US Judge Blocks Montana From Banning TikTok Use in State

[ad_1] (Reuters) – A U.S. judge late on Thursday blocked Montana’s first-of-its kind state ban on the use of short-video sharing app TikTok from taking effect on Jan. 1. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued a preliminary injunction to block the ban on the Chinese-owned app, saying the state ban “oversteps state power and infringes … Read more

Facebook Parent Meta Sues the FTC Claiming ‘Unconstitutional Authority’ in Child Privacy Case

[ad_1] MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — The parent company of Instagram and Facebook has sued the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to stop the agency from reopening a 2020 privacy settlement with the company that would prohibit it from profiting from data it collects on users under 18. In a lawsuit filed late Wednesday … Read more

TikTok Takes First Steps in Turning on Norwegian Data Centre

[ad_1] HAMAR, Norway (Reuters) – TikTok has taken possession of a facility in Norway built by data centre group Green Mountain AS which will become the social media company’s largest in Europe as it seeks to store data generated in the region locally. The company, owned by China-headquartered Bytedance, has been trying to address concerns … Read more

Meta Asks Appeals Court to Tell FTC It Cannot Reopen Privacy Case

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Meta Platforms, which owns WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, filed a lawsuit asking an appeals court to stop the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from unilaterally re-opening a consent agreement and ordering the social media giant to stop collecting revenue on data from people under age 18. The dispute stretches back to May, … Read more

Tech Companies to Sign Agreement With UK Government to Tackle Online Fraud

[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Eleven of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Amazon.com, Alphabet’s Google and Microsoft, will sign an agreement with the British government on Thursday to step up their efforts to tackle online fraud, the interior ministry said. Under the “Online Fraud Charter,” due to be signed at a meeting chaired by Interior … Read more

Elon Musk Curses Out Advertisers Who Left X Over Antisemitic Content

[ad_1] (Please note strong language in paragraphs 1 and 5) (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk told advertisers that have fled his social media platform X over antisemitic content to “go fuck yourself” in a fiery Wednesday interview. His profanity-laced remarks followed a moment of contrition in a New York Times DealBook Summit interview, as he … Read more

Michigan to Join State-Level Effort to Regulate AI Political Ads as Federal Legislation Pends

[ad_1] LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is joining an effort to curb deceptive uses of artificial intelligence and manipulated media through state-level policies as Congress and the Federal Elections Commission continue to debate more sweeping regulations ahead of the 2024 elections. Campaigns on the state and federal level will be required to clearly say which … Read more

Paris Mayor Quits X Platform, Calling It a ‘Gigantic Global Sewer’

[ad_1] PARIS (Reuters) – Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday announced she was quitting the X platform formerly known as Twitter, calling it a “gigantic global sewer” that was “destroying our democracies” by spreading abuse and misinformation. After buying Twitter in 2022, Elon Musk laid off thousands of employees, including many who moderated content on … Read more

Court Document Claims Meta Knowingly Designed Its Platforms to Hook Kids, Reports Say

[ad_1] SAN FRANCISO (AP) — Facebook parent Meta Platforms deliberately engineered its social platforms to hook kids and knew — but never disclosed — that it had received millions of complaints about underage users on Instagram but only disabled a fraction of those accounts, according to a newly unsealed legal complaint described in reports from … Read more

Russia Puts the Spokesman for Facebook Owner Meta on a Wanted List

[ad_1] Russia has added the spokesman of U.S. technology company Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, to a wanted list, according to an online database maintained by the country’s interior ministry. Russian state agency Tass and independent news outlet Mediazona first reported that Meta communications director Andy Stone was included on the list Sunday, weeks … Read more