Australia’s consumer regulator is taking Facebook to court, alleging it misled and deceived users with an app that purported to offer data privacy services but actually monitored users for the tech giant’s commercial benefit. According to the ACCC, the mobile app, known as Onavo Protect and pushed by Facebook as

Google “white flag” and then share the terms of the surrender with your friends on Facebook. Australia’s attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for news content is set to be undermined by late concessions to the tech giants following threats they would withdraw services from the local market. Any

America’s consumer regulator and more than 40 US states are suing Facebook, alleging the tech giant is illegally maintaining a monopoly through anticompetitive conduct including buying up smaller rivals.  The complainants are seeking to have Facebook deals like its acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram unwound in a move that could

The Morrison government will introduce on Wednesday its legislation forcing Google and Facebook to face arbitration if they fail to come to commercial deals with traditional media on payment for content. The government resorted to the mandatory bargaining code after it was clear agreement wouldn’t be reached for voluntary arrangements

State fire services will be able to directly notify Facebook users about bushfires, floods and emergency situations by the end of the year under an expansion of the platform’s Local Alerts feature announced today. State governments and first responders use Facebook Local Alerts to send notifications to followers of eligible

Facebook’s active users in North America declined last quarter and the company expects the trend to extend to other regions in the future as COVID-19 stay at home orders lift. The tech giant also expects more ad targeting and measurement “headwinds” in 2021 as Apple readies its new anti tracking

As the US presidential election polling day draws close, it’s worth recapping what we know about how Facebook has been used to influence election results. The platform is optimised for boosting politically conservative voices calling for fascism, separatism and xenophobia. It’s also these voices that tend to generate the most

The consumer regulator is sharpening its focus on big tech, warning platform giants are pervasively tracking Australian users and dominating the local online advertising markets in its first major update since its landmark Digital Platforms inquiry. The ACCC late last week released its first six-monthly report on digital platform services,

A public-owned, “public-purpose social network” run by the national broadcaster should be developed to lessen Australia’s reliance on Google and Facebook, a think tank has proposed as the tech giants threaten to hold back local services. Facebook has threatened to stop Australian users from sharing news stories on its platform

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have grown into “the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” abusing their dominant positions by setting pricing and rules for digital services, according to US lawmakers. The US House Judiciary Committee this week released a landmark