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…

Taiban takeover of Afghanistan poses challenges for social media giants

With the Taliban, a terrorist group, taking over control of Afghanistan, large US tech companies face social media content challenges after the terrorist group created large content for media dissemination. On Monday, Facebook confirmed that it continues to designate the Taliban as a terrorist organization and has banned content supporting it on its platforms. Taliban…

U.S. tech firms collaborating to combat Wuhan coronavirus misinformation

In a joint statement, U.S. technology companies, including Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft Corp, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Reddit, and YouTube are working together to quell misinformation about the coronavirus on their platforms. The companies said they were coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world to share critical updates about the Wuhan coronavirus. According to Johns Hopkins…

YouTube takes down 210 channels linked to state-backed anti-Hong Kong protests

Following Twitter and Facebook taking action against Chinese state-backed efforts aimed at discrediting the Hong Kong protests, YouTube has followed on their footsteps. Following Twitter and Facebook dismantling influence campaigns originating from mainland China aimed at disrupting the ongoing Hong Kong protests, Alphabet Inc’s Google also said, its YouTube video streaming service has disabled 210…

EU’s antitrust ruling against Google more of an observation rather than a prescription

Although the ruling should provide smartphone makers the ability to develop phones based on Amazon’s Fire OS, Google limits the adoption of such forks, as termed in the industry, through its licensing model. Essentially, the ruling is not likely to significantly change Google’s licensing model and the revenues derived from it. With the European Union’s…

Google streamlines its advertisement policy in a rebranding exercise

Google’s customers have been reassured by the fact that Google Ads will now serve as an all-encompassing front door for ad sellers and advertisers. On Wednesday, in one of Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s biggest re-branding exercise, the search engine giant disclosed that it is further streamlining the entry point for ad sellers and advertisers and is…

Facebook could potentially face $5k per ad fine for non-disclosure of details on election ads

In the first of its kind Seattle’s election authority has pulled up tech firms, under a 1977 law that requires companies, that sell election advertising, to maintain and make public records showing the names of those who bought the advertisement space, the quantum of the payments as well as the “exact nature and extent of…