By Cat Zakrzewski Cat Zakrzewski Technology
Ctrl + N
European Union Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks at South by Southwest. (Erik Carlson/ATX Video Marketing)
Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Curious why I think FB has too much power? Let's start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power. Thanks for restoring my posts. But I want a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor. #BreakUpBigTech https://t.co/UPS6dozOxn— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 11, 2019
“We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,” the company said in a statement. “In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.”
NIBBLES: The Department of Homeland Security is rushing to deploy facial recognition systems across the country to comply with an executive order, but it's doing so without proper vetting and using methods some privacy advocates say are against the law, according to BuzzFeed News's Davey Alba.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is scrambling to implement this “biometric entry-exit system,” with the goal of using facial recognition technology on travelers aboard 16,300 flights per week — or more than 100 million passengers traveling on international flights out of the United States — in as little as two years, to meet Trump's accelerated timeline for a biometric system that had initially been signed into law by the Obama administration,” according to 346 pages of documents shared with BuzzFeed.
Officials are rushing to implement the system with few legal guardrails, at a time when there are serious questions about the accuracy of facial recognition technology — especially among certain racial minorities.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded on Twitter:
I’m a believer in privacy - which means I reject unlimited, unchecked, warrantless surveillance.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 11, 2019
Tracking consent should be given freely (aka not holding a service hostage for it) - whether it’s a gov or a corp.
Warrants, & their requirements, are supposed to mean something. https://t.co/RY2jtLYLCp
Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The Tesla chief executive said he did not violate a previous settlement that put restrictions on his use of social media and that the government is trying to silence him. Under this settlement, Musk was supposed to have lawyers preapprove any tweets that could impact the company's stock. But the SEC says Musk's tweet from Feb. 19 about production levels hadn't been reviewed by the company's lawyers, in violation of the court's order.
“The tweet was simply Musk’s shorthand gloss on and entirely consistent with prior public disclosures detailing Tesla’s anticipated production volume,” Musk’s lawyers wrote. “Moreover, it is clear from the context of the tweet that it was celebratory and forward-looking—a type of statement that courts have concluded is immaterial as a matter of law.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
According to the analysis of data Facebook shared with TV ratings company Nielsen, “people in the United States have been spending a lot less time on Facebook and on Messenger since 2016 — about 10 percent less time per person in any given month than they had in the same month the previous year,” Dwoskin wrote. “And that is true for all age brackets.”
— More technology news from the private sector:
— Technology news from the public sector:
Presidet Trump is on the defensive after a video of him calling the chief executive of Apple "Tim Apple" at a White House event last week went viral. In a tweet yesterday, he said it was a "easy way to save time & words."
At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
From my colleague Philp Bump:
People are criticizing Trump for saying he said "Tim Apple" to save time. But who among us couldn't use an extra nearly half-second to use as we wish? https://t.co/EVBbTsvYYt— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 12, 2019
Odds on a heckler shouting "Tim Apple!" at the Apple event later this month?— Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) March 11, 2019
To save even more time, I propose we refer to Tim Cook of Apple simply as "Tapple."— Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) March 11, 2019
— News about tech incidents and blunders:
- South by Southwest continues in Austin through Sunday, March 17.
- The House Committee on Energy and Commerce hosts a legislative hearing on restoring net neutrality protections at 11 a.m.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a privacy hearing, focused on Europe's General Data Protection Regulation and California's privacy law.
- The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint at 2 p.m.
- The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hosts a hearing on broadband investments in rural America at 2:30 p.m.