<billions> platform versus platform versus people

Sam de Silva sam at commonedge.com.au
Sat Aug 22 13:15:49 CEST 2020

The past few days and weeks have been marked with Platform versus Platform activities. During the same period, as the giants battle it out, we continue to be reminded about the destructive power of open social media. 

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India summons Facebook over political hate speech controversy 21 Aug 2020 - Financial Times
Company to defend itself before parliamentary committee over its handling of extremist political content
https://www.ft.com/content/6667c232-0dc2-45ce-b249-53d660e801d3 <https://www.ft.com/content/6667c232-0dc2-45ce-b249-53d660e801d3>

For Facebook, weakening India’s democracy is just the cost of business 21 Aug 2020 - Washington Post
It’s clear that Facebook has no intention of holding hate-mongers accountable and that the safety of users is not a priority.

Why is Google taking aim at the Australian government with saturation advertising? 20 Aug 2020 - The Guardian
Google and Facebook are deeply opposed to the Australian government’s plans to force them to pay media companies for news content.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/aug/20/why-is-google-so-opposed-to-legislation-that-aims-to-support-australian-media-companies <https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/aug/20/why-is-google-so-opposed-to-legislation-that-aims-to-support-australian-media-companies>

Why a fight over Fortnite could decide the future of big tech 14 Aug 2020 - New Scientist
Fortnite players have been recruited into a huge anti-competition battle after the game was pulled from the iOS and Android app stores yesterday.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251930-why-a-fight-over-fortnite-could-decide-the-future-of-big-tech/#ixzz6VqEuyBfb <https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251930-why-a-fight-over-fortnite-could-decide-the-future-of-big-tech/#ixzz6VqEuyBfb>

Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite 
https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/freefortnite <https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/freefortnite>

How Apple uses anti-competitive practices to extort developers and support authoritarian regimes 22 June 2020 - Protonmail Blog
https://protonmail.com/blog/apple-app-store-antitrust/ <https://protonmail.com/blog/apple-app-store-antitrust/>

Epic’s battle for “open platforms” ignores consoles’ massive closed market 15 Aug - Ars Electronica
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/08/as-epic-attacks-apple-and-google-it-ignores-the-same-problems-on-consoles/ <https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/08/as-epic-attacks-apple-and-google-it-ignores-the-same-problems-on-consoles/>

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