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Platform News: Facebook

Russia rebukes Facebook for blocking some media posts

Russia has accused Facebook of violating its citizens’ rights by blocking some media outlets’ content in the latest standoff between a government and the ‘Big Tec...

Facebook and Google versus Australia

Facebook signs letter of intent with three Australian media firms

Facebook has said it had signed letters of intent with three Australian media firms, a day after the country’s Parliament passed a law forcing it to pay media companies for u...

Facebook and Google versus Australia

Aussie lawmakers expected to pass amendments to Facebook and Google law

Australian lawmakers are expected to approve amendments to legislation to force Google and Facebook to pay media companies for news content, despite opposition from some minor poli...

Platform News: Google

French antitrust investigators say Google breached its orders on talks with publishers

French antitrust investigators have accused Google of failing to comply with the state competition authority’s orders on how to conduct negotiations with news publishers over...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft teams up with EU publishers amid Facebook’s Australian spat

Microsoft and European media groups have urged EU regulators to require online platforms to seek arbitration in disagreements over how to share revenues with news publishers, a sti...

Platform News: Facebook the smartphone app in-front of monitors

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments

Australia will not alter legislation that would make Facebook and Google pay news outlets for content, a senior lawmaker said, as the Aussie government neared a final vote on wheth...

Platform Economy: Sydney, Australia is the home to many Aussie tech companies

Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook

Australia’s government pledged a publicity campaign for its rollout of COVID-19 vaccine, but not on Facebook, as a feud continues over the social media giant blocking news co...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook ‘unfriends’ Australia: uproar as news pages go dark

Facebook is facing significant backlash from publishers and politicians after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government over a law ...

Platform News: Facebook meeting

Facebook news goes dark in Australia as content spat escalates

Aussies woke to empty news feeds on Facebook this morning after the social media titan blocked all media content in a surprise and dramatic escalation of a dispute with the governm...

Platform Industry: Google News Australia

Australia says content laws already working after Nine-Google deal reports

The Australian government said the promised laws forcing tech giants to pay media outlets for content had already succeeded after reports that publisher and broadcaster Nine Entert...

Platform News: Dispute between Australian government and Google

Australia: Seven West Media strikes deal with Google for news

Seven West Media became Australia’s first major news outlet to strike a licensing deal with Google, as the government pushes ahead with a law that would force the internet gi...

Platform News: Bing, the search engine from Microsoft

Comment: Why Australia is right to challenge Google and Facebook

It has been a pleasant surprise to see the Australian government holding its ground against Google, Facebook and the tech Oligarchs attempting to exert near total control over comm...

Platform News: Software titan Microsoft building

As Google threatens an exit from Australia, Microsoft talks up Bing with PM

Software giant Microsoft is confident its search product Bing can fill the gap in Australia if Alphabet pulls its Google search over required payments to media outlets, Prime Minis...

Mark Zuckerberg

Zuck reached out to Aussie lawmakers over new media rules

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg called Australian lawmakers last week to discuss rules that would make internet giants pay news outlets for content but failed to persuade them to ...