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After years of treating President Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric with a light touch, Facebook and Instagram are silencing his social media accounts for the rest of his presidency. The move, which many called long overdue following Wednesday’s deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, is also a reminder of the enormous power that social-media platforms can wield when they choose.
For months, Bui Van Thuan, a chemistry teacher turned crusading blogger in Vietnam, published one scathing Facebook post after another on a land dispute between villagers and the communist government.
For US tech giants, massive antitrust fines matter less than being ordered to change the way they do business, according to the European Union official who pushed through landmark decisions against Microsoft Corp, Intel Corp and Google.
In Jordan, Sandvine Inc’s equipment was used to censor an LGBTQ website. Egypt’s government relied on Sandvine equipment to block access to independent news sites. In Azerbaijan, it was deployed for a social media blackout, current and former employees say.
Facebook on Sept 17 said it is updating workplace policy to prevent clashes over politics, racial justice or the pandemic on its internal employee message board.
An Indian firm is set to launch a battle royale mobile videogame in partnership with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, capitalising on the void left by a ban on Chinese tech firm Tencent’s popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
SoftBank Group Corp is exploring assembling a group of bidders for TikTok’s India assets and has been actively looking for local partners, according to people familiar with the matter.
India on Sept 2 banned 118 more Chinese apps as the backlash intensified against Beijing over an increasingly bitter border showdown between the giant neighbours.
Italy’s drive to reassert control over its patchy broadband network has opened a conflict with the country’s largest telecommunications company, in the latest episode of state interventionism by Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government.
Silicon Valley giants used to snap up smaller tech firms at will, safe in the knowledge that antitrust regulators rarely prevented them from expanding into new industries.