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France votes to fine social media companies that fail to remove hate speech

French legislators voted Thursday to impose a hefty fine on social media companies that fail to remove hate speech from their platform, according to The Verge. The measure was approved by the lower house of the French Parliament, and will need the support of the upper chamber to become law.  It would allow companies like Facebook […]

Facebook says its platform wasn’t used to manipulate the Brexit vote

Facebook says its platform wasn’t used to manipulate the Brexit vote

Facebook’s head of global affairs said Monday there is “absolutely no evidence” that the social network was manipulated by outside interests to affect the outcome of Britain’s Brexit referendum. Nick Clegg, who is also a former deputy UK prime minister, said two extensive data analyses had shown no interference in the months ahead of the […]

United Kingdom, France Push Tech Firms to Action on Extremist Content

United Kingdom, France Push Tech Firms to Action on Extremist Content

With her recent comments on tackling extremism online, Prime Minister Theresa May has not earned many fans among the tech industry in the UK or internationally. Nevertheless, she and many other British political leaders are sticking to an aggressive approach. On a trip to France earlier this month, May and her new counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed how to introduce legal liability […]

Europe’s position on data protection: The story of a huge gap between ideal and reality

It is not always easy to see a clear line in the difficult relationship Europe maintains with its core values and data protection policies. The current development aims to point out contradictions on the European fight for increased data protection and to give a sense of responsibility to our governments when it comes to protecting […]

France leads the world on wifi hotspots…for now

France currently leads the world in terms of number of public wifi hotspots with 13 million (commercial and community hotspots) according to a far-reaching study by global wi-fi provider iPass. The US comes in second in terms of number of hotspots at 9.8 million and the UK third at 5.6 million.  Europe overall has the world’s largest […]

RudeVC: How to create a monopoly for your app in 2014

. Pop quiz: what do Klyqme, WhatsApp, WeChat, and Line have in common? Answer: they all enjoy quasi-monopolies in certain markets for their apps. Klyqme is the pre-eminent sms-based social network in Indonesia (which is rapidly threatening to displace India among the elite group of BRICs in my opinion, but that’s fodder for another blog […]

Mobile World Congress Day 1 Highlights – Connected Living, Samsung, Mobile Connect & Zuckerberg

The king of all mobile trade events got underway yesterday in Barcelona. Each year the Mobile World Congress (MWC) seems to get bigger and more unwieldy than the last, but it remains one of the tech world’s can’t miss events. It’s hard to ignore though how major shifts in the mobile ecosystem have fundamentally changed […]

The fundamental difference between French & German social habits

With all the pressure from the outside world for Facebook to become a more transparent company, investors will be very pleased to look at the latest disclosed information on mobile Facebook usage – and with it valuable information of country-specific behavior. It was not without a fight that Facebook has been holding back to its […]

Facebook challenges Twitter as the Second Screen; partners with France’s largest TV Channels

This week during MIPCOM, an entertainment & content industry event organized by Reed Midem (which purchased LeWeb last year), Facebook announced a partnership with TF1 & Canal+, respectively the largest free & paid-access TV groups in the French market, which will provide the TV stations access to Facebook’s new Keyword Insights API. The tool, which […]

Let Mention’s iPhone app keep track of Social Media while you are on vacation

As Summer ramps up, you may be telling yourself you’re going to go dark, cut yourself off from the internet entirely, or just leave your smartphone in your bedroom and hop on a plane; that’s likely due in part to the fact that checking in once a week can easily turn into a full day’s […]