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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 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".
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Germany and France gear up to fight foreign interference ahead of elections

Berlin and Paris are taking steps to fight the expected manipulation of online information by foreign powers as they approach key elections, Germany in September and France next year.
Global Europe 09-06-2021

France suspends aid, military support for Central African Republic

France has suspended aid and military cooperation in Central African Republic because of what it says is the government's failure to stop "massive disinformation campaigns" against France that have targeted its officials, the armed forces ministry said.
Digital & Media 04-06-2021

Civil society, tech giants oppose Germany’s state Trojans plans

Companies and civil society organisations in Germany have opposed a planned expansion of the surveillance of sources and communications which provides for a more stringent application of the so-called state Trojan in an open letter published Thursday. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital & Media 27-05-2021

Manufacturers urged to remove pre-installed apps on new phones

As the EU debates its Digital Markets Act, calls have grown louder for manufacturers to remove all applications pre-installed on new phones in order to combat the oligopoly of "gatekeepers" such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Facebook faces prospect of ‘devastating’ data transfer ban after Irish ruling

Ireland's data regulator can resume a probe that may trigger a ban on Facebook's transatlantic data transfers, the High Court ruled, raising the prospect of a stoppage that the company warns would have a devastating impact on its business.
Digital & Media 05-05-2021

Facebook fears regulators’ competing demands for privacy, transparency

Facebook is in favour of more regulation but is concerned that platforms could be forced in "diametrically opposed directions" in terms of privacy and transparency requirements, Nick Clegg, the platform's vice president for global affairs, has said. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 20-04-2021

Associations urge Zuckerberg to scrap ‘Instagram for kids’ project

Several associations have called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to put an end to his plans, said to be devised in the name of child protection, to develop an app similar to Instagram but aimed at children under the age of 13. EURACTIV France reports.