"While we agree that Facebook must safeguard user privacy, it is similarly imperative that Facebook allow credible academic researchers and journalists like those involved in the Ad Observatory
project to conduct independent research that will help illuminate how the company can better tackle misinformation, disinformation, and other harmful activity that is proliferating on its platforms,"
three Senate Democrats say in a letter sent Monday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Google continues to mislead parents by representing that apps on the Play Store intended for young children under the age of 13 comply with a federal law regarding children's privacy, advocates say in
a new FTC complaint.
FTC economist Devesh Raval shows how fake online reviews can account for about half the higher average ratings for low-quality businesses on Google, compared with Yelp. He also analyzes ratings on
Amazon, HomeAdvisor, and Facebook.
"Major American corporations, including online and retail businesses, employers and landlords, are using Secret Surveillance Scores to charge some people higher prices for the same product than
others," the watchdog says.