The Guardian: Facebook labelled ‘digital gangsters’ by report on fake news

The Guardian: Facebook labelled ‘digital gangsters’ by report on fake news. “Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as ‘digital gangsters’. The final report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections.”

The Guardian: Parliamentary report set to savage ‘duplicitous’ Facebook

The Guardian: Parliamentary report set to savage ‘duplicitous’ Facebook. “Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself and must be subject to sweeping new legislation, a parliamentary report will announce on Monday. It will also call on the government to launch an independent investigation into foreign interference in British elections since 2014. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee will publish what is expected to be a landmark report into fake news and disinformation at midnight on Sunday night.”

Washington Post: The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses

Washington Post: The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses. “The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multi-billion dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. Facebook has expressed initial concern with the FTC’s demands, one of the people said. If talks break down, the FTC could take the matter to court in what would likely be a bruising legal fight.”

B&T: Britain To Review Facebook And Google’s Impact On Journalism

B&T: Britain To Review Facebook And Google’s Impact On Journalism. “The British competition regulator is set to conduct a study into the digital advertising market, in order to determine the effect Facebook and Google are having on journalism. The statement from digital, culture, media and sport secretary Jeremy Wright, comes in the wake of the Cairncross Review, which explored possibilities for a sustainable future for journalism.”

Exclusive: India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android – sources. ” India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google search ranking boss warns against algorithm oversight

Sydney Morning Herald: Google search ranking boss warns against algorithm oversight. “Search giant Google has warned that the Australian competition watchdog’s proposal for a regulator to oversee its algorithm could increase risks from spammers. One of the Google’s top executives, vice-president of search Pandu Nayak, said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s proposal to impose oversight on the way search engines rank information and news articles through a review authority could invite trouble.”

Times Now News: Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Times Now News: Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook. “The head of Australia’s competition watchdog warned Monday that tough new regulation of tech giants like Google and Facebook was needed to protect the future of independent journalism. Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), said the market power wielded by Google and Facebook has had a devastating impact on Australian news media.”