Archive for Digital Updates

Google Experimenting with Removing Australian Media from Search Results
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Google Experimenting with Removing Australian Media from Search Results

On January 13, the The Australian Financial Review reported that Google was adjusting algorithms to block Australian news sites, as part of an “experiment.” A ... Read More
FCC No Longer Clarifying Section 230
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FCC No Longer Clarifying Section 230

On January 7, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a C-SPAN interview that he no longer intends to move forward with the notice of proposed ... Read More
Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on USTR to Not Include Section 230 in U.S.-UK Agreement
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Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on USTR to Not Include Section 230 in U.S.-UK Agreement

On December 18, a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer, requesting that the administration not include broad online ... Read More
Local News Included in Proposed Payroll Assistance
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Local News Included in Proposed Payroll Assistance

On December 20, Congress expanded government loan forgiveness to local news outlets in the proposed COVID relief bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate ... Read More
38 States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google
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38 States File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

On December 17, a bipartisan coalition of 38 states filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging Google used ... Read More
10 States File Digital Advertising Lawsuit Against Google
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10 States File Digital Advertising Lawsuit Against Google

On December 16, 10 states filed a complaint in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Sherman division alleging that Google illegally monopolized ... Read More
FTC Sues Facebook for Anti-Competitive Behavior
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FTC Sues Facebook for Anti-Competitive Behavior

On December 9, the FTC announced that it will sue Facebook for violating antitrust law along with 46 states' attorneys general. The complaint, filed in the United ... Read More
Australian Government Introduces Legislation Establishing Mandatory Code of Conduct for Online Platforms
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Australian Government Introduces Legislation Establishing Mandatory Code of Conduct for Online Platforms

On December 9, the Australian government published its proposed legislation to create an enforceable code to require online platforms to pay news publishers for their ... Read More
Google Giving Access to Paywalled Content
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Google Giving Access to Paywalled Content

On December 2, Google announced that it would start giving consumers access to paywalled content. Google will pay participating publishers for Google News Showcase users’ access ... Read More
Facebook to Pay Some UK Publishers
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Facebook to Pay Some UK Publishers

On November 30, Facebook announced it would pay some UK publishers for their content. Facebook will hire contractors to select the main stories of the day ... Read More
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