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Supreme Court Seems Favorable to Biden Administration Over Efforts to Combat Social Media Posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed likely Monday to side with the Biden administration in a dispute with Republican-led states over how far the federal government can go to combat controversial social […] read more >
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States Sue Meta Claiming Social Platforms Harm Children’s Mental Health

Dozens of US states, including California, New York, Arizona and Indiana are suing Meta Platforms Inc. for harming young people’s mental health and contributing the youth mental health crisis. read more >
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SCOTUS to Decide Legality of State Laws Limiting Social Media Platforms

The justices will review laws enacted by Republican-dominated legislatures and signed by Republican governors in Florida and Texas. read more >

Microsoft’s Media Literacy Program Aims to Empower Internet Users and Combat Misinformation

The tech company worked with the Trust Project, a nonprofit consortium of news organizations, to create advertisements directing internet users to a list of eight "trust indicators" that can be used to assess a website's credibility. read more >
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Congress Eyes New Rules for Tech: What’s Under Consideration

Tech regulation is gathering momentum on Capitol Hill as concerns skyrocket about China's ownership of TikTok and as parents navigating a post-pandemic mental health crisis have grown increasingly worried about what their children are seeing online. read more >
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Arkansas Requires Parents’ OK for Children on Social Media

Arkansas on Wednesday became the second state to restrict social media use by children, as Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders approved legislation requiring minors to get their parents' permission to create a new account. read more >
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Arkansas Sues TikTok, Meta Over Privacy, Child Safety Claims

"TikTok is a wolf in sheep's clothing," one of the lawsuits says. read more >
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Social Media Bill Spurs Concerns

Bill 396, the Social Media Safety Act, would compel social media companies to use a third-party firm to verify ages via a driver’s license or other form of identification. read more >
Education / Legal / Media & Marketing / Public Companies

School Lawsuits Over Social Media Harm Face Tough Legal Road

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments next month over the extent to which federal law protects the tech industry from such claims when social media algorithms push potentially harmful content. read more >
Investments

S&P 500 Closes Out Dismal Year With Worst Loss Since 2008

Stocks struggled all year as inflation put increasing pressure on consumers and raised concerns about economies slipping into recession. read more >
Media & Marketing

Facebook Parent Meta Threatens to Remove News From Platform

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, if passed, would allow news companies to collectively negotiate with social platforms over the terms on which their material appears on their sites. Meta said it would rather pull news from its platforms than "submit to government-mandated negotiations that unfairly disregard the value we provide to news outlets." read more >
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Social Media Platforms Brace for Midterm Elections Mayhem

While platforms like Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and YouTube say they've expanded their work to detect and stop harmful claims that could suppress the vote or even lead to violent confrontations, a review of some of the sites shows they're still playing catch-up with 2020. read more >
Media & Marketing

Facebook Owner Meta Unveils $1,500 VR Headset. Will it Sell?

The $1,500 Meta Quest Pro headset sports high-resolution sensors that let people see mixed virtual and augmented reality in full color, as well as eye tracking and so-called "natural facial expressions" that mimic the wearer's facial movements so their avatars appear natural when interacting with other avatars in virtual-reality environments. read more >
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High Court Will Hear Social Media Terrorism Lawsuits

In the cases the court agreed to hear, relatives of people killed in terrorist attacks in France and Turkey had sued Google, Twitter, and Facebook. read more >
Media & Marketing

Survey Finds Young People Follow News, but Without Much Joy

An estimated 71% of this age group gets news daily from social media. The social media diet is becoming more varied; Facebook doesn't dominate the way it used to. read more >
Health Care

Instagram and Facebook Remove Posts Offering Abortion Pills

Abortion pills, however, can legally be obtained through the mail after an online consultation from prescribers who have undergone certification and training. read more >
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Investments / Public Companies

Once Wall Street’s Stars, Big Tech Falls Back to Earth

Many of the companies are still making billions, but expectations for their continued growth look more shaky. read more >
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Markets 2021: Stocks Soar, IPOs Explode, Crypto Goes Wild

While many industries have yet to fully bounce back, the gradual reopening of the economy ushered in a swell of demand. read more >
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U.S. Employers Ratchet Up Pressure on Unvaccinated

A growing number of large employers are imposing rules to make it more onerous for employees to refuse vaccines, from outright mandates to requiring the unvaccinated to undergo regular testing. read more >
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Soirée Symposium Confronts Inequity, Hard Conversations at Work

Organizations can dismantle systemic racism and disrupt inequity by treating those goals like any other business target, Janet Stovall, a senior client strategist at NeuroLeadership Institute, said during the Soirée Women’s Leadership Symposium. read more >