Media and Content Platform News

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Google

Union accuses Google of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labor charge against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday, accusing the company of un...

Instagram

Instagram to collect ages in leap for youth safety, alcohol ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s Instagram said it will require birth-dates from all new users starting on Wednesday, expanding the audience for ads for alcohol...

TikTok

TikTok accused in California lawsuit of sending user data to China

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California college student has accused popular video-sharing app TikTok in a class-action lawsuit of transferring private user data to servers in ...

TikTok

TikTok apologises for temporary removal of video on Muslims in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Social media app TikTok apologised to a user on Thursday for removing a video that criticised China’s treatment of Muslims, blaming a “human ...

esports

Esports: Renault harnesses real F1 resources for virtual success

ENSTONE, England (Reuters) – Jarno Opmeer once trained in the Renault team gym as a junior academy driver and now the Dutch racer is back at the factory facility, preparing f...

ByteDance sign

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

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national sec...

Security

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

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

TikTok

U.S. Military examines TikTok security concerns after Schumer’s data warning

The US Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the app’s hand...

Social Media Giants

Factbox: How social media services handle political ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online platforms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google face growing pressure to stop carrying political ads that contain false or misle...

Big Tech

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple offer defence in congressional antitrust probe

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four top U.S. tech companies, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon.com and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional commit...

TikTok

ByteDance CEO urges TikTok diversification as U.S. pressure mounts: internal note

BEIJING (Reuters) – The founder and CEO of TikTok owner ByteDance will focus on adding users of the popular video app in countries outside of its strongest markets, according...

Interpol

Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The international police organisation Interpol plans to condemn the spread of strong encryption in a statement Monday saying it protects child sex p...

TikTok

TikTok owner ByteDance plans to launch music streaming – FT

Reuters – TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels – Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music – for global licensing...

Women on social media

Women leaders driven offline and out of work by social media abuse

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pervasive abuse of women on social media is driving female leaders off the internet and, in some cases, out of a job, a conference heard...