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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 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.
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.
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.
Digital & Media 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.
Digital & Media 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.
Digital & Media 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.
Digital & Media 15-06-2020

Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Broadcasters, publishers and journalists called on the European Commission on Monday (15 June) to implement "much stronger measures" to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook.
Digital & Media 11-05-2020

Commission to contract €600,000 study on gatekeeping power of digital platforms

The European Commission is to contract a study on the gatekeeping, or market-dominating, power of digital platforms in a bid to gather evidence which could feed into the upcoming Digital Services Act, documents seen by EURACTIV reveal.
Global Europe 10-03-2020

Amid migrant crisis, Greece-Turkey conflict plays out on social media

Greeks and Turks are waging a proxy war on social media with photos, video and commentary purporting to show the other side behaving badly in a migrant crisis that has seriously strained already tense relations between Athens and Ankara.
Politics 29-01-2020

Communications and identity: A make-or-break year for the EU

With one of its important members seceding, the EU is navigating dangerous and uncharted waters and will need to take a more proactive approach in terms of communication to ensure that the ship stays on course, writes Anthony Spota.
Alcohol 28-01-2020

Beer, wine, spirit makers pledge age-restriction labels on drinks

Twelve leading beer, wine and spirits companies have pledged to put clear age-restriction labels on their drinks and set tighter controls on access to their online content in a bid to reduce underage drinking.
Digital & Media 29-10-2019

EU mulls disinformation regulation but admits alert system has ‘never been triggered’

The case for the EU regulation of online disinformation "will be evaluated" in the coming months ahead of a decision in early 2020, a Commission official revealed on Tuesday (29 October). At the same time, the EU's executive conceded that its disinformation alert system has never been triggered.
Cybersecurity 17-05-2019

Christchurch Call: EU struggling to get anti-terror measures right

New Zealand and France gathered states and social media organisations around the same table on Wednesday (15 May) to take joint action against terror online. The EU has been negotiating a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online for months, but critics find it too restrictive and fear censorship. EURACTIV Germany reports
Data protection 11-04-2019

Austria plans to force social media to identify users as bar to hate speech

Austria’s right-wing government plans to force large social and traditional media to verify their users’ identity so that individuals can be tracked down if they post hate speech online anonymously, it said on Wednesday. The measure, part of a bill...
EU Elections 2019 15-02-2019

Ahead of EU polls, Facebook voids accounts targeting Moldovan election

Facebook Inc said on Thursday (14 February) it had disrupted an attempt to influence voters in Moldova, increasing concerns that EU elections in May could be prey to malign activity.
Global Europe 30-01-2019

US spy chiefs break with Trump on threat assessment

China and Russia pose the biggest risks to the United States, and are more aligned than they have been in decades as they target the 2020 presidential election and American institutions to expand their global reach, US intelligence officials told...
Data protection 28-01-2019

Facebook doesn’t have all the answers, says Clegg, as social media giant clamps down on political ads

Facebook users looking to run paid-for political advertisements will be required to abide by a set of new rules in the run-up to the European elections, the head of the social media giant's global affairs Nick Clegg said on Monday (28 January).