Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry

Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry

August 2019 CPI Oceania Column edited by Sam Sadden (CPI) presents: Ten Things To Know About The ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry By Prof. Caron Beaton-Wells (University of Melbourne)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   On July 26, 2019 the much-anticipated final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) in […]

EU: Facebook to change the rules for providing services

EU: Facebook to change the rules for providing services

The European Commission and EU Member States have negotiated a change to the terms of providing services by Facebook. There was doubt about the lack of clear information about how Facebook uses personal data of its users, and the rules concerning the company’s liability. On Thursday, April 11, the European Commission announced the effect of […]

UK: Celebrities to keep social media posts “clean,” watchdog orders

UK: Celebrities to keep social media posts “clean,” watchdog orders

Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, and other celebrities have agreed to spell out in social media posts if they are being paid to promote a brand, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced on Wednesday, January 23. The agency stated said it has secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities, who also include models Alexa Chung and […]

US: Sessions’ concerned social media firms “stifle” free speech

US: Sessions’ concerned social media firms “stifle” free speech

The US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has expressed a “growing concern” that social media companies may be “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas” on their platforms, the Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed on Wednesday, September 5. A statement issued through spokesman Devin O’Malley said the DOJ monitored a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with Twitter CEO […]

Advertising is obsolete – here’s why it’s time to end it

Posted by The Conversation Advertising is obsolete – here’s why it’s time to end it By Ramsi Woodcock Since it first became clear that Russian agents spent thousands of dollars a month on political advertising on social media in the runup to the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been asking how the powerful advertising infrastructure run […]

UK: Watchdog calls for social media to be liable for content

UK: Watchdog calls for social media to be liable for content

The Committee on Standards in Public Life urged ministers to legislate to shift liability for illegal content on to social media and other internet companies to tackle an “intensely hostile online environment.” Facebook, Twitter and Google “are not simply platforms for the content that others post” because they play a role in shaping what users […]