Sunday 21st of July 2019

three little wishes for the master...

master rupe

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp wants Australia to break up Alphabet-owned Google.

In a report submitted to the country’s competition watchdog, the media group’s Australian unit wrote the U.S. tech giant wields “overwhelming market power,” calling it the “most important gateway to the internet” and a vital platform for digital advertisements.

“Google leverages its market power in both general search services and ad tech services to the detriment of consumers, advertisers and news publishers,” News Corp wrote in its submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Among a list of recommendations News Corp proposed to the competition watchdog for tackling the “harm” caused by digital platforms, it said Google should be made to sell off a part of its business.

“To remedy these harms, Google could either sell Google Search, or retain Google Search and divest the rest of its businesses to a third party,” the report said. News Corp owns several big news publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Times newspaper in the U.K.

Even if the government in Canberra were to take News Corp’s suggestion, it was not immediately clear how Australia could force the American tech giant to break up.

Google did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Tuesday.

 

Read more:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/12/rupert-murdochs-news-corp-wants-australi...

 

 

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black/brown electoral disaster...

has the god fairy granted a wish to uncle rupe?...

Netizens from all parts of the world have taken to Twitter to complain about their inability to log on to Instagram or Facebook, as both social media networks have been down with an unknown technical glitch for more than 10 hours.

In what is believed to be the longest outage ever suffered by Facebook and Instagram, which is also owned by the social media giant, users either have been unable to access the platforms, or use certain essential functions such as leaving comments or uploading photos.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/453772-facebook-twitter-outage-longest/

 

... and yes. I mean the god fairy...

Mark Zuckerberg should destroy facebook...

Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook's chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone.

He calls for new laws in four areas: "Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability."

It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was "creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions" about what is posted and what is taken down.

He also describes a new set of rules he would like to see enforced on tech companies.

These new regulations should be the same for all websites, he says, so that it's easier to stop "harmful content" from spreading quickly across platforms.

Read more:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47762091

 

May as well destroy google, facebook and start from scratch ON THE INTERNET...

violence is violence-ish...

Facebook has issued an ominous new policy permitting death threats and calls for violence – so long as they’re directed against “dangerous” individuals or organizations, or someone accused (but not convicted) of a crime.

Facebook has updated its “community standards” to carve out a few exceptions to its “no death threats” policy. Calls for “high-severity violence” are now permitted, as long as they’re directed at individuals “covered in the Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy” or individuals “described as having carried out violent crimes or sexual offenses” by media reports. After all, are people banned from Facebook really people at all?

 

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/463796-facebook-allows-death-threats-watson/

 

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Policy Rationale
"We prohibit people from promoting or publicizing violent crime, theft, and/or fraud because we do not want to condone this activity and because there is a risk of copycat behavior. We also do not allow people to depict criminal activity or admit to crimes they or their associates have committed. We do, however, allow people to debate or advocate for the legality of criminal activities, as well as address them in a rhetorical or satirical way."

 

Goodo... We're good...

a big fine but it pushed Facebook shares up 1.8 per cent...

The US Federal Trade Commission has approved a roughly $US5 billion ($7.1 billion) settlement with Facebook over its investigation into the social media company's handling of user data, a source familiar with the situation has told Reuters.

Key points:
  • Penalty criticised as "a Christmas present five months early" for Facebook
  • The settlement would be the largest civil penalty ever paid to the agency
  • Source tells Reuters a final announcement on the settlement could come as early as next week

 

The FTC has been investigating allegations Facebook inappropriately shared information belonging to 87 million users with the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

The probe had focused on whether the data sharing violated a 2011 consent agreement between Facebook and the regulator.

Investors cheered news of the deal and pushed Facebook shares up 1.8 per cent, while several powerful Democratic politicians in Washington condemned the proposed penalty as inadequate.

The FTC is expected to include in the settlement other restrictions on how Facebook treats user privacy, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also said that the agency vote was along party lines, with three Republicans voting to approve it and two Democrats opposed.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-13/facebook-5-billion-dollar-fine-ca...

 

 

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