Google and Facebook apply to route trans-Pacific data via Taiwan and Philippines amid China security concerns

Google and Facebook are seeking permission from America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to route data via undersea cables landing in Taiwan and the Philippines after attempts to activate links to Hong Kong and China faced security hurdles, according to a report in TechCrunch, February 7. In 2016, the two tech giants announced development of a new fiber-optic undersea cable network that would be the first direct undersea cable to connect Hong Kong and the USA. The 120 terabit-per-second Pacific Light

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Facebook to open ‘war room’ for upcoming Taiwan presidential elections

For the first time, social media giant Facebook will set up a ‘war room’ to counter misinformation and interference in in the upcoming Taiwan presidential election, January 11. Taiwan’s Central News Agency quoted an “industry insider” as saying that Facebook is setting up a war room in the Asia Pacific headquarters of Taipei and Singapore, and will begin operations after January 1. The war room will bring together members of different departments, including Facebook’s public policy, political advertising, content review,

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