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The FTC and state attorneys general are reportedly aiming up to 4 new antitrust lawsuits at Facebook and Google as talk of regulation continues to heat up

Carsten Koall/Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general are gearing up to hit Google and Facebook with new antitrust lawsuits in the coming weeks, per a Monday report from The Wall Street Journal. The probes will focus on whether the companies have had unfair advantages in their domination of the search and ad market and social media. The DOJ and state attorneys generals have been probing aspects of Google's business, including its searc...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Texas, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, Eu, Democrats, House, Antitrust


This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


Instagram Begins the Process of Bringing its Suicide, Self-Harm Detection Tech to the EU

Instagram will extend initiatives it has used outside of the European Union to proactively detect content related to suicide or self-harm to the EU, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said in a blog post. Mosseri said Instagram is in discussions with regulators and governments in the EU on ways to bring this technology to the...
Tags: Instagram, Advertising, Eu, European Union, Platforms, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Social Pro Daily


Key takeaways from Facebook’s earnings call: Ad revenues grow despite boycott, WhatsApp integration into messaging ecosystem imminent

Facebook managed to post record revenues in spite of the significant criticism it has faced all over the world, including in the form of ad boycotts in its home country. Revenue was up 22% through the quarter ended September 30, 2020 at $21.47 billion, while net income increased 29% to $7.85 billion year-over-year. The company also announced that it is considering integrating WhatsApp into the messaging ecosystem of Messenger and Instagram, although this isn’t the first time he’s made this claim...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, News, Instagram, France, India, US, Eu, European Union, Whatsapp, Canada, Earnings, US Senate


Who regulates social media?

Social media platforms have repeatedly found themselves in the United States government’s crosshairs over the last few years, as it has been progressively revealed just how much power they really wield, and to what purposes they’ve chosen to wield it. But unlike, say, a firearm or drug manufacturer, there is no designated authority who says what these platforms can and can’t do. So who regulates them? You might say everyone and no one. Now, it must be made clear at the outset that these companie...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Europe, Instagram, Fcc, Social Networks, Congress, California, France, Government, Social Media


The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

Instagram is being investigated over whether it exposed children's data. Getty The EU is investigating whether Instagram broke data-privacy laws after it allegedly exposed the personal data of millions of children, the Telegraph reports. It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts. Ireland's Data Protection Commission, the officia...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Instagram, US, Trends, Eu, Ireland, Telegraph, Dublin, DPC, Stier, Data Protection Commission, IDPC, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Data Protection Commission DPC, Graham Doyle


Instagram’s handling of kids’ data is now being probed in the EU

Facebook’s lead data regulator in Europe has opened another two probes into its business empire — both focused on how the Instagram platform processes children’s information. The action by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), reported earlier by the Telegraph, comes more than a year after a US data scientist reported concerns to Instagram that its platform was leaking the contact information of minors. David Stier went on to publish details of his investigation last year — saying Insta...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, US, Tech, Eu, Bbc, Ireland, Competition And Markets Authority, Gdpr, DPC, Stier, David Stier


EU investigates Instagram over handling of children's data

Facebook could face a large fine if Instagram is found to have broken European Union privacy laws.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Eu, European Union


A counter to Facebook’s rebuttal of the Netflix film ‘The Social Dilemma’

Facebook has hit out at claims made in the the Netflix docudrama ‘The Social Dilemma’ which portrayed the growing divisiveness and danger on social media and the internet, and the role big tech companies like Facebook and Google are playing in this transformation. The company claimed that the film buries “substance in sensationalism”, and rather than offer a nuanced look at technology, it gives a “distorted view of how social media platforms work to create a convenient scapegoat for what are dif...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Nazis, Politico, India, BJP, US, Social Media, Eu, Netflix


Facebook tests a unified platform to manage Facebook, Instagram, Messenger 

Facebook’s push towards making its services interoperable is taking shape, as the company announced it was testing a unified ‘Accounts Centre’ to control login and other activity on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger — but not WhatsApp — from a single platform. Among other things, users will be able to log-in to the three apps from the single platform, and cross-post content. Facebook is pitching the unified platform as an easy way to manage your profiles on the three platforms, but in reality, ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, News, Instagram, Privacy, India, US, Eu, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram, Bihar, Instagram Facebook, Facebook Instagram Messenger, Facebook Users


Facebook warns of plugging services in EU if regulators suspend data transfers

Facebook has told Ireland’s Data Protection Commission that it cannot see how it can continue operating in the European Union if regulators’ proposal to suspend overseas data transfers between the EU and United States is implemented. In the event that Facebook becomes subject to a complete suspension of the transfer of users’ data to the US, it is not clear “how, in those circumstances, it could continue to provide the Facebook and Instagram services in the EU”, Facebook said in a regulatory fil...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, News, Instagram, Privacy, US, Eu, European Union, United States, Ireland, Commission, Court of Justice, SCC, DPC, European Union CJEU


Facebook said it might stop operating in Europe if the EU suspends all data transfers to the US

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Facebook warned it may stop operating its core app and Instagram in Europe if it's forced to suspend transfers of EU data back to the US. In a court filing on the decision, Facebook said it has 410 million monthly active users in Europe. Facebook's legal fight with Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) stems from a preliminary order issued earlier this month by the DPC questioning the legal validity of the mechanism Facebook curre...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, US, Trends, Eu, Ireland, EU US, DPC, Irish High Court, Business Post, Tech Insider, Europe Legal, Data Transfer, U.S


TikTok joins Europe’s code on countering illegal hate speech

Popular short video app TikTok has joined the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech, making it the ninth platform to abide by the code, the company announced on Tuesday. “Our ultimate goal is to eliminate hate on TikTok. We recognise that this may seem an insurmountable challenge as the world is increasingly polarised, but we believe that this shouldn’t stop us from trying,” said Cormac Keenan, head of trust and safety, EMEA at TikTok. “We have a zero-tolerance stanc...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, News, Instagram, China, India, Eu, European Union, Lgbtq, Hate Speech, India China, EMEA, Keenan, Facebook Microsoft Twitter, Tiktok


PandaDoc employees arrested in Belarus after founders protest against Lukashenko regime

Yesterday the four employees (pictured) of US-headquartered enterprise startup PandaDoc were arrested in Minsk by the Belarus police, in what appears to be an act of state-led retaliation, after the company’s founders joined protests against the 26 year-long regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko is widely believed by international observers to have rigged the country’s recent elections in his favor, preventing the election of opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. PandaDoc ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, President, United Nations, Un


Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr

Facebook’s photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely: cloud storage providers Dropbox and (EU-based) Koofr. The tech giant debuted the photo porting tool in December last year, initially offering users in its EU HQ location of Ireland the ability to port their media direct to Google Photos, before going on to open up access in more markets. It completed a global rollout of that first offering in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Cloud Storage, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Ireland, Dropbox, Google Photos


AK Monthly Recap: August 2020

I always dreamed of spending a summer hopping along the Adriatic. I would touch down in Venice and head to Piran in Slovenia, making my way down the coasts of Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, and Greece. Well, I kind of got that. I never dreamed it would be under these circumstances. I am beyond thankful that Croatia gave me and my boyfriend what we needed — a place where we could be together at a time when we’re banned from each other’s countries. Beyond that, this trip allowed me to work wi...
Tags: Facebook, New York, London, Instagram, Greece, Office, US, Los Angeles, Blog, Eu, Netflix, Czech Republic, Prague, Austria, Brooklyn, New York Times


Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia as it lobbies against revenue share law

Adtech giant and self-styled ‘free speech champion’, Facebook, has threatened to pull the plug on the public sharing of news content on Facebook and Instagram in Australia. The aggressive threat is Facebook’s attempt to lobby against a government plan that will require it and Google to share revenue with regional news media to recompense publishers for distributing and monetizing professionally produced content on their platforms. Consultation on a draft of the mandatory code — which Australi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Australia, France, Tech, Eu, Silicon Valley, Google News, Sacha Baron Cohen, Adtech, Google Facebook, ACCC, University of Canberra, Competition and Consumer Commission ACCC


The 24 power players using TikTok to transform the music industry, from marketers and record execs to artists

TikTok has transformed the music industry in recent months as tracks that go viral on the app have taken over the Billboard 100 and Spotify Viral 50 charts. TikTok's music-friendly interface and its users' penchant for dance challenges have made it an indispensable promotional tool for the music industry. Business Insider compiled a power list of the 24 music marketers, artists, digital creators, record labels, and other industry insiders who are using TikTok to help define popular music in 20...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Europe, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Rihanna, Youtube, Jay Z, La, US, Trends, Eu, Ceo, United States, Justin Bieber


Mark Zuckerberg just became the third person on Earth worth over $100 billion. Here's how the Facebook CEO makes and spends his fortune.

Mark Zuckerberg's fortune surpassed $100 billion after Facebook launched its TikTok competitor in the US. That makes the tech titan only the third current centi-billionaire on Earth. In June, advertisers including Verizon, Honda, and Ben & Jerry's boycotted Facebook over the social network's lack of hate-speech moderation. The boycott briefly sunk both Facebook's share price and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth. Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splur...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Yahoo, Minneapolis, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Eu, Palo Alto, Harvard, Ford, Paris, Athens


These 3 moments from Big Tech's blockbuster antitrust hearing could come back to haunt the companies, according to Wall Street analysts

The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google were grilled during a five-hour congressional hearing on Wednesday. The hearing followed an antitrust investigation into the power and size of the Big Tech companies. Analysts at Wedbush identified the three moments from the hearing most likely to come back and bite the companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the course of five hours on Wednesday, the CEOs from the world's four biggest tech companies were grilled by ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Cook, Instagram, Congress, China, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Georgia, Eu, United States


This Week in Apps: US tops China on downloads, EU regulates app stores, Instagram takes on TikTok

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series* that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuatio...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Hong Kong, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, China, Germany, Berlin, India, US


Traveling in Serbia — Takeaways from an Unexpected Trip

The Balkans have always been my favorite place to travel, but until recently, I hadn’t done much traveling in Serbia. For years, it was the Balkan country I had explored the least, only spending a few days in Belgrade before flying on to Latvia. You can read about that trip here. That changed this year. I ended up in Serbia unexpectedly as the first part of my move to Prague, where my UK-born boyfriend has lived for 18 years, and where I was supposed to move in May. We have been banned from ea...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, Instagram, Greece, Boston, New York City, US, Blog, Eu, Chicago, Danube, Czech Republic, Prague, New York Times, Bill Clinton


A redesigned Google Photos, built for your life’s memories

Five years ago, we noticed that people were struggling to manage their photos and videos—there wasn’t a place to keep them all, storage was disorganized, and it was hard to find specific photos. We designed Google Photos to solve these problems and since then more than one billion people use the app each month. Over the past few years we’ve also seen that people use Google Photos when they feel nostalgic and want to reminisce. Google Photos has become more than just an app to manage your photos,...
Tags: Google, Photos, Eu, Canada, Google Photos, David Lieb, Google on iOS, Google Photos Rolling


Antitrust case against Facebook’s ‘super profiling’ back on track after German federal court ruling

A landmark regulatory intervention that seeks to apply structural antitrust remedies to cut big (ad)tech’s rights-hostile surveillance business models down to size has been revived after Germany’s federal court overturned an earlier ruling that had suspended enforcement of a ban on Facebook combining user data. The upshot is the tech giant could be forced to stop combining the personal data of users of its various social services with other personal data it harvests on Internet users via its var...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, Lawsuit, Instagram, Privacy, Germany, Tech, Eu, Dusseldorf, Commission, Antitrust, Margrethe Vestager, Zuckerberg


Facebook's $400 million Giphy acquisition is part of an unrelenting startup shopping spree that's practically daring antitrust regulators to try and stop it (FB)

Facebook acquired GIF-hosting startup Giphy on Friday for a reported $400 million. It's the latest in a string of acquisitions by Facebook over the last few months collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The flurry of activity comes despite mounting regulatory and critical scrutiny of Facebook over its acquisitions. Facebook is signalling that it's unconcerned, and is effectively challenging regulators to bring it on. Click here to get BI Prime's weekly 'Trending' tech newsletter i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, UK, Instagram, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Chris Hughes, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Signal, Cnbc, Giphy, Reliance Jio


Facebook is on an unrelenting startup shopping spree that's practically daring antitrust regulators to try and stop it (FB)

Facebook acquired GIF-hosting startup Giphy on Friday for a reported $400 million. It's the latest in a string of acquisitions by Facebook over the last few months collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The flurry of activity comes despite mounting regulatory and critical scrutiny of Facebook over its acquisitions. Facebook is signalling that it's unconcerned, and is effectively challenging regulators to bring it on. Click here to get BI Prime's weekly 'Trending' tech newsletter i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, UK, Instagram, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Chris Hughes, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Signal, Cnbc, Giphy, Reliance Jio


Facebook and Instagram will now show location of posts from high-reach accounts targeting US audiences

Facebook today is introducing another feature aimed at making it easier to see who’s behind the posts published across Facebook and Instagram. The company says it will now display the location of the Facebook Page or Instagram account with a large audience on every post it shares, so end users have a better understanding of how reliable or authentic the accounts may be. While the feature is described as one designed for overall increased transparency, it will initially launch only in the U.S. Th...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Transparency, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Russia, Africa, US, Tech, Eu, Bots, Trolls, Facebook Page, India Indonesia, Instagram Account


Facebook and Instagram will now show location of posts from high-reach accounts targeting U.S. audiences

Facebook today is introducing another feature aimed at making it easier to see who’s behind the posts published across Facebook and Instagram. The company says it will now display the location of the Facebook Page or Instagram account with a large audience on every post it shares, so end users have a better understanding of how reliable or authentic the accounts may be. While the feature is described as one designed for overall increased transparency, it will initially launch only in the U.S. Th...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Transparency, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Russia, Africa, Tech, Eu, Bots, Trolls, Facebook Page, India Indonesia, Instagram Account, Instagram Users, Facebook Pages and Instagram


How a Virus Conspiracy Theory Fueled Arson and Harassment in Britain

LONDON -- On April 2, a wireless tower was set ablaze in Birmingham. The next day, a fire was reported at 10 p.m. at a telecommunications box in Liverpool. An hour later, an emergency call came in about another cell tower in Liverpool that was going up in flames.Across Britain, more than 30 acts of arson and vandalism have taken place against wireless towers and other telecom gear this month, according to police reports and a telecom trade group. In roughly 80 other incidents in the country, tel...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Japan, London, News, Instagram, Youtube, China, Bt, Eu, Britain, United States, Liverpool, New York Times, Northern Ireland, Vodafone


Facebook and Disney to downgrade streaming quality in Europe due to COVID-19

Facebook is temporarily downgrading the quality of video streaming in Europe on its social platforms Facebook and Instagram in response to a call for action from the European Commission, per Reuters. Disney has also said it will work to shrink bandwidth used by its streaming service, Disney+, which is due to begin launching in Europe from tomorrow. Last week Netflix, YouTube and Amazon said they would switch to SD streaming by default in the region. The EU’s executive has expressed concern...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Media, Instagram, Youtube, India, Disney, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg, European Union, Internet Service Providers, Netflix, Digital Media



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