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From this week

Platforms

Ahhh Zuck. What did you just say?!

The Facebook CEO was interviewed by Kara Swisher and he got into a conversation about hate speech, misinformation, and the Holocaust on the platform. I don’t know if he actually meant to say what he did about Holocaust deniers but this is how it came out: “I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong, but I think it’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent.” WTF dude? He later issued a statement to say he didn’t intend to defend the intent of such people.
Recode

Governments & policy

The EU issued Google a $5 billion fine for breaking antitrust laws.

The European Commission says the company abused its market dominance with Android by “cementing the dominance of its search engine.” Google now needs to stop phone makers from pre-installing Chrome and Google Search. This will have a massive impact on the use of Android phones in Europe. Google now has 90 days to comply. But hey, let’s put these numbers into perspective: Google’s parent company made $111 billion in revenue in 2017.
The Verge

Tools

Trends

Transformations

In Australia, Fairfax and News Corp will start sharing printing presses to save money.

They will close two print centers and lay off 120 people. Fairfax says it’ll save $15 million a year. They should have done that years ago. The sooner they understand that they're no longer direct competitors, the better. The real competition is for ad dollars — and we all know where that’s going. The next question they need to ask themselves is how they can collaborate on the editorial side (because they should).
Mumbrella

Media startups

The Ken — India’s one-story-a-day subscription service — raised a $1.5 million Series A round led by Omidyar Network.

That’s right — just one story a day (well, technically, weekdays). But that shows you exactly what can happen when you understand that user consumption has changed — people don’t need and don’t have time for a shitload of content every day. Just the right kind. This is an important validation of their business model. It’s also the kind of funding that is rare in this region for media startups.
The Ken

Talent

Design

Misinformation, gangs, mobs, kidnapping, and murder: we need to talk about WhatsApp’s design problem in India.

Nikhil Pahwa does exactly that in this thoughtful piece. He recommends changes that encompass social behaviour as well as tech, and he is astute enough to accept that concerns remain. “To say that the platform isn’t responsible – in the same manner that the Gutenberg Press isn’t responsible for publishing – is ignoring the fact that enabling broadcast without accountability is a design choice made by WhatsApp. Designs evolve with usage.”
Medianama

Notables

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