Bobby Allyn

Bobby Allyn appears in the following:

TikTok says it's putting new limits on Chinese workers' access to U.S. user data

Friday, July 01, 2022

TikTok addressed Republican senators who have raised concerns that the Chinese-owned app could be sharing Americans' data with the Chinese government. TikTok says this is not happening.


Where abortion is banned, someone's phone activity could be used as criminal evidence

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Search histories, geolocation and health data — or any digital breadcrumbs suggesting an illegal abortion was researched or sought — may be targeted by prosecutors in states with abortion bans.


Amazon's Alexa could soon speak in a dead relative's voice, making some feel uneasy

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Amazon's voice-cloning technology still under development raises concerns among those who study ethics in artificial intelligence.


The Google engineer who sees company's AI as 'sentient' thinks a chatbot has a soul

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Google computer scientist who was placed on leave after claiming the company's artificial intelligence chatbot has come to life tells NPR how he formed his opinion.


BeReal app is Instagram's next rival for teens

Friday, June 10, 2022

BeReal asks users to post one candid unedited photo a day. It can't be "liked" or shared. There are no algorithms or ads. And teens are increasingly choosing a feed that is intentionally boring.


Group aiming to defund disinformation tries to drain Fox News of online advertising

Thursday, June 09, 2022

A group of activists who have taken on some of the biggest right-wing personalities online have now launched a campaign to try to defund Fox News' online operation.


Why teens are choosing the app BeReal over Instagram

Thursday, June 02, 2022

BeReal asks people to post one candid, unedited photo a day. It can't be "liked" or shared. There are no algorithms. No ads. The feed of your friends' photos is intentionally boring and mundane.


In surprise move, Sheryl Sandberg leaves Facebook after 14 years

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Over a 14 year career at Facebook, Sandberg was a pivotal figure in helping the social network become one of the most dominant social media platforms in the world.


Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law from taking effect

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

In a 5-to-4 vote, the court granted a request from Big Tech industry trade groups, which argued the law would unleash a flood of racist, hateful and other extremist content on social media platforms.


Twitter will pay a $150 million fine over accusations it improperly sold user data

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Federal regulators accuse the company of violating a 2011 agreement over the treatment of users' personal data, including phone numbers and email addresses.


Twitch's reputation takes a hit when Buffalo shooter used it to livestream attack

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The video streaming site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, is in the limelight after the accused Buffalo shooter used it to livestream the massacre.


New York attorney general launches probe of Twitch and Discord after Buffalo shooting

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The investigation targets online platforms including video-streaming site Twitch, messaging platform Discord and the anonymous message board 4chan.


In Silicon Valley, startups are laying off staff as investors pull back from big tech

Monday, May 16, 2022

In the startup world, investors are pulling back, companies are laying off employees and IPOs are being delayed. Is a tech bubble about to burst, or has the unraveling already started?


Why suppressing violent videos is a constant problem for tech companies

Monday, May 16, 2022

The mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket was streamed live online. In about two minutes, it was taken down. But then it began reappearing on the Internet.


Officials say a gunman's attack that killed 10 was a racially motivated hate crime

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old white male, has been arraigned on a first-degree murder charge. Authorities say most of the victims killed at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket were Black.


Encore: Look closely at those white Jaguars in San Francisco — no drivers!

Monday, May 09, 2022

Google-owned Waymo and Cruise, owned by General Motors, are now offering robot-driven cars to ferry passengers in San Francisco. (Story first aired on All Things Considered on May 5, 2022.)


Look closely at those white Jaguars in San Francisco — no drivers!

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The vehicles have been under development for years, but Google-owned Waymo and Cruise, which is owned by General Motors, are now offering robot-driven cars to ferry passengers in San Francisco.


Europe has to monitor hate speech and illegal content on social media more closely

Sunday, May 01, 2022

New rules will require social media networks in the European Union to more closely monitor hate speech and other illegal content posted on their platforms.


Elon Musk bought Twitter. Here's what he says he'll do next

Monday, April 25, 2022

Before Twitter accepted Musk's $44 billion offer, he has floated numerous ideas for changing the social network. Not all of those proposals have been welcomed by experts.


Twitter reaches deal to sell to Elon Musk for about $44 billion

Monday, April 25, 2022

The sale caps a dizzying saga for Twitter and Elon Musk, the world's richest man and a prolific user of the social media platform.