Antitrust case against Facebook’s ‘super profiling’ back on track after German federal court ruling

A landmark regulatory intervention that seeks to apply structural antitrust remedies to cut big (ad)tech’s rights-hostile surveillance business models down to size has been revived after Germany’s federal court overturned an earlier ruling that had suspended enforcement of a ban on Facebook combining user data into so called ‘super profiles’. The upshot is the tech […]

India approves Facebook’s $5.7 billion deal with Reliance Jio Platforms

India’s antitrust watchdog has given its blessing to Facebook and Reliance Jio Platforms for their $ 5.7 billion deal. In a statement on Wednesday, the Competition Commission of India said it had approved Facebook’s proposed multi-billion-dollar investment in Jio Platforms for a 9.99% stake in the top Indian telecom network. Jaadhu Holdings LLC, a wholly-owned […]

B2B Marketing News: Top B2B Strategies, 2021 Ad Market Recovery Forecast, Brands Spending More on Social, Facebook’s Giphy Buy Under Review

B2B Wannabes: Most Brands Have A Customer-Centricity Gap, Study Finds 71 percent of B2B brands have digital experiences that don’t meet customer expectations and needs, while 82 percent have implemented a digital transformation project — two of several statistics of interest to digital marketers contained in recently-released study data. MediaPost Global Advertising Market Expected to […]

Facebook’s ‘Deepfake Detection Challenge’ yields promising early results

The digitally face-swapped videos known as deepfakes aren’t going anywhere, but if platforms want to be able to keep an eye on them, they need to find them first. Doing so was the object of Facebook’s “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” launched last year. After months of competition the winners have emerged, and they’re… better than guessing. […]

The complicated calculus of taking Facebook’s venture money

Facebook is reportedly getting into the venture capital game, but for young entrepreneurs working in social media, ignoring or deleting that particular friend request could be the right call. According to a report in Axios, the company is building up a corporate fund under the auspices of its “New Product Experimentation” team, which launched last […]

UK competition watchdog launches investigation into Facebook’s $400M acquisition of Giphy

Facebook wants to be the go-to platform for all of your social needs, but a big move it made last month to take ownership in the world of GIFs — the short, looping videos that people use to convey sentiments in online conversations — may not go as it hopes. The UK Competition and Markets […]

Chris Cox returns to the fold as Facebook’s chief product officer

After a very high-profile departure and a year away from the company, Facebook’s former chief product officer Chris Cox will return to his long-held position with the company. Cox shared the news Thursday in a Facebook post with a photo of his company badge. Elaborating on his return to Facebook, Cox explained that the unique […]

NYU study: Facebook’s content moderation efforts are ‘grossly inadequate’

In a scathing examination of Facebook’s content moderation practices, a new study says outsourcing is a key reason the company’s efforts are failing.Read More Social – VentureBeat

B2B Marketing News: Biggest B2B Differentiators Study, Facebook Buys Giphy, LinkedIn Prepares Stories, & Facebook’s New Video Chat

B2B Decision-Maker Survey: COVID-19’s Impact on Marketing, Buying, and Sales 65 percent of enterprise B2B buyers now view online interactions as being more important than traditional vendor conversations, one of several findings of interest to digital marketers contained in newly-released U.S. B2B pandemic response survey data. MarketingProfs Facebook just bought Giphy Facebook has acquired popular […]

Facebook’s Workplace, now with 5M paying users, adds drop-in video Rooms and more

One of the biggest technology takeaways of the last couple of months has been that organizations need confident, wide-ranging digital strategies to stay afloat, and Facebook — in its wider bid to build products to serve businesses — is taking note. In the same week that the social network doubled down on business tools for […]