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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

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

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 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.

The Safety for Journalists initiative provides resources that help journalists protect themselves on Facebook

“Freedom of speech ends where the criminal law begins”: this chilling phrase uttered by Germany justice minister Heiko Maas summarises all that is scary in a bill passed last Friday and aimed at punishing social media that do not delete content in violation of...

Agreeing with earlier court rulings, the decision by the country’s top court will force Google to de-index websites from its search results globally based on Canadian laws.

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.

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