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France, Not Waiting for European Union, to Tax U.S. Tech Firms as ’19 Starts

PARIS — With the so-called Yellow Vest movement forcing concessions that have widened the country’s budget shortfall, the French government is accelerating a plan to place hefty taxes on American technology giants that have long maneuvered to keep their bills low while reaping huge sums of money. France has been …

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Voter Suppression and Racial Targeting: In Facebook’s and Twitter’s Words

Twitter In statements submitted in September to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of a hearing with Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, the company said that it “unequivocally condemns the use of our platform for any election interference activity.” Referring to Tailored Audiences, an advertising feature that can …

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Jack Dorsey, Posting About Myanmar on Twitter, Is Accused of Being Tone Deaf

HONG KONG — Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, fresh off a silent-meditation retreat in Myanmar, was so smitten with his visit that he posted a series of glowing tweets about the country and its people, urging others to travel there. But his posts on Sunday were called out by many …

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Rudy Giuliani Says Twitter Sabotaged His Tweet. Actually, He Did It Himself.

To Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor who is one of President Trump’s lawyers, it was an example of how low Twitter would stoop to carry out its anti-Trump agenda. It was, decidedly, no such thing. It was just a typo, followed by an opportunistic prank by an …

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11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?

During the summer before the 2016 presidential election, John Seymour and Philip Tully, two researchers with ZeroFOX, a security company in Baltimore, unveiled a new kind of Twitter bot. By analyzing patterns of activity on the social network, the bot learned to fool users into clicking on links in tweets …

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence …

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San Francisco Approves Business Tax to Fund Homeless Services

SAN FRANCISCO — Voters in San Francisco approved a tax increase on the city’s largest businesses that would nearly double its budget for homeless services, a measure seen as an effort to hold wealthy technology companies accountable for exacerbating the local housing crisis. Tech executives have poured money into the …

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Twitter Says It Is Ready for the Midterms, but Rogue Accounts Aren’t Letting Up

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter created a team to automatically seek out suspicious activity, like thousands of messages intended to suppress the vote. It began coordinating closely with the Department of Homeland Security. And it recently introduced a tool to help people more easily report misleading tweets. Ahead of the midterm …

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We Asked for Examples of Election Misinformation. You Delivered.

Two months ago, The New York Times asked readers to send in examples of election-related misinformation they saw online. Readers responded. In all, more than 4,000 examples of misinformation were submitted to The Times from social media feeds, text-messaging apps and email accounts. Each legitimate submission was vetted by reporters …

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On Social Media, No Answers for Hate

SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. A search for the word “Jews” displayed 11,696 posts with the hashtag “#jewsdid911,” claiming that Jews …

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