Facebook and the other social media platform companies are facing a reckoning for their handling of disinformation.
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The major social media firms have taken a largely piecemeal and fractured approach to managing the problem.
Apple devices drive over half of all Google search traffic.
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Google pays Apple to make its search engine the default on its devices, but the iPhone maker actually has more market power in the relationship.
Just because a tech company has a big share of the market doesn’t mean it has the power to keep it.
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As more comes to light about the money-making tactics of social media platforms we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.
It’s the biggest monopolisation case since a 1998 lawsuit against Microsoft. But it may be several years before a settlement of any kind is reached.
The ABC could build a social media service to replace Facebook - but it doesn’t have the funding, resources or political support to do so.
Making Google and Facebook pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.
Research shows Google News results often prioritise mainstream media over smaller news businesses. It’s a double-edged sword. While local outlets suffer, it’s actually better for readers.
Advance NZ leader Billy Te Kahika speaks at a Wellington protest in August 2020.
Using the law - or changing it - to stop the spread of dangerous disinformation should be a last resort.
Calls for more race-based data fail to consider the many risks associated with collecting it.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to calls for the collection of race-based data. But the risks of algorithmic discrimination must be addressed.
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Facebook and Google’s publicity campaigns against Australia’s new media regulations show they’re worried other countries will follow suit.
Facebook is worried publishers may charge as much as they want for their content. But we believe parameters can be set based on the value Australians put on public interest journalism.
The code seems to oversimplify how news content on big digital platforms should be assigned commercial value.
Over the past decade, news media companies have been at the mercy of big tech platforms’ algorithms in delivering them readers. But with no guarantee of sustained revenue, media firms are looking elsewhere.
‘Suck it and see’ or face a digital tax, former ACCC boss Allan Fels warns Google and Facebook.
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Tech giants don't like Australia's plan to force Google and Facebook to pay for news, to fund public interest journalism. But the government may well respond with a digital tax, says Allan Fels.
Fortnite developer Epic Games deployed its own in-app payment system to circumvent a 30% transaction fee taken by Apple and Google. Fortnite got the boot, and multiple lawsuits ensued.
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The letter is part of a campaign running across Google’s platforms, designed to gaslight Australian users. Don’t fall for it.
Words alone won’t make corporate America more diverse.
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Recent anti-racism protests have spurred dozens of companies to vow to diversify their workforces, yet big tech’s efforts to do so since 2014 show promises aren’t enough to overcome the real problem.
Traditional media was left out in the cold years ago due to the advent of technology, meaning today’s news media crisis has been a long time in the making.
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The news media crisis is constant but there are a few practical solutions available to help the news business get out of the hole.
If the ACCC takes one of the tech giants to court for breach of the code, the penalty could be more than $10 million.