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1 Hour Ago   Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images During Tuesday’s 2020 Democratic debate, candidates from Andrew Yang to Elizabeth Warren were forced to address how they would support workers whose jobs are threatened by automation.

4 Hours Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Democrats have been tearing into Facebook and Twitter’s content and ads policies for days, focusing on rules that leave room for inaccurate or abusive language.

10 Hours Ago   Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign announced on Tuesday that it will no longer take large donations from executives working at big tech companies like Facebook and Google.

Yesterday   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Over the weekend, Facebook ended up doing exactly what it didn’t want to do: openly feud with a presidential candidate on Twitter.

Yesterday   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge One of President Donald Trump’s most prolific supporters and meme creators, known online as Carpe Donktum, was briefly suspended from Twitter Monday after a video depicting the president killing off journalists and critics, created by people connected to him, surfaced over the weekend.

4 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Friday, Riot Games said that League of Legends broadcasters should “refrain” from discussing “sensitive topics” on the air, following a controversial move from Blizzard to ban a Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend.

4 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google makes “substantial” donations to climate change-denying Washington think tanks, according to a new report from The Guardian on Friday.

5 Days Ago   Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images Joe Biden’s presidential campaign sent a letter to Twitter Wednesday, asking that the platform reject any political ads placed by Donald Trump’s reelection campaign that are found to be misleading or false.

5 Days Ago   Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images On Thursday, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers called out Apple and its CEO Tim Cook for the company’s decision to remove an app from its store that allowed Hong Kong protesters to trace the movements of law enforcement.

6 Days Ago   Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A couple dozen Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday in protest of the company’s decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast.

6 Days Ago   Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) requested that the US government conduct a formal investigation into whether the popular Chinese video app, TikTok, poses a national security risk by censoring content that upsets leaders in Beijing.

6 Days Ago   Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images Fortnite developer Epic Games said in a statement that it will not ban players or content creators for political speech. The message comes after Blizzard caught fire this week for banning a professional Hearthstone player for shouting a statement associated with Hong Kong protesters.

7 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it “unintentionally” used phone numbers and email addresses for advertising purposes even though the information was provided by users for two-factor authentication.

7 Days Ago   Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Over the weekend, Blizzard Entertainment banned a Hearthstone player from participating in tournaments after he voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters.

11 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Friday, Microsoft disclosed that it had found evidence that a group of hackers originating from Iran attempted to access email accounts belonging to a 2020 presidential candidate.

12 Days Ago   Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images On Thursday, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Rudy Giuliani, was locked out of his Twitter account for a brief period of time after posting a Ukrainian official’s phone number.

12 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amazon has evaded a request from a group of senators demanding that it disclose the names of the third-party companies it contracts to deliver packages all across the United States.

12 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Thursday, the European Union’s top court ruled that lower court judges could order Facebook to remove illegal comments from its platform, expanding on the power individual countries have to extend content bans across the world.

13 Days Ago   Photo by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for THR On Wednesday, Melinda Gates announced a $1 billion commitment over the next decade to promote gender equality in the United States.

18 Days Ago   Photo by Joshua Lott / Getty Images Over the past few years, some of the largest tech firms have come under fire by US lawmakers for a whole host of issues.

21 Days Ago   Launched in 2005, Webkinz was one of the first children’s toys to bridge the physical and digital world. The stuffed animals were sold with codes that allowed you to bring your pet to life and care for it in the cartoon-style Webkinz World online.

22 Days Ago   Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In California, federal prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into Juul Labs, the immensely popular e-cigarette manufacturer, according to The Wall Street Journal.

26 Days Ago   Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Google announced its plan to make “the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.” This announcement precedes a day of walkouts by tech employees, including those from Google, who are participating in the Global Climate Strike.

27 Days Ago   Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge On Thursday, you’ll be able to make campaign donations to 2020 presidential candidates through your Amazon Alexa devices — or at least to those candidates whom Amazon deems eligible to set up an account.

28 Days Ago   Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook has published new documents detailing the company’s plans for a content oversight board, which would serve as a kind of Supreme Court for the platform.

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