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Friday, February 11 2022


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I can confirm that life is very good without Facebook and that we would live very well without Facebook.

That’s what the French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in response to Meta’s threat to pull both Facebook and Instagram out of Europe. The reason: The company wants to retain the right to transfer user data back to the US. But European courts have struck down a data-sharing pact between the EU and the US—saying that the latter doesn’t offer enough user protection. And given the EU’s increasingly stringent views on data privacy, it isn’t clear when or if a new deal will be reached. 


Stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at the tyranny of founders (Ashneer Grover, of course) and governments (China, of course). Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

 
Big Story

The strange case of a cancelled TV channel

The TLDR: Malayalam channel Media One lost its High Court appeal challenging the union government’s decision to revoke its broadcast licence—which is the first decision of its kind. What makes it even more notable: No one knows why it was cancelled—except the court and the government—not even Media One.


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • The hijab ban: The latest update
  • The great pandemic: A quick update
  • ED accuses Rana Ayyub of fraud
  • Linkedin says no to politics
  • A #MeToo debacle at Harvard
  • Women have a ‘broken heart’ problem

 

Sanity Break

  • A thrilling bit of cricket match footage! 

 

Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads

 

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