Germany tightens online hate speech rules to make platforms send reports straight to the feds

While a French online hate speech law has just been derailed by the country’s top constitutional authority on freedom of expression grounds, Germany is beefing up hate speech rules —…

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Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy internet content rules

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe this week — attending a security conference in Germany over the weekend, where he spoke about the kind of regulation he’d like applied…

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Facebook’s dodgy defaults face more scrutiny in Europe

Italy’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched proceedings against Facebook for failing to fully inform users about the commercial uses it makes of their data. At the same time, a…

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Telefónica Deutschland starts the 5G network in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt

Telefónica Deutschland, owner of the brand O2, this week announced that will start building a 5G network in 2020. Telefónica says the 5G expansion will start in the five largest…

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Native ads more likely to be trusted than social ads in Europe, study finds

Outbrain this month released a new study comparing native vs social. The study found that native ads shown on premium news sites are more likely to be trusted (+44%), clicked…

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Streaming German platform Joyn reaches nearly 5 million active users

ProSiebenSat.1 today announced that the online streaming platform Joyn has now nearly 5 million monthly total active users, and 4.9 million app installs. The numbers match with SimilarWeb stats: In…

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Europe’s top court sets new line on policing illegal speech online

Europe’s top court has set a new line for the policing of illegal speech online. The ruling has implications for how speech is regulated on online platforms — and is…

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Voter manipulation on social media now a global problem, report finds

New research by the Oxford Internet Institute has found that social media manipulation is getting worse, with rising numbers of governments and political parties making cynical use of social media…

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