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Tech is reshaping the world — and not always for the better. Whether it’s the rules for Apple’s App Store or Facebook’s plan for fighting misinformation, tech platform policies can have enormous ripple effects on the rest of society. They’re so powerful that, increasingly, companies aren’t setting them alone but sharing the fight with government regulators, civil society groups, and internal standards bodies like Meta’s Oversight Board. The result is an ongoing political struggle over harassment, free speech, copyright, and dozens of other issues, all mediated through some of the largest and most chaotic electronic spaces the world has ever seen.

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Democrats demand FTC probe Amazon-iRobot deal

The FTC has already asked Amazon and iRobot for documents related to the deal, but it’s unclear if the agency plans to open a formal investigation

Makena KellyAn hour ago

Tumblr is begging you to please stop asking for porn

‘No modern internet service in 2022 can have the rules that Tumblr did in 2007’

Adi Robertson1:38 PM UTC