The European Commission announced a new proposal to raise taxes on technology companies to bring in an estimated $6.2 billion into the European Union, based on the criticism that, big tech companies pay too little tax in Europe. Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon will pay a 3% tax on their earnings. The plan has caused a clash between the EU and US, as both fight to retain corporate tax revenue.
Palestinian teen activist, Ahed Tamimi, arrested after slapping two Israeli soldiers has accepted a plea deal to serve just 8 months in prison. Tamimi agreed to plead guilty to the 12 charges against her including assault, saying, ‘there is no justice under the occupation,’ as the conflict between Palestine and Israel seeps into the newer generation.
Amid the investigation into Cambridge Analytica regarding the 2016 US election, a new review will be undertaken examining the firm’s role in the election of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017. Cambridge Analytica executives were reportedly recorded discussing control in Kenya, though the company denies wrongdoing. Cambridge Analytica has suspended CEO Alexander Nix.
Following an incident last week where a puppy died after being placed in an overhead bin, United Air CEO Oscar Munoz commented saying the airline ‘got it wrong.’ The incident was followed by a collection of other animal mishaps by United Air, leading to suspension of their animal cargo shipping program, PetSafe, to make improvements.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, spoke out admitting the social network ‘made mistakes’ and a ‘breach of trust’ occurred regarding the improper use of user data by technology company Cambridge Analytica, and saying he is ‘really sorry.’ Facebook will audit thousands of apps used on the site and restrict the data third-party developers have access to.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced his resignation amid a corruption scandal, weeks before President Trump was to visit for a summit on improving governance in the Americas. Kuczynski’s resignation came a day after a video showed key allies attempting to buy the support of opposition lawmakers, and a day before a congressional impeachment vote against him.