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Europe urges e-commerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams

Europe urges e-commerce platforms to share data in fight against coronavirus scams European lawmakers are pressing major e-commerce and media platforms to share more data with each other as a tool to fight rogue traders who are targeting consumers with coronavirus scams. After the pandemic spread to the West, internet platforms were flooded with local […]

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Daily Crunch: DOJ files suit to stop Plaid acquisition

Daily Crunch: DOJ files suit to stop Plaid acquisition The DOJ challenges Visa’s acquisition of a fintech startup, Apple releases the latest version of iOS and goPuff acquires an iconic alcohol retailer. This is your Daily Crunch for November 5, 2020. The big story: DOJ files suit to stop Plaid acquisition The Department of Justice […]

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YouTube removes ads from, but won’t pull, ‘Trump Won’ video following backlash

YouTube removes ads from, but won’t pull, ‘Trump Won’ video following backlash This year’s presidential election has already proven to be a considerable test of the U.S. democratic system. It’s also been doing a fine job testing the systems behind leading social networks four years after a rather disinformation-ridden election. Twitter today has proven to […]

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Daily Crunch: Social media confronts election misinformation

Daily Crunch: Social media confronts election misinformation You may have heard that the United States had a presidential election yesterday, with plenty of implications for the tech world, particularly with social media as one of the battlegrounds in the fight over the results. Meanwhile, major tech-relevant ballot measures, like California’s Proposition 22, also passed. I’ll […]

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Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election

Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election With key wins notched in a few states, Trump didn’t declare victory prematurely on election night as social media companies feared — but he did baselessly raise the specter of voter fraud. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election,” […]

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Daily Crunch: China postpones Ant Group IPO

Daily Crunch: China postpones Ant Group IPO Yes, there’s a high-stakes presidential election underway, but tech news doesn’t stop completely: Chinese regulators pull the brakes on Ant Group’s IPO, Spotify adds standalone streaming support on Apple Watch and PayPal outlines its plans for 2021. This is your Daily Crunch for November 3, 2020. The big […]

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Twitter hides Trump tweet attacking Supreme Court’s decision on Pennsylvania ballots

Twitter hides Trump tweet attacking Supreme Court’s decision on Pennsylvania ballots In an election eve preview of what to expect in the coming days, President Trump pushed the limits on Twitter’s election-specific policies Monday night. In a tweet, Trump railed against the Supreme Court’s decision to allow Pennsylvania officials to count ballots postmarked by Election […]

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What social networks have learned since the 2016 election

What social networks have learned since the 2016 election On the eve on the 2020 U.S. election, tensions are running high. The good news? 2020 isn’t 2016. Social networks are way better prepared to handle a wide array of complex, dangerous or otherwise ambiguous Election Day scenarios. The bad news: 2020 is its own beast, […]

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YC-backed nonprofit VotingWorks wants to rebuild trust in election systems through open source

YC-backed nonprofit VotingWorks wants to rebuild trust in election systems through open source I know it will come as a shock to you as a reader of the news, but there is an election this week. Well, tomorrow actually. It’s the rare election where the logistics of the election itself seem to be increasingly dominating […]

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Big tech’s ‘blackbox’ algorithms face regulatory oversight under EU plan

Big tech’s ‘blackbox’ algorithms face regulatory oversight under EU plan Major Internet platforms will be required to open up their algorithms to regulatory oversight under proposals European lawmakers are set to introduce next month. In a speech today Commission EVP Margrethe Vestager suggested algorithmic accountability will be a key plank of the forthcoming legislative digital […]

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