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  • Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:48:08 +0000: Big Tech Platforms Have Had a "Profound Negative Effect on Democracy." Is It Time to Break Them Up? - Democracy Now!
    Facebook continues to face growing criticism and demands that it be broken up. Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly called for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up on antitrust grounds. Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley investor who went from being an early supporter of Facebook to a vocal critic, speaks with us about 2020 candidates' platforms on big tech. Antitrust regulation is "the one issue that seems to cut across the entire political spectrum," McNamee says. "People of all political stripes understand that there's a problem here."
  • Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:27:04 +0000: Mark Zuckerberg's Former Mentor: I Tried to Raise Alarm Over Russian Interference But Was Ignored - Democracy Now!
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he is expected to face questioning about the company's cryptocurrency Libra, among other issues. Zuckerberg has faced scrutiny before, including for Facebook's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A former mentor of Zuckerberg and longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee speaks out about the company's dismissal of Russian interference in the election. "They treated it like a PR problem, not a business issue," McNamee says.
  • Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:15:36 +0000: Zucked: Early Facebook Investor Roger McNamee on How the Company Became a Threat to Democracy - Democracy Now!
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill as his company’s actions face escalating criticism. The focus of today's House Financial Services Committee hearing is on Facebook's plan to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra that would reshape the world's financial system. Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that her probe of Facebook for violating antitrust regulations is now backed by attorneys general from 47 states and territories. Facebook is also facing criticism from several Democratic presidential candidates for refusing to ban political ads from candidates containing false information. We speak with Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and early investor in Facebook, who has since become one of the company's most vocal critics. His recent book is titled, “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.”
  • Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000: Headlines for October 23, 2019 - Democracy Now!
    Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a “Lynching,” Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada’s New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York’s Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexican Immigrant Dies in Border Control Custody, Cop Fired for Threatening to Shoot Black Family after 4-Year-Old Girl Took a Doll from Family Dollar, Report: 95% of Baby Foods in U.S. Contain Toxic Heavy Metals, MLB Investigating Outburst to Female Reporter by Houston Astros’ Assistant GM, Boeing Ousts a Top Executive over Fatal Plane Crashes, Two Proud Boys Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison in New York
  • Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:51:06 +0000: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Bernie Sanders Would "Transform the Lives of Poor and Working-Class People" - Democracy Now!
    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor at Princeton University, has just published a book about the racial wealth gap and falling rate of homeownership by African Americans. Her book is titled "Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership." Taylor speaks with us about the 2020 presidential candidates' platforms, including Senator Bernie Sanders's proposed wealth tax. She says Sanders's policies bring "to light the connection between the systemic forces that drive inequality and the impact that they have in people's lives."