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Policy

From platform moderation on Facebook and YouTube to big government struggles like the FCC and privacy regulation, policy is where we take on the rules of the internet. Watch here to follow Ajit Pai's ongoing fight against net neutrality, and Europe's push to protect its citizens' data with the GDPR. We're tracking broadband speeds to look for carrier throttling, making sure your connection stays clean. We're tracking moderation and free speech online, making sure the policies match up with what's happening in the real world. The law isn't always made with the internet in mind, and with antitrust and monopoly concerns overwhelming tech giants, there aren't many powers left standing up for the open web. So check in here to keep an eye on those stories, and we'll make sure you stay ahead of the rules of the internet — even the weird and confusing ones.

Japan rolls out Microsoft-developed COVID-19 contact tracing app

Twitter labels Trump video as ‘manipulated media’

Apple doubles down on controversial decision to reject email app Hey

Facebook removes Trump ads for using Nazi imagery

Apple’s App Store fees are ‘highway robbery,’ says House antitrust committee chair

Apple is at the center of an antitrust storm

FBI used Instagram, an Etsy review, and LinkedIn to identify a protestor accused of arson

Turning off political ads on Facebook could have unpredictable consequences

Justice Department asks Congress for a sharp cut to websites’ legal protections

Police body cam videos can underplay officer brutality

Senate Republicans want to make it easier to sue tech companies for bias

Crisis Mode

Employees at Crisis Text Line tried telling the board about a pattern of racial insensitivity at the company — but when that didn’t work, they went to Twitter

How Apple is making the antitrust case against it stronger

Facebook and Instagram will let users ‘turn off’ all political ads for the 2020 election

Facebook wants to help register 4 million voters this year with new ‘Voting Information Center’

San Francisco’s district attorney sues DoorDash for alleged unfair business practices

Gulf states using COVID-19 contact tracing apps as mass surveillance tools, report says

Google Ads bans Zero Hedge for racist content, but reverses decision on The Federalist

Researchers uncover six-year Russian misinformation campaign across Facebook and Reddit

More than 2500 posts across 300 platforms

Go read this history of smartphones as tools to document police brutality

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of technology

A Vergecast interview

How humans are beating machines in the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19

We’re never going to get meaningful data on self-driving car testing

Former eBay security director arrested for harassing journalist with live cockroaches

Bikes can be a tool for protest — and police brutality

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the future of Snapchat