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Tech Giants Google, Facebook And Twitter To Testify on ‘Censorship’

This comes in the wake of conservatives, including US President Donald Trump, increasing their criticism of social media companies. 

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"Twitter and Google are also expected to send their representatives to the event titled 'Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse'," The Hill reported citing a source familiar with the matter. Pixabay

 Tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are slated to send their company representatives to testify at a Senate hearing next week about the alleged “censorship” of conservative voices.

The Senate subcommittee is chaired by technology critic and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has alleged that Silicon Valley giants are biased against conservatives and routinely censor right-wing voices.

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“Donald Trump in a tweet last month accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being ‘on the side of the Radical Left Democrats’,” the report added. VOA

“Twitter and Google are also expected to send their representatives to the event titled ‘Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse’,” The Hill reported citing a source familiar with the matter.

Facebook’s public policy director Neil Potts is scheduled to attend the hearing to be held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

“Donald Trump in a tweet last month accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of being ‘on the side of the Radical Left Democrats’,” the report added.

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Facebook’s public policy director Neil Potts is scheduled to attend the hearing to be held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
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The three tech titans have denied the accusations, arguing that there was little evidence to back the charges.

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This comes in the wake of conservatives, including US President Donald Trump, increasing their criticism of social media companies.

“Big tech behaves like the only acceptable views are those on the far left. And any views to the contrary are suitable for censorship and silencing,” Cruz said last week, according to RT.com. (IANS)

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Facebook ‘Unintentionally’ Uploaded Emails of Nearly 1.5 mn Users

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

In a latest privacy goof up, Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the emails of nearly 1.5 million of its users during the past three years.

A Facebook spokesperson admitted on late Wednesday that emails of 1.5 million people were harvested since May 2016 to help build Facebook’s web of social connections and recommend other users to add as friends.

First reported by Business Insider, the revelation came to light after a security researcher noticed that “Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities”.

“Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” the Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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FILE – A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration, Aug. 3, 2018. VOA

“We’ve fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported,” Facebook said.

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted, reports CNET.

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“People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings,” said the company.

Facebook is facing the heat over several data scandals, including the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal where personal information of up to 87 million users was leaked. (IANS)