Sydney Morning Herald: Australian regulators prepare for Facebook, Google turf war

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian regulators prepare for Facebook, Google turf war. “Australian media and communications agencies are gearing up for a turf war over who gets to police Facebook and Google as part of the competition regulator’s world-first inquiry into the digital platforms. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released almost 90 submissions from media companies, lobby groups, academics and digital platforms on Monday morning as part of its investigation into the impact of the US-based tech giants on news organisations and advertising revenues.”

Google: Hmm, this government regulation stuff looks important. Let’s stick some more lobbyists on that (The Register)

The Register: Google: Hmm, this government regulation stuff looks important. Let’s stick some more lobbyists on that. “Facing down an increased interest in tech regulation, Google is said to be rejigging its global lobbying efforts and upping its focus on privacy and competition. The search and ad giant might not have garnered quite the column inches that Facebook and its oblivious boss Mark Zuckerberg has – but it is still in lawmakers’ crosshairs.”

Intelligencer: Is It Time to Regulate Social Media Influencers?

Intelligencer: Is It Time to Regulate Social Media Influencers?. “Currently a multi-billion dollar industry, influencer marketing is a neologism used to describe whenever a popular online figure is paid to promote a product or service within their social media feed. Spend any time on Instagram or YouTube, and chances are you’ll encounter these stylish, photogenic influencers who hawk clothes, makeup, and nutritional supplements, often with a #sponsored hashtag placed somewhere prominently within the post’s description. The industry has grown rapidly in recent years and is projected to generate as much as $10 billion by 2020. “

Reuters: Social media giants plan push-back on India’s new regulations – sources

Reuters: Social media giants plan push-back on India’s new regulations – sources. “Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed by the Indian government that would require them to actively regulate content in one of the world’s biggest Internet markets, sources close to the matter told Reuters.”

New York Times: Facebook Data Scandals Stoke Criticism That a Privacy Watchdog Too Rarely Bites

New York Times: Facebook Data Scandals Stoke Criticism That a Privacy Watchdog Too Rarely Bites. “Last spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the data of tens of millions of its users had improperly been obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a top enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission drafted a memo about the prospect of disciplining the social network. Lawmakers, consumer advocates and even former commission officials were clamoring for tough action against Facebook, arguing that it had violated an earlier F.T.C. consent decree barring it from misleading users about how their information was shared. But the enforcement official, James A. Kohm, took a different view.”

Arab News: How social media evolved from enabler to disruptor

Arab News: How social media evolved from enabler to disruptor . “Such open spaces for unlimited, unhindered and mostly unregulated interaction offer mouthwatering opportunities for malicious actors to manipulate minds and hearts. In the new age of information wars, technology has made the manipulation and fabrication of content simple, and some users of the social networks dramatically amplify falsehoods and spread them like wildfires, unchecked and unstoppable. It is not only terrorist groups that use social media to propagate their propaganda; faceless state-sponsored groups have entered the game at a more sophisticated level.”

The Economist: Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history

The Economist: Facebook should heed the lessons of internet history. “The social-networking giant, which runs Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as well as its own core service, was thriving. But since January it has become mired in a series of controversies, misjudgments and missteps. It became clear that it had done too little to stop Russian interference in America’s election in 2016. It had to admit that it had shared the personal data of 90m users with outside firms without permission. It later suffered a data breach affecting 50m users.”