Brussels seeks to demand more from Big Tech in revamp of internet rules

The EU is considering two-tier legislation to impose greater responsibility on Big Tech over removal of illegal content and the fight against counterfeit products in the first overhaul of the bloc’s internet rules in two decades.

The bloc’s preferred option is to adopt “asymmetric measures” where more is demanded from Big Tech to enforce policing of online services and the smooth functioning of cross-border digital services, officials in Brussels said.

The move comes as groups such as Facebook and Google are accused of using their clout to undermine European rivals and confirms Big Tech’s worst fears that the rules will hit them harder.

“Asymmetric measures with stronger obligations for very large platforms, further clarifications of the liability regime for online intermediaries and EU governance with reinforced oversight and enforcement . . . [is] the preferred option,” a leaked document said.

Big Tech, mostly Silicon Valley-based groups, are likely to see

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Working around Covid-19: the software suite helping businesses operate safely | The new rules of work

With this year’s ongoing disruption to working lives, business leaders have struggled to take stock of changing norms, changing attitudes and changing concerns.

But one enduring concern centres on workplace safety in the context of the global health pandemic. To better understand these concerns, ServiceNow recently commissioned The Work Survey, a global survey of 9,000 executives and employees. The report found that 60% of employees believed their company would prioritise business continuity over workplace safety and, even if a company put safety first, 46% of employees doubted their employer would take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.

These apprehensions were anticipated by ServiceNow, which is why at the beginning of the pandemic the company launched the Safe Workplace suite, a collection of apps that allay staff concerns by streamlining the complex health and safety logistics of reopening large business premises – issues that cut across departments such as HR,

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Pakistan’s new internet rules protect ‘integrity, security and defence’ of country

a man using a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Pakistan's new internet rules protect 'integrity, security and defence' of country

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Pakistan’s new internet rules protect ‘integrity, security and defence’ of country

Pakistan is all set to roll out new internet rules that critics say will give the government wide powers of censorship after rejecting requests from social media companies for consultation.

Muslim-majority Pakistan already has media regulations that adhere to conservative social customs. Last month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked TikTok for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content.

The new rules were approved initially by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet in February.

They give the PTA “removal and blocking” powers of digital content that “harms, intimidates or excites disaffection” towards the government or poses a threat to the “integrity, security and defence of Pakistan”.

A service provider or social media company could face a fine up to 500 million rupees (Dh11.5 million) for non-compliance, which

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Facebook & Twitter Return To Capitol Hill; Internet Rules Among Issues “Piling Up” For Media Regulators In Biden Era

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With the White House set to shift parties in January, powerful regulatory agencies the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission face sweeping issues with big implications for tech and entertainment, from antitrust and privacy to net neutrality, legal immunity for Internet platforms and media-cross ownership.

“They are piling up. Many issues that we were working on a decade ago are still around — the digital divide, net neutrality, copyright — and now we have others, like looking at big tech antitrust and Section 230. We need to see policymakers step up and take action,” said Christopher Lewis, president and CEO of policy nonprofit Public Knowledge, which promotes free expression and an open Internet.

Curating Internet content, or not, is by far the noisiest issue and the most political. The right and left both have concerns about how social media platforms operate,

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Morgan Stanley names internet companies that will be hit by China’s proposed anti-monopoly rules

  • China’s draft anti-monopoly rules will likely hit the country’s major internet companies, which were already fighting off rivals that were taking away chunks of their market share, Morgan Stanley said in a report.
  • China’s bureau for regulating monopolies — the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) — issued draft rules on Tuesday to stop anti-competitive practices in the internet space.
  • Shares of major Chinese internet names including Alibaba, Tencent and Meituan fell sharply on Wednesday.

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SINGAPORE — China has drafted a slew of new anti-monopoly laws that will likely hit the country’s major internet companies, says Morgan Stanley.


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It comes as the competitive landscape in China intensifies and tech giants continue to fend off new rivals that are taking away chunks of their market share, according

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On Twitter, Trump will soon have to follow the same rules as everyone else

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It seems it won’t be long before President Donald Trump will have to follow the same rules and regulations on Twitter as everybody else — or risk having his tweets removed.

With multiple news outlets calling the presidential race for Joe Biden on Saturday, it looks like Trump — aka the notoriously provocative tweeter @realDonaldTrump — will be leaving the Oval Office in January. And at that point, his tweets would no longer be subject to the “public interest” exceptions Twitter makes for government leaders.

The exceptions policy “applies to current world leaders and candidates for office, and not private citizens when they no longer hold these positions,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement Saturday.

The social network leaves up some posts by officials even

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Facebook says it will put groups on probation for violating its content rules

In yet another attempt to slow the spread of misinformation on its platform, Facebook plans to put groups on its platform with too many posts that violate its content rules on a kind of probation, the company said. First reported by The Washington Post, Facebook will restrict any groups— both public and private ones— with multiple posts violating its community standards. Moderators for the groups will have to approve any posts manually for 60 days, and there’s no appeal available for groups on probationary status.

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“We are temporarily requiring admins and moderators of some political and social groups in the US to approve all posts, if their group has a number of Community Standards violations from members,” Facebook spokesperson Leonard Lam said in a statement emailed to The Verge, “a measure we’re taking in order to protect people during this

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Apple Holders Can Press Lawsuit Over IPhone Demand, Court Rules

A U.S. District Court ruled on Wednesday that Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report shareholders could proceed with a lawsuit accusing Chief Executive Tim Cook of hiding a drop in Chinese demand for iPhones.

The holders of the Cupertino, Calif., technology titan claimed the concealment cost them billions of dollars. 

They are led by the Norfolk County, U.K., Council, which represents the Norfolk Pension Fund.

In a November 2018 conference call, Cook said that while Apple faced sales pressure in some emerging markets, “I would not put China in that category,” Reuters reports. 

But in 2019, when Apple slashed its revenue forecast by up to $9 billion, Cook said China was a factor, thanks to the economic slowdown sparked by its trade spat with the U.S.

China reportedly accounts for about 15% of Apple’s revenue.

Morningstar analyst Abhinav Davuluri offered a mixed assessment of Apple after its earnings report

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New rules opening up Consumer Data Right accreditation tiers due by the end of 2020

Australia’s Consumer Data Right (CDR), officially launched on July 1 with the first tranche, an open banking-like regime, requires financial services providers to share a customers’ data when requested by the customer.

From November 1, new data became available for sharing, including account types such as home loans, investment loans, personal loans, and mortgage offset accounts, as well as joint accounts. New datasets also included direct debits, account payees, and scheduled payments.

Next on the list will be data sharing for business customers, which is set to commence early next year.

Here’s more: Australia’s Consumer Data Right: Here’s everything you need to know

Speaking at the Future of Financial Services 2020 virtual conference on Thursday, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) CDR executive general manager Paul Franklin said one of the regulator’s main focuses has been expanding the pool of accredited data recipients.

“For the consumer benefits of the consumer

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Court Rules That California Uber Drivers Could Not Establish ‘Political Coercion’ | Top News

(Reuters) – A California court on Wednesday denied an application for a temporary restraining order by the state’s Uber Technologies Inc

drivers, saying the drivers could not establish the alleged “political coercion” by the ride-hailing company.

The drivers had last week sued Uber over in-app messages regarding an upcoming gig worker ballot measure that the drivers say violates a California law protecting their political rights.

The lawsuit had said that Uber was unlawfully pressuring drivers via the app to support the Nov. 3 company-sponsored ballot measure, known as Proposition 22. Uber had rejected those claims.

“The application for a temporary restraining order is denied”, Richard Ulmer, judge of Superior Court of California for San Francisco County, said in his order.

The request for “extraordinary injunctive relief” is belated, the judge wrote, adding that the drivers could not establish if anyone was punished by Uber for advocating against Prop 22.


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