The Journal (Ireland): Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety

The Journal (Ireland): Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety. “Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said that he plans to introduce an independent online safety commissioner, following calls for more action to ensure that children are using the internet safely online.”

CNET: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google told to hand over documents in House antitrust probe

CNET: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google told to hand over documents in House antitrust probe. “Lawmakers on Capitol Hill sent letters to Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple on Friday requesting a trove of documents and other information as part of an antitrust investigation into online markets.”

If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC (Times of India)

Times of India: If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC . “The Supreme Court on Friday sought to goad the Centre to check misuse of social media platforms for circulating fake news and rumours, saying it could step in to do what is required if there was no action by the executive. ”

Tech world’s ‘outrageous’ denial of responsibility invites backlash: ACCC boss Rod Sims (Sydney Morning Herald)

Sydney Morning Herald: Tech world’s ‘outrageous’ denial of responsibility invites backlash: ACCC boss Rod Sims. “Governments around the world will hit Facebook and Google with increasingly onerous restrictions unless the tech giants drop their ‘outrageous’ insistence they are neutral distributors of information, according to Australia’s competition tsar Rod Sims.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Hit With Sweeping Demand From States Over Ad Business

Bloomberg Quint: Google Hit With Sweeping Demand From States Over Ad Business. “State attorneys general investigating Google are ordering it to turn over a wide range of information about its advertising business, according to an investigative demand that takes direct aim at the biggest source of the company’s revenue.”

Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why

Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why. “Xavier Becerra and Steve Marshall, the attorneys general of California and Alabama, respectively, are the only two holdouts in the joint state investigation of the two tech companies. It’s unclear why neither is taking part in the investigation, and neither offered much of an explanation.”

Facebook: A $5 billion fine won’t fix Facebook. Here’s what would.

Vox: A $5 billion fine won’t fix Facebook. Here’s what would.. “Companies aren’t people, and you can’t put them in jail. You could put the executives that run them behind bars, but that doesn’t happen often. The main option these days is fines, and how well those work is debatable. But it’s not hopeless. Experts say there are ways to make firms do better, including stomping out the cultural and structural issues that cause problems in the first place, implementing close monitoring after something does go wrong, and making sure accountability mechanisms are in place where they can be for the people responsible.”