Rebecca Klar, WKRG

Rebecca Klar


Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Rebecca:

Biden’s FCC nominee withdraws name

President Biden’s nominee to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) withdrew her name Tuesday after two years of partisan gridlock delayed her confirmation, the White House confirmed. “We appreciate Gigi Sohn’s candidacy for this important role. She would have brought tremendous talent, intellect and experience, which is why the president nominated her in the first place,” […] → Read More

Five things to know about the Supreme Court case that could change the internet

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could upend protections internet companies have had throughout the roughly two-decade rise of social media. The case, Gonzalez v. Google, centers on allegations that Google subsidiary YouTube provided a platform for and used its algorithm to recommend terrorist content in […] → Read More

Here’s how Fed rate hikes are hurting tech firms

Rising interest rates fueled by the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes are constraining tech firms of all sizes. After more than a decade of low borrowing costs, rising interest rates are forcing … → Read More

Trump’s typical social posts could push up against Meta’s rules

Former President Trump will need to adjust his social media style if he wants to keep his newly restored Facebook and Instagram accounts. A number of the 2024 presidential candidate’s posts on his Truth Social platform would run afoul of Meta, which has stricter content enforcement and set guardrails for his reinstatement. One opponent of […] → Read More

Oversight Board urges Meta to redefine nudity rules to avoid anti-transgender discrimination

Meta’s independent Oversight Board overturned the social media giant’s decision to remove bare chest photos of transgender and non-binary people on Instagram, and urged the company to redefine its rules around nudity in a way that is clear and does not discriminate based on gender. The board’s Tuesday decision overturned Instagram’s original decision in 2021 […] → Read More

FEC dismisses GOP complaint that Gmail spam filters favored Democrats

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) dismissed a Republican-filed complaint that Google’s Gmail spam filters unfairly censored GOP fundraising emails at a higher rate than it did for Democra… → Read More

Twitter reinstates Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account

Twitter reinstated the personal account for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Monday, reversing the ban put in place in January over Greene violating the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. Using her official congressional account, which was not banned by the platform, Greene urged her followers to head to her newly reinstated “unfiltered” personal account. “I’m the […] → Read More

Musk officially closes Twitter deal: reports

Elon Musk officially owns Twitter after closing the deal by a court-imposed Friday deadline, according to multiple outlets, ending a six-month journey over his controversial $44 billion acquisition. CNBC first reported Thursday evening that Musk had taken control of Twitter and the company’s CEO Parag Agrawal and chief financial officer Ned Segal had left and would […] → Read More

Five questions looming as Elon Musk’s Twitter deal nears closing

Elon Musk appears to be on the cusp of finalizing his $44 billion deal to take over Twitter ahead of a court-imposed Friday deadline, but the future of the platform remains uncertain as the billionaire space and auto executive prepares to jump into the social media scene. Ahead of the expected closing, Musk entered Twitter’s headquarters and issued a statement to advertisers […] → Read More

Elon Musk agrees to $44B acquisition of Twitter in hopes of averting trial

Elon Musk agreed to pay $44 billion to buy Twitter if a lawsuit brought by the company in an attempt to force him to follow through with the deal is closed, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) uploaded Tuesday. Attorneys representing Musk sent a letter to Twitter Monday stating that […] → Read More

Bipartisan antitrust bill sponsors push for floor vote this month

Bipartisan sponsors of a key antitrust bill in the House and Senate on Wednesday urged leadership in both chambers to call floor votes in June on the proposal targeting tech giants. In a joint pres… → Read More

Teen social media app used by Texas school shooter updates safety guidelines

Yubo, a social media platform that users said the gunman in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting used to make threatening remarks, released updated safety guidelines on Tuesday. The platform targeted… → Read More

Apple to update privacy features, add ‘edit’ features to iMessage

Apple is updating privacy features and parental controls and adding edit functions for iMessage as part of its iOS16 launch, the company announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conferen… → Read More

Musk asserts lack of info from Twitter on bots breaches deal

Elon Musk on Monday accused Twitter of refusing to provide him information on bots and fake accounts on the platform, arguing the company is breaching its merger agreement. In a Securities and Exch… → Read More

Key congressional lawmakers draft competing data privacy bills

Three key congressional lawmakers released a draft of a comprehensive data privacy bill on Friday, but the proposal lacks support from Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).… → Read More

Musk’s Twitter deal clears FTC review, company says

Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter for $44 billion has cleared a regulatory step with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Twitter said Friday. The waiting period under the HSR Act, or the Hart-Scott-R… → Read More

House Democrats say Amazon obstructing probe into deadly warehouse collapse

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee said Amazon is obstructing their investigation into a deadly warehouse collapse by failing to send requested documents. Committee Chairwoman C… → Read More

Advocacy groups urge Schumer to call vote on antitrust bill

A coalition of more than 20 advocacy groups are urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to call a vote on a bipartisan antitrust bill that aims to limit tech giants from preferencing t… → Read More

Five things to know about the Texas social media law

Texas’s law that restricts social media platforms’ ability to remove users or violative content was temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it’s not the end of the road for the cas… → Read More

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg stepping down

Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down after 14 years with the company, she announced Wednesday. She will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. “When I… → Read More