Communication & Collaboration News

The latest news and industry commentary on communication and collaboration platforms and the businesses building them.

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank’s founder ends Twitter absence over coronavirus worries

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son may not be the most prolific Twitter user, but he has ended a three-year absence on the platform to express concern about the coronavirus outbreak, t...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong regulator considers easing strict data storage rules – sources

Hong Kong is considering softening new data storage rules, amid concerns of conflict with confidentiality laws elsewhere as authorities globally look to balance regulatory requirem...

Platform News: President Joe Biden talking about technology on the campaign trail

Twitter labels edited video clip of Biden retweeted by Trump as manipulated media

Twitter Inc has used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was later retweeted by ...

Grindr

Grindr’s owner says to sell social media app for $608 million

The Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Friday that it has agreed to sell Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it acquired in 2016, for about $608.5 million.

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter bans posts that ‘dehumanise’ people in connection with diseases

Twitter Inc said on Thursday it is banning posts that “dehumanise” people because they have a disease or disability or because of their age, a step that happens to corr...

AGM Online Voting

Online voting at AGMs in demand as coronavirus spreads

Online voting at annual shareholder meetings has jumped since the coronavirus outbreak as investors shun large gatherings because of travel restrictions or fear of infection, Swiss...

Platform News: Apple logo on a retail store window

Coronavirus: Apple pulls out of South by Southwest festival

A spokesman for Apple Inc has announced that the Cupertino, California-based business is pulling out of this month’s South by Southwest music and tech festival amid the coron...

Platform News: China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part of an ongoi...

Platform News: China

Feature or bug? Translation key on China’s WeChat takes jabs at other country’s flags

SHANGHAI – Chinese social media giant Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday that it will fix a “translation bug” on its chat app WeChat that sends out distinct non...

Facebook

US regulator weighs action against Facebook over how its apps interact: WSJ

Reuters – The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering asking a court to stop Facebook from moving ahead with plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

US senators threaten Facebook and Apple with encryption regulation

SAN FRANCISCO – US senators grilled Apple Inc and Facebook Inc executives over their encryption practices on Tuesday and threatened to regulate the technology unless the comp...

Interpol

Interpol group delays criticism of encryption after objections

SAN FRANCISCO – The international police organisation Interpol put off plans to condemn the spread of strong encryption after objections by tech companies and civil liberties...

ByteDance sign

Exclusive: China’s ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid US probe – sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING – ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a US national security panel&...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

Senate Democrats unveil privacy bill

WASHINGTON – Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they misha...

Security

Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking private accounts

JERUSALEM – A group of employees from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social media giant had unfairly blocked thei...