriusXM hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on Monday’s Breitbart News Tonight to discuss the simultaneous banning of Infowars host Alex Jones by most major social media platforms. Epstein stressed that he is not a political conservative and “certainly no fan of Alex Jones,” but he saw the Jones’ banning as a disturbing threat to the free speech and vibrant democracy he loves. “I think the big issue here is not even a free speech issue. The issue is: Who should be making these decisions about what people see and don’t see? That’s the question.”LISTEN: “In some ways, the problem [for Jones] is better than you think. It’s not as bad as you think,” he qualified. “For example, Alex … [Read more...] about Exclusive — Robert Epstein: Who Gave Private Big Tech Companies the Power to Decide What We Can See?