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.”

Express Tribune (Pakistan): Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social media

Express Tribune (Pakistan): Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social media. “Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the government while disbanding Pemra has decided to establish Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, which will simultaneously regulate electronic and print media as well as social media.”

Exclusive poll: America sours on social media giants (Axios)

Axios: Exclusive poll: America sours on social media giants. “Silicon Valley has a big and growing problem: Americans have rising concerns with its most popular products and a growing majority wants big social media companies regulated, according to new poll conducted by Survey Monkey for ‘Axios on HBO.'”

Ars Technica: French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech

Ars Technica: French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech. “For the first time, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to work closely with the company as a way to monitor what actions it’s taking to combat hate speech. If necessary, France could impose further regulations on the social media giant.”