CBS News: Twitter and other social media sites slipped on removing hate speech in 2022, EU review says

CBS News: Twitter and other social media sites slipped on removing hate speech in 2022, EU review says. Please note this study is from the spring, before Elon Musk. “The EU report, carried out over six weeks in the spring, found Twitter assessed just over half of the notifications it received about illegal hate speech within 24 hours, down from 82% in 2021. In comparison, the amount of flagged material Facebook reviewed within 24 hours fell to 64%, Instagram slipped to 56.9% and YouTube dipped to 83.3%. TikTok came in at 92%, the only company to improve.”

Financial Times: Twitter disbands Brussels office, prompting fears about online safety

Financial Times: Twitter disbands Brussels office, prompting fears about online safety. “The executives had led the company’s effort to comply with the EU’s disinformation code and the bloc’s landmark Digital Services Act, which came into force last week and sets new rules on how Big Tech should keep users safe online. Other Twitter executives in the small but vital Brussels office, seen as a crucial conduit to European policymakers, had left at the start of the month during company-wide cuts that removed around half of its 7,500-strong workforce.”

TechCrunch: Musk’s impact on content moderation at Twitter faces early test in Germany

TechCrunch: Musk’s impact on content moderation at Twitter faces early test in Germany. “A German law requiring social media platforms to promptly respond to reports of hate speech — and in some cases remove illegal speech within 24 hours of it being brought to their attention — looks like it will provide an early test for whether Elon Musk-owned Twitter will face meaningful legal consequences over how recklessly he’s operating the company.”

TechCrunch: Twitter’s lead EU watchdog for data protection has fresh questions for Musk

TechCrunch: Twitter’s lead EU watchdog for data protection has fresh questions for Musk. “In parallel with the FTC’s ominous warning to Elon Musk’s Twitter yesterday — that ‘no CEO or company is above the law‘ — the microblogging platform’s lead regulator in the European Union is on its case in the wake of senior staffers in charge of security and privacy compliance walking out the door.”

Europe Warns Twitter’s Elon Musk: The Bird Flies by Our Rules (CNET)

CNET: Europe Warns Twitter’s Elon Musk: The Bird Flies by Our Rules. “After apparently closing the $44 billion sale of Twitter on Thursday, Musk tweeted: ‘the bird is freed.’ But within hours, European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton retweeted Musk with a reminder: ‘In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules.’ Breton added the hashtag #DSA, referencing the incoming Digital Services Act, which lays out the rules for social media companies operating in Europe.”

Reuters: Google Play in EU antitrust sights as Android fine appeal pending

Reuters: Google Play in EU antitrust sights as Android fine appeal pending. “Alphabet unit Google’s Google Play Store is the target of an EU antitrust investigation, the company said in a regulatory filing, a move that could expose the U.S. tech giant to another billion-euro fine. Over the last decade, Google has incurred 8.25 billion euros ($8.24 billion) in EU antitrust fines following three investigations into its business practices.”

Bleeping Computer: Clearview AI gets third €20 million fine for illegal data collection

Bleeping Computer: Clearview AI gets third €20 million fine for illegal data collection. “France’s data protection authority (CNIL) has fined Clearview AI with €20 million for illegal collection and processing of biometric data belonging to French citizens. The amount is the maximum financial penalty the company could receive as per GDPR Article 83. Clearview AI received the same fine from Italian and Greek data protection authorities for the same violations in March and July.”

EU Science Hub: A tourism dashboard for greener, digitally savvy and resilient EU destinations

EU Science Hub: A tourism dashboard for greener, digitally savvy and resilient EU destinations. “The Commission launches today the EU Tourism Dashboard, a new tool to help policy makers at country and regional level to steer policies and strategies in the tourism ecosystem. The aim of this tool is to improve access to statistics and policy-relevant indicators for tourism, supporting destinations and public authorities in tracking their progress in the green and digital transition.”

Reuters: Exclusive-Scores of Google rivals want EU tech law used in antitrust case – letter

Reuters: Exclusive-Scores of Google rivals want EU tech law used in antitrust case – letter. “More than 40 European rivals to Google’s shopping service urged EU antitrust regulators on Monday to use newly adopted tech rules to ensure the Alphabet unit complies with a 2017 EU order to allow more competition on its search page. The European Commission fined Google 2.4 billion euros ($2.33 billion) five years ago and told the firm to stop favouring its shopping service.”

EU Launches New Initiative For Open Web Search

Spotted in about four different places at once: the new EU initiative Open Web Search. “14 renowned European research and computing centers have joined forces to develop an open European infrastructure for web search. The project will be contributing to Europe’s digital sovereignty as well as promoting an open human-centered search engine market.” Sounds good to me!