Highlights From Senate Facebook Hearing

Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg escaped from the five-hour Senate hearing relatively unscathed.  Below are the highlights and fallout from today’s hearing. Zuckerberg’s Opening Statement The Facebook CEO continues to argue that mistakes were made because of Facebook idealism. Senator John Thune (R-SD) “After More Than a Decade of Promises, Why Should We Trust Facebook?” Commerce…

Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Big Tech to Agree to Increase Privacy and Data Security Protections

A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have launched a campaign to pressure tech companies to commit to stronger privacy and security practices via a Security Pledge, that they contend “would ensure the Internet is used to expand democracy, not undermine it” if adopted.  The pledge borrows several elements from the European Union’s GDPR…

Amnesty Int’l Report: Twitter’s Failure to Protect Women from Online Abuse Violates Human Rights Law

Amnesty International released a landmark report on its 16-month investigation of abuse of women in Twitter entitled “TOXIC TWITTER – A TOXIC PLACE FOR WOMEN,” which charges that Twitter’s failure to safeguard women on its platform is a human rights violation. As the report explains: [F]or many women, Twitter is a platform where violence and…