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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

The company argues that the existing mechanisms for law enforcement access to overseas data are slow, cause legal uncertainty and undermine users’ privacy. 

Less than a quarter of survey respondents trust social media to separate fact from fiction, while traditional media is trusted by 40 per cent of respondents, according to the latest Digital News Report by the Reuters Institute.

Homes of 36 people who allegedly posted hateful comments online were raided.

The company revealed four steps it is taking to target violent extremism and terrorist propaganda more efficiently.

The EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Council did not reach an agreement on reduced VAT for digital publications today, because of a veto by a Member State.

The social media giant said it will be more open about its policies regarding difficult topics such as terrorism and censorship, and asks its users to send feedback and suggestions on these issues.

As from today, most Europeans traveling within the EU can use their mobile devices for the same price as in their home country, but some telecoms and countries are resisting the new rules.

Created by Jigsaw, Alphabet’s tech incubator, the system uses machine learning to rank comments based on “toxicity”.

The social media giant is reportedly building a system that will let its users to subscribe to publishers from its mobile app.

The first of the committees voting on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive approved the proposal, which includes the so-called publisher’s right, or neighbouring right.

Major internet companies and organisations will hold a large-scale campaign on 12 July to protest FCC’s net neutrality rollback

Revcontent, a major “content recommendation network”, is targeting sites with fake news as part of its Truth in Media Initiative.

Google’s browser will block annoying ads, and will give publishers the option to ask the users of a third-party ad-blocker to either whitelist the site or pay a fee.

Following pressure from the EU, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are now deleting offending content more efficiently than before.

Sites that allow users to create “prank” news articles are used to target small businesses and individuals on Facebook.

A group of over 60 associations said the Commission’s Digital Single Market copyright proposal is “backward looking”, lacks ambition and includes “major pitfalls.

An alliance of more than 30 publishers have written to European regulators, arguing that the proposed new cookie rules would strengthen Google’s and Facebook’s dominance in the online advertising sphere.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube would need to follow same regulations as broadcasters, if the new legislation passes at the European Parliament.

As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, Facebook is launching tests that aim to help audiences connect with local news publishers.

AMP powers now over 2 billion web pages, and Google is expanding AMP to support more ad formats.

The European Commission fined Facebook for “providing incorrect or misleading information” regarding the possibility of matching Facebook and WhatApp user accounts.

The company wrongly interpreted clicks on video carousel ads, mischarging advertisers.

Evidence suggests that Facebook’s “disputed” labels on fake content have been ineffective or even counterproductive.

Ads can now be removed from individual pages instead of entire sites. Google will also launch a resource centre to inform publishers on policy violations.

The algorithm change may also have an effect on sites spreading fake news.

The inventor of the World Wide Web says Google’s ad technology contributed to the spread of fake news.

While coordinated online campaigns using memes, hashtags and fake news played a major role in the US elections, same methods have failed to take flight in France.

The social media giant has identified misinformation campaigns that aimed to influence political conversation during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

FCC’s chairman Ajit Pai announced the Commission would vote next month about reversing the 2015 net neutrality order. 

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.

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