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HUD Sues Facebook Over Housing Discrimination and Says the Company’s Algorithms Have Made the Problem Worse

March 28, 2019           |                                       

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday it is suing Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing advertisers to limit housing ads based on race, gender and other characteristics. The agency also said Facebook’s ad system discriminates against users even when advertisers did not choose to do so. ProPublica first reported […]

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Facebook Charged With Discrimination for Targeted Housing Ads

March 28, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON—Facebook was charged with discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development because of its ad-targeting system. HUD said Thursday that Facebook is allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhood by drawing a red line around those neighborhoods on a map and giving advertisers the option of showing ads only to […]

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Google executives are carrying out a secret internal assessment of work on a censored search engine for China, The Intercept has learned. A small group of top managers at the internet giant are conducting a “performance review” of the controversial effort to build the search platform, known as Dragonfly, which was designed to blacklist information […]

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The Twitter account of Julian Assange’s mother was restored on Wednesday night after her supporters sent a flood of messages to Twitter. Christine Assange, the mother of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, had her Twitter account restored more than 24 hours after it was abruptly restricted by the social media company. Hundreds of tweets […]

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Amazon Lobbies to Exempt Employees From Labor Protections

March 9, 2019           |                                       

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Many of Amazon’s Seattle-area employees would be exempt from new labor protections in a bill passed by the state Senate after lobbyists for the tech giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses — controversial agreements used by tech companies and others to […]

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Mark Zuckerberg watches a demonstration during the Oculus Connect 5 product launch event in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 26, 2018. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images If you click enough times through the website of Saudi Aramco, the largest oil producer in the world, you’ll reach a quiet section called “Addressing the climate challenge.” In […]

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Google employees have carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal. Late last year, bosses moved engineers away from working on the controversial project, known as Dragonfly, and said that […]

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In a win for free speech, a federal court in North Dakota recently dismissed a baseless $900 million lawsuit brought by the Dakota Access Pipeline company against Greenpeace and a number of individual protesters. The company should have learned its lesson. Instead, it refiled the case in state court. These cases offer a grim reminder […]

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The Scottish Tory vice chair Richard Cook, who helped channel £435,000 to the Democratic Unionist Party was branded a “fraudster” and “cowboy” who deliberately masked “cancerous dark money” pumped into British politics ahead of the Brexit referendum. In a Westminster Hall debate, the SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes, called for an urgent review of current laws […]

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This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and STAT. In May 1997, the year after Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin, its head of sales and marketing sought input on a key decision from Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the billionaire family that founded and controls the company. Michael Friedman told Sackler that he didn’t want […]

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Sackler Embraced Plan to Conceal OxyContin’s Strength From Doctors, Sealed Testimony Shows

February 21, 2019           |                                       

This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and STAT. In May 1997, the year after Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin, its head of sales and marketing sought input on a key decision from Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the billionaire family that founded and controls the company. Michael Friedman told Sackler that he didn’t want […]

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What You Should Know About Richard Sackler’s Long-Sought Deposition

February 21, 2019           |                                       

This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and STAT. STAT and ProPublica have published the long-sought deposition of Dr. Richard Sackler, a member of the billionaire family that founded and controls Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Here are answers to some questions about the document. Who is Richard Sackler, and why was he deposed? […]

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