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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.

How loot boxes hooked gamers and left regulators spinning

FTC complaint accuses Facebook of revealing sensitive health data in groups

Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared

‘Sophisticated state actor’ hacks Australia’s political parties months before election

Facebook can no longer govern itself, UK lawmakers say

“Democracy is at risk”

Google is reportedly hiding behind shell companies to scoop up tax breaks and land

Uber sues to overturn New York City’s cap on new ride-hail drivers

Niantic is tweaking Pokémon Go to settle a lawsuit with angry homeowners

The ‘Carlton dance’ couldn’t be copyrighted for a Fortnite lawsuit

Facebook could reportedly face multibillion-dollar FTC fine over privacy violations

Facebook monitors and tracks the locations of users it deems a threat

The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is a dizzying deal for regulators

Coffee Meets Bagel announces a data breach on Valentine’s Day

After a brief rebellion, the EU link tax and upload filter will move to a final vote

Indonesia claims it got Instagram to pull a gay comics account

FCC chairman warns of ‘regulatory intervention’ as he criticizes carriers’ anti-robocall plans

Tim Cook says Apple will investigate app that lets Saudi men track and control women

T-Mobile’s merger pitch to Congress is about China beating America on 5G

Critics have been skeptical of the company’s claims

Epic claims it’s not really copying rapper 2 Milly’s dance in Fortnite

Verizon sued by Pennsylvania over Amazon Echo promotional deal

The US government is about to put a dog tag on your drone

T-Mobile and Sprint stay quiet on DACA as merger deal sits in review

Top Democrats want to kill the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is running for the US Senate in Arizona

Upskirting is now illegal in England and Wales

Bill Gates says tax policies like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s are ‘missing the picture’