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Policy

From platform moderation on Facebook and YouTube to big government struggles like the FCC and privacy regulation, policy is where we take on the rules of the internet. Watch here to follow Ajit Pai's ongoing fight against net neutrality, and Europe's push to protect its citizens' data with the GDPR. We're tracking broadband speeds to look for carrier throttling, making sure your connection stays clean. We're tracking moderation and free speech online, making sure the policies match up with what's happening in the real world. The law isn't always made with the internet in mind, and with antitrust and monopoly concerns overwhelming tech giants, there aren't many powers left standing up for the open web. So check in here to keep an eye on those stories, and we'll make sure you stay ahead of the rules of the internet — even the weird and confusing ones.

Iran and Russia obtained US voter registration data, officials say

Who is Google’s market power hurting?

AOC’s debut Twitch stream is one of the biggest ever

Facebook moderators in India were pressured to return to the office despite COVID-19 concerns

Deepfake bots on Telegram make the work of creating fake nudes dangerously easy

A “deepfake ecosystem” generating countless fake nudes

The US government has filed antitrust charges against Google

US charges six Russian intelligence officers with hacking Ukraine, 2018 Olympics, and Skripal investigation

Pakistan lifts TikTok ban after just 10 days

Facebook says it removed 120,000 posts for attempting to obstruct voting

The 8th Wonder of the World

Three years after its deal with Trump and the Wisconsin GOP, Foxconn’s factory — and the jobs it promised — don’t exist, and they probably never will.

TikTok removing accounts of users who share QAnon-related content

Google says Chinese hackers who targeted Biden campaign are faking McAfee software

Facebook reportedly choked traffic for left-leaning news sites including Mother Jones

Oracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal

Some Shipt workers report seeing lower pay under new effort-based model

The official Biden HQ in Animal Crossing has poll booths, ice cream, and no malarkey

Voting rights group More Than A Vote targets young people in NBA 2K

Judge in WeChat case appears unlikely to allow US ban to move forward

A group of WeChat users argues that a ban would restrict their free speech

FCC will move to regulate social media after censorship outcry

Jack Dorsey faces Senate subpoena after blocking NY Post articles

How to watch the Trump and Biden town halls

YouTube won’t ban QAnon content, but will remove videos that could promote violence

Fifteen important things to say about Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story

TikTok chief security officer says its servers are already separate from ByteDance

Uber is spamming users with political push notifications ahead of a key gig worker vote

How real-world violence led Facebook to overturn its most controversial policy

Job training at Google sounds very normal

Facebook announces ban on anti-vaccination ads

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access

Wisconsin denies Foxconn tax subsidies after contract negotiations fail

Foxconn isn’t building what it promised and failed to hire enough people.

Facebook bans Holocaust denial content

Zuckerberg previously defended the site’s tolerance of Holocaust deniers

Twitter flags, limits sharing on Trump tweet about being “immune” to coronavirus

Epic judge permanently restrains Apple from blocking Unreal Engine, but won’t force Fortnite

Twitter is fighting election chaos by urging users to quote tweet instead of retweet

Google contractor accused of offshoring jobs in retaliation for union campaign

Oracle and Google’s Supreme Court showdown was a battle of metaphors

Facebook bans troll accounts linked to conservative group Turning Point USA

What Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook have at stake in the antitrust fight

Here’s what the House Judiciary report means for each company

How to watch the first vice presidential debate