Items tagged "Facebook"

Last week, President Trump used social media to encourage his supporters to storm the Capitol to attempt to maintain his power. In the wake of this violent insurrection against the certification of our election, the President and some of his supporters are claiming that the First Amendment rights of the President have been violated because […]

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FTC, State AG Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Mark Next Step Towards Competition

December 9, 2020 Competition Policy , digital platforms , Facebook , FTC , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. The suits focus on how Facebook has bought out competitors and potential competitors to stifle competition, as well as how Facebook has withheld access to its network anticompetitively. The suits follow three years of Public Knowledge advocacy on the competition challenges posed by dominant digital platforms like Facebook, including most recently our letters urging the FTC, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general to review Facebook’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior.

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Public Knowledge Urges Antitrust Enforcers to Scrutinize Facebook’s Conduct for Antitrust Violations

June 9, 2020 Antitrust Law , digital platforms , Facebook , Platform Competition

Today, Public Knowledge sent letters urging the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, House Judiciary, and state attorneys general to evaluate whether Facebook’s past acquisitions and what appear to be anti-competitive practices violate antitrust law.

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Public Knowledge Stands with Civil Rights Groups by Refusing Facebook Funding

June 9, 2020 civil rights , Content Moderation , Facebook , Public Knowledge , Section 230

Today, Public Knowledge announces that it will not accept funding from Facebook for any of the organization’s programs or initiatives. The decision follows a June 1 meeting between Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and civil rights leaders to discuss the company’s choice to leave up without moderation comments made by President Trump, including one in which he posted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in reference to protests over George Floyd’s death. Twitter, meanwhile, labeled the content with a disclaimer that it “glorified violence.”

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Public Knowledge Supports Antitrust Investigations into Google and Facebook

September 9, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , Facebook , Google

Today, 50 states and territories announced they are opening an antitrust investigation into Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Alphabet also confirmed last week that it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Eight states and DC also announced last week that they are beginning an antitrust investigation into Facebook as well.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Facebook Announcement of FTC Investigation

July 24, 2019 Antitrust Law , Competition Policy , Facebook , FTC

Today, Facebook confirmed during its Q2 earnings call and in its quarterly report that the Federal Trade Commission notified the company in June that the agency has opened an antitrust investigation into Facebook. An FTC investigation means there is particular conduct by the company that the agency is interested in, and that the agency is examining that conduct to determine if it violates antitrust law.

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Public Knowledge Warns $5 Billion FTC Facebook Settlement Insufficient to Protect Consumers

July 24, 2019 consumer protections , Facebook , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released details of its $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s repeated violations of a 2012 consent decree, which includes privacy violations such as the Cambridge Analytica incident.

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Public Knowledge Criticizes Reported $5 Billion Facebook Settlement

July 12, 2019 Cambridge Analytica , consent decree , Consumer Privacy , Facebook , FTC

Reports indicate that the Federal Trade Commission recently voted 3-2 along party lines to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over the company’s repeated privacy violations, including the Cambridge Analytica incident. The FTC is expected to unveil the terms of the fine — including possible conditions — once the Department of Justice has finalized the settlement.

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Tie Any Facebook Fine to Protecting Users

April 25, 2019 consent decree , consumer protections , Facebook , FTC , Privacy

Facebook announced yesterday that it expects to pay a fine up to $5 billion dollars over accusations that the company violated its 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission over consumer privacy on the social media platform. The company also said there can be no assurances as to the terms of resolution of the investigation.

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Public Knowledge Urges FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Data-Sharing Partnerships With Device Makers

June 4, 2018 consent decree , Consumer Privacy , Data Privacy , Facebook , Privacy

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with device makers, enabling companies like Amazon and Apple to access Facebook users’ and their friends’ data — without those friends’ consent. Reports indicate that the shared data includes data pertaining to users who expressly denied Facebook permission to share their information with any third parties.

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