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- FCC Confirms It Will Roll Back Net Neutrality Protections
The FCC is kicking off its efforts to roll back net neutrality protections set down by the previous chairman during the Obama administration. This doesn't exactly come as a surprise considering Ajit Pai, the new FCC leader and former member of the commission, has long expressed his opposition towards net neutrality. What is disappointing, however, is that even after meeting with the top tech companies in the United States, having received numerous letters from startups and professionals, he still moves on to kill net neutrality, completely disregarding everything he's been told. Despite acknowledging the importance of an open internet Pai said the FCC is on the way to scrap the net neutrality protections set down during the Obama administration. Pai expressed a need for the complete revision of the existing federa...
- Twitter's User Base Finally Starts Growing at a More Accelerated Rate
Twitter is finally reporting some great news as the growth in daily active usage is accelerating for the fourth consecutive quarter, up 14% year-over-year. "We're delivering on our goal to build a service that people love to use, every day, and we're encouraged by the audience growth momentum we saw in the first quarter. While we continue to face revenue headwinds, we believe that executing on our plan and growing our audience should result in positive revenue growth over the long term," said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO. For comparison's sake, in the last quarter of 2016 Twitter saw a daily active usage growth of 11%, 7% in the third quarter, 5% in the second quarter and 3% in the first quarter. Therefore, the 14% they reported this time around is a great improvement. In total, Twitter says it has 328 million monthly active users, which is a 6% year-ov...
- Google Cracks Down on Fake News, Demotes Low-Quality Pages, Adds User Feedback
Google is taking the fight against fake news to the search results. The company announced it was going to improve the search quality by bringing forth authoritative content. "Today, in a world where tens of thousands of pages are coming online every minute of every day, there are new ways that people try to game the system. The most high profile of these issues is the phenomenon of 'fake news,' where content on the web has contributed to the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information. While this problem is different from issues in the past, our goal remains the same - to provide people with access to relevant information from the most reliable sources available. And while we may not always get it right, we’re making good progress in tackling the problem. But in order to have long-term and impactful changes, more structural changes in Search are needed,"
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