Push for Facebook oversight in U.K.
After 18 months investigating Facebook and online misinformation, a British parliamentary committee issued a scathing report Monday, accusing the company of breaking data privacy and competition laws and calling for new regulations to rein in the technology industry. Repeated scandals involving Facebook and other tech companies demand more government oversight, the committee concluded, including laws making internet companies legally liable for content shared on their websites. The report recommends the creation of a British watchdog to oversee the technology industry. It also suggested legally requiring internet platforms to remove what the government determines to be harmful content, or risk fines or other punishments.
Honda plans to leave Britain
The Japanese automaker Honda has become the latest business to make plans to leave Britain as global forces reshape the car industry and the country prepares to exit the European Union, a process known as Brexit. Honda will close its plant in Swindon, England, which employs 3,500 workers, by 2021, according to a statement from two members of Parliament who have been in contact with the carmaker. Honda declined to respond to queries about the move.
Amazon to rethink film strategies
The film business has chewed up Amazon since late in 2017, when the tech giant moved into self-distribution. Amazon has released six flops in a row. Now a company that is accustomed to entering markets and making the incumbents shudder is pushing the reset button. To that end, Jennifer Salke, who took over as head of Amazon Studios in March, said she had decided that the way forward for Amazon involves different “lanes.” Those include awards-worthy specialty films, sexual thrillers and horror films from Blumhouse. Salke also wants to add a pipeline of young-adult films.
NYC bans hair discrimination
Under new guidelines to be released this week by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the targeting of people based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination. The change in law applies to anyone in New York City but is aimed at remedying the disparate treatment of black people. The guidelines give legal recourse to people who have been harassed, threatened, punished, demoted or fired because of the texture or style of their hair. The city commission can levy penalties up to $250,000 on defendants that are found in violation of the guidelines.