Media and Content Platform News

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Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank’s founder ends Twitter absence over coronavirus worries

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son may not be the most prolific Twitter user, but he has ended a three-year absence on the platform to express concern about the coronavirus outbreak, t...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong regulator considers easing strict data storage rules – sources

Hong Kong is considering softening new data storage rules, amid concerns of conflict with confidentiality laws elsewhere as authorities globally look to balance regulatory requirem...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

EU privacy rules no obstacle to coronavirus fight; smartphone tracking a no-no

Europe’s privacy rule book does not create obstacles to taking action to curb the coronavirus epidemic but mass tracking of people’s movements and contacts using smartp...

Platform News: President Joe Biden talking about technology on the campaign trail

Twitter labels edited video clip of Biden retweeted by Trump as manipulated media

Twitter Inc has used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was later retweeted by ...

Platform Industry: Tencent logo at an event

Exclusive: Tencent-backed WeDoctor invites banks to lead $1 billion Hong Kong IPO, sources say

WeDoctor will push ahead with a Hong Kong listing and invite pitches from investments banks next week to lead an IPO valuing the Chinese healthcare platform at up to $10 billion, t...

AGM Online Voting

Online voting at AGMs in demand as coronavirus spreads

Online voting at annual shareholder meetings has jumped since the coronavirus outbreak as investors shun large gatherings because of travel restrictions or fear of infection, Swiss...

Indonesia

Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Indonesian army’s Papua campaign

Twitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts across their platforms following an investigation by news agency Reuters that linked them to a network of news websites ba...

TikTok

United States Senator wants to ban TikTok for federal workers

Republican Senator Josh Hawley announced on Wednesday that he will introduce legislation banning federal employees from using viral social media app TikTok on their devices and acc...

Foxconn

Coronavirus to dent Foxconn’s consumer electronics revenue in first quarter

Foxconn has warned that revenue would drop 15% in businesses including consumer electronics and enterprise products in the first quarter, but that it would recover thereafter as pr...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix to release ‘Top 10’ feature in push toward transparency

Netflix Inc has announced plans to launch a new Top 10 feature that will allow users to see the most popular TV series and films in their country. 

Platform Economy: Instagram app

Instagram bans influencers from promoting vaping products

Reuters – Social media influencers will no longer be allowed to promote vaping, tobacco products and weapons on Instagram as the Facebook-owned platform doubles down on its e...

China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part o...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix rallies after sharing some global data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Netflix jumped 3.4% on Tuesday after the streaming heavyweight unveiled historical data showing strong overseas growth, while Roku dropped...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix’s Asia-Pacific business delivers biggest gains over the past three years

Reuters – The streaming giant Netflix is accelerating its growth overseas, with its Asia-Pacific business unit recording the biggest membership and revenue gains among all re...