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PRG News Roundup, September 29, 2021

September 30, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
The “Facebook Files,” a series of articles about internal Facebook research reports that were revealed recently to the Wall Street Journal, has provided a window into Facebook’s understanding of many of the flaws on its platform. Notable revelations include that Facebook is aware of Instagram use being harmful to a “sizable percentage” of teenage girls (a finding which led Facebook to delay the introduction of Instagram for Kids), that tweaks to the News Feed algorithm made in 2018 resulted in more engagement but also led to more hate speech and increased anger, and that Mark Zuckerberg’s personally directed efforts to curb vaccination misinformation on the platform were largely a failure.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 22, 2021

September 25, 2021 5:00 pm Justin Lee 0
Upcoming Events Guarini Colloquium: Regulating Global Digital Corporations – Monday September 27, 2021, 17:20 – 18:20 In this NYU Law School colloquium, participants will read and discuss a recent paper by Elettra Bietti on digital platform regulation. (link) News Items  China passed the Personal Information Privacy Law (PIPL) at the end of August 2021.…
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PRG News Roundup, September 15, 2021

September 18, 2021 1:00 pm Justin Lee 0
President Biden nominated Alvaro Bedoya for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission.  Bedoya, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, is a well-known privacy advocate.  He has a research background in privacy lapses on online platforms, the consequences of facial recognition technology, and oversight on electronic and biometric tracking.…