Norway threatens US$100,000 daily fine on Meta over data

Norway’s data protection agency has announced a ban on Meta, the company behind Facebook and Instagram, from using user data for targeted advertising, with the threat of a daily fine of US$100,000. European scrutiny of big tech’s privacy practices continues to increase.

Unlikely savior: Musk’s antics give Zuckerberg PR makeover

Mark Zuckerberg’s reputation improves amid Elon Musk’s erratic behavior, with their rivalry escalating on social media.

‘Meta loses more’: Zuckerberg takes Threads fight to EU

US tech titan Mark Zuckerberg is withholding his new Threads app from European users due to “regulatory uncertainty,” but experts believe his strategy will likely fail. The move is seen as a political push against the EU, and the outcome of this battle could impact the regulatory landscape for other big tech platforms in Europe. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) poses challenges for tech firms, prohibiting data transfer across platforms without user consent. Analysts predict that Meta will struggle to navigate compliance issues and may face unintended consequences.

Facebook alters fact-checking controls for US users

Facebook, owned by Meta, has given US users control over fact-checked content, allowing them to determine the visibility of debunked posts in their feed. While some see it as empowering users, others worry it may benefit spreaders of misinformation and hinder fact-checking efforts. The move comes amid concerns about content moderation and potential political falsehoods ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Analysts call for more research on the impact of these changes before wider implementation.

Musk threatens lawsuit as Twitter rival Threads takes off

Twitter threatened to sue Meta over alleged trade secret theft as Meta launched Threads, a competitor to Elon Musk-owned Twitter, which garnered millions of downloads. The rivalry between Zuckerberg and Musk intensified, while users expressed both excitement and privacy concerns about the new platform.

Meta launches Twitter rival Threads — but not in Europe

Meta launches Threads, a text-based Twitter rival, with over five million sign-ups within hours, however, the European release is delayed due to data privacy concerns.

Twitter chaos leaves door open for Meta’s rival app

Elon Musk’s controversial changes to Twitter face backlash, as Mark Zuckerberg prepares to launch a rival app.

News publishers face declining Facebook referrals amid Meta’s shift from news

Facebook’s referral traffic to news publishers has seen a significant decline due to possible algorithm changes and ongoing legal disputes regarding remuneration for news content.

Malaysia threatens legal action against Meta over failure to remove harmful content

Malaysia threatens legal action against Meta for not removing harmful content from Facebook despite repeated requests.

Meta guru says ChatGPT-style AI is out-of-date

Yann LeCun, the chief scientist for Meta (formerly Facebook), declared that generative AI, such as ChatGPT, had reached a dead end and announced a new AI project called JEPA. LeCun aims to move beyond generative models and develop AI that can conceptualize abstract ideas, challenging the existing hype around generative AI capabilities. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the company’s focus on developing AI that better reflects human understanding of the world. Meta has taken a more discreet approach to generative AI compared to its rivals, while also releasing open source AI models requiring less computing power.