Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)
Updated 12 March 2019

Facebook pulls but then restores Warren ads aimed at Big Tech

  • She unveiled a proposal just days earlier to break up Big Tech, arguing that firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook hold ” too much power” in society

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday pulled and then later restored ads by Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren calling for tech giants to be broken up.
“We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,” Facebook told AFP.
“In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads,” it said, putting the number of affected ads at four.
Other ads calling for the breakup of Facebook and other US tech giants ran as intended, according to the California-based social network.
“Curious why I think FB has too much power?” Warren said in a message fired off on Twitter.
“Let’s start with their ability to shut down a debate over whether FB has too much power.”
Warren went on to thank Facebook for restoring her ads and called for a “social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor.”
She unveiled a proposal just days earlier to break up Big Tech, arguing that firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook hold ” too much power” in society.
Warren said that as president, she would press for legislation to designate big online companies with revenues of at least $25 billion as “platform utilities” barred from owning “any participants on that platform.”
The Massachusetts senator said she would also appoint antitrust enforcers “committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers,” including acquisitions in recent years by Amazon, Facebook and Google.
“Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society and our democracy,” she wrote in a blog post on Medium.
“They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.”
The proposal comes amid a growing “techlash” movement in the United States against the firms, which have grown to become the world’s most valuable, and a series of antitrust investigations in Europe.
Critics accuse the firms of mishandling private user data and of abusing their dominance of certain sectors such as online retail and Internet search.


Arab News Japanese edition to launch in October

Updated 59 min 16 sec ago

Arab News Japanese edition to launch in October

  • Digital news service to be available in English and Japanese
  • Launch to coincide with Emperor enthronement ceremony

TOKYO: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily, is to launch a Japanese-language online edition as part of its ongoing global expansion.

The international edition will be the second under the Arab News brand, following the highly successful launch of the Pakistani edition. 

As a symbol of the cordial business, trading and cultural relations between the Kingdom and Japan, arabnews.jp will commence coverage to coincide with the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito next month. It will be a 24-hour rolling news website comprising original material generated in Tokyo and translations of Arab News’ award-winning English content.

Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News editor-in-chief, announced the project at the G1 Global conference in Tokyo on Monday, September 16.

The Japanese edition will be the second under the Arab News brand.

He said: ““As part of our more digital, more global direction; we are delighted to announce the launch of Arab News Japan. The news site will be available in both English and Japanese, with a content mix that blends original reporting from both the Middle East and Japan as well as a translated feed of some of our most important news and views. 

“We are also honored to coincide our launch with our coverage of the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. We hope that our new service arabnews.jp helps bring a better mutual understanding of both our rich cultures and become a trusted communication channel where our friends in japan can rely on us for credible information and insightful analysis,” he added.

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. A major part of Japan’s energy imports come from Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom imports manufactured goods and electronic equipment from Japan, and is a significant destination for Japanese financial investment.

Saudi Arabia officials are working with their Japanese counterparts on the formal handover for the G20 leaders’ summit, which will take place in the Kingdom next year, following the highly success event held in Osaka, Japan, in June.

 

 

At that event, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe that Japan was a country dear to the hearts of all Saudis. “We will work together to prepare for the G20 summit 2020 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Crown Prince said.

The prime minister praised the Kingdom’s progress in accordance with the Vision 2030 strategy and pointed to the keenness of the government of Japan and its readiness through public and private sectors to make further efforts and cooperation with the Kingdom.

Arab News is part of the regional publishing group Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for over 40 years.