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Australia’s regulatory feud with Facebook turns ugly; The future of mass claims in the UK
19 February 2021 00:00
Facebook users in Australia will no longer have access to news in their news feed. In a dramatic turn of events this week, the US-based tech giant decided that Australia’s new mandatory code of conduct forcing platforms to pay for news content meant including media content was no longer viable. If the move was attempt to force the government to back down, it failed, with Canberra as determined as ever to push ahead with its landmark legislation. Meanwhile, in the UK, consumer champions competing to sue some of the world’s biggest investment banks over currency-market rigging are now waiting for a court decision that could shed some light on the future of mass claims.
19 February 2021 04:28 by Laurel HenningThe decision to kick Australian media off the platform was a show of strength from Facebook.
05 February 2021 11:09 by Simon ZekariaAs the UK’s emerging collective-action regime finds it feet, eyes are focused on this significant “carriage dispute”.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Laurel Henning Senior Correspondent
Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and... Read more
Simon Zekaria Senior Correspondent
Simon Zekaria is a senior correspondent in London, covering UK regulation. Prior to joining MLex, Simon reported on business news for The Wall Street Journal, including on telecommunications, media, technology and consumer affairs. Simon was also a writer for the WSJ on diverse subjects such as Brexit, UK politics and global sport. Simon was previously a correspondent on competition issues and European politics for Thomson Reuters and Agence France-Presse in Brussels. Simon is a graduate... Read more