New York Times: Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.

New York Times: Don’t quit Facebook. Change laws.. “There was a predictable backlash this week when celebrities like Kim Kardashian West stopped social media posts for a day on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, to protest the social network. This is a stunt, some people said. If you think Facebook worsens misinformation and hate speech, just quit the social network. Dear readers, you too might have felt guilty for still being on Facebook. A recent book by the leftist lawyer and activist Zephyr Teachout short-circuited this narrative for me.”

BNN Bloomberg: U.S.’s Google Antitrust Suit Nears With Briefing of States

BNN Bloomberg: U.S.’s Google Antitrust Suit Nears With Briefing of States. “The U.S. Justice Department is poised to brief states on Wednesday on its pending antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, according to people familiar with the matter. By the end of September, the federal investigation into the company is expected to produce the most significant antitrust lawsuit since the U.S. case against Microsoft Corp., which was filed in 1998.”

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News. “The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. Australias fair trade regulator Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said he would give his final draft of the laws to make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies for the news content they use by early October.”

MarketWatch: FTC antitrust suit against Facebook could come by year’s end

MarketWatch: FTC antitrust suit against Facebook could come by year’s end. “The Federal Trade Commission is preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc. that it could file by the end of the year, according to people familiar with the matter, in a case that would challenge the company’s dominant position in social media.”

Reuters: Trump plans to nominate official for FCC amid social media push

Reuters: Trump plans to nominate official for FCC amid social media push . “President Donald Trump, pressing for new social media regulations, plans to nominate a senior administration official to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House said on Tuesday.”

EurekAlert: Extent of India’s COVID nudge campaign revealed

EurekAlert: Extent of India’s COVID nudge campaign revealed. “India has reported nearly five million COVID-19 cases and well over 80,000 deaths (as of 16 September 2020), making the country one of the worst hit in the world. But an even greater tragedy may have unfolded had India’s government not used nudge theory to maintain one of the world’s strictest and longest lockdowns in the first quarter of the year. This is the view of a new study by Ramit Debnath and Dr Ronita Bardhan from Cambridge’s Behaviour and Building Performance Group, Department of Architecture.” Never heard of nudge theory? Here’s a quick explanation.

CNN: Trump administration provides first details on how a TikTok ban would work

CNN: Trump administration provides first details on how a TikTok ban would work. “President Donald Trump’s looming ban on business dealings with TikTok will not restrict the social media app’s employees from receiving wages or benefits, and will not make it a crime for those employees to perform their day jobs, the US government said in a court filing Monday. The disclosure reflects the first concrete details the federal government has disclosed about how Trump’s ban against TikTok would be implemented.”

BNN Bloomberg: After $9 Billion in Fines, EU Says Something Nice About Google

BNN Bloomberg: After $9 Billion in Fines, EU Says Something Nice About Google. “After fining Google more than 8.2 billion euros ($9.7 billion) in three antitrust cases, a European Union official finally had something nice to say about the Internet giant. Olivier Guersent, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust arm, said Google’s efforts to provide more choice in shopping search results lead to ‘good, positive developments.’ Guersent’s comments Wednesday potentially ease the threat of new fines for the Alphabet Inc. unit.”

Reuters: Google grilled on ad business dominance by U.S. Senate panel

Reuters: Google grilled on ad business dominance by U.S. Senate panel. “Alphabet Inc’s Google faced a bipartisan buzzsaw of tough questions about its ad business in a hearing on Tuesday, with a particular focus on whether it misused its dominance in online advertising to drive profits.”

BNN Bloomberg: U.S. Google Antitrust Case Set to Expand With GOP States Joining

BNN Bloomberg: U.S. Google Antitrust Case Set to Expand With GOP States Joining. “About a dozen states, mostly led by Republicans, are expected to join the Justice Department’s upcoming antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, according to people familiar with the investigation.”

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms

Reuters: Progressive Democrats urge action on tech as potential Google lawsuit looms. “With expectations of a U.S. government lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google within weeks, two progressive Democrats tweeted support for legal action against tech giants who break the law, in a rare instance of agreement with the Republican administration amid a polarized political environment.”

ZDNet: Privacy concerns prompt Irish regulators to ask Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the US

ZDNet: Privacy concerns prompt Irish regulators to ask Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the US. “Facebook says that Irish regulators believe current user data exchange methods between the US and EU ‘cannot in practice be used,’ leading to an inquiry into the data transfer practices employed by the company. “

Bloomberg Quint: Trump’s TikTok Ban Leaves Apple, Google Stuck in the Middle

Bloomberg Quint: Trump’s TikTok Ban Leaves Apple, Google Stuck in the Middle. “It’s looking increasingly likely that TikTok won’t be able to sell its U.S. operations by the mid-September deadline imposed in an executive order issued by President Donald Trump last month. That doesn’t mean the video app beloved by tens of millions of teens will go dark overnight.”

Reuters: Facebook, Google, Twitter urged by EU to do more against fake news

Reuters: Facebook, Google, Twitter urged by EU to do more against fake news. “Two years after agreeing to a self-regulatory code of practice to tackle disinformation, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google, Twitter and other tech rivals must try harder to be more effective, the European Commission said on Thursday.”

Reuters: Australian watchdog to examine competition between Apple, Google app stores

Reuters: Australian watchdog to examine competition between Apple, Google app stores. “Australia’s competition regulator on Tuesday said it would look into the extent of competition between the app stores of Apple Inc AAPL.O and Google, and also examine whether more pricing transparency is needed in the country’s mobile apps market.”