Social Networking News

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

UK

UK watchdog wants tougher checks for Google and Facebook

The British government must introduce new measures to reduce the dominance of Facebook and Google in the digital advertising sector to help make space for other players, Britain...

Facebook App

Facebook frustrates advertisers as boycott over hate speech kicks off

Adverts from more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks have now vanished from Facebook, after the failure of last-ditch talks to stop a boycott over hate speech on the...

Facebook Buttons

Facebook bans accounts linked to US ‘boogaloo’ movement

Facebook has stepped up the battle against the anti-government “boogaloo” movement, banning accounts of adherents who encouraged violence during recent anti-racism prot...

Facebook

Facebook agrees to audit its hate speech controls

Facebook has said it would submit itself to an audit of how it controls hate speech in a bid to appease a growing advertising boycott of the platform, as it prepared to address a g...

India China

Start-ups in India downplay Chinese links amid wave of anti-China sentiment

Indian start-ups with Chinese funding and Chinese smartphone makers are actively touting their Indian-ness to users as they seek to address a growing wave of nationalism following ...

Social media

LinkedIn users ditch polite networking for real talk on race and inequity

“This is white supremacy. This is institutionalised racism,” Aaisha Joseph, an executive assistant in New York City, posted on LinkedIn in early June, calling out the B...

Reddit

Reddit bans ‘The_Donald’ forum amid broad social media crackdown

The social media platform Reddit has shut down r/The_Donald, a forum which long served as a popular online home base for fans of President Donald Trump, saying it violated the site...

Facebook

Facebook ad boycott campaign to go global, organisers say

Organisers of a Facebook advertising boycott campaign that has drawn support from a rapidly expanding list of major companies are now preparing to take the battle global to increas...

Canadian Visa System

Canadian visa programme may lure tech workers blocked by Trump

A fast-track visa programme that Canada launched in 2017 has attracted a growing number of tech workers, and US President Trump’s latest immigration crackdown is set to furth...

Social Media Giants

US government asks tech CEO’s to ensure online platforms not used to spur violence

The US Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to CEO’s of five large tech companies asking them to ensure social media platforms are not used to incite violence in the...

Facebook

Facebook will label newsworthy posts that break rules as ad boycott widens

Facebook has said it will start labelling newsworthy content that violates the social media company’s policies, and label all posts and ads about voting with links to authori...

Verizon

Verizon suspends advertising on Facebook, joins the growing boycott

Verizon Communications said it was pausing advertising on Facebook, in support of a campaign that called out the social media giant for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its ...

Social Media Giants

Section 230: Senators propose reform to key US tech liability shield

Two US senators have introduced legislation to reform part of a federal law that largely exempts tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter from legal liability for the material t...

Facebook

More US companies join Facebook ad boycott bandwagon

A handful of US companies have pulled advertising from Facebook Inc in support of a campaign that called out the social media giant for not doing enough to stop hate speech on its ...