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Jul 12, 2024
Accountable Tech on Meta Removing Trump Account Restrictions

Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill issued the following statement on Meta removing its restrictions to former President Trump’s accounts ahead of the 2024 elections:

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Washington Post
Jul 09, 2024
Biden’s tech and telecom enforcers to face a hostile House GOP

Zamaan Qureshi, previously of the “Real Facebook Oversight Board” advocacy group, is joining Accountable Tech as a campaigns associate. He will remain as co-chair of the youth-led advocacy group Design It For Us.

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Jul 01, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on Supreme Court Content Moderation Cases

In response to the Supreme Court vacating NetChoice v. Paxton and Moody v. NetChoice, Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement:

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Tech Policy Press
Jun 27, 2024
Reactions to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 Decision in Murthy v Missouri

Nicole Gill, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Accountable Tech: “The lawsuits brought by Missouri and Louisiana were meritless and based on inaccuracies intended to weaponize the First Amendment, which would have undermined the government’s ability to defend the U.S. against election interference and disinformation campaigns, particularly in a critical election year. Cooperation between the government and platforms about foreign influence campaigns, election integrity and public health emergencies is essential to preserving public safety and a healthy democracy.”

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New York Times
Jun 26, 2024
Instagram fixes an ‘error’ over political content ahead of the debate.

Nicole Gill, a founder of Accountable Tech, a group that seeks stronger oversight of major technology companies, said Meta should be held responsible for the changes and answer questions about how the error was made and how many users were affected.

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Bloomberg
Jun 26, 2024
Supreme Court Backs White House on Social Media Post Removal

Some election experts said the court’s decision will enable the government and platforms to work more closely together to prevent foreign influence campaigns during the election season. Nicole Gill, executive director of tech watchdog group Accountable Tech, said cooperation is “essential to preserving public safety and a healthy democracy.”

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CyberScoop
Jun 26, 2024
Supreme Court rejects effort to limit government communication on misinformation

Nicole Gill, executive director and founder of Accountable Tech, a nonprofit focused on reining in the power of big tech companies, called cooperation between the government and platforms around foreign influence campaigns, election integrity and public health emergencies “essential to preserving public safety and a healthy democracy.”

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France24
Jun 26, 2024
US top court declines to curb govt contact with social media firms

The lawsuits intended to "weaponize" the First Amendment, which would have undermined the government's ability to defend the United States against election interference and disinformation campaigns, watchdog group Accountable Tech said as it welcomed Wednesday's ruling. "Cooperation between the government and platforms about foreign influence campaigns, election integrity and public health emergencies is essential to preserving public safety and a healthy democracy," the group said.

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Fast Company
Jun 26, 2024
The Supreme Court sides with Biden administration in social media ‘jawboning’ case

“Cooperation between the government and platforms about foreign influence campaigns, election integrity and public health emergencies is essential to preserving public safety and a healthy democracy,” Nicole Gill, executive director of the advocacy group Accountable Tech, said in a statement.

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The Hill
Jun 26, 2024
Instagram accidentally activates setting to limit political content ahead of first Biden-Trump debate

Tech advocacy group Accountable Tech urged Meta to give users and creators details about the error and how long the setting was affected. Nicole Gill, executive director and co-founder of Accountable Tech, underscored the potential impact of the error based on the timing of the presidential debate.

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Jun 26, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on Meta’s Erroneous Limitation of Political Content

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement on Meta briefly defaulting all Instagram accounts to limit political content, a day before the first U.S. presidential debate:

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Jun 26, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on Murthy v. Missouri

Following today’s Supreme Court decision on Murthy v. Missouri, Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement:

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Route Fifty
Jun 25, 2024
How AI can help and hurt the environment

“One of the many unknowns about AI is its impact on the environment,” Kaili Lambe, policy and advocacy director at nonprofit Accountable Tech, said in a statement. “As rapid advances have led to increasingly widespread use of LLMs and other data-intensive AI systems, it’s imperative that we understand and take steps to mitigate unintended harm, including the potential for environmental degradation. Too often transparency takes a backseat when it comes to Big Tech innovation.”

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Jun 13, 2024
Accountable Tech on Governor Scott’s Veto of Vermont Kids Code

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement on Governor Phil Scott’s veto of the Vermont Data Privacy Act (H.121), which includes the Vermont Kids Code.

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AXIOS
Jun 13, 2024
Exclusive: Civil society groups push Big Tech to combat disinformation

Accountable Tech, All Voting is Local, and groups focused on Asian, Black, and Hispanic people also are among the signatories.

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Washington Post
Jun 12, 2024
Meta says it won’t support suit against major child safety law

In February, the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech launched a digital ad campaign calling on the two companies to leave NetChoice and “stop funding Big Tech’s lobbying against bipartisan legislation to protect kids online.”

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Jun 12, 2024
Tech Groups Call On US DoJ To Investigate YouTube Monopoly

The letter was penned by groups including Accountable Tech; American Economic Liberties Project; Blue Future; Demand Progress Education Fund; Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Main Street Alliance; NextGen Competition; Other 98%; Progress America; Social Security Works; and Tech Oversight Project.

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Forbes
Jun 04, 2024
Is Artificial Intelligence Worth The Craze For Luxury Brands?

Mobile billboard is seen near the U.S. Capitol on September 12, 2023 in Washington, DC. NGOs highlight artificial intelligence (AI)’s dangers to climate change.

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Fast Company
May 17, 2024
Big Tech could give this 19th-century antiabortion law an Orwellian facelift

As you read this, Big Tech’s surveillance practices are already putting abortion seekers at risk. Tech companies have built multibillion-dollar empires by collecting, storing, and selling as much user data as possible. And despite their promises to the contrary, many of these companies are still hoarding abortion seekers’ sensitive location and search history data.

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Vanity Fair
May 16, 2024
Why Congress’s AI Plan Was Doomed From the Start

The AI roadmap is “but another proof point of Big Tech’s profound and pervasive power to shape the policymaking process,” as Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gillput it Wednesday. “Lawmakers must move quickly to enact AI legislation that centers the public interest and addresses the damage AI is currently causing in communities all across the country.”

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The Hill
May 16, 2024
Advocates warn Schumer’s AI ‘roadmap’ doesn’t go far enough

Accountable Tech co-founder and executive director Nicole Gill said the report is “but another proof point of Big Tech’s profound and pervasive power to shape the policymaking process” and called the forums a “dream scenario for the tech industry.”

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Tech Policy Press
May 16, 2024
US Senate AI Report Meets Mostly Disappointment, Condemnation

Nicole Gill, Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director: "The AI roadmap released today by Sen. Schumer is but another proof point of Big Tech’s profound and pervasive power to shape the policymaking process. The last year of closed-door ‘Insight Forums’ has been a dream scenario for the tech industry, who played an outsized role in developing this roadmap and delaying legislation."

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Fast Company
May 15, 2024
‘I feel betrayed’: Schumer’s much-awaited AI road map gets panned by watchdogs

Other groups, including the AI Now Institute, Accountable Tech, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, have also criticized the road map’s lack of attention to AI harms.

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May 15, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on Senator Schumer’s AI Roadmap

Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill issued the following statement on Senator Schumer’s AI roadmap.

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May 11, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on the Passage of Vermont Kids Code

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement on the passage of the Vermont Kids Code.

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Data for Progress
May 10, 2024
Voters Want Social Media Companies to Protect Minors From Harmful Online Content

New polling from Data for Progress and Accountable Tech examined voters’ attitudes toward requiring platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to ensure minors are protected from harmful online content, and finds that voters overwhelmingly support such protections.

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Tech Policy Press
May 10, 2024
Maryland Kids Code Signed Into Law, But May Face Legal Challenges

At a Wednesday press briefing hosted by the Maryland Kids Code Coalition, which includes groups like Fairplay, 5Rights Foundation, and Accountable Tech, some of the bill’s sponsors criticized the tech industry for failing to cooperate with lawmakers’ efforts to protect children online.

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Inc.
May 09, 2024
New Mexico’s Top Prosecutor Blames Meta for Online Predators

Attorney General of New Mexico Raúl Torrez speaks during a rally organized by Accountable Tech and Design It For Us to hold tech and social media companies accountable for taking steps to protect kids and teens online on January 31, 2024 in Washington, DC.

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May 09, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on Governor Moore Signing Maryland Kids Code Into Law

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement on Governor Wes Moore signing the Maryland Kids Code into law today.

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Bloomberg Law
Apr 30, 2024
State Bills Copy California Youth Online Privacy Law: Explained

Leading the charge is 5Rights U.S., which was instrumental in shaping California Age Appropriate Design Code. 5Rights is a member of the Kids Code Coalition, which includes tech critics and child-safety organizations such as Common Sense Media and Accountable Tech.

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Apr 22, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on the Biden Administration’s New HIPAA Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement in response to a new rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Tech Policy Press
Apr 22, 2024
Meta’s New Default Limits on “Political Content” Weaken Free Expression Online

In response, on behalf of 200+ creators, Accountable Tech and GLAAD sent an open letter to Meta speaking out against the changes, which have several implications for free expression, especially during an election year in the US and globally.

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The Hill
Apr 18, 2024
Instagram’s shift away from political content raises questions about what counts as ‘political’

GLAAD, an LGBTQ advocacy group that organized the open letter from creators alongside Accountable Tech, called the decision to include social topics as part of political content an “appalling move.”

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The Guardian
Apr 15, 2024
Battle lines drawn as US states take on big tech with online child safety bills

Carl Szabo, vice-president and general counsel of the tech trade association NetChoice, spoke against the Maryland bill at a state senate finance committee meeting in mid-2023 as a “lifelong Maryland resident, parent, [spouse] of a child therapist” [as shown in a tweet from Accountable Tech].

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The Up and Up
Apr 12, 2024
Creators to Meta: Adjust your political content policy!

In turn, more than 200 creators signed onto a letter — organized by Accountable Tech, a nonprofit big tech reform advocacy organization, and GLAAD, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization — sent to Meta that called on the tech giant to adjust its policy.

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The Independent
Apr 12, 2024
Hundreds of creators plead with Instagram to stop hiding political content

Now a letter – signed by more than 200 creators, and launched by LGBTQ organisation GLAAD and activists Accountable Tech – has urged Meta to reverse that change. Users should have to opt into the ban if they want to mute political content, they argue.

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The Nation
Apr 11, 2024
Social Media Companies Are Having a Bad Moment

Zamaan Qureshi speaks during a rally organized by Accountable Tech and Design It For Us to hold social media companies accountable for protecting kids and teens online on January 31, 2024, in Washington, DC.

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Forbes
Apr 10, 2024
Creators Say Meta Shouldn’t Curb ‘Political Content’ In Policy Change Backlash

The letter, first reported on by the Washington Post, was organized by the groups Accountable Tech—a nonprofit that advocates for better regulation of Big Tech companies—and the LGBTQ+ advocacy group GLAAD, and includes the handles of more than 200 accounts, including popular accounts like the @feminist account, with which has 6 million followers on Instagram.

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Washington Post
Apr 10, 2024
Content creators ask Meta to reverse politics limits on Instagram, Threads

The letter was organized by Accountable Tech, a nonprofit that says its mission is “to curb the societal harms driven by Big Tech’s toxic business practices,” and GLAAD, an LGBTQ rights organization. LGBTQ creators have been particularly concerned by the limitations because they were imposed as some states were placing restrictions on medical treatments for transgender youths.

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Apr 10, 2024
200+ Creators Call on Instagram to Stop Limiting “Political Content” By Default

Accountable Tech and GLAAD organized an open letter signed by more than 200 creators with a collective following of more than 18 million Instagram users calling on Meta to give users the autonomy to adjust their algorithm by making the setting to limit political and social issues content opt-in rather than on-by-default.

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TechCrunch
Apr 10, 2024
Hundreds of creators sign letter slamming Meta’s limit on political content

Hundreds of creators, convened by GLAAD and Accountable Tech, have signed an open letter demanding that Instagram make the political content limit an opt-in feature, rather than on by default.

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The Verge
Apr 08, 2024
A new bill would try to make tools like Zoom and Teams work together securely

The bill has gained the backing of groups, including Accountable Tech, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and encrypted email and cloud storage provider Proton. Digital rights activist Cory Doctorow also voiced his support, sharing in a statement through Wyden’s office that “Interoperability — the ability to plug something new into a technology, with or without permission from the manufacturer — is the key to defeating Big Tech.”

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Apr 06, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement on Passage of Maryland Kids Code

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement on the Maryland General Assembly’s unanimous passage of the Kids Code, which now heads to Governor Wes Moore’s desk.

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New York Post
Mar 20, 2024
Parent groups urge Schumer to quickly move on bill to place safety restrictions on all social platforms

KOSA has been endorsed by a broad cross-section of groups including: Common Sense Media, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Compass, Eating Disorders Coalition, Fairplay, Mental Health America, and Digital Progress Institute. An organizer, Accountable Tech, is paying to have the letter sent to Schumer appear as an ad in the New York Times, sources said.

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Mar 18, 2024
Accountable Tech Statement in Response to Oral Arguments in Murthy v. Missouri

Following today’s Supreme Court oral arguments on Murthy v. Missouri, Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement.

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CNN
Mar 09, 2024
He prosecuted child sex predators. Now, he’s going after Meta for allegedly enabling them

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez speaks during a rally organized by Accountable Tech and Design It For Us to hold tech and social media companies accountable for protecting teens on January 31, 2024 in Washington, DC.

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Mar 05, 2024
NEW: All Major Social Media Platforms Are Failing on Election Preparedness Policies

Accountable Tech scorecard comes as estimated two billion people worldwide head to the polls in 2024.

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Mar 01, 2024
POLL: American Voters are Overwhelmingly Concerned about Big Tech’s Fight Against Regulation

New polling from Accountable Tech and Data For Progress reveals that voters are concerned about Big Tech’s work to overturn regulations; new report sheds light on the hypocrisy of Big Tech leaders.

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Feb 16, 2024
Accountable Tech on New Big Tech “Accord” to Address AI Election Content

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Feb 15, 2024
Accountable Tech Calls For Full Senate Vote on the Kids Online Safety Act

Accountable Tech Executive Director and Co-Founder Nicole Gill issued the following statement on the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA).

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The Hill
Feb 13, 2024
Wyden urges FTC to safeguard abortion clinic visitors’ location data

Shortly after the Dobbs decision, Google committed to deleting the location data of consumers visiting reproductive clinics. Subsequent investigations, however, have uncovered that Google continues to retain location data for people visiting abortion clinics. A study conducted by Accountable Tech and released last month found that Google retains location data history in these cases about 50 percent of the time.

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Feb 06, 2024
Accountable Tech Targets X and Snap in New Digital Ad Buy

Accountable Tech is targeting Twitter/X and Snap Inc. employees in a new digital ad buy, urging them to call on the companies to leave NetChoice and to stop funding lobbying efforts against legislation that would protect kids online. CEOs Evan Spiegel of Snap Inc. and Linda Yaccarino of X both testified in last week’s Senate Judiciary hearing on youth online safety.

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CNN
Feb 02, 2024
Deepfakes, Robocalls and AI, Oh My!

It's hard to know who to trust in politics these days. Can we even trust ourselves? Artificial intelligence has already made its presence felt in this year’s election, from AI-generated ads to fake Biden robocalls, and it can be very hard to tell what’s real. Nicole Gill founded Accountable Tech four years ago to monitor AI’s increasing impact on politics. She talks to CNN Political Director David Chalian about the biggest threats it presents, and how lawmakers are responding in real time.

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AXIOS
Jan 31, 2024
Tech execs prepare to defend child-safety records

Accountable Tech and Design it for Us will hold a rally outside the Capitol following the hearing. Design it for Us is more focused on the harms it says are posed by Meta, Snap and TikTok. But it added in a statement, "That certainly doesn't excuse Discord and X."

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Jan 30, 2024
Accountable Tech Launches Digital Ad Buy Calling on Snap to Leave NetChoice

Ahead of tomorrow’s Big Tech hearing on youth online safety, the ad buy targets Snap Inc. employees urging them to call on the company to stop funding lobbying efforts against legislation to protect kids online

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Jan 26, 2024
Accountable Tech Asks Snap to Pull Funding from NetChoice following Company’s Endorsement of Kids Online Safety Act

Ahead of CEO Evan Spiegel's appearance before Senate Judiciary Committee next week, AT asks Snap to pull out of lobby group NetChoice, clarify position on children’s online safety

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The Hill
Jan 19, 2024
Congress urged to increase DOJ funds to take on tech giants’ power

The letter, signed by groups including The Tech Oversight Project, American Economic Liberties Project and Accountable Tech, touts the passage of the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act in 2022 to increase funding for the DOJ and Federal Trade Commission.

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Bloomberg
Jan 18, 2024
Google Tracking of Abortion Clinic Visits Spurs Complaint to FTC

The complaint was also signed by the nonprofit tech watchdog project Accountable Tech, which found in November 2023 that in eight experiments across the country, Google retained abortion seekers’ location data about half of the time. The findings, first reported by The Guardian, followed a similar Accountable Tech analysis in 2022 finding that Google was still retaining the data weeks after the announced policy change. The complaint says that practice puts Google afoul of its 2011 FTC Consent order agreeing to not misrepresent how it maintains and protects the privacy of data including physical location.

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Gizmodo
Jan 18, 2024
Google Breaks Another Promise About Tracking Your Location History

Google pledged to stop tracking user visits to abortion clinics shortly after Roe v. Wade was overturned in June 2022, which killed off the United States’ largest federal abortion protection...Roughly 18 months later, Google has not followed through on its promise, according to a new study from Accountable Tech, and the company still tracks visits to abortion clinics.

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NPR
Jan 17, 2024
AI’s influence on election 2024

"It is offering new ways of spreading disinformation, like the audio and video content, especially, but it's mostly just turbocharging existing efforts and making it a lot cheaper and easier," Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director at the watchdog group Accountable Tech, says.

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The Guardian
Jan 17, 2024
Google promised to delete location data on abortion clinic visits. It didn’t, study says

In its newest study, which the Guardian reviewed exclusively, Accountable Tech found that the company still wasn’t deleting location history in all cases as promised, though Google’s rate of retention improved slightly. The rate of retention of location information decreased from 60% of tested cases, a measurement taken five months after Google’s pledge, to 50% of tested cases in the most recent experiment. The director of product of Google Maps, Marlo McGriff, disputed the findings of the study.

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Jan 17, 2024
Google is Still Failing to Protect Privacy of Abortion Seekers

Data gathered by Accountable Tech in 7 states found that Google still collects and retains Location History data for visits to abortion clinics despite promising 18 months ago to “delete these entries”

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The Messenger
Dec 27, 2023
Experts Expect ‘Tsunami of Misinformation’ Amid AI Surge Ahead of Election

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a nonprofit watchdog group, told the AP that Twitter used to be one of the "most responsible" platforms. “Obviously now they’re on the exact other end of the spectrum,” he said.

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CBS News
Dec 26, 2023
As guardrails fade and AI deepfakes go mainstream, experts warn of election impacts

Twitter used to be one of the "most responsible" platforms, showing a willingness to test features that might reduce misinformation even at the expense of engagement, said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a nonprofit watchdog group. "Obviously now they're on the exact other end of the spectrum."

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Dec 22, 2023
Broad Group of Advocates and Experts File Amicus Briefs Countering Big Tech’s Attack on Landmark California Law Protecting Kids Online

Groups representing nearly 2 million educators, physicians, legal experts, tech whistleblowers, technologists, plus 21 bipartisan state Attorneys General, and the FTC file briefs urging Ninth Circuit to block Big Tech’s effort to weaponize First Amendment, overturn the nation’s first comprehensive children’s privacy law and imperil existing consumer safety laws

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Bloomberg
Dec 14, 2023
Transcript: A Poll on X Isn’t ‘Super Scientific’

"We've found in reporting supported by a nonprofit digital rights group, Accountable Tech, that with less than a hundred dollars, you can buy tens of thousands of votes for a Twitter poll easily."

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Washington Post
Dec 14, 2023
Google is rolling out new protections for our location data

“In July 2022, Google promised to delete sensitive location data to protect people seeking abortion care in a post-Roe America, but in the past year and a half, [it] has fallen short,” said Nicole Gill, executive director of the advocacy group Accountable Tech. “We are encouraged by their latest announcement to better protect the privacy of the millions of people who use their products every day.”

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Dec 12, 2023
Statement on Google Maps’s New and Enhanced Privacy Features

In July 2022, Google promised to delete sensitive location data to protect people seeking abortion care in a post-Roe America, but in the past year and a half has fallen short. We are encouraged by their latest announcement to better protect the privacy of the millions of people who use their products everyday.

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The Messenger
Dec 11, 2023
Democratic Hopefuls Spending Big on X Political Ads

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech and former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, told the Post that X, formerly known as Twitter, “will continue playing a key role in shaping political discourse so long as it remains the platform of choice for reporters.”

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Washington Post
Dec 11, 2023
As advertisers flee Musk’s X, Democrats splurge on political ads

The platform “will continue playing a key role in shaping political discourse so long as it remains the platform of choice for reporters,” said Jesse Lehrich, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and co-founder of the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech.

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The Hill
Dec 06, 2023
Biden pressed to address AI impact on climate change

Climate and tech advocacy groups are pressing the Biden administration to address concerns about the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on climate change...The letter was signed by 17 groups, including Friends of the Earth, Accountable Tech and the Center for Countering Digital Hate.

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The Verge
Dec 06, 2023
Climate groups say Biden AI order doesn’t address AI’s climate impact

The groups sent a letter to the White House urging the Biden administration, including national climate advisor Ali Zaidi, to add more climate-centered policies in its AI executive order released earlier in October. Seventeen groups signed the letter, including Accountable Tech.

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Politico
Nov 28, 2023
Biden campaign: Twitter, er X, is ‘an increasingly hostile place’

“Given the stakes of this election, I just think that you have to be part of the conversation wherever it’s playing out, even if in the long run you would like to see platforms that facilitate healthier political discourse,” said Jesse Lehrich, a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and cofounder of Accountable Tech. “When democracy is on the line, you don’t want to lose democracy for the sake of taking a principled stand.”

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Fast Company
Nov 21, 2023
Misinformation research is under attack. So what’s the plan for 2024?

Academics and government officials aren’t the only ones shifting strategy. Jesse Lehrich, cofounder of the advocacy group Accountable Tech, says the last year has also required his organization to “adapt to the realities of the moment.”

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The Messenger
Nov 20, 2023
Meta Whistleblower Just Proved Why Young People Like Me Don’t Feel Safe Online

A whopping 86% of voters support congressional action, and 82% believe social media platforms should be required to take concrete steps to protect young people online, according to a poll by Accountable Tech.

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Nov 17, 2023
Statement on Apple and IBM’s Decision to Pause Advertising on X

As we’ve long said, Elon Musk has turned Twitter into a hellscape of hate and conspiracy, and any company advertising on his platform must reckon with the reality that they are simultaneously funding that bile and putting their brand at severe risk.

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Nov 02, 2023
Statement on Latest Meta Whistleblower Report

As long as Big Tech chooses to operate under their toxic business model, we should expect more of these disturbing reports to come to light.

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Oct 30, 2023
Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order on AI

We applaud President Biden’s Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence for its commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of people in the face of rapid AI development and deployment.

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WIRED
Oct 27, 2023
Inside Elon Musk’s First Election Crisis—a Day After He ‘Freed’ the Bird

In addition to the trust and safety personnel layoffs, “they’ve rolled back basic features of the platform that helped deal with things that will obviously pose threats to the integrity of elections around the world,” says Jesse Lehrich, cofounder of the advocacy group Accountable Tech. This includes “removing labels on government officials and state-run media accounts, and obviously Twitter Blue has been a total disaster,” he says, noting that the platform’s new revenue-sharing model could add to the chaos. “There’s a financial incentive to post outrageous or sensational content to go viral and potentially profit from it.”

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Tech Policy Press
Oct 25, 2023
State Attorneys General Sue Meta Over Harms to Children and Teens

Various civil society groups issued statements in support of the bipartisan lawsuit against Meta. Accountable Tech executive director Nicole Gill applauded the state attorneys general’s effort to “curb Big Tech’s unchecked power over our daily lives” as Meta operates “without any regard for their role in the youth mental health crisis, focusing solely on maximizing their profits by creating addictive design features.”

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The Hill
Oct 24, 2023
Schumer urged to prioritize worker rights in AI policy

The letter was signed by 20 groups, including the Athena Coalition, Public Citizen, Accountable Tech and the Open Markets Institute. As Congress drafts regulations, the groups urged lawmakers to prioritize the heath, safety and wages of data workers that develop and train AI.

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Washington Post
Oct 24, 2023
These lawmakers want you to know when you’re talking to AI

The lawmakers first introduced the AI Labeling Act in July and on Tuesday are unveiling a list of supporters backing the effort, including consumer groups like Common Sense Media, Public Citizen and Accountable Tech.

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Oct 24, 2023
Statement on Lawsuit by States Against Meta’s Role in Youth Mental Health Crisis

We applaud today’s bipartisan lawsuit by state attorneys general to curb Big Tech’s unchecked power over our daily lives and protect young people from the online harms they face every day.

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Pluribus News
Oct 20, 2023
Tech industry plays defense as states push new regulations

Aditi Ramesh, policy manager at nonprofit watchdog Accountable Tech, said she hopes there is a "domino effect" as more states consider new rules of the road for tech with the end-goal of "putting increased pressure on Congress to create a more unified approach to tech regulation."

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Pluribus News
Sep 29, 2023
Software industry preps for ‘wave’ of AI legislation in states

Accountable Tech, Al Now and the Electronic Privacy Information Center put forth an Al governance framework in August that accused Al companies of calling for regulation while 'privately lobbying against meaningful accountability measures. "Given the monumental stakes, blind trust in their benevolence is not an option," the groups wrote.

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Tech Policy Press
Sep 28, 2023
Concerns Mount Over Social Media and 2024 Elections

So far, a coalition of ten civil society groups, including Accountable Tech, the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have all signed onto the framework.

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WIRED
Sep 28, 2023
X Fires Its Election Team Before a Huge Election Year

“With authoritarianism on the rise, and dozens of countries set to hold high-stakes elections next year, democracy is facing an existential threat,” says Jesse Lehrich, cofounder of the nonprofit Accountable Tech. “And Elon Musk continues to tip the scales in the wrong direction."

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Sep 27, 2023
Leading Civil Society Groups Introduce Election Integrity Framework for Online Platforms

With more than 50 countries set to hold elections in 2024, a coalition of leading civil society organizations at the nexus of democracy and technology today announced a new election integrity framework that focuses on content-agnostic recommendations for online platforms to mitigate the threats of election manipulation.

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Sep 26, 2023
Accountable Tech Applauds FTC’s Historic Lawsuit Against Amazon’s Monopoly Abuses

Today’s lawsuit filed by the FTC and state attorneys general is a watershed moment. We applaud these regulators for bringing this case, which signals a historic commitment to holding Big Tech monopolists accountable.

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Sep 18, 2023
Accountable Tech Applauds the Reintroduction of the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act

The endless collection of personal data to micro-target ads is the very core of Big Tech’s toxic business model and a powerful driving force behind the rise of extremism and misinformation, in addition to a myriad other societal harms.

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Sep 18, 2023
Civil Society Groups, Legal Scholars and Youth Advocates Condemn Ruling to Block the California Age-Appropriate Design Code

By calling for safety by design and privacy by default, the Age-Appropriate Design Code serves as a road to accountability for tech companies. Instead, today’s decision gives tech companies a free pass to put profit over kids’ safety online.

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Washington Post
Sep 14, 2023
Musk expected to meet with Netanyahu as antisemitism controversy rages

While X executives blame the ADL in particular for the advertising boycott, numerous civil rights and advocacy groups had been part of the campaign, including GLAAD, Media Matters for America, Free Press, Accountable Tech and Color of Change. They used the hashtag #StopToxicTwitter.

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The Messenger
Sep 14, 2023
Congress Has Found A New Silicon Valley Bogeyman: Artificial Intelligence

Clearly, Facebook and Twitter no longer seem like the scariest bogeymen around town, with D.C. conversation around artificial intelligence, “sucking up all of the oxygen,” conceded Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a tech watchdog group. “The fact that just this week—even with a government shutdown looming—you’ve got three separate Congressional hearings…really underscores the extent to which AI has consumed Capitol Hill.”

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Sep 12, 2023
Ahead of Hearings on AI, Accountable Tech Reminds Senators of Broken Promises from Big Tech

Today, Accountable Tech launched a digital ad buy and a new report highlighting Big Tech’s alarming history of making and then breaking their own public commitments on privacy and safety.

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The Guardian
Sep 12, 2023
Microsoft president and Nvidia chief scientist testify in Senate AI hearings

“Big tech has shown us what ‘self-regulation’ looks like, and it looks a lot like their own self-interest,” said Bianca Recto, communications director for Accountable Tech. “Senators must go into this week’s AI hearings with their eyes wide open – or risk once again getting fooled by savvy PR at the expense of our safety.”

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NBC News
Sep 06, 2023
Civil rights groups attacked by Elon Musk are mounting a counteroffensive

Kaili Lambe, director of policy and advocacy at Accountable Tech, another coalition leader, said Musk’s tactics are bad for X and bad for the internet as a whole.

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Tech Policy Press
Sep 01, 2023
August 2023 U.S. Tech Policy Roundup

Accountable Tech, AI Now, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) released the Zero Trust AI Governance Framework in response to self-regulatory approaches popular among top AI companies. The framework laid out overarching principles for future regulation. These included a call for policymakers to apply existing laws to the industry such as anti-discrimination, consumer protection, and competition laws alongside clarifying Section 230’s limits. The framework also suggested establishing clearly defined policies without room for subjectivity such as prohibiting facial recognition used for mass surveillance and fully automated hiring processes. Finally, the framework placed the burden on AI companies to prove that their systems are not harmful with systems subject to pre- and post-deployment harm mitigation requirements.

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Washington Post
Aug 25, 2023
Donald Trump marks return to X, formerly Twitter, with mug shot tweet

A recent report by Accountable Tech, a nonprofit that advocates for better security and integrity in big tech, found that 360 of Trump’s posts on Truth Social would be in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards, dozens contained election-related disinformation and more than 100 posts amplify followers or supporters of QAnon.

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CBC Canada
Aug 18, 2023
Nicole Gill on Meta’s News Blockade in Canada

This is a company that spent more than a decade integrating itself into the news production and dissemination system. Like it or not, they're a part of how news is shared across the globe.

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The Verge
Aug 14, 2023
AI companies must prove their AI is safe, says nonprofit group

Nonprofits Accountable Tech, AI Now, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) released policy proposals that seek to limit how much power big AI companies have on regulation that could also expand the power of government agencies against some uses of generative AI.

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Tech Policy Press
Aug 11, 2023
Advocates Call for White House Action on AI Harms

The Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive DC-based think tank, and a group of civil society groups that includes Accountable Tech, AI Now Institute, and EPIC, released their respective priorities to coincide with the AI Cyber Challenge kickoff.

Statements
Aug 10, 2023
Accountable Tech, AI Now, EPIC Release Zero Trust AI Governance Framework

With Big Tech jockeying to secure a new era of self-regulation amid the AI arms race, leading civil society organizations Accountable Tech, AI Now Institute, and EPIC jointly released a new “Zero Trust AI Governance” framework Thursday.

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Gizmodo
Aug 10, 2023
Maybe Facebook’s Ruthless Ascent Didn’t Make the World More Depressed, Study Says

Accountable Tech Co-Founder Jesse Lehrich who’s previously led campings calling on Meta to do more to remove harmful content from its platforms, echoed those concerns, calling the OII research as almost comically overbroad.

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Politico
Jul 27, 2023
New studies: Facebook doesn’t make people more partisan

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, an advocacy group focused on information controls for social media, said it was “a little bit absurd” to draw conclusions from studies that altered a single facet of a user’s social media experience over a three-month period.

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Politico
Jul 27, 2023
Score one for ‘the algorithm’

Social media critics — many of whom have spent years sounding the alarm about the ways it has changed American politics — suggested the studies were too limited, and too close to Meta itself, to be persuasive, including Frances Haugen, the former Facebook executive who leaked internal company files in 2021, and Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, an advocacy group focused on information controls for social media.

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The Verge
Jul 27, 2023
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to build a new agency to police Big Tech

“An independent regulatory commission tasked with challenging the monopolistic power of Big Tech companies will not only provide the additional oversight needed to keep the industry in check, but also complement the work of our existing regulatory bodies,” Nicole Gill, Accountable Tech executive director and co-founder, said in a statement to The Verge on Wednesday.

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The Messenger
Jul 25, 2023
Congress Wants To Fight Online Drug Dealing — But Doing So Could Injure The Internet

It could possibly prompt tech companies to cut back encrypted message features just as they’re continuing to grow in use and popularity, said Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder of Accountable Tech, a civil society organization working to bring about long-term structural reform regarding surveillance and social media companies. “The last thing we should be doing in this moment is killing end-to-end encryption,” he said, “and deputizing Big Tech with massive new surveillance mandates.”

Statements
Jul 21, 2023
Statement on Big Tech Companies’ Commitment to Voluntary AI Safeguards

At a moment when policymakers are racing the clock to harness the potential and curb the dangers of AI, we applaud the Biden Administration for its leadership in bringing the largest AI companies together around a set of basic voluntary safeguards.

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Business Insider
Jul 14, 2023
Mark Zuckerberg needs to better moderate Threads or it’ll ‘become as toxic as Twitter,’ civil rights groups warn

The letter — led by Free Press, Accountable Tech, and Media Matters for America — says the groups have already seen indications that "new users have been testing the boundaries of the platform's moderation and enforcement."

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CNBC
Jul 11, 2023
As Twitter continues to implode, advertisers pin their hopes on Threads

Media Matters and other groups including Free Press and Accountable Tech urged advertisers to stop spending on Twitter when Musk took over last fall, citing an increase in hate speech and other concerns.

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The Register
Jun 27, 2023
One year after Roe v Wade overturned and ‘uterus surveillance’ looks grim

As recently as May, however, two investigations, one by advocacy group Accountable Tech and the other by the Washington Post, found Google continued to track and store location history for trips to abortion clinics.

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Reuters
Jun 22, 2023
FEATURE-My body, my data: US fight for abortion access turns digital

Right now, protecting personal data is a zipcode lottery given the "patchwork of state laws", said Kaili Lambe of Accountable Tech, an advocacy group pressuring tech companies to stop collecting data on pregnancy and abortion-interest online.

Op-Eds
Tech Policy Press
Jun 13, 2023
Big Tech’s Toxic Business Model Could Land Abortion Seekers in Jail. Here’s How to Stop Them.

Virtually everything we do online is tracked by companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, from what we buy to the news we read. This type of surveillance isn’t just a byproduct of these companies’ products — collecting and monetizing user data is a fundamental part of their business models. Now, it could land abortion-seekers in jail.

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by Nicole Gill, Aditi Ramesh,
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Washington Post
Jun 12, 2023
Trump charges will test social media rules on violent rhetoric

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech and a former spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said that tech companies are “much more comfortable inviting widespread societal unrest than pissing off conservatives.”

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Gizmodo
Jun 05, 2023
Instagram Bans, Unbans Facebook Critic, and It Won’t Say Why

Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill agreed with that sentiment and told Gizmodo Meta’s “willingness to silence” its critics reinforced the critics of abuse and monopoly power lodged against them in the first place.

Statements
Jun 02, 2023
Statement on Meta’s Decision to Block News Content in Canada

Today’s decision demonstrates how much power Big Tech has over our communication systems and the distribution of news, and how little they care about anything other than profits.

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Forbes
May 25, 2023
ChatGPT Could Leave Europe, OpenAI CEO Warns, Days After Urging U.S. Congress For AI Regulations

Nicole Gill, the executive director and co-founder of the group Accountable Tech, penned an op-ed for Fast Company last week where she compared Altman to Meta’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg writing: “Lawmakers appear poised to trust Altman to self-regulate under the guise of ‘innovation,’ even as the speed of AI is ringing alarm bells for technologists, academics, civil society, and yes, even lawmakers.”

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Washington Post
May 25, 2023
Musk gives DeSantis a Twitter boost, breaking another tech norm

Nicole Gill, executive director of the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech, said in a statement that Musk’s “full-throated embrace of Ron DeSantis … is a new low for what was once one of the world’s most important communication platforms.”

Statements
May 24, 2023
U.S. Senators Demand Google Answer for Abortion Lies Revealed by Accountable Tech Research

Today, Democratic senators sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding more information on the company’s data practices after Accountable Tech’s exclusive research found that Google continues to track and retain sensitive location history data from abortion seekers.

Statements
May 24, 2023
Statement on Elon Musk’s Embrace of Ron DeSantis: “Companies that give ad money to Twitter might as well be cutting a check to the DeSantis campaign”

Elon Musk has already turned Twitter into a hellscape of hate and conspiracy. But his full-throated embrace of Ron DeSantis – only weeks after Tucker Carlson announced he would revive his Fox News show on Twitter – is a new low for what was once one of the world’s most important communication platforms.

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The Verge
May 24, 2023
Elon Musk fails to launch Ron DeSantis in disastrous Twitter Space

“Elon Musk has already turned Twitter into a hellscape of hate and conspiracy. But his full-throated embrace of Ron DeSantis – only weeks after Tucker Carlson announced he would revive his Fox News show on Twitter – is a new low for what was once one of the world’s most important communication platforms,” said Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director for Accountable Tech, in a statement Wednesday.

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Washington Post
May 24, 2023
Google is failing to uphold post-Roe privacy pledge, Democrats say

A separate review by the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech generated similar findings, with Google failing to delete location data in more than half of their visits. “No one should be tracked or targeted for their personal health decisions. But that’s exactly what Big Tech’s business model of surveillance advertising right now is designed to do,” Accountable Tech policy manager Aditi Ramesh told Geoffrey.

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May 23, 2023
Accountable Tech on Meta’s $1.3 Billion EU Fine: “One of The Worst Violators of Privacy Laws”

This is a consistent issue we’ve seen with Meta over the last decade plus, where their business model is premised on collecting enormous amounts of personal data and weaponizing it to do surveillance advertising for colossal profits.

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BBC News
May 22, 2023
Jesse Lehrich Responds to $1.3 Billion Fines Against Meta by EU regulators

I think they're being singled out for good reason. Meta is one of the worst privacy violators of all time.

Statements
May 22, 2023
Accountable Tech On Minnesota Legislature’s Failure to Pass the Age Appropriate Design Code

Once again, elected officials have sided with Big Tech, choosing to prioritize their interests over the safety of Minnesota children.

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Politico
May 18, 2023
Big Tech carves loopholes out of state kids’ safety laws

Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director of tech watchdog group Accountable Tech, said companies are running a two-track campaign. She said they’re making design changes that may make minor safety improvements for kids, “while at the same time, their government relations teams — up to their CEOs — are directly lobbying Congress and state legislatures to do absolutely nothing to regulate them.”

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Associated Press
May 18, 2023
False claims of a stolen election thrive unchecked on Twitter even as Musk promises otherwise

But since he took over, Musk has reinstated notorious election deniers, overhauled Twitter’s verification system and gutted much of the staff that had been responsible for moderating posts. Those choices have allowed falsehoods to flourish, said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a nonprofit watchdog group.

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NPR
May 17, 2023
Teens say social media is stressing them out. Here’s how to help them

"I have an anxiety disorder, and I have OCD," Lembke told Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in March 2022, during a roundtable hosted by the nonprofit Accountable Tech. "I was never warned that entering these online platforms would only amplify the things that I already struggle with."

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Fast Company
May 16, 2023
POV: Is OpenAI CEO Sam Altman the new Mark Zuckerberg?

Instead of welcoming Altman with a bipartisan steak dinner in his honor, Congress must subject the new Zuckerberg to the scrutiny his technology merits and the public deserves.

Nicole Gill
by Nicole Gill,
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The Messenger
May 15, 2023
Congress Is Falling Behind on AI

Congress’s slowness to deal with those and other major issues related to Big Tech “certainly undermines our ability to now grapple with something like generative AI, which is moving at such a rapid pace,” said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder and senior advisor at Accountable Tech, a tech watchdog group.

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Politico
May 11, 2023
The Covid passport expires

Critics’ say: Nicole Gill, executive director of tech watchdog group Accountable Tech, said the companies “are directly lobbying Congress and state legislatures to do absolutely nothing to regulate them.”

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Gizmodo
May 10, 2023
Advertising on Twitter Means You Support Tucker Carlson Now

In the climate Musk and Tucker built for themselves, tying your ad money to their projects could generate public condemnation. Representatives from the advocacy groups Free Press, Media Matters, Accountable Tech, and the Center For Countering Digital Hate all told Gizmodo that Carlson’s new show will be even worse for the reputation of any brand that chooses to advertise on Twitter.

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Washington Post
May 09, 2023
Aditi Ramesh on how Google is Endangering Abortion-Seekers

People who use Google Maps to search for abortion care for themselves or others are at risk of seeing their data turned over to prosecutors due to Big Tech's collection and retention of this sensitive data.

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May 09, 2023
Accountable Tech Leads Day of Action Calling on Google to Stop Collecting and Retaining Sensitive Health Location Data that Endangers Abortion Seekers

Today, Accountable Tech and a coalition of advocacy partners led a Day of Action calling on Google to stop collecting and retaining sensitive user data that can be used to prosecute people seeking abortion care in post-Roe America.

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Washington Post
May 09, 2023
Google promised to delete sensitive data. It logged my abortion clinic visit.

I’m not the only one who’s spotted Google’s failure. Aditi Ramesh, a policy manager with the advocacy group Accountable Tech, has been doing her own version of this test over the last several months and found similar results. In about 60 percent of her tests, Google failed to delete location data.

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May 02, 2023
Statement on Senator Blumenthal and Blackburn’s Proposed Kids Online Safety Act

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) represents a critical step towards protecting our kids and teens online. Big Tech companies are shamelessly cashing in on a perverse business model that harms young people.

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Washington Post
May 02, 2023
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/05/02/ai-driven-political-ads-are-here-this-lawmaker-is-sounding-alarm/

Left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech has hired five new staff members: Robbie Dornbush as its chief of staff, who previously served as chief of staff and special assistant to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Bianca Recto as its communications director, who previously served as communications director for media start-up More Perfect Union. Nash Alam as its senior aampaign manager, who previous was a digital organizer for Groundwork Collaborative. Alison Rice as its campaign manager for youth initiatives, who previously worked with the Hub Project and NextGen America. Alyssa Sanchez as its operations manager, who previously worked with Oregon Futures Lab.

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Scripps News
May 01, 2023
Nicole Gill on Social Media Age-Gating Legislation

These new bills in state houses across the country represent a threat to young people's privacy. Rather than restrict young people's access, we can make these platforms safer for kids through design requirements and standards.

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News 12
Apr 28, 2023
Nicole Gill on how to Protect Kids Online

We have an opportunity right now to protect kids online with meaningful legislation. We should take it.

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Time
Apr 27, 2023
A Brief History of Elon Musk Saying One Thing and Doing Another at Twitter

“Throughout his career, Musk has had an almost pathological need to promise grand visions and make himself the center of attention,” says Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, an advocacy group. “He’s very Trumpian in his need to capture media attention with constantly-shifting promises, which everyone in the media covers, and then it never happens.”

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Digiday
Apr 17, 2023
The fate of Black Twitter remains unclear after Elon Musk’s platform takeover

Even civil rights leaders, from organizations like Media Matters, Free Press, Accountable Tech and Color of Change, called on advertisers last fall to stop spending on the platform in response to increased hate and offensive speech and other changes since Musk’s takeover, per reports. (By December, ad spend fell on Twitter by over 70%, per Reuters — Musk blamed activist group pressure on advertisers.)

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NBC News
Apr 11, 2023
Aditi Ramesh Shows how Google is Aiding Abortion Prosecutors

By traveling to an abortion clinic, we can show in real-time how Google is collecting and retaining sensitive location data despite their policies saying otherwise.

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Apr 11, 2023
BREAKING: Despite Promises, Google Continues to Track and Retain Location Data for Abortion Clinic Visits

Today, Accountable Tech released new field research – documented in real-time by an NBC News crew – revealing that Google continues to collect and retain location data from individuals visiting abortion clinics, which could be weaponized by prosecutors, despite the tech behemoth’s repeated claims to the contrary.

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Newsy
Apr 05, 2023
Nicole Gill on the Dangers of Social Media for Kids

Big Tech designs their platforms to hook and addict users, which poses a serious threat to young people's mental health and well-being.

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KOLO ABC 8
Apr 05, 2023
Bill hoping to protect children online debated in State Legislature

“The data has shown us, time and again, that various online platforms, such as social media, contribute to a myriad of issues including depression and anxiety and are highly addicting,” said Nicole Gill with Accountable Tech. “We firmly believe that a child’s safety should be paramount and that platforms should enact the highest privacy protections when designing, developing and providing that feature. Through the passage of AB 320 in Nevada, we hope to see that belief become a reality. "

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Tech Policy Press
Mar 31, 2023
March 2023 U.S. Tech Policy Roundup

Advocacy organizations Accountable Tech and LOG OFF conducted a poll with 912 American teenagers to understand social media usage habits. They found that:

Television
Al Jazeera
Mar 30, 2023
Jesse Lehrich on the Emerging Threats of AI

The rapid escalation of the AI arms race really underscores how far the U.S. has fallen behind in regulating Big Tech.

Statements
Mar 29, 2023
New Poll Shows Dangers of Social Media Design for Young Americans, Sparks Renewed Call for Tech Regulation

New polling released today by Accountable Tech and LOG OFF finds that the design of social media and online platforms is actively harming U.S. teens — adding further evidence for why design reforms outlined in the Age Appropriate Design Code are desperately needed to protect kids online.

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CNBC
Mar 29, 2023
Donald Trump is back on social media, and nobody knows what happens next

The companies that punished Trump for his prior antics have little reason to believe his behavior will change. His Truth Social posts are littered with examples to the contrary. Advocacy group Accountable Tech wrote in a recent report that it found over 350 Trump posts on Truth Social that would violate Facebook’s safety rules.

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Politico
Mar 23, 2023
Google hires Costello

“No parent should have to deal with the horrific reality of losing a child to online bullying, illegal or harmful substances sold over social media, or from falling prey to dangerous online communities,” the groups wrote. Tech Oversight Project, Accountable Tech, the Center for Digital Democracy, Fairplay, Parents Together, Common Sense Media, Tech Transparency Project, Eating Disorders Coalition and Friends of the Earth.

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Mar 21, 2023
Statement on Trump’s Dangerous Online Rhetoric, as Law Enforcement Readies for Violent Protests

In January, while giving Trump the keys to his Facebook account, Meta claimed the threat he posed to public safety had ‘subsided.’ On Friday, YouTube followed suit, citing a ‘careful’ evaluation of the risk of violence.

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Mar 17, 2023
Accountable Tech Statement on YouTube’s Decision to Reinstate Donald Trump

The very same day Trump released a video calling the 2020 election ‘stolen’ and demanding January 6th insurrectionists be released from prison, YouTube decided to let him back on their platform.

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Mashable
Mar 17, 2023
Donald Trump is back on YouTube and using Facebook again

"The very same day Trump released a video calling the 2020 election ‘stolen’ and [demanded] January 6th insurrectionists be released from prison, YouTube decided to let him back on their platform," Nicole Gill, executive director of the advocacy group Accountable Tech said in a statement provided to Mashable.

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Reuters
Mar 17, 2023
Trump returns to Facebook

More than 350 of his Truth Social posts would have violated Facebook's rules, including posts amplifying the conspiracy theory QAnon and pushing false claims of election fraud, liberal advocacy group Accountable Tech said in a December report.

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NPR
Mar 17, 2023
‘I’M BACK!’ Trump posts on Facebook, YouTube for first time in two years

Advocacy group Accountable Tech found that hundreds of Trump's posts on Truth Social would violate most social media companies' community standards. The group said Trump released a video on the site on Friday that falsely alleges the 2020 election was stolen and that the Jan. 6 insurrectionists should be released from prison.

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Pluribus News
Mar 14, 2023
Youth digital privacy battles spark in states

Besides 5Rights and Accountable Tech, the coalition backing the age-appropriate design bills also includes Parents Together and Design It For Us. Advocates insist the law is needed to better protect children from harmful online content and to block features like Autoplay that encourage youth to spend hours online.

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Gizmodo
Mar 10, 2023
House Republicans Just Passed a Tech Censorship Bill That’s Pure Nonsense

Others, like Ohio Democratic Rep. ​​Greg Landsman, feared the bill would make it even more difficult to spot and remove disinformation posts attempting to spread foreign propaganda. Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of tech advocacy group Accountable Tech, similarly said the GOP bill appears to solve problems already handled by the First Amendment right to speech.

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Mashable
Feb 25, 2023
Meta allows Trump back on Facebook and Instagram

"Today, Meta chose to put its own profits above American democracy and the real-world safety of its users," said Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director of the advocacy nonprofit Accountable Tech in a statement provided to Mashable. "I want to be very clear: there is absolutely no justification for allowing Donald Trump back on Facebook...This is a man who used the platform to incite a deadly insurrection against the United States – and whose behavior has only gotten more dangerous in the years since. Trump has repeatedly used Truth Social to fuel violence, spread election lies, and promote domestic terrorist organizations like QAnon."

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NBC News
Feb 14, 2023
Congress has had a hands-off approach to Big Tech. Will the AI arms race be any different?

“The rapid escalation of the AI arms race that ChatGPT has catalyzed really underscores how far behind Congress is when it comes to regulating technology and the cost of their failure,” said Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder of the left-leaning watchdog Accountable Tech and a former aide to Hillary Clinton.

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Feb 13, 2023
Youth Activist Emma Lembke to Testify on Online Harms Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Tomorrow, youth activist Emma Lembke – a former Accountable Tech intern who continues to work closely with the organization – will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Big Tech’s ongoing exploitation of our children for profit.

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VOX
Feb 09, 2023
It’s official. Trump is back on Facebook and Instagram.

If and when Trump starts posting again on Facebook and Instagram, prepare to see more of what he’s been sharing on Truth Social: From April 28 through October 8, Trump shared 116 posts amplifying “followers and sympathizers of QAnon,” and 239 posts containing “harmful election-related disinformation,” according to the tech watchdog group Accountable Tech. He’s also made comments promoting election fraud conspiracy theories that critics say encouraged harassment of election workers, such as threats of hanging, firing squads, torture, and bomb blasts.

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Feb 07, 2023
Accountable Tech Applauds President Biden for Outlining Bold Steps to Hold Big Tech Accountable

Accountable Tech applauds President Biden’s bold demand to hold social media companies to account for their broken profit model, calling for long overdue safeguards that force online platforms and apps to prioritize the safety, health, and privacy of their users – especially children and teens.

Statements
Jan 25, 2023
Accountable Tech Statement on Meta’s Decision to Reinstate Donald Trump

Today, Meta chose to put its own profits above American democracy and the real-world safety of its users.

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CNN
Jan 25, 2023
Meta says it won’t punish Trump for attacking the 2020 election results. But the 2024 vote is a different story

It’s nothing unusual for Trump. A research report published earlier this month by the watchdog group Accountable Tech found that Trump had written more than 200 posts containing “harmful election-related disinformation” since he was banished from Meta’s platforms.

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NBC News
Jan 25, 2023
Facebook and Instagram to end Trump’s suspension from platforms

A mobile billboard, deployed by Accountable Tech, outside the Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on Jan. 17.

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Politico
Jan 25, 2023
Meta to reinstate Donald Trump’s Facebook account

Watchdog group Accountable Tech criticized Facebook for prioritizing its bottom line. “Today, Meta chose to put its own profits above American democracy and the real-world safety of its users,” said Nicole Gill, the group’s executive director, in a statement.

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The Daily Beast
Jan 25, 2023
Meta to Reinstate Trump on Facebook and Instagram ‘In the Coming Weeks’

“I want to be very clear: there is absolutely no justification for allowing Donald Trump back on Facebook,” said Nicole Gill, co-founder of the tech-focused advocacy group Accountable Tech. “Two years ago, Meta said it would only reinstate Trump if his presence on the platform no longer carried a threat of violence. Today’s decision reveals that promise for what it was: another empty publicity stunt by a company more concerned with making money than with democracy, safety, or even internal consistency.”

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NPR
Jan 25, 2023
Meta allows Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram

The advocacy groups Accountable Tech and Media Matters for America estimated last month that more than 350 of Trump's Truth Social posts would directly violate Facebook's rules against QAnon content, false election claims and harassment of marginalized groups.

Statements
Jan 24, 2023
Accountable Tech Applauds DOJ’s Antitrust Suit Against Google

We applaud this much-needed action from the Department of Justice, and will continue our work advocating for structural reform to hold Big Tech monopolies like Google accountable.

Statements
Jan 17, 2023
Accountable Tech Demands Meta “Keep Trump Off Facebook” with Mobile Billboards Outside Meta Offices in San Francisco, DC, and New York

Mobile billboards from Accountable Tech are circling the national mall and Meta offices in Menlo Park, New York City, and Washington, DC today urging Facebook to uphold its ban of former President Donald Trump.

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The Hill
Jan 09, 2023
Meta weighing decision on Trump ban

Accountable Tech and Media Matters for America last month launched a “Keep Trump off Facebook” ad campaign along with a report highlighting hundreds of Trump’s posts on Truth Social they said would violate Facebook’s rules. The posts amplified followers and sympathizers of the QAnon conspiracy theory and contained “harmful” election-related disinformation.

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Washington Post
Jan 09, 2023
Two years after Jan. 6, Facebook mulls if Trump is still a threat

“Is [Trump’s rhetoric] safer, or is it that it wasn’t being broadcast to hundreds of millions of people on Facebook that kept it safer?” said Accountable Tech’s executive director, Nicole Gill, whose anti-Big Tech advocacy group has run digital and television advertisements urging the company not to reinstate Trump. “The absence of violence after the midterms is not at all reason to let him back on.”

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Forbes
Jan 08, 2023
Trump Campaign Urges Facebook To Remove Block On His Account As He Gears Up For Presidential Run

The tech watchdog nonprofit Accountable Tech is advocating for Meta to continue its ban on Trump’s accounts and has launched a billboard campaign outside of Facebook offices in Washington, Menlo Park, Calif., and New York City. "If Facebook looks at what Trump has been putting out publicly in the past few years, it is clear he is not a reduced threat to safety, If anything, he has gotten more emboldened,” Executive Director Nicole Gill told The Financial Times.

Statements
Jan 04, 2023
Accountable Tech Statement on Landmark Ruling Against Meta’s Surveillance Advertising Business

This ruling is a landmark victory in the fight against tech giants who extract users’ personal data without consent, manipulate us, and warp public discourse in service of their toxic business model.

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AXIOS
Jan 04, 2023
Meta expected to decide soon on fate of Trump accounts

Accountable Tech and Media Matters for America released a six-figure digital and TV ad buy last month for a "Keep Trump Off Facebook" campaign.

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Forbes
Jan 04, 2023
Meta Weighs Reinstating Trump’s Facebook Account After 2-Year Ban—Here’s How It Will Work

A study published last month by left-wing free speech advocacy group Accountable Tech suggested that more than 350 of Trump’s posts on Truth Social would have violated Facebook’s policies, including his baseless election denial allegations, his promotion of far-right conspiracy group QAnon, as well as posts that would violate Facebook’s harassment against marginalized groups policy.

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Business Insider
Dec 24, 2022
Pressure builds to keep Donald Trump off Facebook ahead of his possible reinstatement

Nearly half of Trump's posts and reposts on Truth Social in the week after the 2022 midterm elections pushed claims of election fraud and amplified QAnon accounts or content, according to December research from Media Matters. Another study by Accountable Tech found more than 350 of Trump's Truth Social posts would violate Facebook's safety guidelines.

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Fast Company
Dec 23, 2022
Meta would be making a mistake handing Trump back the keys to Facebook

As the leaders of two tech and media watchdog groups, we’ve closely tracked Trump’s online behavior since he incited that deadly insurrection, and we can unequivocally say: There is no justification for allowing Trump back on Facebook.

Nicole Gill
by Nicole Gill,
Statements
Dec 15, 2022
Accountable Tech Statement on Twitter’s Suspension of Reporters’ Accounts

Tonight, companies that have continued to advertise on Twitter face a choice: Do you want to be complicit in the real-time censorship of free press in America?

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Dec 14, 2022
AT + MMFA Release New Research, TV Ad in Push to Keep Trump Off Facebook

Accountable Tech released new research finding that more than 350 posts from Donald Trump’s “Truth Social” account – the equivalent of two posts per day – would directly violate Facebook’s Community Standards.

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Nov 23, 2022
On the Heels of Landmark California Kids and Teens Online Safety Bill, Meta Announces Updated Safety and Privacy Measures

These updates show why passing laws that change the incentive structure for Big Tech is imperative. The California Age Appropriate Design Code is already pushing companies like Meta to proactively enhance their existing limited privacy and safety measures for children and teens.

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Politico
Nov 22, 2022
Musk’s Twitter gets weird and wild, but Washington is sticking around

Nicole Gill, executive director of tech watchdog group Accountable Tech, said Musk’s reinstatements “are actively threatening the safety of Twitter users.”

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CNBC
Nov 21, 2022
Civil rights leaders condemn Musk decision to lift Trump Twitter ban

“Unless and until Musk can be trusted to enforce Twitter’s prior community standards, the platform is not safe for users or advertisers,” the #StopToxicTwitter coalition led by Accountable Tech, Free Press and Media Matters for America said in a statement. “For those still advertising on Twitter right now: know that you are contributing directly to an erratic billionaire’s decimation of Twitter and its rapid devolution into utter chaos.”

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Nov 20, 2022
As Elon Musk Replatforms Donald Trump, #StopToxicTwitter Coalition Renews Calls for Corporations to Stop Advertising on Twitter

In his three weeks as Twitter CEO, Elon Musk has orchestrated a mass exodus of safety experts and turned the platform into a hellscape of misinformation, hate, and extremism. Now he has decided to hastily and unilaterally replatform Donald Trump — the man who incited a deadly insurrection against the U.S. government. 

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Nov 10, 2022
Accountable Tech Statement on Mass Exodus of Twitter’s Safety, Security, and Privacy Experts

Elon Musk is incinerating his new $44 billion toy like it’s a self-driving Tesla, and the rest of us are engulfed in the flames.

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CNN
Nov 10, 2022
Elon Musk’s Twitter faces its ‘Titanic’ moment as executives and advertisers flee while trolls run rampant

Maybe Twitter will find a path forward. But the road ahead looks quite arduous. As the non-profit watchdog Accountable Tech put it Thursday evening: “This hellscape is going to get more hellish. More hate speech and harassment. More deception and impersonation. More privacy and security risks for all of us. We would once again tell advertisers to jump ship, but at this point, no CMO in their right mind needs that advice.”

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Newsy
Nov 07, 2022
Nicole Gill on Twitter’s Verification Changes

Elon Musk's changes to Twitter's verification system undermines authoritative news sources and opens the floodgates to disinformation on the platform.

In the News
Nov 07, 2022
Elon Musk Just Told ‘Independent-Minded’ Followers Which Way To Vote. Why That Matters

“He’s a man who now has incredible unilateral power to shape our information system and how information is shared,” Nicole Gill, executive director of the nonprofit Accountable Tech, tells TIME. “He controls the dials that determine whose voices are heard in what he fashions is the modern public square, and now he’s openly putting his thumb on the scale and elections.”

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Nov 04, 2022
#StopToxicTwitter Coalition Calls for Corporations to Stop Advertising Buys on Twitter, as Elon Musk’s Layoffs Cut Content Moderation and Brand Safeguards

The #StopToxicTwitter coalition, made up of more than 60 civil rights and civil society groups, issued an urgent call to Twitter advertisers, demanding they stop buys on the platform in the wake of Elon Musk’s sweeping layoffs.

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Newsy
Nov 04, 2022
Nicole Gill on Elon Musk’s Twitter

Elon Musk's ties and business dealings with foreign actors should be a warning sign as he assumes control of Twitter.

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New York Times
Nov 04, 2022
Twitter’s Advertisers Pull Back as Layoffs Sweep Through Company

“We are witnessing the real-time destruction of one of the world’s most powerful communications platforms,” said Nicole Gill, the executive director of the nonprofit group Accountable Tech, on the call. “Unless and until Musk can robustly enforce Twitter’s existing community standards, the platform is not safe for users or for advertisers.”

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Huffington Post
Nov 04, 2022
Elon Musk Accuses Activists Of ‘Trying To Destroy Free Speech’ As Advertisers Flee

“We are witnessing the real-time destruction of one of the world’s most powerful communication systems,” Nicole Gill, executive director of Accountable Tech, one of the groups in the coalition, said in a statement. “Elon Musk is an erratic billionaire who’s dangerously unqualified to run Twitter.”

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New York Times
Nov 03, 2022
Elon Musk Begins Layoffs at Twitter

Jesse Lehrich, a founder of Accountable Tech, an industry advocacy organization, said the layoffs amounted to an arbitrary purge just days before the midterm elections on Tuesday.

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Nov 01, 2022
Open Letter to Twitter’s Top 20 Advertisers

An open letter to the CEOs of the top advertising companies on Twitter from Accountable Tech and other partner organizations.

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Nov 01, 2022
Civil-Society Groups Call on Twitter’s Top-20 Advertisers to Demand that Elon Musk Fulfill His Promise to Safeguard Their Brands and Protect Users

On Tuesday, more than 40 civil-society groups called on Twitter’s top-20 advertisers to inform Elon Musk that they will suspend all advertising on the platform if he follows through on plans to undermine the social network’s community standards and content moderation.

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NBC News
Nov 01, 2022
Congress will want to hear from Elon Musk and Twitter — whichever party wins the midterms

“I had every reason to believe that this would be problematic: Elon taking over one of the world’s most influential global communications platforms,” said a former Clinton foreign policy aide, Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder of the left-leaning watchdog Accountable Tech. “But I didn’t expect him to be tweeting insane conspiracy theories at Hillary Clinton about Paul Pelosi as the speaker survives an assassination attempt within the first 72 hours.”

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Business Insider
Oct 29, 2022
Under Elon Musk’s leadership, Twitter could become a ‘supercharged engine of radicalization,’ critics warn

Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of watchdog nonprofit Accountable Tech, said Musk's firing of Vijaya Gadde — a top Twitter legal and policy executive who headed the team that decided to remove Trump from the platform — was a "long-term catastrophe," calling Gadde the company's "moral compass," Politico reported.

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News Nation
Oct 28, 2022
Jesse Lehrich on Elon Musk’s Acquisition of Twitter

Elon Musk is going to have unilateral control over one of the most powerful communication platforms in the world.

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Salon
Oct 28, 2022
“Dangerous for us all”: Elon Musk’s business past offers worrying signs for Twitter’s future

"Elon Musk's plans for Twitter will make it an even more hate-filled cesspool, leading to irreparable real-world harm," said the Stop the Deal Coalition, an alliance of groups that includes Accountable Tech, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, and the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. The coalition has urged Congress to investigate Musk's acquisition of Twitter. (The purchase is reportedly already facing an investigation by federal regulators.)

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NPR
Oct 28, 2022
After many delays, Elon Musk is now the proud owner of Twitter

The watchdog group Accountable Tech said Musk's erratic behavior and tweets about Ukraine and Russia make this acquisition a national security threat. It wants Congress to investigate.

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Oct 27, 2022
Stop the Deal Coalition Statement on Elon Musk’s Twitter Acquisition Deal

Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter will make it an even more hate-filled cesspool, leading to irreparable real-world harm. Musk’s plans will leave the platform more vulnerable to security threats, rampant disinformation, and extremism just ahead of the midterm elections.

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Oct 27, 2022
Statement on Elon Musk’s Acquisition of Twitter

It’s also difficult to overstate the national security threat that this deal poses. Musk is a Putin propagandist with a pattern of close ties to hostile foreign governments – many of whom have financial and strategic interests in the deal.

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Oct 26, 2022
New Six-Figure TV Ad Buy Slams Facebook for Gutting Election Integrity Safeguards Ahead of Midterms

Big Tech watchdog Accountable Tech announced a $250,000 national TV and digital ad buy slamming Facebook for rolling back election integrity safeguards ahead of the upcoming midterms.

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AXIOS
Oct 22, 2022
Groups demand crackdown on online misinformation ahead of midterms

Concurrently, watchdog group Accountable Tech placed a $250,000 national television and digital ad buy starting this week, criticizing Meta for what the group describes as rolling back election integrity safeguards prior to the midterms.

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Tech Policy Press
Oct 14, 2022
Elon Musk Owning Twitter is A National Security Threat

Despite all the headlines about the online and real-world danger Musk’s control of Twitter could cause, one is getting overlooked: Elon Musk owning Twitter is a national security risk to the United States.

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Oct 04, 2022
Statement on Elon Musk’s Proposal to Proceed with Twitter Deal

An Elon Musk takeover of Twitter would provide a megaphone to extremists, threaten public safety, and devastate our already fragile democracy.

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Sep 22, 2022
Statement on News that Meta is Considering Replatforming Trump

Meta’s indication that Donald Trump will be allowed back on the platform – despite his increasingly dangerous behavior since – would be equivalent to handing a flamethrower to an arsonist.

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AXIOS
Sep 16, 2022
California’s new age rules for sites and apps raise a ruckus

"The bill focuses on establishing a floor of safety and security for young people," Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director of Accountable Tech, which supports the legislation, told Axios.

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Sep 15, 2022
With Governor Newsom’s Signature, California Becomes the First State in the U.S. to Protect Kids and Teens Online

In signing the California Age Appropriate Design Code Act into law, Governor Newsom is sending a clear message to Big Tech: Put our children over your profits.

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CNN
Sep 15, 2022
California Gov. Newsom signs landmark legislation aimed at boosting children’s safety online

Accountable Tech, an advocacy group that has criticized large tech platforms, called the bill’s signing “a monumental win.” “This new law will upend the status quo and take real steps to stop pervasive surveillance, profiling, and manipulation of kids online,” said Nicole Gill, the group’s executive director. “It also will serve as a transformative model for other states and countries, so that every child is protected from Big Tech’s abuse and exploitation – not just those in California.”

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CBS News
Sep 02, 2022
Nicole Gill on the Passage of the California Age Appropriate Design Code

This landmark legislation would require online platforms to prioritize the safety and well-being of kids by design and by default for them.

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CNBC
Aug 30, 2022
California passes bill aimed at making the internet safer for kids

Accountable Tech, a group that has backed federal antitrust legislation targeting Big Tech platforms, also lauded the news. “If signed into law, this historic legislation would represent a seismic shift in the fight for online privacy,” co-founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill said in a statement.

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Aug 29, 2022
Statement on California State Senate’s Passage of Age-Appropriate Design Code Act

Today California took a massive step forward in securing a future in which the internet is fundamentally designed around the best interests of young people.

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New York Times
Aug 23, 2022
To Fight Election Falsehoods, Social Media Companies Ready a Familiar Playbook

“I think they’ve just come to the conclusion that this is not really a problem that they can tackle at this point,” said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a nonprofit focused on technology and democracy.

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Aug 15, 2022
New TV Ads in 5 States Urge Lawmakers to Rein in Prices By Voting for Big Tech Antitrust Bills

Accountable Tech announced a multi-state TV ad-buy urging the Senate to pass the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) and the Open App Markets Act (OAMA) this fall.

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Aug 11, 2022
Accountable Tech Applauds FTC’s Proposed Rulemaking to Crack Down on Commercial Surveillance

Today’s announcement by the FTC represents a critical first step toward cracking down on the egregious intrusions and exploitation of the ever-expanding surveillance economy.

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Aug 11, 2022
California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act Clears Final Legislative Hurdle Before Passage

Today’s vote in the California Senate Appropriations Committee brings us closer than ever to securing a future in which the internet is fundamentally designed around the best interests of young people.

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New York Post
Aug 09, 2022
Facebook gave teen’s private messages about alleged abortion to Nebraska police

“These tech giants have accumulated an unfathomable amount of sensitive data on each and every one of us,” Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, told The Post. “They are going to dutifully comply with subpoena requests like this in a post-Roe world.”

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NBC News
Aug 05, 2022
Their children were killed by drugs found on Snapchat. Their activism could push Congress to act.

Jesse Lehrich co-founder of tech watchdog Accountable Tech, reacted to a description of the draft bill by raising concerns about child privacy. "It’s a massive invasion of children’s privacy and freedom to learn and grow," he said. "And it creates nightmarish scenarios, like an LGBTQ kid being outed by these apps, or data being weaponized against a teen who needed an abortion in a state where it’s been criminalized."

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Jul 21, 2022
Accountable Tech, 15 Partner Organizations Question Google’s Data Collection Practices For Those Seeking Abortion Care

The devastating Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has turned Big Tech’s surveillance tools, and the troves of sensitive data they collect, into a weapon-in-waiting that will be deployed against people seeking reproductive care.

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Washington Post
Jul 11, 2022
As Musk moves to abandon deal, Twitter faces ‘worst case scenario’

A left-leaning watchdog group said Musk’s filing highlights why the deal has been fraught from the start. “While the fallout from Musk’s latest move still unfolds, one thing is clear: this chaotic crusade is nothing short of a five-alarm fire drill,” said Accountable Tech Executive Director Nicole Gill in a statement. “Our information ecosystem, safety, and democracy cannot remain at the whim of unaccountable billionaires — whether it’s Elon Musk or anyone else.”

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Jul 08, 2022
Statement on Elon Musk’s Imperiled Twitter Acquisition

From the start, Musk has made it clear that his vision for Twitter would pose a dire threat to user safety and democratic ideals. That’s why Accountable Tech led the ‘Stop the Deal’ campaign with more than a dozen nonprofit partners – and it’s why we have fought tooth and nail to upend this agreement.

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Jul 08, 2022
Statement on President Biden’s Action to Protect Online Privacy and Combat Reproductive Health Misinformation

We’re grateful to President Biden for taking these necessary steps to help protect patients and keep Big Tech from profiting off the criminalization of reproductive health care.

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Washington Post
Jun 24, 2022
Senate Democrats urge Facebook CEO to bolster gun sales ban

Earlier this week, the advocacy groups Accountable Tech and Giffords urged Zuckerberg to replace the policy with a “more decisive two-strike policy” instead, according to a letter obtained by The Post.

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Washington Post
Jun 22, 2022
Antitrust influencers? Big Tech allies, opponents draft social media stars into bout.

Accountable Tech, a left-leaning watchdog group advocating for antitrust legislation targeting giants like Apple and Amazon, recently partnered with a group of TikTok creators “interested in supporting historic bipartisan legislation to #ReinInBigTech,” the group tweeted. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

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Jun 09, 2022
Student Defense, Accountable Tech Worry FAFSA Student Data Sent to Facebook Could be Used for Predatory, Discriminatory Advertising

Student Defense and Accountable Tech today called for a full investigation into reports that the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) released personally identifiable information from an unknown number of federal aid applicants to Facebook.

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Jun 08, 2022
Accountable Tech Raises Alarm over Elon Musk’s Data Grab in Letter to Twitter, Congress

Accountable Tech sent a letter to Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde on Wednesday imploring the company to resist Elon Musk’s demands for access to sensitive data on millions of users.

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CNBC
Jun 04, 2022
Lawmakers are racing to pass tech antitrust reforms before midterms

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, expressed “cautious optimism” that this Congress would pass both the self-preferencing bill and a separate bill that is more specifically targeted at how companies display apps in mobile app stores.

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CNBC
Jun 03, 2022
Musk’s Twitter deal faces backlash from advocacy groups that are seeking to block it

The Stop the Deal campaign, shared exclusively with CNBC, includes plans to put pressure on government agencies to review the acquisition, persuade Tesla stockholders to take action against it ask advertisers to pull spending from the platform. Participating nonprofits include Accountable Tech, Center for Countering Digital Hate, GLAAD and MediaJustice.

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Jun 03, 2022
Stop The Deal: Nonprofit Coalition Launches Campaign Against Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

Today, a diverse coalition of nonprofit advocacy organizations launched “Stop The Deal” – a multifaceted campaign designed to upend Elon Musk’s hostile takeover of Twitter, and stave off the myriad harms inherent to Musk’s vision.

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May 24, 2022
With Roe Decision Looming, AT Joins Chorus Urging Google to End Dangerous Location Data Practices

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and states enact draconian anti-abortion laws, Big Tech could be further weaponized to target people seeking reproductive care.

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May 19, 2022
Statement on the FTC’s Crackdown on Child Surveillance

With today’s unanimously approved policy statement, Chair Khan and the FTC have sent a powerful message that they will use every tool at their disposal to safeguard our kids from exploitative tech companies.

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Washington Post
May 12, 2022
I gave Instagram photos of my baby. Instagram returned fear.

Other new parents on Instagram tell me they also feel they’re being recommended posts that prey on our specific insecurities, from breastfeeding to vaccination. “I found Instagram to be particularly devastating to my already fragile mental state in the postpartum period,” says Nicole Gill, the co-founder of Accountable Tech, a progressive tech advocacy group. “Getting suggested posts on ‘how to lose baby weight in 6 weeks,’ for example, almost immediately after having my daughter was not pleasant.”

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May 10, 2022
Statement on Elon Musk’s Plans to Reinstate Donald Trump on Twitter

Let’s be clear: Donald Trump was banned from Twitter in January 2021 for inciting and glorifying violence. His tweets – particularly after the January 6th insurrection – were in clear violation of  Twitter’s policies.

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CNN
May 03, 2022
Brands should force Twitter to uphold content policies under Musk, advocacy groups say

Other organizations spearheading the letter campaign include the technology advocacy organization Accountable Tech and the feminist group UltraViolet. Meanwhile, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the digital rights group Free Press also signed the letter in support of the effort.

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4 News
Apr 26, 2022
Jesse Lehrich on Elon Musk’s Acquisition of Twitter

Rolling back Twitter's content moderation would give raise to more hateful and harmful speech on the platform now under Elon Musk's control.

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Newsy
Apr 26, 2022
Zach Praiss on Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

Given Elon Musk's plans to rollback Twitter's content moderation systems in favor of free speech, this would provide a megaphone to extremists who spread hate and disinformation online.

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Apr 25, 2022
Statement on Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter will further toxify our information ecosystem and threaten public safety, especially for those who are already most vulnerable.

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New York Times
Apr 25, 2022
Smeared as a Groomer, a Michigan Democrat Goes on Offense

“Replatforming Trump would thrust us back into the world in which our entire political discourse is perpetually upended by his tweets,” said Jesse Lehrich, a former Hillary Clinton spokesman who helped found a nonprofit focused on tech companies and political speech.

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Apr 21, 2022
Obama Outlines Existential Threat Big Tech Poses to Democracy

In his keynote address at Stanford University’s “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm” Symposium, President Barack Obama outlined Big Tech’s role in supercharging disinformation and undermining democracy across the globe.

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Washington Post
Mar 28, 2022
Europe is lapping the U.S. on tech regulation — again

Accountable Tech, a left-leaning advocacy group, argued in a policy memo comparing U.S. and E.U. tech reforms that Europe’s incoming regulation “reads like an omnibus bill written by top American lawmakers” because of its overlap with many U.S. proposals.

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Mar 24, 2022
Statement on the EU’s Digital Markets Act

The agreement struck Thursday finalizing the Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a transformational moment in the movement to rein in Big Tech’s monopoly abuses – not just in the EU, but globally.

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BBC News
Mar 24, 2022
Jesse Lehrich on EU Big Tech Legislation

Big Tech has thrown everything at the wall already, but now, Europe has the chance to pass this sweeping legislation to rein in Big Tech's harms and monopoly power.

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The Hill
Mar 22, 2022
Advocates urge Congress to pass online kids’ safety reforms

The letter is signed by 60 advocacy organizations, including Fairplay, the Center for Digital Democracy, Accountable Tech and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was addressed to the top lawmakers of both parties in the House and Senate.

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Mar 10, 2022
Youth Activists Outline Social Media Harms, Discuss Solutions with Sen. Blumenthal

Accountable Tech hosted a roundtable with five youth activists and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on social media’s impact on young people’s mental health.

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Washington Post
Mar 10, 2022
Human rights groups warn that more sanctions could hurt Russian Internet access

Kaili Lambe is Accountable Tech’s new policy and partnerships director. She previously worked as a senior campaigner at the Mozilla Foundation.

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Mar 01, 2022
Statement on President Biden’s Strategy to Address Big Tech’s Role in Our National Mental Health Crisis

We applaud President Biden for recognizing the inconvenient truth Big Tech executives continue to deny—that their products and platforms now play an important role in defining the future of this country.

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Politico
Feb 24, 2022
Social media platforms on the defensive as Russian-based disinformation about Ukraine spreads

More broadly, the tech companies have not been transparent about real-time actions they’ve taken to dispel Russian state-run disinformation, according to Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a watchdog group, and former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton.

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Huffington Post
Feb 17, 2022
Google Has Made Millions Advertising Phony Government Handouts

“It’s just mind-blowing that on a platform like Google — which portrays itself as having gone above and beyond with ad transparency — you can pop up out of nowhere and run millions of dollars of blatant scam ads without raising any red flags,” said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of the nonprofit Accountable Tech.

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Cheddar News
Feb 14, 2022
Jesse Lehrich on How Congress Can Rein in Big Tech

There's been a lot of talk for years on Capitol Hill, but Congress has the chance now to rein in Big Tech's harms.

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CNN
Jan 28, 2022
Twitter says it has quit taking action against lies about the 2020 election

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a nonprofit that pushes for reforms at social media companies, expressed surprise and dismay at Twitter’s Friday comments. “I actually praised Twitter when they rolled out a new civic integrity policy in 2021, which prohibits false claims about election results and includes a clear strike system for repeat offenders. To learn they decided explicitly to stop enforcing it two months later, and told nobody, is infuriating – especially for a platform that constantly plays up its commitment to transparent decision-making,” Lehrich said in a message to CNN. “They’ve managed to undermine faith in our democracy and their own credibility all at once.”

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Jan 27, 2022
Dozens of Key Stakeholders Formally Urge FTC to Ban Surveillance Advertising

The FTC received dozens of submissions from a diverse cross-section of leading advocacy organizations, businesses, lawmakers, and experts – along with more than 2,000 grassroots supporters – urging the Commission to promulgate new rules to prohibit this unfair method of competition.

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Jan 20, 2022
Bipartisan Antitrust Vote Caps Landmark Week For Tech Reform

The critical vote served as a forceful bipartisan message to Big Tech executives and lobbyists in the face of their frenzied and dishonest campaign to sink the bill.

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Jan 18, 2022
Statement on the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act

Big Tech will continue stoking discrimination, division, and delusion until we upend this perverse incentive structure – which is exactly what Reps. Eshoo and Schakowsky, and Sen. Booker’s Banning Surveillance Advertising Act would do.

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Cheddar News
Jan 13, 2022
Jesse Lehrich on Donald Trump’s Truth Social Platform

If Donald Trump's past products are any indication, I wouldn't bet much on his new social media platform.

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The National Law Review
Dec 28, 2021
Accountable Tech Files Petition for FTC Rulemaking to Ban Surveillance Advertising

Accountable Tech has recently filed a petition for an FTC rulemaking that would ban “surveillance advertising” as an “unfair method of competition.” The group cites the ad practices of surveillance ad giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

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Gizmodo
Dec 15, 2021
It Appears Facebook Spent More Money on the ‘Meta’ Name Than on Funding the Metaverse

This sharp contrast between the naming rights and the amount of funding dedicated to the metaverse was pointed out by @Accountabletech on Twitter. Accountable Tech is a not-for-profit and is all about taking on big companies like Facebook and Twitter, basically, holding big tech accountable.

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Al Jazeera
Dec 08, 2021
Zach Praiss on Adam Mosseri’s Testimony

It's pretty rich for a company to roll out new protections and proposals to protect kids online just hours before a congressional hearing, when they've known about these harms for years according to their own internal research.

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Cheddar News
Dec 08, 2021
Nicole Gill on Adam Mosseri’s Congressional Testimony

Facebook is the top spender on lobbying in D.C. They do exactly the opposite of what Mark Zuckerberg says he supports in public when Facebook says they support government regulation.

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Politico
Dec 02, 2021
House Science debates how to boost U.S. microelectronics

"A coalition of advocacy groups — including Fairplay, Accountable Tech, the Center for Digital Democracy and Common Sense — are today launching Designed With Kids in Mind, a campaign calling for a design code to protect children online."

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Mashable
Nov 28, 2021
Instagram sucks because it’s becoming a super app

"'I think in general Facebook, unfortunately — as born out in the Facebook papers and documented by their own researchers — is willing to make tremendous sacrifices on as far as societal costs in order to maximize their own profits,' Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of Accountable Tech."

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Politico
Nov 16, 2021
Lawmakers fighting ‘Big Tech’ flock to Oracle’s townhouse

"Accountable Tech has launched a database that compiles news outlets’ coverage of the Facebook Papers leaked by Haugen."

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Politico
Nov 12, 2021
Senators go for tech, telecom goodies in defense bill

"'We are writing to encourage your offices to focus next on the monopoly power wielded by Big Tech,' a coalition of 13 groups, including Accountable Tech, the American Economic Liberties Project and Demand Progress, said in a letter this morning to Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer."

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Politico
Oct 26, 2021
Facebook looking for its voice at a ‘watershed moment’

“I do think they’ve burnt a lot of bridges,” said Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of advocacy group Accountable Tech.

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Teen Vogue
Oct 26, 2021
Instagram Is Bad for Teen Mental Health — We Want to Know All the Data

"In this op-ed, Gen-Z for Change and Accountable Tech calls on Facebook to release all of its internal research on the effects of Instagram on teen mental health."

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BBC News
Oct 26, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on Congressional Hearings with Big Tech CEOs

We're seeing growing momentum in Congress for legislation to rein in Big Tech's harms.

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Cheddar News
Oct 26, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on the Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Big Tech

Each of these platforms use so many of the same design tactics as Instagram, which have been shown to negatively harm kids according to even their own internal research.

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Teen Vogue
Oct 26, 2021
Instagram Is Bad for Teen Mental Health — We Want to Know All the Data

It’s time for Facebook to release the remainder of its internal research on the effects Instagram has on young people. We stand ready to support all efforts to build a safer space for all of us.

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Insider
Oct 25, 2021
A ‘lobbyist who has to make the president happy’ is part of Facebook’s content moderation, employees complain: report

"Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of advocacy group called Accountable Tech, told POLITICO that "it is a fatal flaw of Facebook as a company that their team in charge of lobbying governments clearly is empowered to intervene on product and content decisions in ways that make it impossible to do good work."

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Politico
Oct 25, 2021
Facebook staff complained for years about their lobbyists’ power

"'It is a fatal flaw of Facebook as a company that their team in charge of lobbying governments clearly is empowered to intervene on product and content decisions in ways that make it impossible to do good work,' said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of advocacy group Accountable Tech and former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton."

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Politico
Oct 22, 2021
Will tech provisions make the cut in Democrats’ spending bill?

"Accountable Tech is launching Main Street Against Big Tech, a project aimed at highlighting the impacts of major tech companies on small business owners."

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TechCrunch
Oct 22, 2021
Tech watchdog campaign challenges big tech for hiding behind small business

"But counter to the warm and fuzzy anecdotes that Big Tech has rolled out over the years, some business owners struggle with relying so heavily on massive, opaque corporations and often have little recourse if things go wrong. Those struggles are the kind of thing that tech watchdog group Accountable Tech wants to draw attention to with its new awareness push, 'Main Street Against Big Tech.'”

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Oct 22, 2021
Accountable Tech Launches “Main Street Against Big Tech” Campaign to Tell Small Business Owners’ Stories

Accountable Tech launched “Main Street Against Big Tech,” a six-figure national campaign and storytelling effort to demonstrate the variety of ways in which Big Tech squeeze and exploit small businesses across the country.

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Cheddar News
Oct 22, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on the Need to Regulate Big Tech

Congress can pass a historic bipartisan package of antitrust bills to rein in Big Tech's abuses of monopoly power.

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Newsy
Oct 21, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on Meta’s New Name

This is what damage control looks like. This is exactly what Philip Morris did in the past and oil companies have done the same in the past.

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Wall Street Journal
Oct 17, 2021
How to Fix Facebook, Instagram and Social Media? Change the Defaults

"I’d be shocked if this Congress manages to pass a sweeping federal privacy law,” said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a progressive-leaning nonprofit dedicated to reigning in social-media giants. “But I do think bills like the KIDS Act that take direct aim at those manipulative features are suddenly in play.”The Wall Street Journal: "I’d be shocked if this Congress manages to pass a sweeping federal privacy law,” said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a progressive-leaning nonprofit dedicated to reigning in social-media giants. “But I do think bills like the KIDS Act that take direct aim at those manipulative features are suddenly in play.”

In the News
Politico
Oct 14, 2021
Senators unveil long-awaited antitrust bill

"More than 40 human rights organizations have launched HowToStopFacebook.org, a campaign calling on legislators to investigate the company using subpoena power...Members include Fight for the Future, Accountable Tech, the Center for Digital Democracy and Fairplay."

Statements
Oct 14, 2021
Landmark Senate Bill Shows Unprecedented Bipartisan Momentum to #ReinInBigTech

Amid historic polarization in Washington, this bipartisan show of force sends an unmistakable message that the era of impunity is over.

Television
Newsy
Oct 12, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on the Growing Internal Evidence on Facebook’s Harms

There are a lot of similarities between Big Tech and Big Tobacco, but Big Tech's harms are more pervasive and far-reaching.

Television
Cheddar News
Oct 11, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on Facebook’s New Safety Features for Kids

I think this is Facebook's attempt to stave off regulation. This rollout from Facebook is a PR play. If they were really interested in helping kids, they would have done these changes years ago.

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Washington Post
Oct 05, 2021
Facebook’s facial recognition rollback shows limits of self-regulation, officials say

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of the left-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech, said he’s not banking on lawmakers advancing new facial recognition and biometric rules this Congress."

In the News
Bloomberg
Oct 05, 2021
Facebook Whistle-Blower to Share ‘Frightening Truth’ With Senate

Bloomberg: "According to Rishi Bharwani, policy director for Accountable Tech, a group that advocates for reforms to social media, 'these companies are so large that no single legislative intervention will fully mitigate their societal harms.'”

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The Verge
Oct 05, 2021
The whistleblower hearing hits Facebook where the company is weakest

“It’s the focus on the business model at the crux of this, because that is what ties all of these scandals together,” Rishi Bharwani, director of partnership and policy at Accountable Tech, told The Verge in an interview Monday. “It’s why Facebook is profiting off of and playing a determining role in the Rohingya genocide. It’s why Facebook is allowing the continued spread of COVID mis- and disinformation. It’s because they’re profiting off of it.”

Television
Cheddar News
Oct 05, 2021
Rishi Bharwani on Meta’s Unprecedented Outage

For the first time since Facebook's inception, during Facebook's outage there was no dangerous disinformation being spread on the platform.

Television
Spectrum News
Oct 05, 2021
Rishi Bharwani Responds to Latest Documents from Frances Haugen

We can no longer rely on Facebook to be forthcoming with the information that they have, we need to demand it.

In the News
Bloomberg Law
Oct 04, 2021
Facebook Whistle-Blower to Share ‘Frightening Truth’ With Senate

"Forcing Facebook to be a better steward of its immense power will take a combination of all these legislative strategies, according to Rishi Bharwani, policy director for Accountable Tech, a group that advocates for reforms to social media."

In the News
NPR
Oct 04, 2021
What Sen. Blumenthal’s ‘finsta’ flub says about Congress’ grasp of Big Tech

"Sen. Blumenthal and his colleagues are worlds ahead of where Congress was in 2018 when it comes to understanding Big Tech and the urgency of upending the perverse incentives of the broken status quo," said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, an organization that says it seeks to 'tackle the existential threat' that social media companies pose to society."

In the News
Politico
Sep 30, 2021
Senators vs. Facebook, Round 2

"Accountable Tech launching a six-figure national TV ad buy this morning and planning a post-hearing rally with other groups, including Fairplay and the so-called Real Facebook Oversight Board."

Statements
Sep 30, 2021
Accountable Tech Launches TV Ads on Facebook’s Coverup of Harms to Kids

This morning, Accountable Tech launched a six-figure national cable ad urging Congress to investigate Facebook over recent revelations that the company concealed internal research.

In the News
Wall Street Journal
Sep 29, 2021
FTC Weighs New Online Privacy Rules

"This week, the progressive-leaning advocacy group Accountable Tech petitioned the agency to ban 'surveillance advertising' as an unfair method of competition, defining the practice as targeted advertising based on consumers’ personal data."

In the News
Politico
Sep 28, 2021
House Judiciary mulls how to juice tech competition

"Dozens of civil society groups, including Accountable Tech...urged leaders of the House Science Committee in a letter dated Monday to take action against Facebook over its decision to revoke access to the NYU researchers."

In the News
Washington Post
Sep 28, 2021
Will the U.S. follow the E.U. playbook to crack down on Silicon Valley giants?

"Accountable Tech, a progressive tech advocacy group, is urging the FTC in a new petition to write new rules to prohibit what it calls 'surveillance advertising' — or the pervasive use of hyper-targeted ads by dominant tech platforms."

Statements
Sep 28, 2021
Accountable Tech Petitions FTC to Ban Surveillance Advertising as an ‘Unfair Method of Competition’

Accountable Tech filed a significant rulemaking petition Thursday urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ban surveillance advertising.

In the News
Time
Sep 22, 2021
A New Campaign Asks Facebook Users to Log Off. Will It Have an Impact?

“Users logging off creates momentum that feeds into the need for greater regulation,” says Rishi Bharwani of Accountable Tech, a Washington-based tech reform advocacy group that is part of the coalition working on the Logout campaign. “These things all reinforce each other and create a groundswell of support for meaningful change.”

Statements
Sep 14, 2021
Statement on Facebook’s Cover-Up of Teen Trauma

There is nothing more chilling than turning one’s back on a child who’s in harm’s way. Yet, this is what Facebook and Instagram executives do every day.

In the News
AXIOS
Aug 24, 2021
The limits to Facebook’s transparency

"They are constantly finding new ways to slice and dice data to advance their preferred narratives about their products," Accountable Tech's Jesse Lehrich told Axios. "But quarterly reports showing YouTube and Amazon were the most-viewed domains do nothing to help us understand the fast-changing threat landscapes on vaccine disinformation, political extremism or anything else meaningful."

Statements
Aug 18, 2021
Statement on Facebook’s Latest Claims about Tackling Vaccine Misinformation

Facebook is teeming with deadly vaccine misinformation. You don’t have to take my word for it – just spend a few hours on the platform.

In the News
AXIOS
Aug 18, 2021
Facebook says it sees signs that COVID vaccine hesitancy is declining

The other side: Critics blasted Facebook, with Accountable Tech executive director Nicole Gill saying that "Facebook is teeming with deadly vaccine misinformation."

Statements
Jul 27, 2021
New Poll Shows Parents Distrust Big Tech, Strongly Support Expanding Online Protections For Kids

Accountable Tech released a new national poll of 1,000 parents of school-aged children – conducted by GQR Research – measuring their sentiments about the behavior of major tech platforms and key issues facing kids and teens online.

In the News
USA Today
Jul 27, 2021
Instagram’s privacy changes: Will they actually keep creepy adults away from young users?

"These long overdue changes are an important acknowledgment from Facebook of the many harms kids and teens face on their platforms, from manipulative product designs and pervasive surveillance advertising to unwanted contact from predators," said Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of Accountable Tech, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. "It should not take years of tireless advocacy from child safety and tech accountability NGOs to earn bare minimum protections for platforms' most vulnerable users, but it nonetheless speaks to the unprecedented pressure Big Tech is facing over their exploitative business practices."

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The Hill
Jul 26, 2021
Tech groups urge Congress to ‘dig deeper’ on Facebook role in Capitol riot

The renewed push from the groups, Accountable Tech, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), Media Matters and the Tech Transparency Project, comes the day before the House select committee holds its first hearing and as the federal government continues to clamp down on the spread of misinformation on social media platforms.

In the News
The Hill
Jul 21, 2021
‘Superspreader’ Facebook accounts spewing dangerous vaccine misinformation

According to the social media watchdog Accountable Tech, 11 out of the 15 top results on Facebook regarding vaccines last week were disinformation or anti-vaccine content.

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The Guardian
Jul 21, 2021
‘A systemic failure’: vaccine misinformation remains rampant on Facebook, experts say

According to the social media watchdog Accountable Tech, 11 out of the top 15 vaccine related-posts on Facebook last week contained disinformation or were anti-vaccine. Another leading post on Facebook about the Covid-19 vaccines last week was a deeply inaccurate anti-vaccine rant from the rightwing Candace Owens, according to FWIW, a newsletter which tracks digital ad spends.

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Politico
Jul 21, 2021
Biden’s vaccine misinformation road not taken

“This includes appointing a senior White House official who would be exclusively dedicated to mobilizing a whole-of-government response to this crisis, in close cooperation with Congress, civil society, and federal agencies,” wrote Rebecca Lenn, a senior adviser for the online activist group Avaaz, in an email to POLITICO. In late December, Avaaz and Accountable Tech led a coalition of 50 nonprofits and consumer advocacy groups in urging Biden to place a disinformation specialist on his pandemic team.

Statements
Jul 06, 2021
Accountable Tech Launches FOIA Investigation into Facebook’s Coordination with Trump Administration

Today, Accountable Tech launched an investigation into Facebook’s coordination with the Trump Administration by filing a series of FOIA requests with agencies across the federal government.

In the News
Politico
Jun 25, 2021
Can 5G pay for infrastructure?

But Warner and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in a joint statement that the bill would allow consumers to move their data away from dominant platforms that are “often insensitive to consumers’ privacy, content or platform security expectations,” and advocacy group Accountable Tech shared similar sentiments in a memo Tuesday.

Statements
Jun 24, 2021
Statement on Historic Advances to Rein In Big Tech

The House Judiciary Committee just advanced five separate bipartisan bills that would break the Silicon Valley stranglehold on American commerce, consumers, and communications.

In the News
CNN
Jun 23, 2021
Frustration and bewilderment: Emails show tension between Facebook and Biden campaign

“They make cosmetic tweaks, whatever they think is enough to signal that they are taking things seriously. But they don’t actually care,” said Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of Accountable Tech, an outside political organization that pressures social media giants to make structural changes. “I have zero expectation that they’ll make any meaningful changes to prevent another catastrophe.”

In the News
Politico
Jun 22, 2021
Lawmakers set sights on boosting patent quality

The group Accountable Tech is launching a $50,000 digital ad buy today to thank eight original cosponsors who support multiple pieces of the House antitrust package, while urging three House Judiciary Democrats — Reps. Greg Stanton of Arizona, Ted Lieu of California and Deborah Ross of North Carolina — to declare their support. The ads will run in D.C. and the lawmakers’ congressional districts.

Statements
Jun 22, 2021
Accountable Tech Launches Ads Backing Bills to Rein In Big Tech

Today, Accountable Tech is launching a new $50,000 ad campaign supporting the House Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan legislative package to rein in Big Tech ahead of Wednesday’s markup.

Op-Eds
Euractiv
Jun 21, 2021
Don’t throw out the Digital Services Act’s key accountability tools

The Digital Services Act’s provisions on risk assessment and audit must stay and be improved if we are to hold tech companies accountable for harmful business models and rights violations.

Jesse Lehrich
by Jesse Lehrich,
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Forbes
Jun 18, 2021
Zuckerberg’s Decline In Popularity Has Important Lessons For Business Leaders

Last July, Forbes.com reported that only 20% of registered voters had a favorable view of Zuckerberg, according to a survey conducted by Accountable Tech and GQR Research. Forbes reported, “Zuckerberg’s favorable rating has dropped by 28% since 2016, and he is viewed unfavorably by both[political] parties—leading GQR Research to note that while President Donald Trump is also viewed unfavorably by 56% (favorably by 39%), Zuckerberg is less popular, as he does not have any strong base of support.”

Statements
Jun 17, 2021
Reining In Big Tech’s Monopoly Power

Republicans and Democrats are coming together to bring an end to this era of impunity. The historic legislative package to rein in Big Tech is the culmination of two years of bipartisan work.

Statements
Jun 15, 2021
Statement on Lina Khan’s Confirmation to the Federal Trade Commission

The overwhelming bipartisan support for Professor Lina Khan to serve as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reflects the urgent need and strong public desire to hold Big Tech accountable.

In the News
The Hill
Jun 10, 2021
Advocacy groups target Facebook employees in push to keep Trump off platform

The ad featured a letter signed by the groups, including Media Matters for America, Accountable Tech, the Anti-Defamation League, Avaaz and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling it “unconscionable” to even consider giving Trump a chance to return.

In the News
Washington Post
Jun 10, 2021
The Technology 202: Advocacy groups target employees in fight to keep Trump off Facebook

Media Matters for America, a left-leaning nonprofit organization, and Accountable Tech are running online ads with quotes from Facebook employees criticizing the company’s announcement that it would allow Trump to return to the platform in 2023, after the company banned him in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The advocacy groups are directing the ads to people who list Facebook as an employer or are located near the company’s offices.

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Politico
Jun 04, 2021
SCOTUS decision fuels calls to update anti-hacking law

To mark the occasion, the groups Accountable Tech and Media Matters for America are running a full-page ad in today’s New York Times, as well as digital ads, calling on Facebook to keep the former president off its platform permanently. Mobile billboards paid for by those two groups will also circle Facebook’s D.C. office and Capitol Hill — a sign that progressive groups are concerned the social media company could allow Trump back on as soon as today.

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AXIOS
Jun 03, 2021
Exclusive: New campaign urges Facebook not to reinstate Trump

The new $200,000 campaign by nonprofits Accountable Tech and Media Matters for America urges Facebook not to reinstate Trump's accounts. The two groups say they're prepared to spend more on future campaigns depending on what Facebook does.

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Mashable
May 05, 2021
Facebook’s Oversight Board upholds Trump’s suspension

"When a company establishes its own quasi-judicial global ‘supreme court’ for self-regulation, that’s not a constraint on its power – it’s an absurd embodiment of it," said Accountable Tech co-founder Jesse Lehrich in a statement provided to Mashable yesterday. "The Facebook Oversight Board is a corporate PR tool designed to shirk responsibility and stave off actual regulation."

In the News
Vice
May 05, 2021
Trump Isn’t Getting Back on Facebook Any Time Soon

“It is a corporate PR tool designed to shirk responsibility and stave off actual regulation,” Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of activist group Accountable Tech, said in a statement.

Statements
May 04, 2021
Statement on Tomorrow’s Facebook Oversight Board Ruling

First, let’s be absolutely clear: When a company establishes its own quasi-judicial global ‘supreme court’ for self-regulation, that’s not a constraint on its power – it’s an absurd embodiment of it.

In the News
Politico
Apr 02, 2021
Takeaways from tech giants’ latest lobbying disclosures

Nonprofit group Accountable Tech is running a new ad campaign urging users to opt out of Facebook tracking their activity across the internet. The ads, which will run on Facebook and target iPhone users in D.C. and the Bay Area, are timed to coincide with a new Apple software update that will prompt users to opt out of cross-app tracking.

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NBC News
Mar 22, 2021
Big Tech’s critics have organized for years. Now, some are speaking with one voice.

The new coalition of 38 advocacy groups and nonprofits signed a letter calling for a ban on what it called “surveillance advertising.” It said that online ads powered by personal data and behavioral history have enabled radicalization and given tech platforms a dominant advantage over traditional ads bundled with journalism

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WIRED
Mar 22, 2021
This Group Wants to ‘Ban Surveillance Advertising’

“I was frankly shocked by how much appetite there was for this, and by how receptive folks were to the pitch,” said Jesse Lehrich, a cofounder of the advocacy group Accountable Tech. According to a January poll commissioned by Accountable Tech, 81 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of reforms to “ban companies from collecting people's personal data and using it to target them with ads.” By contrast, only 63 percent said they supported breaking up companies like Facebook and Google, another idea that has been proposed by lawmakers like Elizabeth Warren.

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TechCrunch
Jan 18, 2021
New privacy bill would put major limits on targeted advertising

"Privacy-minded companies including search engine maker DuckDuckGo and Proton, creator of ProtonMail, backed the legislation along with organizations including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Anti-Defamation League, Accountable Tech and Common Sense Media."

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New York Times
Jan 13, 2021
Now Social Media Grows a Conscience?

“Without any impetus to serve the public good, these companies are going to keep amplifying extremist positions,” said Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Accountable Tech.

In the News
Buzzfeed
Dec 22, 2020
Biden Has Vowed To Put Science First To Beat The Pandemic. That Won’t Be Enough.

“There is no panacea for the information crisis — no simple bill or regulation that will alone cure its noxious society-wide impacts,” said the letter, which was signed by Accountable Tech, Greenpeace, the Center for American Progress, and others. “We must instead fight it with government-wide strategies.”

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AXIOS
Dec 21, 2020
Exclusive: Nonprofit coalition demands Biden act on misinformation

Between the lines: Organizers, which include Accountable Tech, MapLight and Avaaz, say the goal of the effort was to figure out what's doable in an administration with a lot on its plate — understanding that tech priorities may not be first in line.

Statements
Dec 18, 2020
Statement on Joining Onward Together

It’s a tremendous honor to join the Onward Together family, and to have the opportunity to work alongside such a dynamic coalition of leaders in the fight for a more just future.

Statements
Dec 09, 2020
Statement on Antitrust Lawsuits Brought Against Facebook

The lawsuits filed today send a strong message to Facebook that their era of impunity is coming to an end. For years, Facebook has exploited its gatekeeper status to further entrench its monopoly power.

In the News
The Verge
Dec 04, 2020
Biden coronavirus appointee has cut ties with Facebook, transition team says

On Thursday, Accountable Tech co-founder Jesse Lehrich called Zients a “talented problem-solver” but said Facebook’s role in spreading anti-vaccine misinformation could not be ignored. “Facebook must be held accountable for amplifying misinformation that has undermined our pandemic response and sown baseless distrust in vaccines,” Lehrich said. “In order to guard against conflicts of interest, Mr. Zients should immediately divest of the significant equity he earned in Facebook from his service on the Board and commit to hiring an online misinformation expert to handle his team’s engagement with major social media platforms.”

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Wall Street Journal
Dec 03, 2020
Biden Says He’ll Ask Americans to Wear Masks for 100 Days After He Takes Office

Jesse Lehrich, co-founder of nonprofit Accountable Tech, which is critical of social-media companies, said Mr. Zients’s time on Facebook’s board raises concerns because of the way some users have turned to the platform to spread conspiracy theories about vaccines and the coronavirus.

Statements
Dec 03, 2020
Statement on Jeff Zients Being Tapped as COVID Czar

While Jeff Zients is rightfully renowned as a talented problem-solver, his recent service on Facebook’s Board of Directors raises serious concerns about how he’ll navigate his role as the incoming administration’s COVID-19 czar.

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The Verge
Nov 11, 2020
Facebook extends political ad ban another month as Trump refuses to concede

“If Facebook and Google are truly incapable of reviewing and safely running Georgia Senate ads without opening the floodgates of paid disinformation across their platforms, it’s a damning indictment of their own business model,” said Nicole Gill, executive director of tech policy advocacy group Accountable Tech, said in a statement. “These companies are already failing to curb the viral spread of conspiracy theories designed to delegitimize our elections. As has always been the case, deceptive organic content — boosted by toxic algorithms – continues to drive social media’s disinformation crisis; not paid content. Preventing campaigns from running ads to inform Georgians about how and why to participate in these critical runoff elections is actively harmful to democracy.”

Statements
Nov 11, 2020
Statement on Facebook and Google’s Ad Moratorium

If Facebook and Google are truly incapable of reviewing and safely running Georgia Senate ads without opening the floodgates of paid disinformation across their platforms, it’s a damning indictment of their own business model.

Statements
Oct 30, 2020
Statement on Facebook’s Political Advertising Debacle

It’s infuriating to see Facebook’s ineptitude and aversion to transparency once again inflict avoidable damage during the final stretch of an election.

Statements
Oct 26, 2020
Accountable Tech and Partners Urge Voter Protection Preclearance for Social Media

Platforms must do more to address these harms before users are exposed, and they have the tools to do it. Facebook and Twitter already use proactive detection and enforcement, combining AI and human review to preempt other violations.

Statements
Oct 23, 2020
New Poll Measures Public Sentiment on Section 230, Antitrust Actions, Election Misinformation

In the News
Vice
Oct 21, 2020
Facebook Staff Urged to Snitch on Zuckerberg Over Election Disinformation

And the trend is set to continue: Accountable Tech, which as its name suggests is trying to hold Big Tech companies accountable, will broadcast an ad slamming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It will air during the final presidential debate on Thursday night.

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Mashable
Oct 21, 2020
New ad asks Mark Zuckerberg if Facebook makes his kids proud

A new video is set to air on TV that night targeting the Facebook founder. The organization behind the clip, Accountable Tech, is spending $250,000 on the ad buy. The ad starts with a clip of Zuckerberg talking to CNN Money. "I really just care about building something that my girls are going to grow up and be proud of me for," he says.

Statements
Oct 21, 2020
Accountable Tech Launches New TV Ad: “Proud Of”

Today, Accountable Tech is launching a new $250,000 ad buy calling out Facebook for facilitating the spread of misinformation and hate with real-world consequences.

In the News
Mashable
Oct 07, 2020
Watch the anti-Facebook ad set to run during the VP debate

Accountable Tech, a nonprofit run by a former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesperson and the former executive director of Tax March, hopes to focus that attention with an ad spot during Wednesday's debate on, according to CNN. The ad, embedded above, focuses on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg's noted failures to live up to its and his stated goals.

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CNN
Oct 07, 2020
Ad attacking Mark Zuckerberg to air during VP debate

A television ad attacking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his company’s handling of hate and misinformation will air during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate coverage, the group behind the ad — Accountable Tech — tells CNN Business.

In the News
New York Times
Oct 07, 2020
A Dose of Vaccine Reality

A new ad from Accountable Tech, a nonprofit group that includes former Facebook employees, former election officials and members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, uses Zuckerberg’s own remarks to highlight what the group sees as failures at Facebook to protect the country from dangerous disinformation and violent criminals.

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VOX
Oct 06, 2020
Facebook bans QAnon (again)

“Their announcement acknowledged several important truths — that enforcement at the individual post level cannot counter hate and disinformation; that content need not explicitly support violence to bring about real-world harms; and that without aggressive deterrence, these platforms will continue to serve as critical organizing and recruitment tools for extremist movements,” said Accountable Tech’s co-founder Jesse Lehrich in a statement.

In the News
Forbes
Sep 29, 2020
Biden Campaign Slams Zuckerberg For Letting Trump ‘Sow Distrust In Our Democracy’

79%. That’s the percentage of respondents who said social media companies should do more to protect democracy, according to a recent Accountable Tech/GQR Research poll. The poll also found that 62% of respondents are not confident in social media companies’ ability to prevent election misinformation from influencing the November election, with 42% saying they have no confidence in Facebook specifically.

Statements
Sep 29, 2020
Broad Coalition Urges Facebook To #StopGroupRecs Until Election Results Are Certified

Facebook Groups pose a singular threat to this election season. They’ve become hidden breeding grounds for disinformation campaigns and organizing platforms for extremists. And Facebook’s AI actively grows these dangerous networks by promoting them to vulnerable users.

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AXIOS
Sep 25, 2020
Majority polled back a social-media blackout for election

The survey, commissioned by Accountable Tech, questioned 1,000 registered voters in early September.

Statements
Sep 24, 2020
Statement on Facebook Oversight Board’s Press Offensive

Nearly three years after Mark Zuckerberg set into motion plans for a so-called ‘Supreme Court’ – and after months of sustained pressure for the Oversight Board to grapple with urgent Facebook debacles around the globe – board members have embarked on a press tour about their impending launch.

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WIRED
Sep 19, 2020
Democracy Will Only Work If the Social Media Giants Grow Up

A new Election Integrity Roadmap released by the nonprofit group Accountable Tech shows that a different path is possible. Created in conjunction with leading technologists, civil rights leaders, and disinformation experts, the Roadmap outlines tangible steps that platforms can take to defend the integrity of the November elections.

Statements
Sep 10, 2020
Accountable Tech Launches Election Integrity Roadmap For Social Media Platforms

Accountable Tech launched a comprehensive Election Integrity Roadmap for social media platforms as they navigate an election season fraught with unprecedented challenges.

Statements
Sep 01, 2020
Statement on Chan and Zuckerberg Election Investment

Statements
Aug 20, 2020
New Report Shows How Facebook’s Algorithms Boosted Hate and Misinformation at Inflection Points

Today, Accountable Tech released a new report examining how Facebook’s algorithms operated during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of George Floyd’s killing – and found they played a toxic role at each of these inflection points.

Op-Eds
Mercury News
Aug 16, 2020
Facebook is a hate-for-profit machine. Here’s a quick fix

Facebook says it brings the world closer together, but its own research shows it divides us.

Jesse Lehrich
by Jesse Lehrich,
Statements
Jul 30, 2020
Facebook and Twitter Must Act on Election Disinformation

President Trump’s posts this morning should be a blaring red siren for social media platforms, whose woefully inadequate election misinformation policies continue to undermine the integrity of our democracy.

In the News
VOX
Jul 30, 2020
Why Facebook and Twitter won’t fact-check Trump’s latest false claims about voting

Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of the nonprofit Accountable Tech, which is pushing Facebook to tighten its rules on harmful speech, warned that by doing nothing social media companies could exacerbate the problem of misinformation online.

Statements
Jul 29, 2020
Antitrust Hearing Advances Case for Serious Reforms | Zuckerberg Emails Reveal Anti-Competitive Acquisition of Instagram

Big Tech companies serve as information and market gatekeepers, but they have consistently abused that status to maximize profits at the expense of the public good. As today’s hearing made clear, their monopoly-like power begets more anti-competitive behavior and removes the incentives to act responsibly.

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The Verge
Jul 28, 2020
Can Brett Kavanaugh be impartial about Facebook?

On July 24th, a coalition of nine progressive groups, including Demand Justice, Freedom From Facebook and Google, and Accountable Tech, released a statement calling on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to recuse himself from a case involving Facebook due to his close friendship with the company’s vice president of public policy, Joel Kaplan.

Statements
Jul 23, 2020
New Polling Highlights America’s Views on Big Tech, Facebook Boycott, Mark Zuckerberg

According to new exclusive polling conducted by GQR, Americans overwhelmingly agree that social media companies should do more to combat online hate and misinformation, that Big Tech companies have too much power, and that the Stop Hate For Profit campaign is demanding much-need reforms.

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Forbes
Jul 23, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg Is Even Less Popular Than Donald Trump, Poll Finds

As Facebook faces sharp scrutiny and a growing advertising boycott amid the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice movement and impending November election, a new poll of 1,000 registered voters nationwide from Accountable Tech and GQR Research conducted July 15-19 finds that American voters have turned against Facebook, believing the company does more harm than good and broadly disapproving of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the power he wields.

In the News
Politico
Jul 21, 2020
Coronavirus scams (back) in the spotlight

“A new policy-focused nonprofit that emerged from the recent wave of big tech scrutiny is calling for members of Facebook’s Oversight Board to either step up or step down,” TechCrunch reports on the group Accountable Tech.

Statements
Jul 20, 2020
Advocacy Groups Release Open Letter Urging Facebook Oversight Board Members To Take A Stand

A broad coalition of civil rights, free press, environmental, and tech accountability groups has released an open letter to the U.S.-based members of the Facebook Oversight Board urging them to resign in protest unless they are empowered to swiftly address the platform’s facilitation of voter suppression and climate denialism.

Statements
Jun 30, 2020
Accountable Tech Launches Campaign, Ads Targeting Facebook’s Faux ‘Supreme Court’

Amid growing outrage over Facebook’s refusal to crack down on hate and disinformation, Accountable Tech launched a multi-pronged campaign Tuesday targeting their toothless Oversight Board.

In the News
The Telegraph
Jun 30, 2020
Pressure grows on Alan Rusbridger and other members of Facebook’s oversight board to speak up

An American non-profit has started an online ad campaign to try to force the Oversight Board to speak up.

In the News
NBC News
Jun 30, 2020
Months before it starts, Facebook’s oversight board is already under fire

Accountable Tech, a progressive nonprofit, launched a campaign Tuesday to persuade the members of Facebook's independent oversight board to demand more authority over content decisions.

In the News
KQED
Jun 25, 2020
The ‘Divided States’ of COVID-19 Response and a New Push to Hold Big Tech Accountable

Nicole Gill, executive director of Accountable Tech, joins to discuss how the new group plans to fight misinformation on social media platforms.

In the News
New York Times
Jun 21, 2020
What’s Facebook’s Deal With Donald Trump?

Jesse Lehrich, the co-founder of Accountable Tech, a new nonprofit group pushing Facebook to tighten controls on its platform, suggested that the two men have a tacit nonaggression pact. “Trump can rage at Big Tech and Mark can say he’s disgusted by Trump’s posts, but at the end of the day the status quo serves both of their interests,” Mr. Lehrich said.

Statements
Jun 17, 2020
Statement on Zuckerberg Voting Announcement

On the one hand, it’s encouraging to see Mark Zuckerberg preview a seemingly robust effort to help Americans vote in November – and that progress is a testament to the relentless advocacy from Facebook employees, civil rights activists, and many others who have made their voices difficult to ignore in recent weeks.

Statements
Jun 02, 2020
Accountable Tech Launches Facebook Ads Targeting Facebook Employees As More Stand Up To Zuckerberg

Accountable Tech launched a five-figure ad buy Tuesday aimed specifically at reaching Facebook employees on their own platform, as more and more boldly express their outrage over the path being charted by the company’s leadership.

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AXIOS
Jun 02, 2020
Nonprofit targets Facebook employees in new ad campaign

The targeted ads went live today on Facebook and come from newly launched Accountable Tech, which is spending "five figures" on the effort, Axios has learned. The campaign follows yesterday's employee walkout and rising internal dissent over Facebook's handling of President Trump's tweets.

Statements
May 29, 2020
As Twitter Steps Up, Facebook Refuses To Enforce Their Own Policies

It’s encouraging to see Twitter continue to uphold its standards and provide transparency about the actions they are taking, and their warning labels provide important context without amounting to censorship.

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Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2020
Twitter becomes Trump’s latest enemy after it tags his claims as false

Jesse Lehrich, a former spokesman for Hillary Clinton, announced that he was teaming with Nicole Gill, another liberal activist, to form Accountable Tech, an advocacy group aimed at pressuring tech companies to fight “the proliferation of online misinformation, deception, and manipulation.”

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