Tech giants call for more content liability protection in the EU



a close up of a wire fence: Steeples with blue flags of the European Union against the background of the European Commission building Berlaymont in Brussels, Belgium. EU flag, symbol


Steeples with blue flags of the European Union against the background of the European Commission building Berlaymont in Brussels, Belgium. EU flag, symbol

Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and other tech giants have urged the European Union for more liability protection to help them tackle illegal content and hate speech. Edima, an association that represents the companies, argued stronger protections would result in “better quality” moderation by companies of user-generated content.

As things stand, those companies do have liability protection under EU rules, as long as they don’t have “actual knowledge” of hate speech or illegal content on their platforms. Once such material becomes known to them (such as when it’s flagged by a user), they have to remove that content quickly. According to Bloomberg, the companies are concerned that if their own systems detect harmful or illegal content, that could be considered as them having “actual knowledge”

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New York Giants' Daniel Jones runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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New York Giants head coach Joe Judge enjoyed the reaction to quarterback Daniel Jones falling down after an 80-yard run in the third quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

“The internet is undefeated,” Judge told reporters Friday.

Here’s a look at a small sample of the memes and other reactions that emerged after the run:

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Bill Gates says antitrust regulators should scrutinize tech giants separately

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in an interview on Thursday offered his opinion on big tech antitrust issues, saying regulators should examine each company on a case-by-case basis.

Speaking at the GeekWire Summit, Gates, himself no stranger to government audit, suggested it is a mistake to group companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google into a collective, as the firms operate in vastly different markets.

Apple, for example, is being examined for its App Store policies, while Google is under the microscope for building an alleged monopoly in search and advertising.

“Certainly the scrutiny is important,” Gates said, as reported by CNBC. “These companies are shaping communications, commerce — and the politicians have to think of, Okay, what are the rules there?’ I think it’s kind of unfortunate that they’re grouping the companies together, because there are so many different issues.”

The companies share a general operating arena,

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When Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of an unverified political story published by the conservative-leaning New York Post, it led to predictable cries of censorship from the right. But it also illustrated the slippery hold even the largest tech companies have on the flow of information, particularly in the midst of a raucous presidential election campaign.

While Facebook and Twitter have often been slow to combat apparent misinformation and other violations of their rules, their response in this case shows how quickly they can move when they want to. Misinformation frequently outpaces the truth on social networks, academic studies have found. But if social media titans aren’t careful, their attempts to clamp down on a story can amplify it further. And even when they exercise caution, they risk generating their own headlines with every move.

For the first time in recent memory, the two

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