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Congress Wants to Change Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Because It Doesn’t Like the Way the Internet Works

The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google will appear before the Senate Commerce Committee today to talk about how they moderate content on their respective platforms. Supposedly, the premise is that lawmakers are exploring whether they should change aspects of the law known as Section 230, which provides certain protections to platforms that host user-generated content.

There have been plenty of calls lately to change that law, most recently with the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, saying that the Commission will reinterpret the law to mean the opposite of what it actually says. Previously, Senator Josh Hawley had introduced legislation to strip tech platforms of the protection provided by the law.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act basically gives platforms, like Facebook, the ability to moderate (or not moderate) content on its platform without legal liability. There are a few exceptions, most notably for copyright infringement and criminal

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Twitter plunges 18% after posting a major slump in daily active users in the third-quarter


  • Twitter’s third-quarter earnings sent its stock price as much as 18% lower in early trading on Friday.
  • While the company delivered better-than-expected revenue for the quarter, it fell fall short on user growth.
  • Twitter grew its total daily active users by only 1 million from the same period last year to 187 million, falling shy of the 195 million analysts expected.
  • The company’s third-quarter earnings came one day after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended its content moderation policies in front of the Senate.
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Twitter shares fell as much as 18% in early trading on Friday after the company’s daily active users in the third-quarter fell far short of analyst expectations.

While the social-media firm crushed Wall Street forecasts on revenue, user growth reached only 187 million daily users compared to an

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KJ Apa’s ‘Songbird’ Trailer Is Causing Controversy On Twitter

If you thought it was too soon for a coronavirus-inspired action movie, you’re certainly not alone. The Songbird trailer arrived on Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring Riverdale‘s KJ Apa in one of the first films to begin production again after COVID-19 lockdowns. Unfortunately, people on Twitter are not happy about the new movie, calling it insensitive and insisting that producer Michael Bay needs to “read the room.”

Songbird is set in 2024, and somehow, the world is still in quarantine. This time, however, people are facing an even deadlier virus called COVID-23, and those infected are ripped from their homes and forced into camps known as Q-Zones. The film centers on Apa’s character Nico, a COVID-immune Los Angeles courier who falls in love with Sara (Sofia Carson) — because let’s be real: what’s a sci-fi thriller without a romance arc, right?

Soon after the trailer dropped, many people took to

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Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs face Senate hearing

Days before an election marked by fears of civil war and stolen victory, the Senate heard testimony Wednesday morning on a rare subject where there exists something resembling bipartisan agreement: the need to rethink the law shielding internet platforms from liability for the content they host.

Three of the biggest names in digital media — Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey — spoke before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about Section 230 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Section 230 established that websites and service providers are not legally responsible for what their users post while leaving the door open for them to moderate user content, as long as they do so “in good faith.” It’s this question of moderation that’s prompted some of the most aggressive attacks on the law, which President Trump has moved to

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Twitter Says Adele Singing on ‘SNL’ Has Saved 2020, and Honestly, True

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Adele warned us ahead of time that she wouldn’t perform during her hosting stint on October 24th’s episode of Saturday Night Live. But, the queen of rolling in the deep let us have a little taste of what she’s famous for, as a treat, and her singing snippets of her greatest hits pretty much saved the dumpster fire year that has been 2020.

The “Hello” singer appeared in a spoof of The Bachelor in which she is battling against a swarm of Hannahs (Heidi Gardner, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt) to pull at Ben K.’s (Beck Bennett) heartstrings. However, her plethora of emotions seem to thwart her chances at winning.

We got “Rolling in the Deep,” we got “Hello,” we got “Someone Like You,” and we got “When We Were Young,” all within the timespan of about six minutes, which was exactly what we needed to

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Outtakes: Springsteen on 1st guitar, touring and Twitter

Bruce Springsteen, who released his 20th album “Letter to You” last week, discusses trending on Twitter, his first guitar, his first concert and the pain of the pandemic in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen — who released his 20th album “Letter to You” last week — discusses trending on Twitter, his first guitar, his first concert and the pain of the pandemic in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here.

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Bruce Springsteen had plans to tour his new album next year, but he knows that may not happen because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“At 70 you realize there are X amount of shows left. There are X amount of years where you are going to be

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Bad Bunny, with a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, gets Boyle Heights trending on Twitter

Puerto Rican singer Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, stage name "Bad Bunny," poses Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Chris Walker / For The Times)
Bad Bunny. (Chris Walker / For The Times)

Bad Bunny is the hottest Latin artist in the world right now. So what was the Puerto Rican superstar doing in Boyle Heights on Friday afternoon?

A week after his show-stopping performance with Ivy Queen and Nesi at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, the singer, producer and MC was spotted walking down 1st Street with a camera crew, donning a set of beaded braids and clutching a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Fans began to circle as the artist strutted past the House of Trophies & Awards. A Twitter user identified as Alejandra Herrera managed to snap a scene from the shoot, which appears to be a commercial for the spicy snack. “Dang, young papi,” said a girl in the video. “He knows he’s so fine!”

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Borat Defended Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Innocent Sexytime’ On Twitter

Rudy Giuliani’s shenanigans captured on film in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm hit the media before the film hit streaming services, which gave Sacha Baron Cohen the opportunity to use it in a promotional tweet about the movie’s release.

Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and a man who has tried to make the news for another high-profile reason this week, was caught on film in a compromising situation with the Baron Cohen character, who Giuliani may or may not still believe is a real person. While the rest of America will be able to see the scene for themselves on Friday, Baron Cohen tweeted a defense of Giuliani on Thursday night that poked fun at this appearance in the film, in which the former mayor of New York City appeared in a hotel room that Baron Cohen’s Borat burst into and claimed the person he was with was an underage girl.

“I

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Voters Distrust Twitter More Than Facebook, Think Social Media Has Made World a Worse Place: Poll

Registered voters in the U.S. distrust Twitter more than they distrust Facebook, but have even less trust in TikTok, an exclusive Newsweek poll conducted by London-based polling firm Redfield & Wilton Strategies showed.



a hand holding a cellphone: In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. A Newsweek poll has found that U.S. voters distrust Twitter more than they distrust Facebook.


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In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Trump’s Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. A Newsweek poll has found that U.S. voters distrust Twitter more than they distrust Facebook.

A plurality of 45 percent of respondents said that they were closer to the view that “social media has made the world a worse place,” in a survey conducted online for Newsweek from October 17-18, with 3,150 registered voters in the U.S.

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Fourty two percent said that they trust none of the seven social media platforms listed in the survey—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, TikTok

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Social media stocks Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook surge after Snap crushes earnings expectations


  • Social media stocks surged on Wednesday after Snap reported third quarter earnings that crushed analyst expectations. 
  • Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook all moved higher as the readthrough from Snap’s earnings report was that advertisers are increasingly switching to digital platforms with strong user engagement.
  • Pinterest’s double-digit surge on Wednesday could also be driven by analyst upgrades from Bank of America and Goldman Sachs.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Social media stocks surged on Wednesday following Snap’s blockbuster third quarter earnings report that bested analyst expectations.

Snap surged as much as 35% to $38.49 in Wednesday trades. Here’s where six Wall Street analysts expect Snap to go following its strong earnings report. 

Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook moved substantially higher as the readthrough from Snap’s earnings report was that advertisers are increasingly moving their spend to digital platforms with strong user engagement.

“Our field checks, along

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