Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News based in Ireland covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or contact him via secure email at the address lucasnolan@protonmail.com

Articles by Lucas Nolan

New York City Approves Legislation to Improve Conditions for Gig Economy Workers

New York City has become the first city in the U.S. to take steps to improve the working conditions of delivery drivers and other gig economy workers by approving a package of legislation mandating minimum pay and addressing many of the issues that workers for app-based delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats regularly face.

DoorDash allows restaurants to choose commissions in post-pandemic world. Here, a DoorDash delivery man is seen in Manhattan.

FTC Memo Calls for Focus on ‘Structural Dominance’ of Big Tech

FTC Chair Lina Khan sent a memo to staff this week in which she called for the agency to focus on power imbalances and address the “structural dominance” of big companies. The memo’s mention of “next generation technologies” implies a heavy emphasis on the Big Tech Masters of the Universe.

FTC Chair Lina Khan

John Stossel Sues Facebook Alleging Defamation over ‘Fact-Check’ Label

Former TV journalist John Stossel has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Facebook seeking at least $2 million in damages, alleging that the company defamed him by adding “fact-check” labels to two videos he posted related to climate change. After Facebook’s labels, the lawsuit claims “his viewership plummeted due to both Facebook’s censorship and the reputational harm caused by the false labels.”

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 01: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on May 1, 2018 in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the opening keynote to the FB Developer conference that runs through May 2. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

‘Project Amplify:’ Facebook PR Blitz Will Promote Content on News Feed that Makes Company Look Good

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly signed off on a new initiative last month that aimed to promote pro-Facebook articles and news just shortly before a series of damaging reports were released by the Wall Street Journal. “Project Amplify” will promote stories on the platform’s News Feed that makes Mark Zuckerberg and the Masters of the Universe look like the good guys.

Mark Zuckerberg Smiles during testimony

Facebook Rushes to Defend Itself Following WSJ’s Damaging Reports on Teen Safety

Social media giant Facebook is rushing to defend itself following the “Facebook Files,” a series of stories recently published by the Wall Street Journal exposing how the company has prioritized profits over user health and safety, particularly that of teenage girls — who the company’s own research indicates develop a toxic relationship with its Instagram platform.

Facebook

‘More People Die:’ Instagram Boss Adam Mosseri Compares Social Media to Cars

Facebook-owned Instagram head Adam Mosseri recently appeared on the Recode Media podcast where he compared social media to cars, saying that “We know that more people die than would otherwise because of car accidents, but by and large cars create way more value in the world than they destroy. And I think social media is similar.”

Instagram head Adam Mosseri

FTC: The Big Tech Masters of the Universe Exploit ‘Loopholes’ to Avoid Merger Reviews

The FTC has alleged that hundreds of deals made by tech giants like Facebook and Google were not reviewed by merger watchdogs, fueling the companies’ unchecked growth. Events like gaining voting control of rivals, buying patents, and outright buyouts of small tech companies are a key part of the arsenal used by the largest Big Tech companies to maintain their stranglehold over the internet.

Mark Zuckerberg frowning

Wikipedia Claims Pro-China Group Attempted to Infiltrate and Control Site

Wikipedia alleges that the site was infiltrated by a pro-China group aiming to gain control of the site and edit articles to favor communist China’s viewpoint. The infiltration was described as “unprecedented in scope and nature” by the Wikimedia Foundation, which controls Wikipedia.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

Robinhood Launches College Tour to Recruit Young Customers

The stock trading app Robinhood, notorious for its actions against GameStop and other “meme stock” investors, has kicked off a nationwide effort to convince students to trade stocks using its app, including a $20,000 giveaway offering to young people.

Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev