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Google Is Profiting From Notorious Hate Group’s Ads

The tech giant appears to only be enforcing part of its hate speech ad policy when it comes to anti-immigrant hate group FAIR.

Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Twitter Declines to Explain Taking $1 Million From Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, the nation’s most powerful anti-immigrant hate group, appears to violate the company’s ad policies.

Revolving Door Primary category in which blog post is published

Shadow Lobbyist Crowley to Raise Money for Kennedy’s Race Against Green New Deal Chief Sponsor

Crowley is one of several revolving-door influence peddlers who will host an upcoming fundraiser for Kennedy.

Lobbying Primary category in which blog post is published

Out With ALEC, In With Corporations Writing Their Own Laws

As the corporate bill mill wanes in influence, large businesses are taking matters into their own hands.

Hate Primary category in which blog post is published

Facebook Is Making Millions by Promoting Hate Groups’ Content

Despite a company policy banning hate speech, the social media giant has taken in nearly $1.6 million from hate groups since mid-2018.

With A Conference In Colorado, Big Tech Woos Its Regulators

A think tank funded by Silicon Valley hosted key decision-makers for the industry’s future.

Opinion

After Slapping Facebook on the Wrist, Will Kohm Go Through the Revolving Door?

Over 75 percent of top officials at the Commission over the last two decades have either come from corporate interests confronting FTC issues, mainly in the tech industry, or left to take such corporate jobs.

Opinion
Tech Primary category in which blog post is published

The Facebook Settlement Amounts to Bribery of a Federal Agency

The FTC admitted taking a higher settlement figure from Facebook in exchange for declining to depose Mark Zuckerberg.

Big Tech Has an App for Fighting Political Scrutiny: $$$$

As Big Tech has worked to establish its hard and soft power throughout Washington, this week's regulatory hearings showed signs that lawmakers' understanding of Silicon Valley's influence may be catching up.

Opinion