Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content

Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments. Why it matters: It’s one of the most aggressive measures any major tech platform has taken to combat climate change misinformation. Details: Google advertisers and publishers, as well asContinue reading “Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content”

U.S. Facing Over Twice as Many Domestic Terror Threats as Foreign, FBI Says

The United States is facing far more domestic terror threats than those from international parties, according to the FBI. Timothy Langan, assistant director of the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division, told lawmakers Wednesday that the U.S. is approaching more than 2,700 domestic terrorism threats. The number of international terror threats is under 1,000, Langan said when asked byContinue reading “U.S. Facing Over Twice as Many Domestic Terror Threats as Foreign, FBI Says”

Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos

YouTube considers free speech to be one of its “core values” despite its removal of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s voting strategy videos ahead of Russia’s parliamentary elections, the video streaming site’s CEO told Bloomberg Television on Monday.   Google-owned YouTube sparked cries of censorship both in Russia and abroad when it blocked the “Smart Voting” video postedContinue reading “Free Speech a ‘Core Value,’ YouTube CEO Says After Blocking Russian Opposition Videos”

Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown

Russia holds final day of parliamentary election Crackdown crushed Kremlin critics ahead of vote Activists promote tactical voting plan Watchdog records violations Russians voted on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win emphatically after a crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s movement andContinue reading “Pro-Putin party set to win Russian election after Navalny clampdown”

Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin

Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) have removed jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s tactical voting app from their stores, his team said on Friday, after Russia accused the U.S. tech firms of meddling in its internal affairs. Russia goes to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament in a three-day vote that the ruling United Russia partyContinue reading “Google, Apple remove Navalny app from stores as Russian elections begin”

Is The US Becoming A Dystopia? – Second Thought

We all love a good dystopian movie, but at what point do we have to start considering real life dystopian? In this episode, we’re taking a look at some troubling trends in the US, and by extension the rest of the world.

UK pushes for financial services to be exempt from G7 global tax plan

British finance minister Rishi Sunak is pushing for financial services firms to be exempt from a new global tax system which was agreed last week by the Group of Seven (G7) economies, sources familiar with the negotiations said. One of the officials said Britain – home of Europe’s biggest financial hub – had put aContinue reading “UK pushes for financial services to be exempt from G7 global tax plan”

Tech giants told to stop making money from disinformation in EU fake news fight

Facebook, Alphabet unit Google and other tech giants will have to commit to curb the monetisation of disinformation through advertisement placements under the European Commission’s beefed up code of practice against fake news. Facebook, Alphabet unit Google and other tech giants will have to commit to curb the monetisation of disinformation through advertisement placements underContinue reading “Tech giants told to stop making money from disinformation in EU fake news fight”

Google used ‘double-Irish’ to shift $75.4bn in profits out of Ireland

Company moved money in 2019, prior to it overhauling its global tax structure Google shifted more than $75.4 billion (€63 billion) in profits out of the Republic using the controversial “double-Irish” tax arrangement in 2019, the last year in which it used the loophole. The technology giant availed of the tax arrangement to move the moneyContinue reading “Google used ‘double-Irish’ to shift $75.4bn in profits out of Ireland”

An Ex-Google Lobbyist Who Backed Jim Jordan Is Leading Big Tech’s Bid to Court the Left

“This is clearly kind of an astroturf group.” How is Big Tech navigating the Biden era? Consider the newest industry trade group promoting its interests in Washington. Funded by Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Uber, and other companies, and headed by a veteran tech lobbyist, the Chamber of Progress—a name that plays on the traditionally Republican-leaningContinue reading “An Ex-Google Lobbyist Who Backed Jim Jordan Is Leading Big Tech’s Bid to Court the Left”

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