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Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch

Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security – TechCrunch The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented …

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Google lays outs narrow “EU election advertiser” policy ahead of 2019 vote – TechCrunch

Google lays outs narrow “EU election advertiser” policy ahead of 2019 vote – TechCrunch Google has announced its plan for combating election interference in the European Union, ahead of elections next May when up to 350 million voters across the region will vote to elect 705 Members of the European …

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Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch

Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch Facebook has announced it rolled out a system of checks on political ads run on its platform in the UK which requires advertisers to verify their identity and location to try to make it harder for foreign actors to meddle …

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Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ – TechCrunch

Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ – TechCrunch The European Union’s executive body has signed up tech platforms and ad industry players to a voluntary  Code of Practice aimed at trying to do something about the spread of disinformation online. Something, just …

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Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy – TechCrunch

Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy – TechCrunch A UK parliamentary committee which has been running a multi-month investigation into the impact of online disinformation on political campaigning — and on democracy itself — has published a preliminary report highlighting what it describes as “significant …

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Brexit campaign broke the law — with social media’s help – TechCrunch

Brexit campaign broke the law — with social media’s help – TechCrunch The UK’s Electoral Commission has published the results of a near nine-month-long investigation into Brexit referendum spending and has found that the official Vote Leave campaign broke the law by breaching election campaign spending limits. It found Vote …

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Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops – TechCrunch

Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for “ethical pause” of ad ops – TechCrunch The UK’s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible (£500k) under the country’s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But …

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UK election regulator calls for urgent law changes – TechCrunch

UK election regulator calls for urgent law changes – TechCrunch A report by the UK’s Electoral Commission has called for urgent changes in the law to increase transparency about how digital tools are being used for political campaigning, warning that an atmosphere of mistrust is threatening the democratic process. The …

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Washington sues Facebook and Google over failure to disclose political ad spending – TechCrunch

Washington sues Facebook and Google over failure to disclose political ad spending – TechCrunch Facebook and Google were paid millions for political advertising purposes in Washington but failed for years to publish related information — such as the advertiser’s address — as required by state law, alleges a lawsuit by …

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Zuckerberg didn’t make any friends in Europe today – TechCrunch

Zuckerberg didn’t make any friends in Europe today – TechCrunch Speaking in front of EU lawmakers today Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg namechecked the GDPR’s core principles of “control, transparency and accountability” — claiming his company will deliver come Friday, when a new European Union data protection framework, GDPR, starts being …

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