Tech gi­ants not run by al­tru­is­tic hip­pies in jeans - watch­dog

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BIG tech com­pa­nies give the im­pres­sion they are run by al­tru­is­tic Cal­i­for­nian hip­pies in jeans, but they are re­ally ra­pa­cious cap­i­tal­ists, the chair­man of the Press Coun­cil has warned.

For­mer diplo­mat Seán Don­lon warned the press in this coun­try faces ma­jor threats like never be­fore.

The chair­man of the press watch­dog said th­ese threats were posed by tech com­pa­nies such as Face­book, Google, Twit­ter and YouTube, and the out­dated defama­tion laws.

Th­ese so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies were not sub­ject to any reg­u­la­tion, yet were tak­ing the ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue on which tra­di­tional me­dia de­pended with­out em­ploy­ing trained jour­nal­ists.

He said the threat posed by th­ese com­pa­nies ex­tended beyond what is known as tra­di­tional me­dia and to the foun­da­tions of democ­ra­cies

“We all ac­cept their ad­van­tages, but we should not over­look what ex­actly some of them are de­ter­mined to do or are do­ing in the course of mak­ing enor­mous amounts of money,” he said.

Mr Don­lon was speak­ing at a meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Euro­pean Jour­nal­ists in Dublin.

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