Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access

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Updated 21 March 2018
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Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access

SEOUL, South Korea: South Korea’s telecoms regulator says it is fining Facebook for illegally limiting user access to its services.
The Korea Communications Commission said Wednesday that Facebook should pay 396 million won ($369,400) as a penalty for alleged violations of the communications law from late 2016-2017, following reports it had interfered with some local users’ access to Facebook and Instagram.
The KCC probed claims that Facebook intentionally slowed access while it negotiated network usage fees with Internet service providers.
Facebook didn’t respond to a request for comment. Earlier, the company said it was striving to provide better services to Korean users.


Comcast offers $31 billion for Sky, going head-to-head with Fox

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Comcast offers $31 billion for Sky, going head-to-head with Fox

LONDON: US cable company Comcast Corp. submitted a £22 billion offer for pay-TV group Sky on Wednesday, challenging an already agreed but lower takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch’s Fox.
Comcast, which first outlined an offer at the same £12.50-a-share price in February, said it would continue to engage with the Sky’s independent directors with a view to obtaining a recommendation for its deal.
Twenty-First Century Fox, which already owns 39 percent of Sky, said it remained committed to its recommended cash offer for Sky announced on December 15, 2016, and was currently considering its options.
“A further announcement will be made in due course,” it said.
Fox’s £10.75-a-share deal has been held up to scrutiny by regulators, who have concerns about the influence Murdoch could wield through owning all of the broadcaster as well as his British newspapers.
In the meantime, Fox has agreed to sell many of its TV and film assets to Walt Disney, including its stake in Sky.
Comcast, the owner of NBC and Universal Pictures, said it was delighted to be formalizing its offer.
“We have long believed Sky is an outstanding company and a great fit with Comcast,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts.
“Sky has a strong business, excellent customer loyalty, and a valued brand.”