Social Networking News

Rolling news and analysis coverage of the major social networking businesses around the globe and the sector as a whole.

Platform News: Discord

Chat app Discord to test ticketing, make audio events easier to find

Chat platform Discord has said it will start to test paid tickets for audio events, the first feature where creators can make money from the site, and will launch a tool next month...

Platform News: Russia and Twitter

Russia: IT firms must open offices in the country under new draft law

Foreign technology companies will be forced to open offices in Russia or face penalties such as advertising bans under draft legislation, a senior lawmaker has said, in a fresh mov...

Platform News: US ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber

Uber and Lyft want more public subsidies to meet California EV mandates

California clean-air regulators want nearly all trips on Uber and Lyft ride-hailing platforms to be in electric vehicles, mandating costly measures that the companies call unrealis...

Bill to ban TikTok on US government devices passes committee

Bill to ban TikTok on US government devices passes committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban federal workers from downloading the popular app TikTok onto US government ...

Platform News: Facebook usage

Judge in US case against Facebook delays trial preparation

The judge in the US government’s antitrust case against Facebook Inc said the social media company’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit “raises a number of serious cha...

Platform News: Wall Street in New York

Tech selloff in focus as Nasdaq falls away from record highs

Wall Street’s main indexes tumbled on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq opening down 2% before steadying a bit, as technology-related stocks with lofty valuations extended losses amid...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

UK unveils law to fine social media firms which fail to remove online abuse

The UK has said a planned new law would see social media companies fined up to 10% of turnover or 18 million pounds (approximately $25 million) if they failed to stamp out online a...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

The coming storm: US state AG’s ask Congress for antitrust funding

On Monday, dozens of state attorneys general wrote to US lawmakers to urge Congress to fund their antitrust probes, which have resulted in big lawsuits filed against Google and Fac...

Platform News: Instagram app on a smartphone

US states urge Facebook to cancel plans for Instagram for younger kids

A group of 40 state attorney generals have urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13.

Audio Streaming app, Clubhouse

Clubhouse launches Android app as downloads plummet

Live audio app Clubhouse began introducing a test version of its app to Google’s Android users in the US on Sunday, the company said, in a potentially big expansion of its ma...

Platform News: Twitter bias in US Politics

Activism: Twitter shuts down accounts for attempting to evade Trump ban

Twitter Inc suspended several accounts this week that were set up to share statements from a new part of President Donald Trump’s website, saying they broke its rules against...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook confronts human rights dilemma on political speech

The Facebook oversight board’s extension of President Donald Trump’s banishment from the social network failed to settle how it will balance political leaders’ fr...

Platform Industry News: President Donald J Trump

Facebook has six months to determine if Trump returns

Facebook’s oversight board upheld the company’s suspension of former US President Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite and gave it six...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter hears from record respondents over world leader rules

Twitter has received a record number of responses to a survey on how it should handle world leaders, a spokeswoman said, an issue in the spotlight ahead of the possible return of f...