AT&T FINED $60M FOR MISLEADING WITH ‘UNLIMITED’ PLANS
UNDATED (AP) _ AT&T will pay $60 million to settle the government’s allegation that it misled customers of unlimited-data plans by slowing down service for heavy users.
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that AT&T will automatically provide partial refunds to customers who signed up for unlimited wireless plans before 2011.
The FTC sued AT&T in 2014 for not clearly letting customers know that if they used up a certain amount of data, AT&T would slow their speeds so much that web browsing was almost impossible. It said then that AT&T had throttled at least 3.5 million customers.
The agency says AT&T is required to say prominently if data speeds or amounts are restricted.
Today, AT&T’s website says it may slow speeds of unlimited plans after a certain amount of data is used.
LAWMAKERS WANT TWITTER TO FIGHT CENSUS DISINFORMATION
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. lawmakers say they have concerns Twitter may be used to spread disinformation about the 2020 Census, and they’ve asked the company for details on how it will combat that threat.
Almost five dozen Democratic lawmakers wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about their concerns Monday.
Their letter notes Twitter and other social media were used by “malicious actors” to manipulate voters during the 2016 presidential election. They say banning false information about the census and identifying false accounts will help ensure public trust.
Twitter says the company has been discussing with the Census Bureau how best to support a successful 2020 Census, and that company policy prohibits false information about civic events.
Twitter last week announced it was ending political campaign and issue ads.
NBA TV AVAILABLE IN DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER OFFERING
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is introducing a direct-to-consumer subscription option for NBA TV, a move primarily targeted at those who don’t have cable or a package that already offers the channel.
The league announced Tuesday that NBA TV will be available through the league’s website or mobile app for a fee.
Part of the new offering will include enhanced viewing options for some games, including camera angles captured solely by smartphones, social media integration and live in-game chats with basketball influencers.
There will also be alternative streaming options for some games, including stat overlays on the game feed or alternative audio options.
NBA TV has more than 100 live game broadcasts this season, plus other programming and on-demand video content.
DEADSPIN SUPERVISOR LEAVING, TOO, AFTER STAFF QUITS
NEW YORK (AP) — Days after the entire staff of the popular website Deadspin quit in revolt, the manager who prompted the exodus says that he’s leaving, too.
Paul Maidment, who was editorial director of G/O Media, said Tuesday the time was right for him to leave to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity.
Maidment and his bosses had ordered Deadspin employees to stick to sports in their postings, and refrain from writing about culture, politics and the media. Employees rejected the edict and quit.