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Australia’s Attorney-General says social media should be held as legally accountable as publishers

- November 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms should be treated as publishers, Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter believes, making them potentially liable for any defamatory comments published on the sites. The country’s senior lawmaker’s view is that “the playing field is not at all fair at the moment” for traditional media companies when it comes to… Read more »

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The ACCC is worried about data privacy from tech takeovers by Facebook and Google

- November 19, 2019 3 MIN READ

The growing power of Facebook, Google and other tech companies as they swallow smaller rivals has Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, worried about the threat to consumer data and privacy. Speaking at the Consumer Policy Research Conference Conference in Melbourne today, Australian Consumer and Competition Commission chair Rod Sims said Google and Facebook “are essentially… Read more »

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Billionaire Twiggy Forrest calls Facebook ‘pernicious’ over crypto scam ads

- November 11, 2019 3 MIN READ

The mining billionaire’s photo has been used by scammers in social media ads for cyptocurrencies Forrest is one of several high-profile Australians the scammers falsely claim back crypto schemes that cost those who’ve believed the ads millions of dollars Facebook says its doing its best to combat the fake ads Forrest wants governments around the… Read more »

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Australian social media marketing startup Stackla is suing Facebook over being blocked from using its data

- September 24, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Australian marketing startup Stackla is suing Facebook after the US social media giant banned the business from the site’s data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The AFR reports that Stackla, co-founded in 2012 by Damien Mahoney and Peter Cassidy, lodged proceedings in the US District Court in San Francisco last week. Meanwhile,… Read more »

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Consumer watchdog the ACCC wants to crack down on Facebook and Google

- July 26, 2019 5 MIN READ

  Australia’s consumer watchdog wants to lift the carpet on some of the world’s biggest and most powerful tech companies, especially Facebook and Google, to see how their greatest trade secrets work in sweeping changes to check their power in the nation’s digital economy. The final report of the landmark Australian Competition and Consumer Commission… Read more »