CNN: Facebook and Twitter chart out different paths for Congress on internet regulation. “In a Senate hearing on Tuesday that stretched on for more than four hours, the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter sought to recalibrate their relationship with Congress, apologizing for past mistakes while trying to set the tone for future regulation of their industry that’s expected to see a bigger push in 2021.”
CNET: Facebook, Twitter CEOs to visit Congress again: How to watch on Tuesday. “The virtual hearing marks the second time Zuckerberg and Dorsey are to appear before lawmakers in less than a month. On Oct. 28, the executives, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, testified at a hearing on Section 230, a law that gives internet companies immunity for content posted by their users. That hearing strayed from its intended purpose, with senators challenging the trio on content moderation policies, including their responses to the New York Post story.”
CNET: Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai to testify before Congress this month. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress on Oct. 28. The US Senate’s Commerce committee had voted unanimously to subpoena the appearances of Zuckerberg, Pichai and Dorsey, but the CEOs agreed to appear without being subpoenaed, according to The Washington Post.” I wonder how many of these hearings we have before we actually learn anything.
Bloomberg: Twitter, Google Back Nigerians Protesting Police Brutality. “Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey and Alphabet Inc.’s Google have come out in support of Nigerians protesting a controversial police unit that became infamous for harassing young workers in the country’s burgeoning technology industry.”
The Verge: 2020 is giving us another chance to watch Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai get grilled by Congress. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have agreed to testify virtually before the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28th, Politico reported Friday evening. Assuming that the hearing is live-streamed in some way, that means you’ll be able to watch some of the world’s most powerful people get grilled by policymakers who’ve recently discussed changing the laws that let their companies grow to an unfathomable scale.”
CNET: Twitter addresses massive hack as revenue slumps, users soar. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday tried to quell security concerns about the social network after hackers hijacked the accounts of high-profile politicians, celebrities and businesses to peddle a cryptocurrency scam last week.”
CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledges $3M to guaranteed income programs. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday promised to donate $3 million to a collation of mayors advocating for a federal guaranteed income. Dorsey’s donation will help a network of mayors in 15 cities battle the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Politico: Twitter CEO gives $10M to help prisons battle coronavirus. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledged $10 million Monday to help U.S. prisons battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as inmates living in confined quarters remain particularly vulnerable to the disease. The donation to REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice advocacy group led by CNN analyst Van Jones, will buy 10 million face masks and other personal protective equipment for people who are incarcerated, as well as correctional officers, health care workers and other prison employees.”
BuzzFeed News: Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever. “Some Twitter employees will never return to their office. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed employees on Tuesday telling them that they’d be allowed to work from home permanently, even after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown passes. Some jobs that require physical presence, such as maintaining servers, will still require employees to come in.”
BetaNews: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey donates $1 billion to fund coronavirus research. “In times of crisis, billionaires are often criticized for failing to help out. But when it comes to fighting coronavirus, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is digging deep and offering up more than a quarter of his personal wealth. In all, Dorsey is donating $1 billion to help fund global COVID-19 relief. The philanthropic venture sees the Twitter chief executive moving $1 billion worth of shares in his payments company Square into a charitable fund, called Start Small LLC.”
Tubefilter: Jack Dorsey To Stay CEO After Twitter Reaches Deal With Investors Elliott, Silver Lake. “Jack Dorsey’s job is saved. The noted exec will remain CEO of Twitter thanks to a deal reached with its new investor, Elliott Management Corp. The deal comes after news broke last week that Elliott bought 4% of Twitter’s stock for around $1 billion, and intended to leverage that stake to push Dorsey out of his role.”
TechCrunch: Twitter CEO’s weak argument why investors shouldn’t fire him. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey might not spend six months a year in Africa, claims the real product development is under the hood and gives an excuse for deleting Vine before it could become TikTok. Today he tweeted, via Twitter’s investor relations account, a multi-pronged defense of his leadership and the company’s progress.”
CNET: Activist investor seeks to replace Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO, report says. “Paul Singer, the billionaire founder of the activist fund Elliott Management, is preparing a plan to try to replace Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter, according to a report Friday by Bloomberg.”
The Verge: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on edit button: ‘We’ll probably never do it’. “Twitter users have been asking for the option to edit tweets ever since the service launched in 2006, but the company has always prevaricated, saying it’s looking into the problem, or considering it deeply, or a hundred other ways of saying ‘please stop bothering us about this, please.’ Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has given perhaps the most definitive answer on the question to date.”
CNET: Twitter wants to create a ‘decentralized standard’ for social media. “Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that the company wants to create ‘an open and decentralized standard for social media,’ a development that he said could help the site do a better job of combating abusive and misleading information.” Twitter has such an awful track record of working with third-party developers I’m not sure how this will work.