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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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In the Blogs

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

Called Perspective, the tool uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to decide automatically whether comments are “toxic”.

Facebook also claims that the legal challenge against user data transfers from the EU to US was “deeply flawed”, and that sufficient privacy protections are already in place.

If the two platforms sold news subscriptions, they could offer dynamically targeted deals by using the vast amount of data that they have on their users. Our take on the latest Monday Note. 

Several major news publishers have signed agreements to provide Yahoo’s News Feed with their articles and videos.

Committing to the creation of a “global community”, Mark Zuckerberg’s open letter shows a slight evolution in the company’s direction, with consequences also to the news media.

The EU copyright reform continues to provoke debate, with some doubting if it will get enough support in the European Parliament.

The convention would establish and enforce global norms for policing government activity in cyberspace.

In the fight against fake news, the Google News verification model may offer some suggestions for the way forward.

European Commission seems aiming to promote the EU’s data protection regime as a global standard.

As of 2018 Europeans will be able to access paid-for digital music, video-on-demand services and video games also when traveling in Europe.

Amit Pai has started to roll back consumer protection regulations, while Democrats pledge to defend net neutrality rules.

Google has added an "anchor" button to AMP pages, allowing users to copy and paste the original URL of the displayed page.

How Brazilian courts have been dealing with issues related to the recognition of a “right to be forgotten”? 

Expanding from the US and Germany, the social network is collaborating with eight French news publishers to combat against fake news on the platform. 

Several European DPAs have recently taken steps to address the upcoming data privacy regulation.

The reader base of fake news websites is about 10 times smaller than “real” news sites on average, according to a study published on Columbia Journalism Review

The changes aim to rank higher posts people consider “genuine and not misleading, sensational or spammy”, while also prioritising stories gaining traction in real-time.

EU Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators reached an agreement on wholesale price caps, allowing EU citizens to “roam like at home” as from this summer.

The company announced a five-point program to address issues with digital advertising, and that it would stop paying digital media players and agencies until they comply with its new rules.

One of the recent executive orders issued by the US president allegedly strips non-US citizens from privacy safeguards, possibly undermining the EU...

News publishers are making 14 percent of their revenue from distribution on third-party platforms, according to a report by Digital Content Next.

News Media Alliance, the US newspaper industry group, welcomed the nomination, calling Pai an “avid supporter of the news media industry” and praising his views on cross-ownership.

A new trend of blocking apps is emerging as an effective tool for digital censorship.

The social media giant is reported to be changing its approach to video, pushing for the creation long-form content.

Following earlier commitments to reduce the spread of fake news, Facebook announced that it would launch fake-news filtering in Germany.

WhatsApp was said to have a security vulnerability that exposed messages to be intercepted through a backdoor, but new reports seem to disprove the claim.

The pay-per-article service is experimenting with an adjustment to its business model in its home market.

The Facebook Journalism Project includes a range of measures such as collaboration on the development of news product, and offering new training and tools to journalists and Facebook users in general.

The proposal would extend ePrivacy rules from telecom providers to online voice and messaging services.

German officials are looking into an increase in fake news following reports that Russia will try to influence the country’s general elections in September.

Campbell Brown, former NBC and CNN anchor, will lead Facebook’s News Partnerships team.

The report examines main factors that “have altered the media marketplace and that pose challenges to national and local news producers and their sources of revenue”.

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