Powerful platforms, big questions

The industry and society wrestle with the great power concentrated in Google and Facebook, and whether those platforms are up to the great responsibility that comes with it.

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Facebook's pivot to privacy will make data more powerful than ever
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May 31, 2019

Facebook's pivot to privacy will make data more powerful than ever

The platform is increasing its focus on Groups, where algorithms will have even more influence on the content users see.

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Facebook introduces ‘one-strike’ live-streaming policy
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May 15, 2019

Facebook introduces ‘one-strike’ live-streaming policy

Following the Christchurch terror attack the social-media platform is tightening its live-streaming policies.

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Facebook warns ‘Clear history’ tool could trigger targeting changes
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May 15, 2019

Facebook warns ‘Clear history’ tool could trigger targeting changes

The upcoming tool will afford users greater control over their Facebook data as part of the platform's privacy push.

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Industry welcomes online tracking crackdown, despite short-term pain
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May 14, 2019

Industry welcomes online tracking crackdown, despite short-term pain

The short-term pain of remodelling digital advertising will ultimately deliver a cleaner, more sustainable ecosystem, according to a host of industry executives.

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Facebook emphasises 'private' connections
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May 2, 2019

Facebook emphasises 'private' connections

Following a year in which Facebook suffered a slew of major data breaches, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced significant changes to the platform at the company's developer conference.

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Facebook bottom line hit by expected $3 billion fine
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Apr 25, 2019

Facebook bottom line hit by expected $3 billion fine

Facebook believes the landmark US Federal Trade Commission fine over privacy breaches could be as much as $5 billion.

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