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Digital & Media 15-10-2021

Digital Brief: DMA & DSA compromise texts, roaming adoption, Europol nears recast mandate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The European Council reviewed progress on the digital agenda and key legislative files. It encourages the co-legislators to […]...
Data protection 13-10-2021

Irish privacy watchdog endorses Facebook’s approach to data protection

A draft decision from Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) endorsing Facebook's legal basis for processing personal data has been met with criticism by a data protection activist who says the platform is trying to bypass EU privacy laws.
Digital & Media 08-10-2021

Digital Brief: Facebook fallout, 2022 digital agenda, AI in law enforcement

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The things I saw at Facebook over and over again was, there were conflicts of interest between what was...
Digital & Media 06-10-2021

‘Too big to crash’ and ‘too big to care’, Facebook faces fallout from EU policymakers

Facebook’s service outage on Monday (4 October), combined with a series of revelations about the social network's management, have prompted policymakers to ask for regulation of online platforms with a shared sense of urgency.
Digital & Media 05-10-2021

The Brief, powered by GIE — Facebook’s darkest hour

Unprecedented internet outages, public outrage, pending lawsuits, upcoming legislation, growing competition, and privacy quarrels: Facebook is facing its darkest hour.
Digital & Media 24-09-2021

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: TTC priorities, common charger, country of origin row

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The EU and the US acknowledge the need for controls on trade in certain dual-use items, in particular certain...
Global Europe 23-09-2021

GAFA targeted by both the US and EU ahead of tech and trade meeting

The United States and European Union plan to take a more unified approach to limit the growing market power of Big Tech companies, according to a leaked draft memo. The move will be among announcements on tech, climate, trade and...
Digital & Media 16-09-2021

French publishers close to launch collective negotiations on neighbouring rights

French publishers are close to launching a new body to collectively negotiate with online platforms, while the dispute with Google raises fundamental questions on how to monetise online content.
Digital & Media 14-09-2021

Facebook’s Oversight Board calls on independent investigation over anti-Palestinian bias allegations

*This article was updated with comments from Facebook. An independent entity should investigate whether Facebook’s content moderation decisions, including automated ones, treated anti-Palestinian and anti-Israeli content differently, according to a recommendation from the social media giant’s Oversight Board. Facebook’s Oversight...
Digital & Media 10-09-2021

Facebook’s plan to cut back on political content sets up Orbán for re-election 

By cutting back on political content, Facebook is taking the responsibility to further distort political competition in countries like Hungary, where media pluralism has been severely hit by the ruling parties. Such a move could help Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secure another term in power, argues Anna Donath.
Digital & Media 02-09-2021

Facebook to test reduced visibility of political content in Ireland, Spain and Sweden

Facebook is reportedly extending the testing of making political content less visible in its News Feed to at least three EU countries following positive user feedback.
Digital & Media 31-08-2021

Instagram wants to collect ages of all users to protect children online

Instagram users will have to register their birthdate if they want to continue using the services of one of Facebook's flagship products, the social media giant announced on Monday (30 August). EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 25-08-2021

EU extends deadline on Facebook’s Kustomer deal to Jan. 7

EU antitrust regulators will decide on 7 January 2022 whether to clear Facebook's purchase of US customer service startup Kustomer, a European Commission filing showed on Wednesday (25 August), extending the deadline for a second time after Facebook asked for more time.
Digital & Media 24-08-2021

Facebook bans Taliban but Twitter adopts more ‘laissez faire’ approach

Facebook's and Twitter's contradicting approaches vis-à-vis the Taliban social media accounts are a perfect illustration of the content moderation dilemma online platforms are facing.
Digital & Media 09-08-2021

EU extends deadline for decision on Facebook, Kustomer deal to Dec. 15

EU antitrust regulators have extended the deadline for a decision on Facebook's acquisition of U.S. customer service startup Kustomer by a week to Dec. 15, a European Commission filing showed on Monday.
Digital & Media 03-08-2021

EU bolsters probe into Facebook buyout of Kustomer

The EU on Monday (2 August) deepened its probe into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer over concerns the social network giant could restrict the US start-ups' rivals' use of its WhatsApp and Instagram platforms.
Digital & Media 30-07-2021

Top German court strikes down Facebook rules on hate speech

A top German court has ruled that Facebook acted illegally in taking down racist posts and blocking the account of their author because the social network failed to inform the user or give a reason for shutting them down.
copyright 27-07-2021

Facebook teams up with French anti-piracy association on copyright

Facebook has teamed up with French anti-piracy association ALPA up to protect content on its platforms from copyright infringement, the tech giant announced on Monday (26 July). EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 27-07-2021

Facebook can lead users down vaccine misinformation rabbit hole 

New research into vaccine misinformation on Facebook shows that the platform’s content recommendation algorithm can lead users towards, rather than away from, harmful conspiratorial material. 
Data protection 21-07-2021

Austrian court refers Schrems’ Facebook complaint to EU Court

Austria's Supreme Court has asked the EU Court of Justice for clarification on the legality of Facebook's processing of personal data after data protection activist Max Schrems brought a case before it. The Court in Luxembourg will now decide whether the US giant respected the GDPR since it came into force in 2018.
Data protection 02-07-2021

German data watchdogs welcome end of ‘forum shopping’ under GDPR regime

Germany's data protection authorities have welcomed a ruling by the EU Court of Justice that gives national authorities more leeway in taking action against online platforms data branches under urgency provisions of the EU data protection framework. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2021

Global tax deal backed by 130 nations, Ireland and Hungary stay out

A total of 130 countries have agreed a global tax reform ensuring that multinationals pay their fair share wherever they operate, the OECD said on Thursday (1 July), but some EU states refused to sign up.
Digital & Media 30-06-2021

NGO: Facebook approved ads inciting violence in N Ireland

Non-profit rights group Global Witness says it has revealed major failings in Facebook’s advertising review system, having submitted and had approved by the platform a range of political adverts including sectarian slurs and incitement to violent protest in Northern Ireland.
Digital & Media 23-06-2021

Google ‘determined to find solution’ on ‘neighbouring rights’ for French press

I am "determined to find a solution" at a time when a new collective management body for press publishers is due to be created, Google France managing director, Sébastien Missoffe told French senators on Wednesday (23 June), adding that he "recognises neighbouring rights".