In a world first Google launches News Showcase platform in Australia

On Friday, in a world first Google launched a paid news platform in Australia after it struck content deals with publishers in a move aimed at complying with Canberra’s new legislation. Initially the News Showcase platform was slated for launch in June 2020, but Google delayed launching plans following Australia passing a new legislation which…

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…

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…