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Facebook urged to offer an API for political ad transparency research – TechCrunch

Facebook has been called upon to provide good faith researchers with an API to enable them to study how political ads are spreading and being amplified on its platform. A coalition of European academics, technologists…

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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…


Online platforms still not clear enough about hate speech takedowns: EC – TechCrunch

In its latest monitoring report of a voluntary Code of Conduct on illegal hate speech, which platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube signed up to in Europe back in 2016, the European Commission has said…


Facebook warned over privacy risks of merging messaging platforms – TechCrunch

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has asked the company for an “urgent briefing” regarding plans to integrate the underlying infrastructure of its three social messaging platforms. In a statement posted to its website…


Facebook, Google and Twitter told to do more to fight fake news ahead of European elections – TechCrunch

A first batch of monthly progress reports from tech giants and advertising companies on what they’re doing to help fight online disinformation have been published by the European Commission. Platforms including Facebook, Google and Twitter…


Google still claimed to be blocking search rivals on Android, despite Europe’s antitrust action – TechCrunch

Mobile licensing changes made by Google this fall, when it tweaked terms for OEMs wanting to license its Android smartphone platform on devices destined for the European market, don’t appear to be offering succour to…


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,…


Microsoft’s $7.5BN GitHub buy gets green-lit by EU regulators – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Git-based code sharing and collaboration service, GitHub, has been given an unconditional greenlight from European Union regulators. The software giant announced its intention to bag GitHub back in June, saying it…


Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog – TechCrunch

A British Conservative politician, who has called repeatedly for Mark Zuckerberg to come to parliament to answer questions about how Facebook fences fake news — only to be repeatedly rebuffed — has made a public…


Wikimedia warns EU copyright reform threatens the ‘vibrant free web’ – TechCrunch

The Wikimedia Foundation has sounded a stark warning against a copyright reform proposal in Europe that’s due to be voted on by the European Parliament next week. (With the mild irony that it’s done so…