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Jun 08

Facebook controversy heats up California election

Posted by dbedell in YouTubeRegulationprivacyFacebookcampaign financeCaliforniabiztech


The fire being taken by social networking site Facebook over privacy issues has flamed up in the California Attorney General’s election, which is at the polls today. Attorney General candidate Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, was accused by his main rival in the election—San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris—of illegally using the sale of Facebook stock to finance his campaign and also of helping to develop highly controversial privacy policies on the site.

In the five years since its inception, Facebook has grown phenomenally—now boasting 400 million users worldwide. But in that time, the site has faced its share of criticism—most notably from privacy advocates that are bent on seeing tighter regulatory controls on information sharing for sites like Facebook. Recently, the controversy has revolved around changes to Facebook that set most users’ default privacy settings to public—meaning anyone could access their personal information.

Jan 21

The Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling lets corporations have it both ways

Posted by annearf in Supreme CourtMcCain-Feingoldcorporationscampaign finance


The Supreme Court just obliterated long-standing restrictions on how much corporations can spend to support or oppose political candidates. And it did so, largely based on an astoundingly hypocritical and nonsensical issue.

 The 5-4 vote overturned a ruling that corporations can't use their own money for campaign ads, although it didn't allow them to  make direct contributions. Also, the court struck down the McCain-Feingold provision prohibiting corporations and labor unions from financing political ads shortly before an election.

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