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ACC looks into social media companies’ interactions with small businesses Australia’s competition commission is looking into how small businesses are engaging with social media platforms such as advertising experience and switching costs between platforms. These views are being sought as part of its Digital Platforms Inquiry which has established names like Meta, TikTok, and Amazon in its ambit, along with upcoming platforms like BeReal. [Read more]  Insights from Snapchat’s survey on privacy controls and preferences  Messaging and social media platform Snapchat conducted a survey to understand privacy preferences of its users. Its insights include the fact that while 77% of Gen Z and Millennials consider privacy important, only 72% are satisfied with the privacy controls they have at present. [Read more] Researcher claims Meta tracks users on third party sites using in-app browser  A researcher Felix Kraus has claimed that Meta, through its apps Facebook and Instagram, redirects users to external sites through its in-app browser. According to him, this enables Meta to “monitor all user interactions, like every button and link tapped, text selections, screenshots, as well as any form inputs, like passwords, addresses and credit card numbers” using its trackers. [Read more]  MeitY Secretary Alkesh Sharma on UN’s Internet Governance panel  The secretary of India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Alkesh Sharma, will be a part of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel (IGF). The IGF is an international, UN-level body to deliberate on internet policy. It's worth watching what India’s inputs will be at this…

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