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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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A crowdfunded news site, Wikitribune will bring professional journalists and volunteers to work together.

Previously also other major news publishers pulled out of Instant Articles, and the evidence is growing that the scheme has provided only meagre income.

The Coalition for Better Ads is planning a broad strategy to block disruptive ads.

The ad-blocking feature would block advertising that doesn’t comply with the standards defined by the Coalition for Better Ads.

Live video may prove to be a headache for the company that would rather avoid discussion about moderating its platform.

The company is taking false content seriously, and is committed to working on the issue with the news industry, Facebook assured the audience at the International Journalism Festival.

Facebook users in certain countries will start seeing a "Tips for spotting false news" guide, while the company says it is “open to” paying organisations that fact-check content on its platform.

The acquisition follows a 10-month collaboration between the two companies.

One of the first beneficiaries is the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which will receive $4.5 million.

Headed by a rocket icon, a new feed presenting content from pages the user hasn’t followed has appeared on some Facebook users’ apps.

Called the News Integrity Initiative, the joint project aims to promote news literacy and help the public make informed judgements about the news they read and share online. 

The elimination of privacy rules is likely an preview of a wider effort by US Republicans to roll back regulations that govern the internet.

Following the discovery that their ads were being displayed on sites with hate speech or offensive content, advertisers are calling for ad networks to address the issue.

The measure cancels existing privacy rules, approved in October 2016, that require Internet Service Providers to get users’ consent before selling their private information.

Alert that content has been disputed is being tested with a specific article, but a wider application is to be expected.

Andrus Ansip says he favours self-regulation and enforcing existing EU laws rather than legislating against certain kinds of content.

After seeing their ads appear close to extremist material, several “companies, advertising firms and government departments” are either pulling their adverts from Google and YouTube, or are reviewing whether to do so.

The newspaper withdraws all online ads from Google's advertising services after ads for its membership scheme were placed alongside extremist material.

Authorities decry the proliferation of misinformation and propaganda on the internet, and technology companies are wrestling with various measures to combat fake news. But addressing the problem without infringing on the right to free expression and the free flow of information is extremely...

The internet is allowing artists, creators and journalists to create stronger connections with their audiences than ever before. Now, more and more people are also paying for online content.

A draft law would introduce fines up to €50 million for social media platforms that do not swiftly remove hate speech and other illegal content.

The social media giant updated its policy to explicitly forbid the use of Facebook and Instagram users’ data for surveillance purposes.

On the 28th anniversary of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee reflects on the alarming trends that now challenge the open web.

British newspaper industry group calls for the UK government to investigate Google’s and Facebook’s advertising supply chain,...

The group urges the US congress and FCC to preserve the net neutrality rules put into place in 2015, while the head of FCC, critic of net neutrality, is renewed for another five-year term.

A new research reveals that the far-right US news media is becoming an increasingly insulated ecosystem, largely circumventing traditional media. 

The New York Times looks into different initiatives that aim to provide people with viewpoints outside their own ideological standing.

Many have suggested promoting news literacy as a solution to the fake news epidemic, but how should the term be understood in today’s media environment?

More voices are joining Microsoft’s call for a digital convention that would establish binding rules for secure cyberspace.

Called CrossChek, the cooperative journalism project aims to fight misinformation, focusing initially on the French presidential elections.

Research shows that the same entity is behind both a group of liberal and conservative websites, manufacturing outrage for the audiences on both sides.

Although the fake news discussions have focused on Facebook and Twitter mainly, the video sharing platform also has a crucial role in the spread of misinformation.

A new research provides insight into how various news publishers approach content distribution on third-party platforms.

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