YouTube suspends payments to 14 Brazilian channels over spreading fake news

In a statement YouTube said, it had suspended payments to 14 channels accused of spreading fake news on Brazil’s next year’s election by the country’s federal electoral court, the TSE. The bulk of these channels regular provide full support Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has been sowing doubts about the…

Trump sues Twitter, Facebook, Google and their CEO citing violation of free speech guaranteed by First Amendment

In a significant development, former U.S. President Donald Trump has filed several lawsuits against Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter Inc, and Facebook Inc, alleging that the tech giant have unlawfully silenced conservative points of view. Trump has also filed lawsuits against the CEOs of these three social giants. Trump’s lawsuits, filed in the U.S. District Court…

Google Inc contributes $25M to European Media and Information Fund to fight fake news

In a statement on Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google said it will contribute $25 million towards fighting fake news and will contribute the fund in the newly set up European Media and Information Fund. The development comes midst criticism that tech giants are not doing enough to fight online mis-sinformation. Last week, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation…

Facebook tweaks ads policy, continues to allow political ads in U.S. Presidential 2020 campaign

In a statement, Facebook Inc stated, it has tweaked its approach towards political ads and has introduced limited changes, which includes an option for users to turn off certain ad-targeting tools. Facebook has defied critics’ demands of barring political ads in its platform which often spew out fake news. Facebook, the world’s biggest social network,…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

HubSpot Inc ranked No. 1 in Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2020

Midst heightened regulatory scrutiny over Facebook Inc, the social media giant has dropped to the 23rd spot in Glassdoor’s list of “Best Places to Work” in 2020, down from the seventh spot it secured last year. Employees have given Facebook’s senior leadership as well as its work-life balance a relatively lower rating in Glassdoor; The…

Australia probe foreign influence efforts through social media platforms

On Thursday, Australia started an investigation into the potential usage of foreign influence using social media platforms such as WeChat, Facebook, and Twitter. The development comes in the wake of heightened concerns in the country that China is seeking to cast its influence in Canberra’s affairs. In the past, Russia had used social media to…

Instagram appoints Vishal Shah as director of product management

The appointment, effective immediately, sees Vishah Shah replacing Adam Mosseri who became Instagram’s head in October 2018. Facebook Inc’s owned photo-sharing app Instagram stated, it has promoted Vishal Shah, its director of product management, as the head of product, effective immediately. The position was earlier held by Adam Mosseri, who was appointed as Instagram’s head…