Twitter’s Political Contributions and Lobbying Efforts Detailed on New Transparency Page

Twitter says its political involvement amounts to fighting for users’ rights and things like freedom of expression, Internet freedom, privacy, online safety, and patent reform. And now, in the name of transparency, the company’s set up a hub to detail…

Twitter Kills Sites Across the World That Archived Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

One of the biggest operations for preserving politicians’ deleted tweets has been shut down. The Open State Foundation say that Twitter has cut off its API access for its Politwoops and Diplotwoops sites. The sites were simple – they just…

Twitter Says Government Data Requests Way Up

Twitter’s new transparency report is out, and the trend continues. Government requests for user data and content removal are on the rise. “As has long been the trend, we continue to see a rise in the number of these requests.…

Yes, Your Google Hangouts Can Be Wiretapped

Google encrypts your Hangouts conversations, but it doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. This means that Google can wiretap your Hangouts at the government’s request. That’s one big revelation from a recent reddit AMA with Richard Salgado, Google’s director for law enforcement…

Google’s ‘Transparency’ Under Fire Again

Google’s transparency is being called into question again in light of mixed messages it’s been sending webmasters about its two most famous algorithm updates – Panda and Penguin – both of which can have a devastating impact on businesses unfortunate…

Twitter: Government Info Requests on the Rise, Up 40% Worldwide

Twitter’s latest transparency report is out, and the numbers of governmental requests – both for user info and for content removal – are way up. According to Twitter, the company has seen a 40% increase in government requests for user…

Reddit Has Never Received a National Security Letter

Reddit has just released its first ever transparency report, detailing governmental requests for user information, content removal requests, and more. What’s striking about reddit’s first report is the low volume of requests – only 55 total user info requests and…

WikiLeaks Blasts Google For Giving FBI Personal Data, Delaying Notification

Google reportedly delayed by two and a half years disclosure to WikiLeaks that it gave emails and other data from three of its staff to the FBI. This occurred after a federal judge issued a warrant. Michael Ratner of the…

Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed,…

This Guy Says Google Took Away $46K In AdSense Earnings, And He Doesn’t Know Why

It’s not uncommon to hear about an over-dependence on Google costing people big money. There have been plenty of tales of businesses losing all their search visibility after Google algorithm changes. In some cases, people have lost their jobs. In…