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    Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the growing monopoly power of social media companies Wednesday, saying the tech companies compete with the power of nations. Vladimir Putin said he is worried about the increasing power of social media companies and their role in “wider society” during his remarks at the virtual Davos Agenda summit on Wednesday, CNBC reported. Putin stopped short, however, of mentioning any social media companies by name. “Digital giants have been playing an increasingly significant role in wider society,” Putin said, according to CNBC. “We are now talking about economic giants, aren’t we? In certain areas, they are competing with states and their audience can include millions and millions of users.” “Here is the question, how well does this monopolism correlate with the public interest?” Putin said. (RELATED: ‘Oil Barons And Railroad Tycoons’: Big Tech Must Be Restructured, House Report Says) Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
    The uproar over Big Tech's crackdown on social media users like President Trump and upstart platforms like Parler has little to do with the First Amendment, Laura Ingraham told viewers Monday.  "We obviously know that Facebook, Apple, Twitter, etc. are private companies," said "The Ingraham Angle" host. "We know that the Bill of Rights doesn't apply to private companies and when we use the terms 'free speech' and 'free expression,' we are speaking metaphorically, not literally."  The real issue, Ingraham explained, is that many private companies like Twitter have "too much power," and often have market caps "larger than the GDP of our closest allies." "If Big Tech was truly worried about speech that incites harm and violence, well, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, they would have removed all the content from Antifa and radical Islamists years ago," she said. PARLER CEO ON 'SHOCKING' RESTRICTIONS BY AMAZON, APPLE, GOOGLE: 'YOU JUST NEVER THINK IT WILL HAPPEN' "There's always a risk that in a system like ours,...
    Pfizers vaccine faces FDA committee vote Thursday, could ship Friday Why is Kim Kardashian West tweeting about the death penalty if she can talk to Trump? Facebook was just hit with 2 big antitrust lawsuits. Heres what antitrust means and how trust-busting laws attempt to keep the biggest firms in US history from growing too powerful. © Provided by Business Insider An 1889 political cartoon. Nawrocki/ClassicStock/Getty Images Antitrust laws were created to keep the big conglomerates, or trusts, that were forming across oil, railroad, steel, and other sectors in the late 1800s and early 1900s from growing too large and powerful. Now, regulators are coming after 21st-century big tech — the Federal Trade Commission and a group of 48 attorneys general filed two separate antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday. The lawsuits could lead to Facebook spinning off Instagram and WhatsApp, two companies that critics say Facebook neutralized...
    Apex Legends released the Season 7 update a few weeks ago, introducing a range of new content. Players were treated to the new Olympus map, the latest legend ‘Horizon’, and the game’s first-ever vehicle. The onset of Season 7 also contributed to several balance changes, all of which have shifted the game’s meta. The update tuned several weapons, one of which was the Hemlok. This burst AR gained a lot of reputation after receiving significant buffs not so long ago. Therefore, Respawn nerfed the weapon in Season 7 as it had become exceedingly powerful last season. However, the Hemlok is still considered as one of the most powerful weapons in Apex Legends despite its strength toned down. YouTuber iTemp Plays showcased the immense combat capabilities of the assault rifle in a recent video. Also Read- Apex Legends Developers Want Cross-Progression Added, But It’s Still in ‘Early Development’ iTemp Plays...
    Bridging divides – political and otherwise – to make a positive impact How to Practically and Specifically Help Restaurants This Election Year Google was just hit with an antitrust lawsuit from the DOJ. Heres what antitrust means and how trust-busting laws attempt to keep the biggest firms in US history from growing too powerful. © Provided by Business Insider An 1889 political cartoon. Nawrocki/ClassicStock/Getty Images Antitrust laws were created to keep the big conglomerates, or trusts, that were forming across oil, railroad, steel, and other sectors in the late 1800s and early 1900s from growing too large and powerful. Now, regulators are coming after 21st-century big tech — the Department of Justice filed an antitrust case against Google over antitrust concerns on Tuesday. Google as well as Apple, Amazon, and Facebook have been under heavy scrutiny this year with a congressional investigation into online market competition. The investigation...
    KIM Jong-un's sister has vanished from public view amid speculation that she is being positioned to replace him. The disappearance follows months of reports about Kim's ill-health, and experts say sister Kim Yo-jong could be lying low for fear of reprisals by her despot brother. 5Kim Yo-jong, pictured with her despot brother, has not been seen in public since July 27Credit: Reuters 5Kim Jong-un is thought to have begun handing some powers to his sister Credit: Reuters 5Kim Yo-jong has taken on an increasingly prominent position within the regime this yearCredit: AP:Associated Press Recent months have seen the 32-year-old take on an increasingly prominent role within the regime. She has frequently been seen alongside her brother, and has also issued a number of public statements echoing his threats towards South Korea. Last week, South Korea's National Intelligence Service also said that Kim had begun handing certain...
    Monopolistic companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and others have become far too powerful. They thwart competition and abuse their power, whether it's by failing to protect users' privacy and data or by controlling one of our most basic freedom — free speech —  in hopes of influencing, if not, swaying elections. These actions warrant congressional intervention, especially given Silicon Valley's well-known political bias against conservatives — including the president of the United States of America. President Trump's tweets are routinely "fact-checked" and censored, for example, while his political opponents are not. This rigged system has far-reaching consequences that, among other things, shape public opinion and culture and taint America's standing in the world, while diminishing our collective rights. JIM HANSON: BIG TECH HEARING SHOWS CONGRESS CAN'T ALLOW THESE POWERFUL COMPANIES TO POLICE THEMSELVES Take Apple. If you ask Siri what "demon" means, she says "an evil spirit or...
    While most Republicans and Democrats believe social media companies wield too much power, Republicans are more likely to hold this view, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A whopping 82 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think social media companies have too much power and influence in politics, compared with 63 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, the survey said. Twenty-eight percent of Democrats say these companies have about the right amount of power and influence in politics, compared to 13 percent of Republicans, Pew added. APPS DESIGNED TO TRACK COVID-19 MIGHT BE FULL OF RANSOMWARE, REPORT SAYS This dichotomy is not new, as this type of partisan split has been seen in past surveys. “Republicans were more likely than Democrats to believe social media sites censor political viewpoints and that tech companies generally support liberal views over conservative ones,” according to a 2018 survey from Pew. Justin Danhof, General Counsel for...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses Rep. Ted Yoho's and Rep. Roger Williams' sexist attack outside Congress. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York took to the House floor on Wednesday morning to respond to the vulgar, sexist encounter she had with Florida’s Rep. Ted Yoho and Rep. Roger Williams of Texas on Monday. Ocasio-Cortez was on her way to vote, walking up the steps of the U.S. Capitol when the pair of Republican congressmen angrily confronted her. According to AOC, Yoho was wagging his finger in her face and as he walked away, a reporter from The Hill overheard him exclaim “Fucking bitch.”  The reporter’s account of the encounter sparked a firestorm and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and others demanded Yoho apologize for his remarks, which seemed to be in violation of the House Ethics rules. So the first order of business on Tuesday was Yoho issuing an apology on the House floor. Except it...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) took to the House floor on Wednesday morning to respond to the vulgar, sexist encounter she had with Rep. Ted Yoho (FL-03) and Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25) on Monday. Ocasio-Cortez was on her way to vote, walking up the steps of the U.S. Capitol when the pair of Republican congressmen angrily confronted her. According to AOC, Yoho was angrily wagging his finger in her face and as he walked away, a reporter from The Hill overheard him exclaim “Fucking bitch.” The reporter’s account of the encounter sparked a firestorm and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and others demanded Yoho apologize for his remarks, which seemed to be in violation of the House Ethics rules. So the first order of business on Tuesday was Yoho issuing an apology on the House floor. Except it wasn’t an apology at all. He denied using the vulgar slur and then used the fact he has a wife and daughter to...
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