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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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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”.

Complying with Chinese authorities’ request, Apple has removed the New York Times’s news apps in the country.

Italian comedian turned politician Beppe Grillo called yesterday for a randomly selected popular jury to be appointed to judge the truthfulness of news published by newspapers and TV. The jurors would be selected by drawing lots, they would be submitted newspaper articles, and if a piece of news...

Launched as an initiative to speed up mobile web pages, AMP is increasingly criticised for not displaying the original publisher enough prominently.

The official internet ombudsman would handle complaints about online content, guaranteeing free speech and preventing excessive censorship, the Guardian reports....

Yahoo revealed that a massive security breach took place in August 2013, when a third party stole ”data associated with more than one billion user accounts”.

The long journey the EU Commission started ten years ago to abolish mobile roaming costs in Europe will soon come to the last act.

The leaked ePrivacy regulation draft signals that online communication services will face more stringent rules on how they handle user data.

The discussions over a free-trade deal have reached the final stages, but are obstructed by differing views over data flows.

As a driver of traffic, Twitter is far behind Facebook, and increasingly not a priority as a platform for news publishers anymore.

The social media giant announced it would be the main sponsor of Perugia’s 2017 journalism festival, after a complicated year between the company and the news media.

The Canadian supreme court has started examining the case that could result in worldwide blocking of search results.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced that they are creating a shared database on “terrorist imagery”, helping them identify potential terrorist content on their...

As more and more brands are unwilling to have their advertisements presented on sites that feature false or overtly biased news, third-party ad sales networks struggle to give their clients sufficient control over where their ads are published.

The new proposal aims to modernise EU's VAT rules and adapt them to the digital economy.

There is a cultural misunderstanding that hinders data protection discussions across the Atlantic, says the Austrian who brought down the Safe Harbour data transfer agreement.

The so-called “snooper’s charter” has raised concerns over protection of journalistic sources, although additional protections have been included.

As the debate over fake news and their possible impact on the US elections rages on, the press freedom organisation...

News publishers around the world are working hard to improve the metrics they use to measure and understand their digital reach and performance. One of the most high-profile examples is the Financial Times, which developed in-house an engagement metric to measure its audience size and behaviour...

A group of privacy advocates have expressed concern over the data sharing provisions included in the Digital Economy Bill, which is due for a review in the House of Commons today.

In 2015, reported data breaches affected over 429 million people around the world, and the number expected to grow in 2016, according to the newly released Global Internet Report 2016 by the Internet Society...

In a resolution on “The right to privacy in the digital age”, passed unanimously on Monday, the UN General Assembly urged governments worldwide to pass data legislation legislations,...

The Investigatory Powers Bill gives the UK government the ability to intercept and hack into citizens’ communications, provoking concern in the news media over source protection.

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