Amazon Charged With EU Antitrust Violation For Allegedly Using Sellers’ Data To Compete Against Them

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The European Union has charged Amazon with violating antitrust law in the region, accusing the e-commerce giant of using the data it collects from third-party sellers on the platform to compete against them, bringing into focus Amazon’s contentious dual role both as a retailer and as a marketplace for other vendors.

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The charges have been issued by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body which has been looking into Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers since 2018.

The Commission has alleged that Amazon “systematically uses non-public business data” to “avoid the normal risks of competition and leverage dominance for e-commerce in France and Germany,” Amazon’s two biggest European markets the Commission said.

The EU body has also

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TikTok expands policy violation notifications

TikTok has been working to expand its content rules and safeguards against misinformation and hate speech this year, including launching an election guide within the app and prohibiting deepfake videos. The company also confirmed this week it will remove posts supporting white nationalism, in addition to neo-Nazi content it already removed.

But like fellow social media companies Twitter and Facebook, TikTok still struggles to rid its site completely of misinformation — including the recent spread of false stories about Joe Biden’s health.

TikTok has been testing the new notifications announced Thursday for a few months, the company said in a blog post. It said the explanations have been helping reduce the number of repeat violations, and it saw a 14 percent reduction in appeals.

“By being more transparent with our content enforcement, we aim to ensure that our Community Guidelines are enforced uniformly and evenly,” the post said.

The company

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