Facebook signs deals with three more Australian media firms

Australia’s parliament passed landmark legislation on Thursday requiring global tech giants to pay for news content. Facebook Inc says it has signed preliminary deals with three Australian media firms, a day after the country’s Parliament passed a law forcing it to pay media companies for using content on its platform. Facebook said it signed partnership […]

India tightens regulatory grip on social media companies

Facebook, Twitter and others will be obliged to remove content within 36 hours of receiving a legal order, according to the new rules. India has announced new rules to regulate content on social media, making Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and others more accountable to legal requests for the swift removal of posts and sharing information on […]

India plans new social media controls after face-off with Twitter

New Delhi, angry with Twitter for ignoring request to erase accounts, wants content down within 36 hours when asked. Chafing from a dispute with Twitter, India plans to oblige social media companies to erase contentious content fast and assist investigations, according to a draft regulation. New Delhi’s planned Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code […]

Australia passes law making Facebook and Google pay for news

The legislation could provide a framework for other countries looking to address platforms’ dominant position. Australia’s parliament passed landmark legislation on Thursday requiring global technology giants to pay for the news content shared on their platforms, in a move that is being closely watched around the world. The law was passed after a last-gasp deal […]

Facebook to invest $1bn in news business after Australia dispute

Facebook restored Australian news pages Tuesday, ending an unprecedented weeklong blackout over a proposed law that would require tech giants to pay traditional media companies for their content. Facebook Inc on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1bn in the news industry over the next three years, days after a high-profile standoff with the Australian government over paying news […]

Nabil Karoui: Tunisia’s media mogul, politician released on bail

Business tycoon was arrested twice on money laundering and tax evasion charges that date back to 2017. Tunisian authorities have released a media-mogul-turned-politician on bail after he spent two months in jail on money laundering and tax evasion charges. “The judge decided to release Nabil Karoui on bail of 10 million dinars ($3.7m). He must […]

Why does Western media exploit women?

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On Rush Limbaugh, comics not reporters told the truth

As a general rule, it is a given that comics speak truth to power more often than most journalists do. For irrefutable evidence of this axiom, you need to look no further than how, for decades, smart, irreverent comedians – unbothered by convention or propriety – repeatedly took America’s “poster boy for contraception” and of […]

Trump supporters, conspiracists shift to new social media sites

Gab instead of Twitter, MeWe over Facebook, Telegram for messaging and Discord for insiders – banned from mainstream platforms, US conspiracy and supremacist movements, many of which support Donald Trump, have shifted to networks that are more confidential, and harder to regulate. “The most extreme Trump supporters were already on alternative platforms,” said Nick Backovic, […]

US bipartisan bill could empower news outlets to take on Big Tech

An antitrust bill would allow smaller news outlets to negotiate collectively with Facebook and Google, Reuters reports. Members of the United States Congress from both parties plan to introduce a bill in coming weeks to make it easier for smaller news organisations to negotiate with Big Tech platforms, Representative Ken Buck, the top Republican on […]

Trump is gone – can we now talk about fake news at the NYT?

These days you wake up in the morning, glimpse at the front page of the New York Times, and you see the United States is in deep turmoil. The situation is so dire that even the journalists from our “paper of record” seem to be struggling to find headlines bold, scary and eye-catching enough to […]

Hong Kong eyes significant overhaul of public broadcaster RTHK

A Hong Kong government review of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) has found editorial management “deficiencies” and a lack of transparency in handling complaints, signalling an extensive overhaul of the public service broadcaster was in the works amid concern over media restrictions in the Chinese-controlled territory. The outcome of the review was announced on Friday, […]

Malaysiakini found guilty, fined, over readers’ comments

Country’s top court rules online newspaper has ‘full responsibility’ for its website, fining the publication $124,000. Malaysia’s highest court on Friday found Malaysiakini, the country’s most popular online newspaper, guilty of contempt of court over comments posted by readers that were deemed offensive to the judiciary, fining the publication 500,000 Malaysian ringgit ($123,644) in a […]

Australia to push ahead with media law despite Facebook blackout

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised on Friday to press ahead with a new law to force Facebook to pay media organisations for their content after a news blackout triggered outrage not only in Australia but in other countries where governments are considering similar laws. Facebook stopped its 13 million Australian users from viewing and […]

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail again

Beijing critic arrested under national security law in August when 200 police officers raided his tabloid’s newsroom. Hong Kong’s High Court has denied another bail application by media tycoon and Beijing critic Jimmy Lai, the most high-profile person to be charged under the city’s national security law. The decision came on Thursday after the Court […]

Facebook blocks news content in Australia in dispute over new law

Facebook has blocked Australian users of its platform from reading and sharing local and international news, stepping up its campaign against government plans to force technology giants to pay publishers for their news content. “The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” Facebook said […]

Prisoner exchange between Israel and Syria underway: State media

Two Syrians should be released in return for a young Israeli woman in swap mediated by Russia. A prisoner swap between Syria and Israel, mediated by Russia, is under way. Damascus is securing the release of two Syrians held in Israel in exchange for releasing an Israeli woman who entered Syria by mistake, Syria’s official […]

Bangladeshi lawyer files sedition case over Al Jazeera report

Reporters and Al Jazeera’s acting director general accused in a case over the report that revealed high-level corruption among Bangladesh’s governing elite. A government-linked Bangladeshi lawyer has filed a sedition case over an Al Jazeera investigative report that revealed how a criminal gang is colluding with Bangladesh’s security forces, and has links to the country’s […]

Australian broadcaster Nine in Google media deal as new laws near

Google reportedly agrees to pay Nine more than $23m a year for its media products in the latest of such deals as Parliament prepares content fee laws. Publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd has agreed on a content-licencing deal with Google, according to one of its newspapers, the second large Australian media outlet […]

Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict and the battle to control information

The eruption of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region 100 days ago has pitted journalists wanting to report on the conflict against a government seeking to maintain total narrative control. The government-imposed lockdown of the northern region and communications blackout affecting the internet, mobile phones and landlines has made access and assessment for aid agencies dealing […]

As Chinese film goers pivot to local content, Hollywood loses out

With China’s box office takings expected to return to near pre-pandemic highs in 2021, the world’s largest movie market is becoming more attractive — and more tricky — for Hollywood studios. Ticket sales from movie theaters in China, which has largely contained the coronavirus, may jump to 60 billion yuan ($9 billion) this year, according […]

Parler, the conservative social media platform, back online

Removed from web hosting services in January, Parler is a favourite of conservatives who decry ‘censorship’. Parler, the social media platform popular among conservatives, is back online and ready to take on “big tech”, the company announced on Monday. The platform was de-hosted by Amazon in January after the January 6 Capitol riot that attempted […]