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6/17/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Federal Communications Commission looks like it means business when it comes to enforcing open Internet rules.  It just slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, one of the largest ever, for improperly slowing, or “throttling” Internet speeds for people who purchased what the company had described  as “...
News Story
4/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The first quarter of 2015 has seen Google’s lobbying budget soar. According to reports by a non-profit group Maplight, Google’s lobbying budget has shot up by 43 percent, going up from $3.82 million to $5.47 million. Google is the only tech company among the top 5 spenders. The Chamber of Commerce of the USA spent $13.8 on lobbying...
News Release
4/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Comcast, which is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the...
News Story
4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is under investigation in Europe over allegations it abused its dominance in search, while Comcast is seeking approval to merge with TWC Google spent a record $5.47m on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43% from $3.82m in theprevious year, according to figures compiled by non-profit group Consumer Watchdog. According...
News Story
4/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When technology executives imagine the boogeyman, they see a baby-face guy in wire-rim glasses. His name is Jay Edelson. Mr. Edelson, 42, is a class-action lawyer. He is also, if not the most hated person in Silicon Valley, very close to it. His firm, Edelson PC, specializes in suing technology companies, claiming privacy violations. He has gone...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A man who posted a hoax suicide threat on Facebook ending up being arrested and put in a psychiatric institution for nearly three days. Shane Tusch, 48, a part-time electrician from San Mateo, California, said he wanted to test Facebook's revamped suicide prevention programme. But after threatening to hang himself from the Golden Gate Bridge,...
News Story
3/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Shane Tusch found out the hard way that Facebook’s suicide prevention tool works — sort of. In fact, what began as a test of the system landed him in mental health facilities for about 70 hours. Two weeks ago, Tusch, 48, read about Facebook’s suicide prevention program, which locks out users after their friends report their...
Video
3/12/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog today called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to “suspend the suicide prevention program until it is fully protective of the rights of all individuals and contains safeguards against abuse,” following a misfire in the program in Northern California. See our full report here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/...
News Release
3/12/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to “suspend the suicide prevention program until it is fully protective of the rights of all individuals and contains safeguards against abuse,” following a misfire in the program in Northern California. A San Mateo man was imprisoned in a mental...
News Story
2/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
People who post suicidal thoughts on Facebook can be flagged by their friends and kicked off Facebook until they read about suicide prevention. When people write about harming themselves on Facebook, their friends can ask Facebook to review the post because it’s “hurtful, threatening or suicidal.” A team of Facebook employees...