Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)
Updated 12 March 2019
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Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

  • She unveiled a proposal just days earlier to break up Big Tech, arguing that firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook hold ” too much power” in society

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday pulled and then later restored ads by Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren calling for tech giants to be broken up.
“We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,” Facebook told AFP.
“In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads,” it said, putting the number of affected ads at four.
Other ads calling for the breakup of Facebook and other US tech giants ran as intended, according to the California-based social network.
“Curious why I think FB has too much power?” Warren said in a message fired off on Twitter.
“Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power.”
Warren went on to thank Facebook for restoring her ads and called for a “social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor.”
She unveiled a proposal just days earlier to break up Big Tech, arguing that firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook hold ” too much power” in society.
Warren said that as president, she would press for legislation to designate big online companies with revenues of at least $25 billion as “platform utilities” barred from owning “any participants on that platform.”
The Massachusetts senator said she would also appoint antitrust enforcers “committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers,” including acquisitions in recent years by Amazon, Facebook and Google.
“Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society and our democracy,” she wrote in a blog post on Medium.
“They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.”
The proposal comes amid a growing “techlash” movement in the United States against the firms, which have grown to become the world’s most valuable, and a series of antitrust investigations in Europe.
Critics accuse the firms of mishandling private user data and of abusing their dominance of certain sectors such as online retail and Internet search.


Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

Viktoria Marinova. (AFP)
Updated 23 April 2019
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Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

  • Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet

SOFIA: A 21-year-old man was Monday sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian television presenter, avoiding a life term after confessing to the crime.
Severin Krasimirov, also Bulgarian, was arrested in Germany where he had fled after assaulting and killing Viktoria Marinova on October 6.
A court in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Ruse also ordered him to pay 450,000 leva (230,000 euros, $259,000) to Marinova’s family.
Prosecutors said the crime was “linked to sexual motives and had no links to the profession of the victim.” They added that Krasimirov was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the “brutal rape.”
The court said Marinova, 30, was killed “in a particularly brutal manner” after being grabbed while jogging in an alley along the Danube.
She was due to present a new program in which she pledged to unveil serious cases of corruption.
Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet.