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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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Google To Stop Services For explorer Edition of Glass Soon

The latest update does not affect Glass Enterprise Edition devices, Google noted

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Google said the latest update removes Glass connection to backend services. Pixabay

Google has announced that it will end support for the Explorer Edition of Glass in February 2020.

Google said that the wearable device is receiving a final update that needs to be installed manually.

“Glass Explorer Edition is receiving a final update that you will need to manually install. After February 25, 2020, this update removes the need and ability to use your Google account on Glass,” the tech major said in a statement.

According to Google’s statement, if you do not update the device, and you are currently signed in and using the device, it will continue to work, but mirror apps, like Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, will no longer work.

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Google has announced that it will end support for the Explorer Edition of Glass in February 2020. Wikimedia Commons

Google said the latest update removes Glass connection to backend services.

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After the final update, MyGlass app, which allows users to manage device settings, will also stop functioning. However, the users will still be able to pair it directly to their phones via Bluetooth.

The latest update does not affect Glass Enterprise Edition devices, Google noted. (IANS)