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Public Affairs and Media Policy

Public Affairs and Media Policy

Welcome to the page dedicated to WAN-IFRA's work on media policy. Here we collect information related to the policy issues most crucial to the news media industry.

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Twitter’s new transparency report seems to show that the company's internal controls are helping combat terrorist content on the platform.

Advertising groups worry that the latest version of Safari, Apple’s internet browser, will “sabotage the economic model for the internet”.

One year after its adoption, the data sharing agreement is widely presumed to continue, although the EU is likely to identify gaps and propose improvements.

The European Commission is preparing new guidelines that urge tech firms to act faster in removing illegal content, or face further legislation at a later date.

The company’s policy has allowed users to get around paywalls, but in the future news publishers will have more control over what search users have access to. 

Flagging fake news stories as “disputed” on Facebook has only a small impact on how readers perceive their headlines, and in some cases could even increase users’ likelihood to believe fake news, a recent study finds.

Google appealed on Monday before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU ) its record antitrust fine of €2,42bn euros, handed down in June by the European Commission, ...

More information is emerging about the scope of a Russia-linked campaign on Facebook, following the company's revelation about ads that aimed to influence the US presidential elections.

The social media giant should reveal the same information about political advertising as broadcast media are required to, experts on government transparency and political communication say.

The company revealed that ads worth of $100,000 were sold to a Russian “troll farm” with a history of publishing pro-Kremlin propaganda.

Perspective, an AI-based system that ranks online comments based on their quality, has been shown to mistake inoffensive comments as “toxic”.

The publisher announced it is “building an operation” to seek philanthropic funding.

As the FCC is preparing to roll back net neutrality protections, Apple has voiced it support to the current rules that prevent blocking web traffic.

Publishers are taking part in cross-industry coalitions that are building unified login services, in the hopes of competing with tech giants and complying with the upcoming EU data privacy regulations.

The search giant said it would make changes to its shopping search service, obeying the EU demands that the company stop favouring its own shopping service.

While several cases looking into tech giants’ use of online data move forward in Europe, legislators and antitrust watchdogs may struggle to make their case as they will need to make “totally new arguments”.

The Facebook CEO confirmed that the company is developing subscription tools as part of Instant Articles, and that all subscription revenue will go to publishers.

The $14 million fund will focus on helping “public and journalists to foster collaboration and develop mutual respect and trust”, as well as well as focusing on supporting diversity.

Facebook has started showing publishers’ logos with their articles in Trending and Search, while Google is developing tools that aim to help publishers boost subscription revenue.

Facebook is preparing to launch its biggest push into original video yet in mid-August, in collaboration with media partners.

Google has filed a lawsuit in California, arguing that the Canadian supreme court's order to apply the "right to be forgotten" globally violates the US law.

A new report says that German media failed to represent the concerns of people who were alarmed by the prospect of hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving in Germany.

While fraudulent ads remain pervasive online, the digital ads industry hopes that a new technical solution will help combat the issue.

The social media giant detailed how its journalism initiative has evolved since launching in January, a large number of changes concerning Instant Articles specifically.

The highest administrative court in France is asking European judges to decide whether delinking should apply globally.

Initial tests of the feature, reportedly built on top of Instant Articles, are to begin in October.

Several industry experts say that the real goal of the US newspapers’ initiative to gain an antitrust exemption is to have public hearings on Google's and Facebook's online ad market dominance.

In a wide-ranging interview Madhav Chinnappa, Google’s director of strategic relations, news & publishers, addressed “duopoly accusations” as well as discussing recent collaborative efforts by news publishers.

While the odds are against Google, the search giant could still manage to win its antitrust case against Brussels,...

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and many others participate in a “day of action” today, protesting the planned rollback of net neutrality rules in the US.

The social media giant’s plan to let users subscribe through Instant Articles are becoming more concrete, with a test launch expected at the end of the year. But many details still remain unclear.

The US newspaper industry argues that existing competition laws prevents it from collective bargaining with the major internet platforms.

The news about the collaboration by the two national French newspapers follows closely the announcement of Gravity, a shared ad-sales platform by other French publishers.

EU antitrust regulators are expected to issue another record fine against Google by the end of the year.

Group of French news publishers and digital companies announce Gravity, an alliance for joint programmatic ad sales, through which they will share with each other their audiences' data.

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