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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.

Coinbase says SEC threatened lawsuit over Lend feature

How a GameStonk YouTuber is shaking up the California recall

Apple refuses to make NDA concessions for workplace harassment and discrimination

News sites are liable for defamatory Facebook comments, rules Australia’s High Court

Crypto exchanges struggle as El Salvador adopts Bitcoin

The country’s own app ran into issues

How Slack changed Apple’s employee culture, with Zoë Schiffer

Remote work has made organizing easier

ProtonMail court order leads to the arrest of French climate activist

California bill takes aim at Amazon’s productivity-tracking algorithms

GoDaddy cut off Texas Right to Life’s abortion ‘whistleblowing’ website, and it might be gone

AI computers can’t patent their own inventions — yet — a US judge rules

Feds to close unit that monitored Americans’ social media for Census disinformation

Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry

Amazon denies reports that it will proactively moderate content on its hosting service

Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15

FTC bans spyware app SpyFone, orders it to delete illegally harvested data

WhatsApp fined $267 million for breaching EU privacy law

Tech companies face pressure over January 6th subpoenas

Reddit bans anti-vaccine subreddit r/NoNewNormal after site-wide protest

A change that many communities have been protesting for

Texas is set to pass a new law banning Facebook from censoring conservatives

Twitter’s new Safety Mode autoblocks abusive accounts

Dems push for federal probe of alleged ad collusion between Google and Facebook

Internet shutdowns by governments have ‘proliferated at a truly alarming pace’

Apple pledges another small but welcome sum to racial justice

Apple just banned a pay equity Slack channel but lets fun dogs channel lie

The company’s rules around Slack usage are not being evenly enforced

Facebook is expanding its plans to put less politics in the News Feed

Apple and Google must allow developers to use other payment systems, new Korean law declares

The two companies aren’t happy