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January 27 2021

This Week in Digital


In this week’s edition of This Week in Digital, we look at misinformation in Big Tech and how platforms are working to combat it, new features for TikTok, and the latest on the exclusive invite-only app Clubhouse.



  • Facebook News is launching in the UK and several major publishers including the BBC, Channel 4 and The Guardian have signed deals to provide content
  • Twitter has announced a pilot allowing users to flag misinformation. The pilot programme, called Birdwatch, is being trialled in the US this month
  • Google claims privacy-proof ad targeting options they are testing are just as effective as cookie-based approaches. However, competition concerns continue to linger
  • Clubhouse has set its sights on Europe


  • Snapchat’s Head of Sports Partnerships, Anmol Malhotra has revealed how the COVID-19 crisis moved Snapchat back to its core purpose


Deep Reads

  • Changes to WhatsApp’s T&Cs have catapulted rival services such as Signal into the spotlight. However, rapid growth has exposed growing pains facing the fledgling messaging app, The Verge investigates
  • The NY Times takes a look at why Big Tech has found itself policing free speech

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