Disinfo Update 13/05/19

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We have the pleasure to confirm that Sir Julian King, EU Commissioner for the Security Union, will be concluding the debates of the Annual EU DisinfoLab Conference on 29 May in Brussels.
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Reconsidering a business model?

It seems that even top executives of social media platforms are reconsidering their business models. Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, has published an opinion in the New York Times magazine, describing the recent actions taken by Google in terms of privacy and data protection. Also, in New York Times, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, has said that the company has become so big and powerful that it threatens our democracy. However, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs and communications has responded that dismantling Facebook won’t fix what’s wrong with social media. Could the answer lie in competition? According to the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, “Access to data has to be redesigned so that newcomers can compete with big tech giants.

Who are the judges?

Recently, Singapore’s parliament has passed a legislation against “fake news”, that will require online media platforms to carry corrections or remove content the government considers to be false. Google and Facebook have declared that the new law would give too much power to the government to decide on whether the information is truthful. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said the law could be subject to abuse. According to Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch, the law will create a “chilling effect on internet freedom throughout Southeast Asia, and likely start a new set of information wars as [Singapore’s leaders] try to impose their narrow version of ‘truth’ on the wider world.”

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