CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to report he’s been meeting with conservatives

CNET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to report he’s been meeting with conservatives. “Mark Zuckerberg said on Monday he meets with lots of people because that’s ‘part of learning,’ a comment prompted by a report detailing a series of quiet meetings the Facebook boss has had with conservative figures in the US over the summer. The meetings, in the form of small, off-record dinners at his homes since July, have included conservative talkshow hosts, journalists and at least one Republican lawmaker, Politico reported earlier in the day.”

Politico: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s private meetings with conservative pundits

Politico: Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s private meetings with conservative pundits. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.”

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute: Factions on the Left and Right Want Change in the Social Media Industry

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute: Factions on the Left and Right Want Change in the Social Media Industry. “Social media giant Facebook, Inc. is facing angst from the both the Left and Right of the political spectrum in the United States. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is weighing new regulatory action against Facebook and possibly other social media companies. Facebook has around US$ 3 billion saved for anticipation of an FTC fine. Some people argue that social media is akin to a public utility and that some regulation needs to occur.”

Techdirt: Texas Senator Pushing A Bill That Would Allow The State To Sue Twitter For Banning Conservatives

Techdirt: Texas Senator Pushing A Bill That Would Allow The State To Sue Twitter For Banning Conservatives. “…a member of the Texas Senate has decided he’s going to force social media platforms to be neutral. Bryan Hughes has crafted a bill that would allow the state’s attorney general to sue Twitter, etc. for booting people off their platforms. There’s a big ‘if’ in the bill that pretty much ensures it will never be enforced, even if it somehow manages to survive a Constitutional challenge.”

Washington Post: Senate Republicans renew their claims that Facebook, Google and Twitter censor conservatives

Washington Post: Senate Republicans renew their claims that Facebook, Google and Twitter censor conservatives . “Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pilloried Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations they censor conservative users and content online, threatening federal regulation in response to claims that Democrats long have described as a hoax and a distraction.”

New York Times: Big Tech, Once a CPAC Sponsor, Is Now Its Boogeyman

New York Times: Big Tech, Once a CPAC Sponsor, Is Now Its Boogeyman. “A year ago, attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual jamboree of the political right, were greeted by Big Tech with open arms and open bars…. That was then. At last week’s gathering here in a suburb of Washington, Silicon Valley’s only obvious presence was on the lips of exercised right-wing critics who whipped up the crowd by denouncing the American tech industry as an authoritarian hegemony intent on censoring their cause.”

Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets (Snopes)

Snopes: Hiding in Plain Sight: PAC-Connected Activists Set Up ‘Local News’ Outlets. “Some stories practically write themselves, the details simple and clear. This investigation, spurred by a reader’s tip, was no such story. In collaboration with reporter Bethania Palma and operations staffers Vinny Green and Chris Reilly, lead reporter Alex Kasprak spent weeks untangling the reality behind a group of entities posing as newspapers in key battleground states going into the 2020 election. Even if you’re jaded by the torrent of daily headlines, including Russian meddling in U.S. election processes, you will want to spend some time with this story.”