Social Networking News

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

Internet Providers

Tech regulation leads the agenda at UK G7 forum

Governments, tech leaders and policymakers discussed working together to ensure the internet remains open and democratic, and to improve online safety by better regulation at a con...

Platform News: Twitter App

Who is Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal?

Twitter Inc has promoted company insider and technology head Parag Agrawal to replace Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey.

Platform News: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hands reins to technology chief Agrawal

Twitter Inc CEO Jack Dorsey is stepping down from his role and CTO Parag Agrawal will now lead the company, the social networking platform has announced.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Australia challenges Facebook to back anti-troll defamation law

Facebook Inc will show it has no interest in making the online world safe if it quits Australia over laws holding it liable for defamation on its platform, Prime Minister Scott Mor...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

News Short: FT suggests UK regulator set to block Meta’s Giphy deal

The UK competition regulator is expected to block Meta Platforms’ acquisition of online GIF platform Giphy in the coming days, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Scott Morrison Australian PM

Australia to introduce new laws to force media platforms to unmask online trolls

Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

WhatsApp wins approval to double payments offering to 40 million users in India

WhatsApp has won regulatory approval to double the number of users on its payments service in India to 40 million, a source with direct knowledge has told journalists.

European Union

EU countries agree on common stance on new rules for US tech giants

EU countries have now agreed on a common position on new rules to curb the power of US tech giants and force them to do more to police their platforms for illegal content.

European Union

EU rules aim for more transparency in targeted political ads

US tech giants will have to provide more data on their targeted political ads or risk fines up to 4% of their global turnover under draft EU rules seen by journalists, part of the ...

Platform News: Reddit is a mainstay of group-based social media

Reddit to shut down Dubsmash app, integrate video tools with platform

Reddit is pulling the plug on its TikTok-like platform, Dubsmash, the social network has said, just a year after buying it for an undisclosed sum to bolster its video creation tool...

Unions

US tech execs hone approach to counter unions amid growing worker interest

In June, managers at location data start-up Mapbox came to employees with alarming news: The company had lost a $150 million investment, and worker organizing was to blame.

Facebook's Instagram

US state attorneys general probe Instagram’s effect on kids

A bipartisan coalition of US state attorneys general has said it has opened a probe into Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, for promoting its subsidiary Instagram to children d...

Google Cloud

Google Cloud, Snap, Spotify back up after brief outage

Multiple social media apps such as Snapchat, Spotify and Google Cloud appeared to be coming back online after a brief global outage yesterday.

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter expands free data access for app developers

Twitter Inc has said it will expand free access to the social networking site’s data to help software developers create tools and products that could promote safer online con...

Platform News: Snapchat app on a smartphone

Snap hires head of carrier partnerships to boost global growth

Snap Inc said has it has hired its first head of telecom carrier partnerships, as the parent company of messaging app Snapchat seeks to bolster its growth outside the US.