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Politics 14-05-2022

Politics cannot be avoided but impact on contest limited, says Eurovision organiser

It is naive to think cultural institutions can be wholly separated from what is happening in the world and the invasion of Ukraine was so extraordinary that it required an exceptional reaction, the head of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)...
Technology 26-04-2022

Musk gets Twitter for $44 billion, to cheers and fears of ‘free speech’ plan

Elon Musk clinched a deal to buy Twitter Inc for $44 billion on 25 April in a transaction that will shift control of the social media platform populated by millions of users and global leaders to the world's richest person.
Disinformation 31-03-2022

Social media companies must increase regulation of their platforms to enable democracy in Serbia

Elections in Serbia and an explosion of pro-Russian disinformation show why manipulation of social media in the Balkans by state actors is now a critical issue for Europe, writes Antoinette Nikolova.
Disinformation 16-03-2022

TikTok accused of allowing Kremlin propaganda

Kremlin propaganda is being shared on TikTok by a "network of coordinated accounts" despite the platform's ban on new Russian content, according to a study. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 11-03-2022

Facebook allows Ukraine war posts urging violence against invading Russians, Putin

Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, according to emails seen by Reuters, in a temporary change to its policy.
Coronavirus 28-01-2022

Paris hospitals chief sparks debate on whether unvaccinated patients should pay for treatment

The head of the Paris hospitals system has set off a fierce debate by questioning whether people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should continue to have their treatment covered by public health insurance.

US, EU Commission ‘concerned’ over suspension of Romanian judge

The US Embassy in Bucharest and the European Commission on Wednesday (15 December) expressed "concern" after Romanian judge Cristi Danileţ was expelled from the magistracy over TikTok posts.
Technology 08-12-2021

Instagram tightens teen defenses as US hearing looms

Instagram announced new protections on Tuesday (7 December) for young users, a day before the photo-sharing app's CEO faces a grilling from US lawmakers on whether the platform is "toxic" for children.

Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain issue warning on DMA ahead of ministerial meeting

The Danish, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish embassies to the EU circulated a warning statement on Monday (22 November) ahead of the Competitiveness Council that is set to adopt the EU’s Digital Markets Act, a key piece of digital legislation, on...
Technology 28-10-2021

Facebook changes its name to ‘Meta’ as part of rebrand

Facebook has officially changed its name to Meta, as the company redirects its efforts towards the development of the “metaverse”, a move critics say is an attempt to distract from recent damaging revelations about it's conduct.
Technology 18-10-2021

Facebook announces 10,000 EU jobs to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook on Monday (18 October) announced plans to hire 10,000 people in the European Union to build the "metaverse", a virtual reality version of the internet that the tech giant sees as the future.
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.
Technology 08-09-2021

UK calls on G7 countries, tech firms to ‘step up’ child safety measures online

The UK's home secretary urged her peers from the G7 governments on Wednesday (8 September) to support London's push to hold tech companies accountable for harmful content, while also launching a new fund to counter child sexual abuse online.
Technology 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.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn secure Afghan users’ accounts amid Taliban takeover

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn said this week they had moved to secure the accounts of Afghan citizens to protect them against being targeted amid the Taliban's swift takeover of the country.
Technology 30-04-2021

EU countries, lawmakers reach deal to tackle online child sexual abuse

EU countries and EU lawmakers agreed late Thursday (29 April) to allow Facebook and Microsoft to scan and remove online child sexual abuse, potentially paving the way for a deal in the coming months on privacy rules targeting online platforms.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

EU report accuses Russia, China of sowing mistrust in Western vaccines

Russian and Chinese media are systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns aimed at dividing the West, a European report said on Wednesday (29 April).
Elections 10-02-2021

French far-right leader Le Pen on trial over Islamic State tweets

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen goes on trial Wednesday (10 February) on charges she broke hate speech laws by tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities, a case she has slammed as a violation of free speech.
Disinformation 22-01-2021

After Trump: Rule of law and Big Tech Regulation

The stunning events in Washington on January 6th not only showed the fragility of modern democracies but also demonstrated the untamed power of Big Tech, writes Marc Sundermann, Paolo Cesarini and Christophe Leclercq.
Global Europe 12-01-2021

Twitter’s ‘problematic’ Trump ban troubles Europe

Twitter's decision to impose a permanent ban on US President Donald Trump's account has sparked some consternation in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it "problematic".
It is 'no longer acceptable' for social media giants to take key decisions on content removals online, following the high profile withdrawal of President Trump's accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the European Commission has said.
Technology 12-01-2021

‘No longer acceptable’ for platforms to take key decisions alone, EU Commission says

It is "no longer acceptable" for social media giants to take key decisions on content removals online, following the high profile takedowns of US President Trump's accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the European Commission has said.
Global Europe 10-12-2020

Facebook faces US lawsuits that could force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the US Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state filed lawsuits against the social media company.
Europe's East 30-11-2020

Belarus protesters take to the streets with new tactic

Opposition protesters in Belarus took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday (29 November) in the latest of three months of demonstrations against the re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.
Global Europe 06-11-2020

Vote counts push Biden closer to victory as Trump falsely claims election being ‘stolen’

With his re-election chances fading as more votes are counted in a handful of battleground states, US President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary assault on the country’s democratic process, falsely claiming the election was being “stolen” from him.