Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement during the company's fourth quarter earnings call Wednesday, saying it was part of the company's efforts to "turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations."
<p>"One of the top pieces of feedback that we're hearing from our community right now is that people don't want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services," Zuckerberg said, noting that the company is also working to reduce the amount of political content in News Feed.</p><p>Facebook had previously committed to removing political groups from recommendations in the U.S. in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. But an <a href="https://themarkup.org/citizen-browser/2021/01/19/facebook-said-it-would-stop-pushing-users-to-join-partisan-political-groups-it-didnt?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nuzzel" target="_blank">investigation</a> by The Markup recently found that lots of groups related to politics were continuing to slip through the cracks. </p>
Apple reported its earnings for last year's holiday period today, and it's safe to say a lot of people found Apple products beneath their Christmas trees. For the first time in a single quarter, Apple generated more than $110 billion in revenue, pulling in nearly $30 billion in profit.
<p>The company's sales in China were up 57% over the same period last year — a region that's long been a <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/6ff71730-0f16-11e9-a3aa-118c761d2745" target="_blank">struggle</a> for Apple — and sales of every single product line it sells were up over last year. In fact, every single business unit that Apple runs is now the size of a Fortune 500 company on its own — from a single quarter's revenue. </p><p>Apple's smallest business line, sales of iPads, generated $8.44 billion this quarter alone. That would put it at no. 376 on <a href="https://fortune.com/fortune500/2020/search" target="_blank">the latest</a> Fortune list, just behind Fidelity. And Apple's iPhone business just misses out on the Fortune 50. </p><p><div class="ad-tag"><div class="ad-place-holder" data-pos="1">
Tesla unveiled an updated version of its Model S sedan, with its interior undergoing its most major cosmetic overhaul since the car was first launched in 2012.
The new Model S features an even more minimalistic design than previous models, replacing the large vertical center screen with a more subdued horizontal one, as well as a curious semicircle steering wheel design. The new version is <a href="https://www.tesla.com/models/design#overview" target="_blank">already showing up </a>on Tesla's online ordering system.
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Looking at the renders, the new Model S almost feels as if it's daring you to turn on Tesla's self-driving Autopilot mode. The steering wheel doesn't look comfortable to hold for long periods of time (unless this Tesla is also secretly a plane), and the addition of a screen behind the center console for rear-seat passengers suggest it's a car for leaning back and enjoying the autonomous ride. The images released also show video games like The Witcher and Stardew Valley on the main screen — perhaps for when it's time to charge up the car, or maybe a hint at a future where drivers can take their attention entirely away from the road. But with the very safety of Autopilot still a serious <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/three-tesla-autopilot-crashes-kill-three-people-raising-concerns-about-safety/" target="_blank">concern for regulators</a>, that seems like a distant future. Elon Musk must be quite confident in Autopilot's abilities, though; otherwise, why would there only be half a steering wheel in the car? <br>
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The new Model S is set to be released later this year, starting at just shy of $80,000, with what some analysts expect to be one of <a href="https://twitter.com/skorusARK/status/1354549024527773697/photo/1" target="_blank">the most efficient </a>charging setups available today. Unlike <a href="https://www.protocol.com/ford-tesla-mustang-mache" target="_blank">some of its newer competitors</a>.
TD Ameritrade is restricting trading for Gamestop, AMC movie theaters and a few other securities following the massive explosion of their stock prices driven by a Reddit-led investing craze.
<p>"We made these decisions out of an abundance of caution amid unprecedented market conditions and other factors," the company wrote in a <a href="https://twitter.com/JCharlesFinance/status/1354467139684597765?s=20" target="_blank">statement</a>. The company did not specify what types of restrictions it had put in place.</p><p>Gamestop and AMC prices have exploded following a coordinated effort led by retail investors on the subreddit r/WallStreetBets. </p>
The coalition of more than 70 organizations is arguing that the Biden administration and lawmakers should not respond to the Capitol Hill riots by "gutting" the law underpinning the modern internet.
<p>"Gutting Section 230 would make it more difficult for web platforms to combat the type of dangerous rhetoric that led to the attack on the Capitol," the groups wrote in a letter on Wednesday. "And certain carveouts to the law could threaten human rights and silence movements for social and racial justice that are needed now more than ever."<span></span></p><p>The letter's signatories include an array of organizations representing sex workers, whose <a href="https://thehill.com/policy/technology/532137-sex-workers-warn-of-unintended-consequences-in-section-230-fight" target="_blank">livelihoods were harmed</a> by the last carveout to Section 230, as well as lawyers, and academic and LGBTQ rights groups. They are asking Congress to review the effects of FOSTA-SESTA, the last Section 230 reform, and pursue tech accountability measures including "federal data privacy legislation and enforcement of antitrust and civil rights law." </p><p><div class="ad-tag"><div class="ad-place-holder" data-pos="1">
</div></p><p><span></span>"We concur that Congress should act to address the harms of Big Tech through meaningful legislative action on data privacy, civil rights and others fronts, and enforcement of existing antitrust laws," they wrote. "But uncareful efforts to poke holes in Section 230 could result in the exact opposite outcome." </p><p>Democrats and Republicans, fuming at the role the major social companies played in enabling the Capitol Hill riots, have pledged to pursue Section 230 reforms in the new Congress. </p><p>"The role of platforms should rightfully be scrutinized as we assign blame for the violent attack on the Capitol," said Erin Shields, a national organizer with digital rights group MediaJustice. "But repealing Section 230 would only further entrench tech companies as judge and jury over content on the Internet, a role they've proven ill equipped to perform without harming the speech and safety of people of color and other marginalized voices. Solutions need to be focused on breaking up tech's concentration of power, wealth, and control. Anything short of that is insufficient." </p>