2021.04.09 Last Week in Digital Media


Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed.





  • there’s a good article on Fortune (paywall) that has an interview with Margrethe Vestager, the Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and is consequently the EU’s major antitrust enforcer. The piece examines Vestager’s expectations for data privacy, algorithmic transparency, and removal of hateful content. Vestager also emphasizes that the tech industry is one of the only remaining totally unregulated markets.
  • the UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a new unit specifically focused on the digital sector. Called the “Digital Markets Unit,” its brief includes user control of data, crackdowns on unfair practices, and promotion of competition.
  • Facebook’s November 2020 acquisition of customer automation startup Kustomer looks set to undergo antitrust review after the Austrian Federal Competition Authority referred the matter to the European Commission.
  • a US House Sub-Committee investigating YouTube Kids has written to YouTube’s CEO that, among many things, claims the offering is “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content” (PDF link, pp2 of 12) and recommends turning off all advertisements for users aged seven and under (pp3).
  • as part of the ongoing antitrust investigations against Google, an unredacted court document filed in Texas revealed details on something called “Project Bernanke”. As part of Project Bernanke, Google used bidding data collected from outside advertisers using its exchange to benefit the search giant’s own ad system (Paywall).


Have a great week.


PS. First, thank you to the readers who have recently taken the time to like the newsletter or send me a note of thanks. It’s appreciated. The distraction this week is an Android-only offering from Google called Floom that lets you see, via AR, what it’s like if you dug a hole to the other side of the earth.

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