Day: October 17, 2019

Big Tech Data Dominance Threatens Competition, FTC Democrat Says

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U.S. technology giants pose a threat to competition and innovation around the world through collection and control over massive amounts of consumer data, Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra will tell Congress Friday.

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Mark Zuckerberg doubles down on free speech

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cast himself and his company as champions of free speech in a 45-minute talk at Georgetown University Thursday. What he’s saying: “I believe we have two responsibilities: to remove content when it could cause real danger as effectively as we can, and to fight to uphold as wide a definition of freedom of expression as possible — and not allow the definition of what is considered dangerous to expand beyond what is absolutely necessary.” “I believe people should decide what is credible, not tech companies. … When it’s not absolutely clear what to do, we should err on the side of free expression.” Zuckerberg The big picture: Facebook’s scale and impact has become a flashpoint for political criticism in the U.S. and around the world, particularly since its newsfeed became a vector for targeted deceit during the 2016 election.

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Pence announces Turkey has agreed to temporary ceasefire in Syria

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Vice President Mike Pence announced from Ankara on Thursday that Turkey has agreed to cease its military operation in northern Syria for 120 hours so that Kurdish forces can withdraw from the area. The big picture: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously said that he would “never” agree to a ceasefire , after the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria paved the way for Turkey to begin a military assault on U.S-allied Kurdish forces that they view as terrorists.

Source: Pence announces Turkey has agreed to temporary ceasefire in Syria