Big Tech CEOs face Congress: Here’s how Facebook, Twitter, and Google say they’re fighting extremism

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The social media giants are under the spotlight again. Under the spotlight again, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google are testifying in Congress today about how their social media behemoths are combating the types of extremist content that leads to misinformation campaigns, such as the theory that COVID-19 is a hoax or that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Read Full Story

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Jack Dorsey takes leaf out of Zuckerberg’s book, says Twitter has no influence on elections

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Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing has turned into a Congressional grilling. Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing —which convened the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—quickly morphed into an opportunity for Congress to grill Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on either their overzealous (if you ask Republicans) or underwhelming (per Democrats) content moderation on social media. Read Full Story

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Big Tech hearing live stream: How to watch Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google testify before Congress

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It’s the first time the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet have appeared before Congress together. Today is a historic day when it comes to Big Tech in America. The CEOs of four of America’s biggest tech giants—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google owner Alphabet—will appear before Congress together for the first time ever. Another first: Today is the first time Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has ever appeared before Congress. Read Full Story

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Republicans have a new line of attack against the social media giants

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House Republicans were less fixated on conservative ‘censorship’ at this week’s misinformation hearing and instead confronted the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google with how their products harm families. In past Congressional hearings about the content moderation practices of big tech companies, Republican lawmakers have been fixated on complaints that Silicon Valley censors conservative viewpoints, a claim that studies have revealed to be false . But a very different GOP showed up Thursday to question the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter in a hearing on misinformation in front of the joint subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Republicans questioned the witnesses on a far wider variety of issues, many of which aligned with the interests of Democrats. Read Full Story

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Which Big Tech CEO hurt his brand most during the antitrust hearing? The definitive ranking

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This largely ceremonial wrist-slapping of the leaders of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple was also an exercise in the ties between CEO and brand image. On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos all testified before Congress, as lawmakers investigate if and how these companies stifle competition and harm consumers. Read Full Story

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Facebook and Google Make Retargeting Harder: How to Prepare

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore how to prepare for Google’s plans to block third-party cookies and the expansion of Facebook’s Clear History […] The post Facebook and Google Make Retargeting Harder: How to Prepare appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner .

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How to Buy Twitter Followers (Real Ones!)

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Twitter hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to the new social media landscape. Facebook and messaging apps have been crushing the social media platform on paper. But, Twitter isn’t a ghost town. It has over 330 million active monthly users! Participating on Twitter is a lot more fruitful than you think. It’s an audience that can’t be ignored. I regularly tweet and use my Twitter account to promote my blog posts and other content. I’m up to 378,000 followers. It’s an audience worth paying attention to, even if only a small percentage can see any given tweet. Of course, you have to build a following, and Twitter is a much different experience for those who don’t have followers. Buying followers is a common practice, but it doesn’t work the way you think. Third-party services often sell fake followers. These may look impressive, but they don’t work. You’ll also get banned …

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I’m a social media manager. Facebook and Twitter have made my job an ethical nightmare

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The toxicity of the social media platforms has been evident for a long time, and continuing to participate in it now feels like a choice we all have to make. In early January when a right-wing mob stormed into the United States Capitol, a lot of people seemed surprised. Unfortunately, I can’t say I was one of them. I’ve been along for the ride for years. I watched as QAnon grew from a few small fringe voices to a theory that sitting members of Congress and people from my high school believe in, all the while waiting for Facebook and Twitter to do something—anything. Read Full Story

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