Social media giants get Congressional tongue-lashing
03 November 2017 | 10:44 am
Congress delivered a tongue-lashing to senior officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter on Wednesday, for allowing Russian actors to place ads on their sites in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The European Union agreed on new regulations that require social media companies and online marketplaces to remove illegal content. Advertisement targeting minors will also be banned.
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Elon Musk says companies and governments might need to pay to use Twitter under his ownership, as the billionaire Tesla founder seeks more investors to cover the private financing of his $44 billion takeover deal. The US Fed gets set to hike interest rates, and soaring profits at oil companies spur a push for windfall taxes.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk recently acquired Twitter after the board agreed to the takeover bid by the Billionaire, marking a dramatic reversal of its earlier hesitation to accept the offer. Musk reportedly paid $54.20 (€50.8) per share in cash, or $44 billion, to take a 38% stake in the messaging platform. The takeover has however been welcomed with mixed feelings with many expressing fears that Musk may alter the way the platform operates.
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