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Google under fire in US for predatory monopoly practices

Tech monopolies are increasingly being acknowledged as a danger to people, other companies and even to democracy. The regulatory worm seems to be turning in many countries, even in the US where it had gone into hibernation

Explained: The antitrust case against Google

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha analyzes the antitrust case filed by the US Justice Department against Google. He explains how Google built a monopoly and the dangers of this phenomenon

Why Big Tech’s monopoly power needs to be urgently checked

While Facebook has been profiting off hate speech on its platforms, Google has been exploiting content creators for advertising revenue.

Facebook blocks dozens of accounts just days ahead of anti-pipeline social media campaign

Dozens of Facebook accounts were blocked ahead of a scheduled social media campaign against the Coastal GasLink project, in support of the Wet’suwet’en tribe in Canada

FB whistleblower confirms how social network benefitted from fake news, bots and misinformation

Sophie Zhang, former data scientist at Facebook, reveals how she fought to remove bot accounts and sophisticated networks that targeted users in different countries to manipulate elections, and spread misinformation.

Report says top Facebook executive in India openly backed Modi on internal company group

A report by Wall Street Journal revealed that Facebook’s policy head for the region, Ankhi Das, had said in an internal post “We lit a fire to his (Modi) social media campaign and the rest is of course history”

TikTok ban and Trump’s extortionist policies

China sees the US demand for opening their and others’ markets, while ordering ByteDance to sell TikTok, as another version of the Opium War. If TikTok owning the data of its users is dangerous to national security, so is Facebook and Google owning their users’ data

Who benefits from TikTok’s sale?

Prabir Purkayastha discusses the recent revelations on how Facebook’s lobbying influenced the current US stance on TikTok.

Can BJP’s politics and Facebook’s business thrive without hate?

The problem of hate news is built into the genes of big digital monopolies like Facebook. We need to break up these monopolies and regulate them as the new public utilities of the digital age

‘Titans of tech’ face grilling in US Congress

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the deposition of the heads of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook before the US House of Representatives Committee that deals with anti-trust issues.

Rich big tech, dead democracy

Evidence that Big Tech has had a chilling effect on start-ups and investors is one thing, but the ubiquitous nature of the platforms in their specific ways does effect every aspect of life, not just in the US but across the world

Study says Instagram algorithm prioritizes scantily-clad men and women

According to a study carried out by European Data Journalism Network and AlgorithmWatch, pictures which featured under-dressed people had a greater chance of being featured in newsfeeds on the platform

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