Twitter upgrades terror fight

Original article by
The Australian – Page: 19 : 28-Mar-19

A spokesman for Twitter says the social media company is constantly monitoring its platform for keywords and hashtags that might be associated with content advocating terrorism or other extremist activity. Twitter says more than 90 per cent of terrorist content is proactively removed from its platform, and it will continue to invest in technology to address the issue as well as co-operating with governments and industry. Social media companies have attracted scrutiny after the Christchurch mosque shootings were live-streamed on Facebook.

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TWITTER INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT

Global backlash against social media live-streaming of atrocity

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 18-Mar-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for social media platforms to suspend live streaming in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Brenton Tarrant used Facebook to live stream his attack, and versions of his video were then seen on Twitter and YouTube. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have blocked and removed hundreds of versions of the video, while Facebook took down 1.5 million videos of the footage within 24 hours of the attack. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she intends to take up the issue of live streaming with Facebook directly.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED, NEW ZEALAND. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Digital market abuse almost limitless: News

Original article by Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 27 : 9-Feb-19

News Corporation has posted revenue of $US2.63bn ($3.7bn) for the December 2018 quarter, an increase of 21 per cent. EBITDA rose by 13 per cent to $US370m following the merger of Foxtel and Fox Sports, while the media group’s net profit of $US119m compares with a loss of $US66m for the same period in 2017. Meanwhile, News Corp CEO Robert Thomson has criticised the growing dominance of digital platforms in the US audiobooks market. He has called for a "regulatory reckoning" to address the issue.

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NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, HARPERCOLLINS, DOW JONES AND COMPANY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

News Corp in talks over content fee deal with Facebook, Google

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 21 : 9-Nov-18

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson says it is holding discussions with Facebook, Google and Amazon over the payment by them of a content carriage fee for distributing its content. Thomson made his remarks as News Corp revealed revenue for its most recent quarter was up 23 per cent. He said the current financial year was off to "an impressive start", and that News Corp was continuing to focus on "digital development". News Corp’s shares rose by 4.2 per cent on 8 November on the back of its latest results announcement.

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NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, REA GROUP LIMITED – ASX REA

Disrupt or be disrupted: Netflix co-founder

Original article by Chris Griffith
The Australian – Page: 21 : 27-Jun-18

Netflix’s co-founder Marc Randolph addressed a conference in Sydney on 26 June. He stressed that companies need to be disruptive themselves in order to avoid becoming a casualty of disruption. He cited the example of former video giant Blockbuster, which declined a deal with Netflix during the streaming video giant’s early years. Blockbuster’s business model was subsequently disrupted by Netflix to such an extent that it is no longer in business. Randolph also said people do not need any skills in order to be innovative and disruptive.

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NETFLIX INCORPORATED, BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO SUPER STORES

Code too complex to regulate, says Google

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 24 : 1-Jun-18

The search algorithms of digital companies like Google and Facebook are attracting growing scrutiny by regulators such as the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and the European Commission. However, Google Australia MD Jason Pellegrino has rejected a proposal to establish an algorithm review board, arguing that it would be "unworkable" as Google has multiple algorithms which involve many variables.

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GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, YOUTUBE INCORPORATED, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, KLEINER PERKINS CAUFIELD AND BYERS, HACHETTE LIVRE