News Roundup: San Fran vote to tax big tech to help the homeless
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News Roundup: San Fran vote to tax big tech to help the homeless

Midterm elections

They say you shouldn't talk about politics at work but it's rather hard to avoid this week. So, excuse my impoliteness and pull up a chair and join the discussion (postcards to the usual address, please.)

On Tuesday night, people across the political spectrum held their breath, waiting for the results of the US midterm elections. While the outcome can be seen as a victory for both major parties in its own way, lots of eyes were firmly fixed on the likes of Facebook and Twitter to see if it had learnt its lesson from the data mining disaster that engulfed them in the aftermath of 2016's Presidential election.

The on-going scandal from 2016 is still causing problems for the two social media companies - just this week, Mark Zuckerberg received another letter from British politicians requesting his presence at a Parliamentary hearing. Unsurprisingly, the Facebook CEO once again declined the request.

Keen to prove they won't be bitten twice, Facebook made sure to let the world know that they were purging any accounts that could have interfered with the election results. On Monday, it announced 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts had been blocked as part of their investigation into disinformation on the platform. In the run up to the election, Twitter deleted over 10,000 accounts that were posting automated messages trying to discourage people from voting.

It's not all doom and fake news though, folks. The good people of San Francisco reversed the decision they'd taken six years ago to reject a 0.5% payroll tax on the big tech companies that generate yearly revenues of more than $50 million.

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Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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