Brian Fung

Brian Fung

@b_fung

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Tech reporter for @CNN. Backpacking, bikes and video games. There are four lights. Formerly @WashingtonPost, @TheAtlantic & @NationalJournal. brian.fung@cnn.com

Washington, D.C.
Joined on January 03, 2009
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Brian Fung
39 minutes ago

Just finished @bartongellman’s piece and I am almost physically ill with dread.

Quoted @kaitlancollins

"We'll have to see what happens," President Trump says when asked if he'll commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose in November.

Soon after, Trump abruptly ended the press conference to take what he said was an “emergency phone call." https://t.co/gytVkhevMC

@Avaaz Facebook to me just now: "We reject ads that include content which has been debunked on our platform by our fact-checking partners. We are reviewing these ads, which are now inactive, to determine if they should've been rejected.” https://t.co/GosfSF1qzq

While TikTok's lawyers are not saying it outright, they sure are strongly suggesting that they think Trump's crackdown on TikTok is in retaliation for the Tulsa rally prank. https://t.co/gg9k4x96yM

While TikTok's lawyers are not saying it outright, they sure are strongly suggesting that they think Trump's crackdown on TikTok is in retaliation for the Tulsa rally prank. https://t.co/gg9k4x96yM

NEW: Facebook has allowed hundreds of misleading super PAC ads on its platform in recent weeks, according to new research by @Avaaz, despite fact-checks that should have resulted in enforcement under Facebook’s own policies. More here: https://t.co/GosfSF1qzq

Here’s a link to the DOJ proposal on Section 230: https://t.co/FWPzwBkH3A

Brian Fung
10 hours ago
DOJ has submitted draft legislation to Congress seeking to curtail Big Tech’s liability protections under #Section230, the agency says. 

It eliminates platforms’ ability to remove content as “objectionable” and restricts them to removing content only under specific scenarios. https://t.co/dyvgX2m3jn

DOJ has submitted draft legislation to Congress seeking to curtail Big Tech’s liability protections under #Section230, the agency says. It eliminates platforms’ ability to remove content as “objectionable” and restricts them to removing content only under specific scenarios. https://t.co/dyvgX2m3jn

I agree w/@brianstelter Let's not forget that: ~29 million Americans r on unemployment aid -15% of renters (8 million people) r behind on rent -1 in 10 families w/kids didn't have enough to eat in August A family I spoke to today lives off $84/wk in UI https://t.co/p5fUYk3FIU

#BREAK: Facebook takes down fake Chinese accounts that it says were posting about 2020 US election https://t.co/GUI8P5tJjZ

Here's @zackbeauchamp highlighting some striking political science research.

“There is a consensus among comparative politics scholars that the Republican Party is one of the most anti-democratic political parties in the developed world.” https://t.co/hT27g66iaL https://t.co/Ld69FaVZEe

Here's @zackbeauchamp highlighting some striking political science research. “There is a consensus among comparative politics scholars that the Republican Party is one of the most anti-democratic political parties in the developed world.” https://t.co/hT27g66iaL https://t.co/Ld69FaVZEe

Right now the broad strokes are that Oracle will review ByteDance’s code, but many of the specific mechanics aren’t yet clear. Can Oracle ask ByteDance for changes? Make unilateral changes? Just do a thumbs-up / thumbs-down? TBD, I’m told.

NEW: Negotiators in the TikTok deal aim to finalize CFIUS talks by week’s end, according to two people familiar with the matter. Some outstanding details still need hammering out, one person said, including whether Oracle can make changes to ByteDance code for TikTok security.

DOJ will brief state officials on its antitrust probe into Google this week, according to four people familiar with the matter, in what foreshadows a possible suit against the company as early as next week. Invitations went to all states investigating Google, two people said.

Not a surprise, but last night DOJ filed its reply defending its motion to dismiss @CenDemTech’s suit against Trump’s social media executive order: https://t.co/nksRHYwI92 https://t.co/RWttW4dWmm

Not a surprise, but last night DOJ filed its reply defending its motion to dismiss @CenDemTech’s suit against Trump’s social media executive order: https://t.co/nksRHYwI92 https://t.co/RWttW4dWmm

I spoke to @kierstentodt and @james_a_lewis on the TikTok deal. Todt described the confusing structure as “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic” as Lewis told me it looked like a “sleight of hand.” Todt argues it doesn’t resolve the natsec concerns; Lewis says it “should.”

Where the parties seem aligned is that ByteDance’s founder Zhang Yiming is likely to serve as a member of the board of TikTok Global. But this ownership thing is still messy and seems unsettled based on the various companies’ public statements.

At some point in the next year, TikTok Global plans to file for an IPO on a US stock exchange. Based on that listing, the parties anticipate the stake in TikTok that’s held by US investors to grow even further, from 53% to closer to 59%, the person said.

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