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Donald Trump to Sue Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet Over Censorship

By Andrea Villar | Fri, 07/09/2021 - 09:20

Former US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was filing class-action lawsuits against Alphabet's Google, Facebook and Twitter, as well as their CEOs, alleging the platforms silence conservative views. A few weeks ago, Facebook's advisory board, responsible for assessing the future of Trump's accounts, decided to continue banning his accounts but said it will undergo a new revision.

In January 2021, Facebook indefinitely blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns of further violent unrest following the assault on the US Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of the former president. Later that day, Twitter also suspended Trump's account, following a couple of tweets that the company considered encouraged violence and, therefore, violated the social media’s community policies.

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  • In an interview with Mexico Business News this week, General Manager of Shared Rides at Uber México Gretta González share the role that the mobility company hopes to play in Mexico’s economic recovery. The recently announced investment of MX$710 million (US$36 million) for an incentive plan for drivers and delivery staff, “shows our commitment to the driver and delivery partners in Mexico.” González added that Uber is “aware of the role we play in the economy’s reactivation and the opportunities we can provide to support those who need additional income.” Read the full conversation here. 

 

  • Multiple US states teamed up in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against Google, accusing it of abusing its position in the app shop for Android-based mobile devices. “Once again, we are seeing Google use its dominance to illegally quash competition and profit to the tune of billions,” New York Attorney General Letitia James, who leads the lawsuit backed by 37 attorneys general, said in a statement. “Through its illegal conduct, the company has ensured that hundreds of millions of Android users turn to Google, and only Google, for the millions of applications they may choose to download to their phones and tablets. Worse yet, Google is squeezing the lifeblood out of millions of small businesses that are only seeking to compete. We are filing this lawsuit to end Google’s illegal monopoly power and finally give voice to millions of consumers and business owners.”

 

  • The Aviation Digital Alliance, an Airbus and Delta TechOps partnership established in 2019, welcomed GE Digital. By incorporating the technology giant, the alliance will boost its capabilities to develop digital analytics for aircraft systems, airlines and maintenance operations. The addition will also benefit the 140 commercial airlines of the Skywise Core data platform as carriers return to normal operations. Read the full article here.

 

  • Tencent will use facial recognition to prevent minors from breaking the night-time ban on online video games. China's current regulation officially bans children under 18 from playing online video games between 10 pm and 8 am. The measure aims to reduce video game addiction and vision problems among children. The tech Chinese company already prevented children from playing at night through nominative registration with age verification, yet underage users were using accounts created by adults to get around the prohibition.

 

  • Vaccination registration for people over the age of 18 has kicked off in Mexico with Uber announcing that it will provide discounts of up to MX$60 for users with an appointment issued by the Ministry of Health (SSa). The decision aims to encourage people between the ages of 30 and 39 to get their vaccinations. This effort, the company said, is part of Uber's global commitment to facilitate mobility during the COVID-19 vaccination. To activate this promotion, people must have the vaccination registration folio issued through SSa’s website.
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Andrea Villar Andrea Villar Journalist and Industry Analyst