Twitter bans Congressional candidate after racist image

Twitter is continuing to act on its promise to fight hate speech, however imperfectly. The site has banned Wisconsin Congressional candidate Paul Nehlen after he posted a racist image that placed the face of Cheddar Man (a dark-skinned British ances…
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Congressional watchdog to investigate fraud during net neutrality rule making

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) says it will investigate the possibility of fraud and identity theft during the FCC’s net neutrality rule making process. In a letter written to Representative Frank Pallone Jr., the GAO said it would review the “extent and pervasiveness of fraud and the misuse of American identities” during the process, in about five months’ time.

The letter from GAO is dated January 9th and was tweeted by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce yesterday. In December, members of congress including Pallone Jr., Gregory Meeks, Elijah Cummings, and six other Democrats sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting the investigation. “We understand that the FCC’s rulemaking process…

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Facebook announces new advertising disclosures days before Congressional hearings

Next week, Facebook will appear before the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees to answer questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But before it does, the company is laying out the steps it plans to take voluntarily to prevent foreign actors from interfering again. Facebook today said it would introduce its new disclosures around advertising next month, starting with a test in Canada before it rolled out more broadly elsewhere.

“When it comes to advertising on Facebook, people should be able to tell who the advertiser is and see the ads they’re running, especially for political ads,” said Rob Goldman, vice president of advertising, in a blog post. “That level of transparency is good for democracy and it’s good for…

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Former Equifax CEO faces Congressional probe into data breach

Equifax today admitted that an additional 2.5 million people may be affected by an August data breach. This is in addition to the 143 million people already known to be exposed. Meanwhile the company’s former CEO Richard Smith is in the Capitol testifying before congress live on YouTube. Representative Greg Walden, addressing Smith, said: Today we expect answers. After all, the buck does stop with you as CEO. Hopefully some of those answers will shed some light on how Smith ended up with what TNW originally reported to be a $ 15 million golden-parachute, but in actuality will turn out to…

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Congressional App Challenge Director Rachel Décoste: Get on Board the Tech Train

“Coding is one of the most in-demand skills. There’s a myth out there that you need to have this skill only if you work with computers, but as society develops, you’re going to see coding in every field. This is a skill that’s needed in all job sectors,” said Rachel Décoste, director of the Congressional App Challenge. “The jobs of tomorrow will require, if not coding, at least an understanding of how it works. If our children are going to be competitive on the global scale, it’s going to be a skill they have to develop, and the earlier the better.”