Accountable Tech believes that tech companies have a responsibility to strengthen the integrity of their platforms and our democracy.

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Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
May 13, 2022 at 7:42 PM

Trump back on Twitter?

Accountable Tech We've just learned that Elon Musk intends to reinstate Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Hey there -- Last week, we sent an open letter co-signed by 25 other nonprofit groups to Twitter’s top advertisers urging them to demand Elon Musk uphold key safety standards througho…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
May 6, 2022 at 4:42 PM

Re: Elon Musk just tweeted about our letter

Accountable Tech It’s not every day that the world’s wealthiest person comes after our nine-person nonprofit. Hey there -- At the start of this week, we sent a letter to Twitter’s top advertisers calling on them to stop spending money on the platform if Elon Musk rolls back safeguards a…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
May 4, 2022 at 12:14 AM

Elon Musk just tweeted about our letter

Accountable Tech It’s not every day that the world’s wealthiest person comes after our nine-person nonprofit. Hey there -- Earlier today, we sent an open letter to Twitter’s top advertisers calling on them to commit to a few simple standards to continue advertising on the platform amid…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
April 23, 2022 at 3:16 PM

Obama takes on Big Tech

Accountable Tech President Barack Obama went to Silicon Valley with a message for Big Tech and the world. Hey there -- Earlier this week, President Barack Obama went to Silicon Valley with a message for Big Tech and the world. In a momentus speech, he called out Big Tech for their role…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
April 19, 2022 at 8:35 PM

John Oliver nailed it!

Accountable Tech John Oliver came out swinging against surveillance advertising on a recent episode of Last Week Tonight.  Hey there -- John Oliver came out swinging against surveillance advertising on a recent episode of Last Week Tonight.  If you missed it, he went after Big Tech’s t…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
April 4, 2022 at 2:02 PM

tell Congress to rein in Big Tech

Accountable Tech Today, we’re uniting with dozens of other businesses and organizations for #AntitrustDay. Hey there -- Today, we’re uniting with dozens of other businesses and organizations for #AntitrustDay. Big Tech monopolies shamelessly continue to put profits over people, but now…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
March 31, 2022 at 2:03 PM

Big Tech has finally met their match

Accountable Tech Big news: Big Tech has finally met their match. Hey there -- Big news: Big Tech has finally met their match. Last week, the European Union finalized the Digital Markets Act—showing the world it’s possible to take on Big Tech’s army of lobbyists and win. The Digital Mar…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
March 22, 2022 at 2:18 PM

BIG progress in a year

Accountable Tech One year ago today, we launched a transatlantic coalition of 50+ advocacy groups fighting for an end to Big Tech's toxic business model of surveillance advertising. Hey there -- One year ago today, we launched a transatlantic coalition of 50+ groups fighting for an end…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
March 11, 2022 at 9:34 PM

“I am just in awe”

Accountable Tech That’s what Senator Richard Blumenthal had to say earlier this week at the close of our youth roundtable after hearing five young people share their powerful stories and experiences with social media. Hey there -- “I am just in awe.” That’s what Senator Richard Blument…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
March 3, 2022 at 3:24 PM

what Biden said

Accountable Tech We’re pretty pumped about what President Biden said at his State of the Union. Hey there -- We’re pretty pumped about what President Biden said at his State of the Union. In case you missed it, for the first time ever in a State of the Union address, the President call…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
February 28, 2022 at 6:06 PM

check your sources

Accountable Tech This has been a hard time as we all watch in horror the ongoing violence in Ukraine. Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine. Hi everyone -- This has been a hard time as we all watch in horror the ongoing violence in Ukraine. Our hearts go out to the people of Ukrai…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
February 21, 2022 at 9:32 PM

re: honks heard ‘round the world

Accountable Tech The trucker convoys are just the latest protests fueled by Facebook. Let's not forget QAnon, Kenosha, Stop the Steal, and the Capitol insurrection. Hey there -- Last week, we wrote to you about how the ongoing Canadian trucker convoy protest started with a hacked Faceb…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
February 14, 2022 at 6:05 PM

honks heard ‘round the world

Accountable Tech Over the past 3 weeks, truckers have brought Canada’s capital city of Ottawa to a halt in protest of vaccine mandates. Hey there -- Over the past 3 weeks, truckers have brought Canada’s capital city of Ottawa to a halt in protest of vaccine mandates. The protests have …
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
February 4, 2022 at 8:50 PM

26% stock drop for Facebook’s birthday

Accountable Tech 18 years ago today, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his college dorm room. What started as a way to rate women online spiraled into something that is somehow even worse. Hey there -- 18 years ago today, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his college dorm roo…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
February 2, 2022 at 8:53 PM

the cold hasn’t stopped us

Accountable Tech Hope you’ve had a great start to your new year. Over here at Accountable Tech, we hit the ground running. Hey there -- Hope you’ve had a great start to your new year. Over here at Accountable Tech, we hit the ground running.  I try to pause and reflect at the beginnin…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
January 24, 2022 at 8:24 PM

Re: transatlantic momentum

Accountable Tech We’re pursuing all the avenues we can to ban surveillance advertising, and we need your help. Hey there -- Surveillance advertising has eroded our consensus reality and pushed democracy to the brink. This pernicious practice fuels Big Tech’s collection and exploitation…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
January 22, 2022 at 5:39 PM

transatlantic momentum

Accountable Tech This was a four-day week for us, but wow, so much happened! Hey there -- This was a four-day week for us, but wow, so much happened! This is a longer than usual email (apologies!) but I wanted to give you a full readout on all our progress to ban Big Tech’s toxic busin…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
January 18, 2022 at 10:55 PM

Urge Congress to Ban Surveillance Advertising

Accountable Tech Big news from Capitol Hill: Members of Congress just proposed bold new legislation to ban the toxic business model of surveillance advertising at the core of Big Tech’s proliferation of disinformation and extremism on and offline. Hey there -- Big news from Capitol Hil…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
January 14, 2022 at 9:27 PM

Facebook must answer now

Accountable Tech BIG NEWS: Yesterday, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed Facebook’s parent company, Meta, for failing to adequately respond to document requests. Hey there -- BIG NEWS: Yesterday, the Select Committee to Investigate…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
January 11, 2022 at 7:28 PM

Big Tech monopolies are scared

Accountable Tech Big Tech monopolies are feeling the heat. Hey there -- Big Tech monopolies are feeling the heat. Historic bipartisan legislation in Congress today could rein in Big Tech’s monopoly power, benefiting consumers, workers, and small business owners. But Amazon and Google a…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
January 7, 2022 at 5:48 PM

January 7th and beyond

Accountable Tech Yesterday, we remembered the one year anniversary of the Capitol insurrection—a brutal assault on our democracy, perpetuated by lies and fringe conspiracy theories. And Facebook served as an incubator for all these dangerous falsehoods. Hey there -- Yesterday, we remem…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
December 21, 2021 at 2:49 PM

see ya, 2021!

Accountable Tech 2021 was a transformative year for Accountable Tech. Hey there -- 2021 was a transformative year for Accountable Tech.  We added four new staff members, highlighted the harms of Facebook and Instagram on children, won a pause in the development of Instagram Kids, coin…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
December 15, 2021 at 5:34 PM

WATCH: Facebook's year in review

Accountable Tech Facebook’s had one heck of a year. Watch our new video that captures some of the company’s biggest failures from 2021 including: Hey there -- Facebook’s had one heck of a year. Watch our new video that captures some of the company’s biggest failures from 2021 including…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
December 13, 2021 at 5:25 PM

team retreat and looking ahead

Accountable Tech We just had our Accountable Tech team retreat in Washington, D.C. It was so nice to finally meet everyone in person, especially now that our team has grown to eight! We gave lots of hugs, stayed caffeinated, and thought hard about what AT will look like in 2022. Hey the…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
November 30, 2021 at 4:03 PM

it’s been a big month!

Accountable Tech We’ve been busy this past month making Facebook’s harms known to the world and fighting to level the playing field for small businesses struggling to compete with Big Tech monopolies. I’m so proud and grateful of all the hard work our small but mighty team of now 8 (!!) staffers a…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
November 26, 2021 at 3:43 PM

how to support small business

Accountable Tech Hope you’ve been having a nice Thanksgiving holiday. I’ve been enjoying spending time with my family and friends here in Boston. While some in my family are out shopping this Black Friday, I’ll tell you that I’m more excited for tomorrow: Small Business Saturday. Hey th…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
November 24, 2021 at 8:48 PM

how to talk to your family about Facebook

Accountable Tech Ahead of Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to first say thank you. We’re so incredibly grateful for your support and we couldn’t take on Big Tech monopolies like Facebook without your help. Hey there -- Ahead of Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to first say thank you.…
Jesse, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
November 19, 2021 at 5:11 PM

calling out Facebook's BS

Accountable Tech I’m sure you get a bunch of emails. So, every email we send you from Accountable Tech we want to be relevant and important for your time and attention. Hey there -- I’m sure you get a bunch of emails. So, every email we send you from Accountable Tech we want to be rele…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
November 10, 2021 at 7:57 PM

Congress must investigate Facebook

Accountable Tech Time and time again, we’ve seen Facebook fail to address the rampant disinformation, extremism, discrimination, and hate on their platforms. Hey there -- Time and time again, we’ve seen Facebook fail to address the rampant disinformation, extremism, discrimination, an…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
November 4, 2021 at 5:19 PM

we’re logging out of Facebook

Accountable Tech Facebook has been in the news a lot recently. Hey there -- Facebook has been in the news a lot recently. The disclosure of thousands of internal documents from Facebook reveals what we have known for a long time: Facebook doesn't care about its impact on our children, …
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
October 28, 2021 at 4:49 PM

one takeaway from the Facebook Papers

Accountable Tech You’ve probably heard a lot about the Facebook Papers in the news. Hey there -- You’ve probably heard a lot about the Facebook Papers in the news.  The Facebook Papers are a massive set of Facebook internal documents that whistleblower Frances Haugen provided to Congr…
Jesse, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
October 23, 2021 at 5:14 PM

small business vs. Big Tech

Accountable Tech We just wanted to make sure you saw our campaign that launched yesterday, Main Street Against Big Tech. Hi there -- We just wanted to make sure you saw our campaign that launched yesterday, Main Street Against Big Tech. Over the past few months, we’ve been working tire…
Aaron Seyedian · [email protected]
October 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM

Main Street Against Big Tech

Accountable Tech My name is Aaron Seyedian. I’m a small business owner in Takoma Park, Maryland. I launched my company, Well-Paid Maids, to provide a service to our customers while also providing our employees with the compensation, security, and dignity they deserve in an otherwise oftentimes low…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
October 20, 2021 at 3:02 PM

rein in big tech, protect consumers

Accountable Tech For years, Big Tech monopolies have been abusing their power by blatantly self-dealing and rigging marketplaces in their favor. Hey there -- For years, Big Tech monopolies have been abusing their power by blatantly self-dealing and rigging marketplaces in their favor.…
Jesse, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
October 15, 2021 at 4:35 PM

what Facebook’s Comms Director said to us

Accountable Tech Last week, as Frances Haugen testified in front of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, we were doing our best to keep up with all the incredible internal research she was presenting from Facebook. Hey there -- Last week, as Frances Haugen testified…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
October 12, 2021 at 1:24 PM

confirm Kanter

Accountable Tech This past summer, President Biden nominated Jonathan Kanter to lead the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Antitrust Division. This division of the DOJ seeks to promote economic competition through enforcing and providing guidance on anti-monopoly or antitrust laws and principles. …
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
October 6, 2021 at 8:04 PM

2 moments from yesterday’s hearing

Accountable Tech Yesterday, a former Facebook employee, Frances Haugen, testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection on Facebook’s relentless pursuit of profits above all else—even if it means jeopardizing our kids’ safety and our democracy. Hey there -- Yesterday, a…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 30, 2021 at 3:46 PM

Mark doesn’t want you to see this ad

Accountable Tech Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, is testifying this morning before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection about why Facebook hid their internal research showing Instagram’s effects on young people’s mental health. Hey there -- Facebook…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 28, 2021 at 10:37 PM

Action alert! Rally on Capitol Hill

Accountable Tech We're hosting a rally on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Come join us! Hey there -- It’s been an exciting week.  Earlier this week, Facebook gave in to public pressure and announced they are pausing the development of Instagram of Kids. Today, NYU researcher Laura Edelson tes…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 27, 2021 at 11:14 PM

good news: Facebook listened to us!

Accountable Tech Ever since it was revealed last spring that Facebook was building a version of Instagram for kids, we’ve been fighting tooth and nail to put a stop to these plans. Hey there -- Ever since it was revealed last spring that Facebook was building a version of Instagram for …
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 22, 2021 at 5:03 PM

the Facebook logout

Accountable Tech Newly disclosed internal documents from Facebook confirm what we have known for a long time: Facebook doesn't care about its impact on our society so long as it makes profits. Hi there -- Newly disclosed internal documents from Facebook confirm what we have known for a…
Jesse Lehrich, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 21, 2021 at 2:59 PM

it’s time to rein in big tech

Accountable Tech For too long, Big Tech corporations have abused their power as gatekeepers of information, communications, and commerce. Hi there -- For too long, Big Tech corporations have abused their power as gatekeepers of information, communications, and commerce. We’ve all seen o…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 18, 2021 at 3:40 PM

A long week for Facebook

Accountable Tech This week The Wall Street Journal released an explosive series of articles detailing how little Facebook cares about its users. Hey there -- This week The Wall Street Journal released an explosive series of articles detailing how little Facebook cares about its users. F…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 15, 2021 at 8:17 PM

Facebook profits off teen trauma

Accountable Tech Explosive new reporting from The Wall Street Journal reveals that Facebook has been hiding internal research on Instagram’s negative effects on young people’s mental health. Trigger warning: This email discusses depression and suicide. Hey there -- Explosive new report…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 10, 2021 at 4:52 PM

disinformation is global

Accountable Tech We all know the saying: those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Hey there -- We all know the saying: those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  During the 2016 presidential election, we witnessed Facebook continually deny a disin…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
September 2, 2021 at 4:56 PM

Read the room, Zuck

Accountable Tech Mark Zuckerberg recently went on CBS This Morning to make a very important announcement. Hey there -- In case you missed it, Mark Zuckerberg recently went on CBS This Morning to make a very important announcement. No, it wasn’t a plan to combat hate speech or misinform…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
August 28, 2021 at 1:05 PM

ready to take on Big Tech?

Accountable Tech If you’re ready to take on Big Tech, sign up now for our “Inside Scoop” emails. Hey there -- This is just a quick email to say thank you. We’re so grateful for each of our supporters like you who have stepped up to join us in the fight to hold Big Tech companies accou…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
August 25, 2021 at 5:35 PM

FTC vs. FB

Accountable Tech 80-page legal documents usually don’t make good fodder for an email. But the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) updated complaint against Facebook last week was so good that we wanted to share with you some of the highlights. Hey there -- 80-page legal documents usually …
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
August 18, 2021 at 3:21 PM

A ban ought to be a ban

Accountable Tech Donald Trump may be banned from Facebook, but his ads are not. Hey there -- Donald Trump may be banned from Facebook, but his ads are not.  Despite being suspended from Facebook in January after inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Trump is back on the platfo…
Nicole, Accountable Tech · [email protected]
August 13, 2021 at 4:03 PM

Facebook IS killing us

Accountable Tech What do the surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19 and increased frequency of climate change catastrophes have in common? Facebook. Let me explain. Hey there -- What do the surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19 and increased frequency of climate change catastrophes …