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Facebook Inc has flashed a warning to global regulators by taking a hardball stance against Australia’s plan to force it to pay media companies for stories.
Millions of South Korean students were ordered back to online classes on Aug 25 and Mexico launched a nationwide televised schooling programme, highlighting the deepening crisis for children as the coronavirus pandemic drags into a ninth month.
Alphabet Inc's Google on Aug 17 said a proposed antitrust law in Australia forcing tech firms to pay for news that appears on their social media websites would adversely impact individual content creators and channel operators.
From spreading misinformation to allowing scammers to thrive, social media platforms are facing intense scrutiny for being slow to take action, and in some cases, not at all.
Australia’s government has ordered Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to share revenue generated from news articles, adding to growing global regulatory and political pushback against the digital giants.
The Australian government said on July 31 it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content.
Two hundred and twenty-one years ago today, the Rosetta Stone was discovered; to celebrate this anniversary, Google has launched a tool to help people discover ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for themselves.
Australia’s competition regulator will this month publish draft rules forcing Facebook and Google to share revenue generated from news with the original publishers.
The takeover of fitness tracker Fitbit Inc by Alphabet Inc’s Google should get close scrutiny from global regulators because it would allow Google to strengthen its already dominant position in digital markets, privacy and consumer groups said.