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Technology 13-05-2022

Musk puts $44 bln Twitter deal ‘temporarily on hold’, shares slide

Elon Musk tweeted that his $44-billion deal for Twitter Inc was “temporarily on hold” on Friday while he waits for data on the proportion of its fake accounts, sending shares in the social media platform plunging.
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.
Technology 25-04-2022

Twitter set to accept Musk’s ‘best and final’ offer

Twitter Inc is nearing a deal to sell itself to Elon Musk for $54.20 per share in cash, the price that he originally offered to the social media company and called his 'best and final', people familiar with the matter said.
Technology 15-04-2022

Digital Brief: DMA final text, DSA approaching, AIA draft report

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Delegations will find attached the final 4-column document (Articles and Recitals) after technical finalisation to reflect the provisional political...
Technology 14-04-2022

Elon Musk swoops down on Twitter with $41 bln cash offer

Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for about $41 billion in cash, saying the social media company he has often criticized needs to go private to see effective changes.
Technology 13-04-2022

Macron reopens debate on ending anonymity online

French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated his opposition to online anonymity, stating that he will not close the door on the idea of dismantling platforms. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 13-04-2022

Twitter puts France’s electoral coverage ban to the test

France's ban on "electoral propaganda" during election weekends did not prevent political content related to the elections from trending on Twitter. EURACTIV France reports.
Future Connectivity 07-04-2022

Court halts Starlink’s deployment in France

France's highest administrative court has stripped Starlink, SpaceX's satellite internet constellation, of its frequency authorisations, ruling they were granted without public consultation despite its potential "significant market impact". EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 08-03-2022

EU governments call on online platform to scale up fact-checking efforts

EU telecoms ministers have urged digital companies to ensure their anti-disinformation capacity is adequate in Central Eastern Europe, a primary target of Russian hybrid warfare.
Technology 01-03-2022

YouTube blocks access to Russian state-controlled media amid EU states’ call for action

YouTube on Tuesday (1 March) blocked accounts connected to Russian state-controlled RT and Sputnik and removed thousands of videos following calls to curb the spread of pro-Kremlin propaganda on social media after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
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.
Enlargement 19-08-2021

Serbian President fumes as Twitter exposes his ‘friendly media’

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has compared himself to Donald Trump as a politician victimized by Twitter, after the social media took the decision to tag many of the media organisations which support him as “pro-government”.
Agrifood 21-04-2021

EU farmers at odds with agriculture Commissioner after controversial tweets

EU farmers have told EURACTIV they have been left feeling unrepresented by the EU Agricultural Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski after he posted a series of controversial tweets criticising industrial farming. 
Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
Technology 30-03-2021

Facebook urges Ireland to hold off on political ads rules until EU legislation

Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
Disinformation 24-02-2021

Twitter removes hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia

Twitter said on Tuesday (23 February) it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies.
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".
he Chair of Parliament’s Internal Market Committee spoke to EURACTIV recently about the EU's Digital Services Act.
Technology 11-01-2021

MEP Cavazzini: Social media response to US riots raises new questions for EU tech rules

Members of the European Parliament have a renewed duty to address the thorny issue of regulating social media content, in the wake of last week’s Capitol Hill riots, the chair of Parliament’s Internal Market committee has said.
Despite "very divergent views" between EU data protection authorities with regards to a probe into potential data breaches by Twitter, a final decision on the bloc's first major cross-border GDPR case is due to be published on December 17th, it has been revealed.
Technology 04-12-2020

Twitter data breach decision due on December 17: Irish data regulator

Despite "very divergent views" between EU data protection authorities over a case of data breaches by Twitter, a final decision on the bloc's first major cross-border online privacy case is due to be published on December 17th, it has been revealed.
The European Commission has given its clearest indication yet that obligations on digital platforms to remove content are unlikely to feature in far-reaching EU efforts to regulate the web, to be presented before the end of the year.
Technology 23-09-2020

‘Content removal’ unlikely to be part of EU regulation on digital services, Jourova says  

The European Commission has given its clearest indication yet that obligations on digital platforms to remove content are unlikely to feature in far-reaching EU efforts to regulate the web, due to be presented before the end of the year.
Elections 12-08-2020

Britain tightens online campaigning rules to fend off foreign influence

Britain plans to tighten rules around online campaigning to make political parties and campaigners state more clearly who they are, the government said on Wednesday (12 August), seeking to allay fears about interference in its democracy.
Disinformation 06-08-2020

Facebook, Twitter pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation

Facebook on Wednesday (5 August) took down a post by US President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus.
Ireland’s data regulator has fined Twitter 450,000 euros for a bug that made some private tweets public, the first sanction against a major U.S. tech firm under a new EU dispute mechanism, but much less than some EU states demanded.
China 12-06-2020

Twitter takes down Beijing-backed influence operation pushing coronavirus messages

Twitter on Thursday (11 June) said it removed more than 170,000 accounts tied to a Beijing-backed influence operation that deceptively spread messages favorable to the Chinese government, including about the coronavirus.
Technology 24-05-2020

Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe

Twitter may be the first big technology firm to face a fine by the EU’s lead regulator under the region’s tougher data protection rules after it submitted a preliminary decision in a probe into the social media firm to other member states.
Media 04-03-2020

EU Rapid Alert System used amid coronavirus disinformation campaign

An EU instrument designed to monitor serious cases of disinformation has been triggered following a series of online campaigns surrounding the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has confirmed.