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Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists? – TechCrunch

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission…

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Seized cache of Facebook docs raise competition and consent questions – TechCrunch

A UK parliamentary committee has published the cache of Facebook documents it dramatically seized last week. The documents were obtained by a legal discovery process by a startup that’s suing the social network in a California…


Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch

The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan,…


‘The problem is Facebook,’ lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in – TechCrunch

A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform —…


UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe – TechCrunch

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime…


Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch

Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined…


Facebook is facing an EU data probe over fake ads – TechCrunch

The UK’s privacy watchdog has asked Facebook’s lead EU regulator to look into ongoing data protection concerns about its ad platform — including how its platform is being used to target and spread fake adverts…


Facebook must change and policymakers must act on data, warns UK watchdog – TechCrunch

The UK’s data watchdog has warned that Facebook must overhaul its privacy-hostile business model or risk burning user trust for good. Comments she made today have also raised questions over the legality of so-called lookalike…


Campaign tool supplied to UK’s governing party by Trump-Pence app dev quietly taken out of service – TechCrunch

An app that the UK’s governing party launched last year — for Conservative Party activists to gamify, ‘socialize’ and co-ordinate their campaigning activity — has been quietly pulled from app stores. Its vanishing was flagged to us…


Fake news ‘threat to democracy’ report gets back-burner response from UK gov’t – TechCrunch

The UK government has rejected a parliamentary committee’s call for a levy on social media firms to fund digital literacy lessons to combat the impact of disinformation online. The recommendation of a levy on social…