Nick Clegg is blasted for ‘bizarre’ rant about Facebook’s war with Australia

Nick Clegg was today blasted for a ‘bizarre’, ‘patronising’ and ‘disingenuous’ rant about Facebook’s war with Australia over paying for news content. The former deputy PM, now vice president of global affairs at the tech giant on a reputed seven-figure salary, moaned its position had been ‘misunderstood’ in an extraordinary blog posted on an official site. … Read more

Government slammed for backing down to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over news media bargaining code

The Australian government has been accused of backing down to Mark Zuckerberg by watering down new laws to regulate big tech in response to Facebook’s news ban.  Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young roasted Treasurer Josh Fryderberg, telling Parliament: ‘The government has buckled here. ‘You’ve blinked, you weakened the power the minister has because Facebook bullied you. … Read more

Trump appeals to Facebook’s supreme court to rejoin

Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei – A human rights advocate who works on women’s rights, media freedom and access to information issues across Africa at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa. Evelyn Aswad – A University of Oklahoma College of Law professor who formerly served as a senior State Department lawyer and specializes in the application … Read more

TOM TUGENDHAT: We are at a pivotal moment in history and the world must defeat Facebook’s bullying 

How do you ‘unfriend’ a whole country? The giant Facebook conglomerate has found the answer.  Never mind that Australia is a key Western ally with a democratically elected government.  Facebook has simply turned its face against the Australian public and is censoring what they can see in a dispute over who pays for news. No doubt … Read more

Emergency services and even the WEATHER caught in the crossfire of Facebook’s war on Australian news

Emergency services that provide Australians with news about Covid-19, bushfires and where to go for domestic violence help are among the vital Facebook pages which have been scrapped by the foreign-owned social media giant.   Even the Bureau of Meteorology’s Facebook page has been pulled by the US-based Big Tech company, along with crucial health information … Read more

Facebook’s Australian news ban ‘an assault on a sovereign nation’, ministers say

Scott Morrison has taken to his huge Facebook following to slam the tech giant for banning Australians from accessing news on its platform.   The US social media giant has infuriated Australians after blocking them from reading and sharing local news in response to a world-first law to make tech giants pay media companies for the … Read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook claims Facebook’s personalized ads cause violence

Apple CEO Tim Cook claims Facebook’s personalized ads cause ‘violence and polarization’ in the latest round of the Silicon Valley battle over privacy Cook was speaking at a virtual conference out of Brussels on Thursday  He has long criticized the use of targeted advertising which Facebook and millions of other businesses – large and small … Read more

Zuckerberg says Apple is now Facebook’s biggest competitor as Facebook profits surge 53 per cent

Facebook’s profits increased by 53 per cent last year compared to 2019, as the tech giant benefited from more people being at home during the pandemic and saw an increase in use of their platforms. Mark Zuckerberg, however, is sounding the alarm about forthcoming changes from Apple that could threaten Facebook.  Facebook’s results for the … Read more

Facebook’s profits surged 53 per cent in 2020 despite controversy over content and competition

Facebook’s profits increased by 53 per cent last year compared to 2019, as the tech giant benefitted from more people being at home during the pandemic and saw an increase in use of their platforms. Their results for the final quarter of 2020, reported on Wednesday, came as Apple announced that it too had had … Read more

Facebook’s war with CMA could end in £3bn fine

Unfriended! Facebook’s war with Competition and Markets Authority that could end in £3bn fine By Helen Cahill, Financial Mail On Sunday Published: 21:51 GMT, 21 November 2020 | Updated: 21:51 GMT, 21 November 2020 Facebook has become embroiled in an explosive row with Britain’s markets watchdog that could result in a fine of up to … Read more