During the festive season, the world of digital and platforms did not remain inert. Small anthology of incomplete information.
– Youtube has acquired the rights to broadcast NFL American football championship games in the United States, according to a Dec. 22 press release, a first for its parent company Google. According to some American media, Google will pay about two billion dollars a year, for seven years, to retransmit matches played every Sunday, through its paid video service YouTube TV , which is only available in the United States. To access the meetings in this way, subscribers to the YouTube TV channel package will have to pay an additional amount to their subscription price. They will not see matches played in their immediate geographical area, i.e. by their local team, which is the subject of a separate contract. The contract does not guarantee exclusivity because the two national channels Fox and CBS jointly hold the rights to these meetings and will continue to broadcast them in the United States.
– Meta, owner of Facebook, has agreed to pay 725 million dollars to end a lawsuit launched in 2018 seeking damages from the social network accused of allowing third parties, including the company Cambridge Analytica, to have access to users’ private data. “The $725 million proposed by the settlement constitutes the highest amount ever reached in a private data class action lawsuit and paid by Facebook to end” this type of lawsuit, defense attorneys asserted in a court document filed in the San Francisco court, issued on December 23. Facebook has admitted no breach under the terms of this agreement that has not yet been approved by a judge in this court.
– On December 22, Germany called on the European Commission to regulate more Twitter following “sudden changes” in the messaging platform’s regulations since Elon Musk took it over. The new “regulation of the Twitter platform, its sudden changes and its arbitrary application” raises “great concerns”, wrote the Secretary of State at the German Ministry of Economics, Sven Giegold (Greens), in a letter to the European Commission. Mr. Giegold, who is in charge of competition issues, called on the Brussels executive to carry out “as soon as possible” a legal review with the aim of appointing Twitter as an “access controller” (“gatekeeper”) in within the meaning of the new directive on digital markets (DMA). “Access controllers” are companies such as Google or Facebook that have a particularly strong market position, which makes them subject to special requirements such as restrictions on the processing of users’ personal data. Twitter does not yet meet these strict standards within the meaning of the directive, Mr. Giegold acknowledges, but the platform “exercises a great influence on the formation of public opinion in the world and also in Europe”, giving -justifies monitoring it more closely, he argued.
– Employees of Chinese new technology companies ByteDance improperly accessed data from the TikTok platform to monitor journalists to identify sources leaking information to the media, the company admitted on December 23. They hope to identify links between the staff and a Financial Times reporter as well as a former BuzzFeed reporter, according to an email from ByteDance general counsel Erich Andersen seen by AFP. The two journalists covered matters related to this company through information obtained in confidence. The employees identified by Bytedance as having contacted these journalists are no longer employed by the company, Andersen said, without providing further details on the total number of employees in this case. In a statement to AFP, ByteDance condemned “this unfortunate initiative that seriously violated the company’s code of conduct”.