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Policy

From platform moderation on Facebook and YouTube to big government struggles like the FCC and privacy regulation, policy is where we take on the rules of the internet. Watch here to follow Ajit Pai's ongoing fight against net neutrality, and Europe's push to protect its citizens' data with the GDPR. We're tracking broadband speeds to look for carrier throttling, making sure your connection stays clean. We're tracking moderation and free speech online, making sure the policies match up with what's happening in the real world. The law isn't always made with the internet in mind, and with antitrust and monopoly concerns overwhelming tech giants, there aren't many powers left standing up for the open web. So check in here to keep an eye on those stories, and we'll make sure you stay ahead of the rules of the internet — even the weird and confusing ones.

Spotify removes popular comedians’ content over royalties dispute

Twitter reportedly suspended accounts by mistake after extremists abused new private media policy

Call of Duty made billions recently, so of course Activision Blizzard is laying off QA

Google Photos’ Locked Folder is now rolling out to more Android phones

US State Department phones were reportedly hacked by NSO spyware

More trouble for NSO

Google will wait until the new year to make more return to office plans

Ransomware attack on Planned Parenthood LA exposes info for 400,000 patients

Apple’s frontline employees are struggling to survive

The company’s hourly workers say conditions are untenable. Does Apple care?

As tech founders resign, Congress loses its favorite targets

But they stand to gain a real chance at change

Federal court blocks Texas law banning ‘viewpoint discrimination’ on social media

Shopify has a ‘textbook pirate’ problem, publishers allege

Frances Haugen is kicking Congress into gear on 230 reform

Biden administration issues new framework for space policy, with a focus on climate change

Elizabeth Holmes admits that she was CEO of Theranos, the company she founded

‘The buck stops with you?’

Amazon faces new pressure over COVID protections in warehouses

Twitter bans posting pictures of ‘private individuals’ against their wishes

Google engineers claim they were fired for following its ‘don’t be evil’ policy

Elizabeth Holmes says Theranos’ former president abused her

“I will only spend time on things that are most important to cash flow…”

Amazon must redo Bessemer union election, orders labor board official

Frances Haugen will testify before Congress again this week

Australian PM proposes defamation laws that force social platforms to unmask trolls

Cryptocurrency miners grapple with major energy crunch in Kazakhstan

India says not to preorder Starlink until it obtains a license

Pinterest settles lawsuit that alleged racial and gender discrimination

Democrats’ plan to boost ‘tree equity’ is actually a good idea

US banking regulators are looking to clarify crypto rules in 2022

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri to testify before Congress

Roblox sues YouTuber for temporarily shutting down conference with fake terrorist threat

Elizabeth Holmes admitted to a key part of the case against her

Holmes confesses to a passion for graphic design

Twitter verified a fake account in the Norwegian government, but it’s not Twitter’s fault

Apple sues NSO Group for attacking iPhones with Pegasus spyware

Apple is fighting back against government spyware

PlayStation is facing a gender discrimination lawsuit

Elizabeth Holmes tells the jury that at least some of Theranos was real

"A success was that we had successfully achieved the objectives of the program."

DoorDash will pay $5.3 million to San Francisco to settle allegations over benefits violations

FCC approves $6 billion Verizon-Tracfone acquisition

A new DuckDuckGo tool is supposed to prevent apps from tracking Android users

In her Theranos fraud case, Elizabeth Holmes is speaking for herself

In a surprise move, Elizabeth Holmes is testifying at the Theranos fraud trial

Google seeks recusal probe for incoming antitrust chief over Yelp and Microsoft cases