European Union

Platform News: European Union flags

Lobbying: Google, Facebook, Microsoft top EU spending

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are the three biggest lobbying spenders in Europe in a battle against tough new laws aimed at curbing US tech giants’ powers, a study released ...

UK Diplomacy

UK and Singapore launch talks on digital trade agreement

This coming week, the United Kingdom and Singapore are due to start negotiations on a new digital trade agreement that could remove barriers, part of London’s push to become ...

Platform News: LinkedIn

LinkedIn signs up to EU code against online hate speech

LinkedIn has signed up to the European Union’s voluntary code of conduct to combat illegal hate speech online, joining its parent Microsoft, Facebook and YouTube.

Platform News: Google

Google’s adtech business set to face formal EU probe by year-end

Google could face its biggest regulatory threat, with EU antitrust regulators set to open a formal investigation into its lucrative digital advertising business before the end of t...

European Union and Apple

Source: European Union to hit Apple with antitrust charge this week

European Union antitrust regulators are set to charge iPhone maker Apple this week with blocking rivals on its App Store following a complaint by music streaming service Spotify, a...

European Union

European Union: Germany is main target of Russian disinformation

Germany is the top target of Russian disinformation campaigns in the EU, a report said, as ties between Moscow and the West hit new lows over the poisoning and jailing of Kremlin c...

Platform News: Social media Twitter button

Twitter removes accounts it says are linked to Russia, Armenia and Iran

Twitter has stated that it has taken down some 373 accounts which it said had ties to Armenia, Russia and Iranian governments and had breached its platform manipulation policies.

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

EU moves to rein in tech giants with threat of fines and break-up

US tech businesses including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google face penalties of up to 10% of the annual turnover and might even be forced to divide beneath draft European Union ...

Platform Industry: Facebook Twitter

Facebook and Twitter face UK fines if fail on harmful content

Facebook, Twitter and TikTok face fines of around 10% of earnings if they fail to remove and limit the spread of illegal material under legislation proposed by the UK on Tuesday.

European Union

Big tech platforms face 6% fines if they breach new EU content rules

Significant platform businesses like Google and Facebook will face fines of up to 6% of turnover if they don’t do more to tackle illegal material and reveal more about advert...

Platform News: Google search engine team

Google, adtech firms hit with fresh EU privacy complaints

Google and other digital advertising businesses were struck with fresh privacy complaints to national watchdogs in six EU nations on Thursday on how that they sell advertisements t...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter, Tumblr and Vimeo push back against EU rules on online content

Twitter along with three other US platforms have urged the EU to take a flexible approach towards harmful and illegal online content instead of blanket rules requiring takedown, sa...

Platform Industry: Google News

EU sets out search ranking guidelines for Google and Microsoft platforms

Alphabet’s unit Google, Microsoft and other technology giants will have to be more transparent in the way they rank search results, under European Commission guidelines out o...

European Commission

EU Industry chief: Tech groups services could face bans if they breach rules

Tech firms’ services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonnt...