European Union

EU hits Google with $1.69bn fine for abusing online ads market

The penalty brings the tech giant's total tab with the European bloc to $9.31bn in less than two years.

Human Rights

Apple, Google urged to remove app that lets Saudi men track wives

Absher lets Saudi men specify when and where women under their 'guardianship' are allowed to travel.

The Listening Post

BuzzFeed and the digital media bubble

Recent layoffs suggest that the click-based advertising revenue model doesn't add up to a profitable bottom line.

Social media

EU: Tech giants now better at removing hate speech

YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook assess 89 percent of flagged content within 24 hours, EU officials say.

EU: Tech giants responding faster to hate speech online

Privacy & Surveillance

Apple blocks Facebook app that paid teens to track internet use

A Facebook research app privacy guidelines by collecting private data like internet history, location data and messages.

Apple blocks Facebook app that paid teens to track internet use

AJ IMPACT

France to impose new tax on internet and tech giants

Paris estimates it will make $570m in 2019 by introducing a new levy on large internet and tech firms from January 1.

France to impose new tax on internet and tech giants

Google

Google has 'no plans' for censored China search engine

Appearing before US Congress, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also denied the search engine has a political bias.

No plans for censored Chinese search engine: Google CEO

China

Google workers push to stop censored Chinese search project

Tech giant taken to task for not challenging Chinese government's policy that politically sensitive results be blocked.

Google workers push to stop censored Chinese search project

AJ IMPACT

Google staff walk out in protest over treatment of women

A number of the tech giant's executives have been accused of sexual misconduct, with one receiving $90m upon resigning.

Google staff walk out in protest over treatment of women

Google

Google says it 'internally tested' censored China search engine

New search engine dubbed Project Dragonfly has been criticised as it will censor results critical of Chinese government.

Google says it 'internally tested' censored China search engine

Google

Google, the company that 'knows everything', turns 20

What started out as a search engine has turned into one of the most influential companies in the world.

The Listening Post

Google's China push outweighs censorship concerns

The tech giant's re-entry into China signals a major policy U-turn involving the world's largest market.

The Listening Post

Bowing to Beijing? Google's Project Dragonfly

Google's planned Chinese search app comes under fire. Plus, censorship in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Censorship

Google staff condemn plan for censored Chinese search engine

China restricts internet users by blocking websites, censoring words and clamping down on free speech.

Google staff condemn plan for censored Chinese search engine

AJ IMPACT

Google fined record $5bn by EU over Android

US tech giant forced major phone makers to pre-install its search engine and browser, EU anti-trust chief says.

EU hits Google with $5bn fine for breaking competition rules