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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...
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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...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google poured a record amount of cash into lobbying the US Federal Government last year, outspending its tech rivals and even the major telecommunications companies, a nonprofit group has found. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, Google spent US$16.83m on lobbying in 2014, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase and the most it has ever...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
As many others cut back, a new breed of tech company doubled down on influencing Washington The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology,...
News Story
1/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has spent a record amount on Washington lobbyists as it pushes to maintain net neutrality. The search and advertising giant spent $16.8m (£11m) in 2014 - the most it has ever shelled out on DC influencers. Some US telecoms companies are pushing to get rid of net neutrality, which is the legal principle that all internet traffic should...
News Release
1/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public...