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Mark Zuckerberg struggles to curry favour with the EU, with sceptical lawmakers questioning Facebook’s dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with EU lawmakers in Brussels this week, and they’re not making things easy for him. Zuckerberg is speaking to competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton, and justice chief Vera Jourova. On Wednesday, Vestager and Breton are set to announce proposals to […]
Mark Zuckerberg struggles to curry favour with the EU, with sceptical lawmakers questioning Facebook’s dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation
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The woman Trump describes as Europe’s ‘tax lady’ defied him again and backed radical plans to tax Silicon Valley’s revenue

Europe’s de-facto tech regulator Margrethe Vestager threw her support behind a radical plan to tax the revenue of major tech firms. France and the UK proposed levies on the revenue technology giants generate locally, angering the Trump administration. Amazon, Facebook, and Google have all lobbied against the plans. Both countries […]
The woman Trump describes as Europe’s ‘tax lady’ defied him again and backed radical plans to tax Silicon Valley’s revenue
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Amnesty says Google and Facebook threaten human rights

Amnesty International has attacked the business models of tech giants Google and Facebook, describing them as “surveillance-based.” In a damning new report, Amnesty argues that because Facebook and Google scoop huge amounts of detail personal data on their users, their business models effectively depend on constant surveillance. The organisation argued […]
Amnesty says Google and Facebook threaten human rights
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Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

Google has been fined $US1.7 billion by the European Union for its third breach of EU antitrust rules in three years. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the latest fine was for “illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position.” Google’s EU fines since 2017 now […]
Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years