FB, Google juggling China, EU
AS EUROPE looks to make tech giants better corporate citizens, China is going the other way.
And users and employees are letting the companies know they are not happy.
China will only let companies into the massive market of 1.4 billion people if they remove certain apps or features, block access to certain websites or provide government access to data.
Its massive Stalinist system aims to crush dissent, control social behaviour and stop tiny legal infractions such as crossing the road where there is no crossing.
Google employees have signed petitions protesting a secret search engine the company is developing for China.
At the same time, Europe is going after the data management and targeting side of the companies.
And Facebook is finally trying to clean up its mess over targeting users so it can deliver ads and fake news. But this comes only after a swag of investigations, a lot of bad media and a fall in users and in time spent on site.
US Department of Housing took action against Facebook because its targeting tools let landlords discriminate sexually and against people with disabilities.