Reuters: U.S. SEC suspends trading in 15 securities due to ‘questionable’ social media activity

Reuters: U.S. SEC suspends trading in 15 securities due to ‘questionable’ social media activity. “The U.S. securities regulator on Friday suspended trading in the securities of 15 companies because of ‘questionable trading and social media activity,’ the latest in a string of temporary trading halts amid volatile trading in so-called ‘meme stocks.’”

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a campaign finance lawsuit [Wednesday] against Google for unlawfully failing to maintain key information regarding state political ads that it sold, and failing to provide that information to individuals who requested it.”

Route Fifty: Covid-Certified Businesses Try to Woo Leery Patrons

Route Fifty: Covid-Certified Businesses Try to Woo Leery Patrons. “At a time when officials in parts of the nation are facing backlash from business owners who have been hurt by covid restrictions, Mesa County [Colorado]’s 5-star program encourages them to partner with the local health department to promote the directives. Whether the approach boosts compliance with health directives remains to be seen. This largely rural county of 154,000 people on the Utah border is divided about covid protocols, with many still skeptical of wearing face coverings.”

Analytics India: Machine Learning, Indian Social Media’s Biggest Challenge Yet

Analytics India: Machine Learning, Indian Social Media’s Biggest Challenge Yet. “Earlier this month, the Government of India reprimanded Twitter for allowing fake, unverified, anonymous and automated bot accounts to be operated on its platform. The Secretary of MeitY raised doubts about the platform’s commitment to transparency and healthy conversation on this platform. The way Twitter and Facebook handled the events leading upto the elections in the US and the aftermath, has served as a wake up call to the governments around the world…”

Google withdrawal threats could result in antitrust backlash: Vestager (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Google withdrawal threats could result in antitrust backlash: Vestager. “European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager warned of potential antitrust action against Google or other US technology giants if they threaten to pull out of markets. Vestager told the European Parliament’s economy committee on Tuesday that there could be scope for ‘investigating if it’s actually legal for a dominant provider to stop supplying’ services, adding that the EU ‘would have a number of tools to use.’”

GovInsider: France builds tool to track changes in terms of service

GovInsider Asia: France builds tool to track changes in terms of service. “Digital services are governed by pages and pages of terms and clauses, but users don’t always know what they’re agreeing to, or what rights they have when using those services. France plans to change that with a new tool called the Open Terms Archive. It is meant to ‘provide transparency’ to help citizens, authorities and regulators understand tech’s terms of service, says French Ambassador for Digital Affairs Henri Verdier.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code

Sydney Morning Herald: Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code. “Political advertisements that misrepresent or deceive the public could also be prohibited and tools to help users know if they’ve been targeted by a political party are also expected to be introduced by the platforms in order to meet a series of commitments laid out in a voluntary misinformation and disinformation code of practice.”

EUToday: Danish bill will require tech giants Facebook & Google to pay for media content

EUToday: Danish bill will require tech giants Facebook & Google to pay for media content. “Denmark looks set to follow Australia by making tech giants such as Facebook and Google pay for content published by media organisations on their platform, says Denmark’s minister for culture. Joy Mogensen said on Friday that she would put forward a bill next month which would require tech companies to pay publishers if news content is posted on their websites.”

Washington Post: House to grill Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs as Washington seeks to crack down on disinformation, antitrust

Washington Post: House to grill Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs as Washington seeks to crack down on disinformation, antitrust. “House lawmakers are set to grill the top executives at Facebook, Google and Twitter at a high-profile congressional hearing next month, as Democrats and Republicans take fresh aim at the tech giants for failing to crack down on dangerous political falsehoods and disinformation about the coronavirus.”

Fast Company: Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out how to rein in social media platforms

Fast Company: Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out how to rein in social media platforms. “There is also a long standing concern over the bullying and harassment that takes place on social platforms. But there are political divides over exactly how the internet should be regulated, particularly as it relates to free speech. While regulators see the urgent need for a change in how social media companies are allowed to operate, it’s not clear that legislation will come quickly.”