Social Networking News

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

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...

FTC Investigation

FTC chief says has ‘multiple’ investigations of tech platforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday that his agency had multiple investigations of tech platforms, in addition to its known pro...

Line SoftBank

SoftBank to create $30 billion tech giant via Yahoo Japan, Line Corp deal

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank Corp plans to merge internet subsidiary Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line Corp to create a $30 billion tech group, as it strives to comp...

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...

Crypto

Crypto backed by crypto: Dai seeks to change ‘stablecoin’ game

LONDON (Reuters) – Some are backed by dollars. Others by gold. But this “stablecoin” isn’t tied to any major asset – it’s backed by another cryp...

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...

Big Tech

Where US presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech

Reuters – In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, America’s big tech companies are being challenged on many fronts from across the political spectrum, from ant...

Women in Tech

Getting better? More women in tech but not at the top

LISBON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Technology firms are hiring more women and narrowing the gender gap, a poll by Europe’s largest technology conference found on Wed...

Facial Recognition

Twitter wants your feedback on its deepfake policy plans

Reuters – Social media platform Twitter on Monday unveiled its plan for handling deepfake videos and other manipulated media, and called for feedback from the public.

Line SoftBank

SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan confirms merger talks with Line, shares jump

TOKYO (Reuters) – SoftBank’s Yahoo Japan, one of Japan’s top internet firms, confirmed it is in talks to merge with Line Corp, a $27 billion union that would brin...

Fake News

Facebook and YouTube scrub the Trump whistle-blowers name

US platform players Facebook and YouTube have declared that they have removed content that mentioned the potential name of the whistle-blower whose complaint sparked an impeachment...

Libra

Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc revealed lofty plans to establish a cryptocurrency called Libra in June, but the project quickly ran into trouble with sceptic...