Facebook finally delivers on its promise to label ‘state-controlled’ media

Roughly eight months after Facebook said it would begin labeling state-backed media, it’s finally applying those labels. Beginning today, Facebook will label media outlets that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government.T...

Google is waiving ad serving fees for news publications

Like so many other industries, journalism has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. And yet it's also one of those categories people depend on among the most during a time of crisis. Acknowledging the situation, Google has announced additional a...

US officials use mobile ad location data to study how COVID-19 spreads

The use of phone location tracking to keep tabs on COVID-19 is becoming increasingly common, and the US appears to be no exception. Wall Street Journal sources say federal (via the CDC), state and local governments have been receiving location data...

Google’s $800 million COVID-19 relief effort includes 2 million face masks

Google's support for the fight against COVID-19 includes more than advisories and a search hub. The internet firm is making a $800 million-plus investment in multiple areas to aid treatment, support businesses and keep the public informed. This inc...

Mozilla combines tracker blocking with paid, ad-free browsing

Last year, Mozilla partnered with Scroll -- a subscription service that enables ad-free browsing of its partner publications -- to analyze if a select group of users preferred paying a small fee rather than being served ads, and if the strategy was c...