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Australia passes law making Facebook pay for news

AUSTRALIA’s parliament passed a world-first law to force digital giants such as Facebook, Inc. and Google pay local publishers for news content — a move that may unleash more global regulatory action to limit their power.

Facebook bans Myanmar military from its platforms with immediate effect

SINGAPORE — Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as weeks of mass demonstrations continue in the Southeast Asian country after the military seized power.

Facebook to restore Australian news pages after tweaks to news legislation

CANBERRA - Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to legislation that would force the tech giant to pay for media...

WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp said on Thursday it will go ahead with its controversial privacy policy update but will allow users to read it at...

Facebook news goes dark in Australia as spat intensifies

SYDNEY — Australians woke to empty news feeds on their Facebook, Inc. pages on Thursday after the social media giant blocked all media content in a surprise and dramatic escalation of a dispute with the government over paying for content.

Facebook news goes dark in Australia as content payment dispute grows

SYDNEY — Australians woke to empty news feeds on their Facebook Inc. pages on Thursday after the social media giant blocked all media content in a surprise and dramatic escalation of a dispute with the government over paying for content.

Mexico’s Senate majority leader puts forward legislation to regulate Facebook, Twitter

MEXICO CITY - A prominent senator from Mexico's ruling party has proposed regulating major social media networks, including Twitter and Facebook, in a draft...

Facebook says it will permanently stop recommending political groups to users

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday the company would no longer recommend civic and political groups to users of the platform.

Billionaires thriving as poor suffer in widening COVID-19 divide – Oxfam

"We stand to witness the greatest rise in inequality since records began," Gabriela Bucher, executive director of Oxfam International, said in a statement as the charity called for higher wealth taxes and stronger protections for workers.

Facebook and Twitter crackdown around Capitol siege is too little, too...

PALO ALTO/NEW YORK — By the time social media companies took action against users and groups spurring on the siege of Capitol Hill this week, culminating in the suspension of US President Donald J. Trump’s accounts, it was too little too late.

IPOPHL in talks with Facebook to curb online sale of counterfeits

THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said it is in talks with Facebook, Inc. to develop a process for policing counterfeit items being sold on the platform.

EU moves to rein in US tech giants with threat of...

BRUSSELS — US technology firms including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google face fines of up to 10% of annual turnover and could even be broken up under draft, European Union rules announced on Tuesday aimed at curbing their powers.

Facebook promises transparency in efforts to curb hate speech

AFTER several months of being taken to task about how Facebook has been handling and policing hate speech, the social media giant promised transparency and accountability in their efforts to enforce policies especially pertaining to these malicious remarks, an Asia-Pacific executive said.

If Facebook broke up, would anyone notice?

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if Facebook disappeared tomorrow? Would people suddenly be unable to communicate online? Would the economy screech to a halt? Would anyone be deprived of a good, service, or piece of information that was somehow crucial to their existence?

US FTC seeks data on how Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and others...

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking information from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and video streaming companies about how they use the personal information that they collect on their users, the US agency said on Monday.

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

WASHINGTON/PALO ALTO — 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, saying it used a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay.

Australia wants Facebook, Google to pay news outlets for content

SYDNEY — Australia locked in plans on Tuesday to make Facebook, Inc and Google pay its media outlets for news content, a world-first move aimed at protecting independent journalism that has drawn strong opposition from the internet giants.

Facebook-backed digital coin Libra renamed Diem to signify independence in quest...

LONDON — Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra has been rebranded “Diem” in a renewed effort to gain regulatory approval by stressing the project’s independence.

Link clicks instead of ‘likes’: brands should value passive engagement, explore...

Passive engagement on social media is just as important as active engagement when it comes to quantifying success, according to Hootsuite, a social media...

‘More power than traditional media’: Facebook, Twitter policies attacked by senators

WASHINGTON — Republican senators on Tuesday attacked the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter for what they called censorship of President Trump and his allies during the US election while Democrats bemoaned the spread of misinformation on social media.

Facebook holds PHL digital summit

SOCIAL media giant Facebook will be holding its first digital summit in the Philippines from Nov. 11 to Dec. 9 on its dedicated summit website.

Twitter, Facebook suspend some accounts as election misinformation spreads

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter, Inc. and Facebook, Inc. on Tuesday suspended several recently created and mostly right-leaning news accounts posting information about voting in the hotly contested US election for violating their policies.

During elections, online social networks are powerful—but so are personal relationships

Social media platforms are highly influential during election campaigns, but online clout doesn’t necessarily translate into real-world results, according to Richard Heydarian, a public educator and academic. 

US lawmakers detail Big Tech’s market abuses and press for strict...

A US House of Representatives panel looking into abuses of market power by four big technology companies found they used “killer acquisitions” to smite rivals, charged exorbitant fees, and forced small businesses into “oppressive” contracts in the name of profit.

Facebook chides Netflix over portrayal in movie on social media

FACEBOOK has hit back at Netflix, accusing the The Social Dilemma documentary released earlier this year on the streaming platform of sensationalism.

Social media abuse drives girls off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — poll

LONDON — Online abuse is driving girls to quit social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, with nearly 60% experiencing harassment, a global...

Palace accuses Facebook of censoring gov’t

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace on Tuesday accused Facebook of censoring the government after it took down several social media accounts associated with the Philippine military and police.

Duterte blasts Facebook after military, police pages taken down

President Rodrigo R. Duterte criticized Facebook Inc. for taking down accounts supposedly linked to the military and police, and questioned if it should continue...

Facebook removes fake accounts spreading propaganda

FACEBOOK INC. said it detected and removed a small scale network of fake accounts aimed at distributing Chinese propaganda and disinformation across Southeast Asia and the US.

Facebook removes Chinese accounts active in Philippines and US politics

Facebook Inc. said Tuesday it had removed a network of inauthentic Chinese accounts that were interfering in Asian and American politics, including some that...

FTC prepares possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, source says

US COMPETITION enforcers are preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

Facebook launches Messenger Kids in PHL

FACEBOOK has launched Messenger Kids in the Philippines, an app that allows children six to 12 years old to use video chat and messaging features in a parent-controlled environment, to provide children a safer avenue to communicate with their peers during the pandemic.

Facebook sends world a warning with threat to Australian news

Facebook Inc. has flashed a warning to global regulators by taking a hardball stance against Australia’s plan to force it to pay media companies...

Facebook to block news on Australian websites

SYDNEY — Facebook, Inc. on Tuesday said it would stop Australians sharing news content on its platforms if a proposal to make it pay local media outlets for their content becomes law, further escalating tension with the Australian government.

Google, Facebook dump plans for US-Hong Kong undersea cable

Google and Facebook Inc. dropped plans for an undersea cable between the US and Hong Kong after the Trump administration said Beijing might use the link to collect information on Americans.

Facebook blocks group critical of Thai monarchy amid pressure

BANGKOK — Facebook blocked access within Thailand to a group with 1 million members that has criticized the country’s king, but said it was planning a legal challenge to the government’s demand that it block the group.

Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021 due to...

Facebook Inc. will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home...

Facebook, Twitter pull Trump posts over coronavirus misinformation

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday took down a post by US President Donald J. Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation...

Most small businesses optimistic about growth — Facebook survey

MAJORITY or 64% of small businesses currently operating on the social media platform Facebook said they were optimistic they would grow despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dating app users navigate new norms as real-life meetings return

Kimberly Chao’s first date was canceled after he told her he might have caught the coronavirus. It took three negative tests and multiple video calls before he convinced her to finally meet in person—three months after they started chatting on a dating app.

Four Filipino social communities chosen for Facebook training program

Four Filipino social communities have been selected to be part of a training program by Facebook.

Internet analyst sees permanent tailwind from lengthy lockdowns

Internet companies are likely to be long-term winners from the pandemic as lockdown measures have now lasted long enough for changes in consumer behavior to become permanent, according to Credit Suisse.

Tech firms begin to abandon Hong Kong because of security law

China’s sweeping national security law has forced technology firms to reconsider their presence in Hong Kong. The nimblest among them—the city’s startups—are already moving data and people out or are devising plans to do so.

G20 finance officials eye solution to digital tax row this year

WASHINGTON/BERLIN — Finance officials from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Saturday vowed to resolve major differences over taxing big tech companies and reach a broad, consensus-based solution on international taxation this year.