Social Networking News

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

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Biden softens tone on Facebook, urges action on vaccine misinformation

Joe Biden took a softer tone when talking about Facebook Inc, after saying last week that the social media company was “killing people” by allowing the spread of misinf...

Platform News: Dreamers

US tech companies disappointed with DACA ruling, urge Congress to act

Some US tech companies expressed disappointment with a ruling by a federal judge that blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United ...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter sees jump in govt demands to remove editorial content

Twitter Inc a surge in government demands worldwide in 2020 to take down content posted by journalists and news outlets, according to data released by the struggling social media p...

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Facebook seeks US FTC Chair Lina Khan’s recusal in antitrust case

Facebook has asked for the recusal of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan from the FTC’s antitrust case against the company, a step that could imperil the agency’s...

Platform News: Social Media Giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter

EU lawmaker gets backing for tougher EU tech rules

A key EU lawmaker at the European Parliament steering the debate on tough new rules aimed at Facebook, Google and other large online platforms, secured backing to beef up Europeans...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook and Instagram will invest over $1 billion in content creators

Facebook will spend a cool $1 billion on social media creators through the end of 2022 in a fight for talent. The announcement comes in a week when TikTok became the first rival mo...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

How Big Tech is faring against US lawsuits and probes

Big Tech platforms Google and Facebook were hit with a series of antitrust lawsuits by the US federal government and states on charges they are operating monopolies and abusing the...

Platform News: European Union flags

After US push, EU pauses tax plan, but Ireland sticks to its guns

The European Union has agreed to delay a corporate tax plan for the bloc following pressure from the Biden-Harris administration and in a bid to facilitate a broader global tax dea...

Platform News: Twitter bias in US Politics

Some Twitter staff return to offices in New York, San Francisco

After more than 16 months of working from home, some Twitter Inc employees in San Francisco and New York have returned to the office as the company reopened its corporate campuses ...

Platform News: WhatsApp messaging app

WhatsApp targeted in EU consumer complaints over privacy changes

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp on Monday faced a barrage of complaints by the European Consumer Organisation and others over a privacy policy update, which has prompted a global out...

Platform News: Fidji Simo

Instacart taps Facebook app head Simo as CEO

Instacart named Facebook Inc app head Fidji Simo as its CEO, adding big tech expertise ahead of an expected stock market listing by the US grocery delivery platform.

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Facebook ‘lost’ important rule on dangerous individuals for three years

Facebook “misplaced” guidance on an important exemption to its rules on dangerous individuals and organizations for three years, the company’s independent oversig...

Platform News: Social media Twitter button

Twitter begins exec hiring to comply with India’s new IT rules

Twitter Inc’s India unit has appointed an interim chief compliance officer and will soon designate two other executives to comply with the country’s new IT rules, the s...

Platform Industry: President Donald Trump comments

Trump sues Facebook, Twitter and Google, claiming censorship

Former US President Donald Trump filed lawsuits against Twitter Inc, Facebook, and Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoin...