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EU queries Meta about ad-free subscriptions, 'shadow-banning'
EU queries Meta about ad-free subscriptions, 'shadow-banning'

The EU on Friday used new regulatory powers to query Meta about ad-free subscriptions to Facebook and Instagram as well as claims some voices are suppressed online in a phenomenon known as "shadow banning". Brussels also demanded Meta "provide information related to the practice of so-called shadow banning and the launch of Threads", a spin-off of the Instagram photo app.

Facebook parent Meta to stop paying Australian news media
Facebook parent Meta to stop paying Australian news media

Facebook parent Meta announced Friday it would no longer pay Australian media companies for news, prompting a government warning that the firm was in "dereliction" of past promises. Three years ago, Meta's promise to pay news outlets prompted the Australian government to water down legislation governing online platforms and their relationships with the news media.

US probes security risks posed by Chinese tech in cars
US probes security risks posed by Chinese tech in cars

US President Joe Biden announced an investigation Thursday into the national security risks posed by Chinese tech in cars, warning they could be used to collect sensitive data. "China's policies could flood our market with its vehicles, posing risks to our national security."

TikTok make-up influencers spark health warnings
TikTok make-up influencers spark health warnings

Pressed by parents to pose in videos with make-up and skincare products, pre-teen girls dubbed "Sephora Kids" have taken TikTok by storm in a trend that some specialists brand a danger to children's mental and physical health. Skin specialists warned that some of the products used in the kids' videos contain ingredients not suited to young skin, such as retinol.

Reliance, Disney announce giant India media merger
Reliance, Disney announce giant India media merger

India's Reliance Industries and Walt Disney have agreed to merge their Indian media businesses, creating a $8.5 billion entertainment giant in the world's most populous nation. India's entertainment market is already one of the world's biggest, with the merger expected to further shake up the multi-billion-dollar industry.

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