Social Networking News

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

Facebook

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook plans to hire some 10,000 new employees across the EU over the next five years, the social media giant has said, to help build the so-called metaverse – a nascent on...

Chinese Flag

China to keep up scrutiny of internet sector – Xinhua

China will continue its scrutiny of the internet sector, rooting out practices including the blocking of site links by rival platforms and ensuring smaller players have room to dev...

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

Big Tech to face another bipartisan US antitrust bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, headed by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Republican Chuck Grassley, plan to introduce a bill that would bar Big Tech platforms, like Amazo...

Platform News: Microsoft-owned professional networking giant LinkedIn

Microsoft to shut down LinkedIn in China

Microsoft Corp is pulling the plug on LinkedIn in China nearly seven years after its launch and will replace it with a stripped-down version of the platform that would focus only o...

Pinterest

Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp joins Jony Ive’s design firm

Pinterest Inc has said co-founder Evan Sharp is leaving the company to join LoveFrom, a firm led by Jony Ive, the designer of many iconic Apple products.

G20 - Rome, Italy

After G20 endorses tax deal, Italy says its digital levy could stay for two more years

G20 finance leaders have endorsed a global tax deal that calls for the elimination of unilateral digital services taxes, but Italy’s economy minister said it may take up to t...

Facebook

Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms

Facebook will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, ...

US Senator asks Facebook CEO to retain documents linked to testimony

Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell has called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to preserve all documents related to testimony last week from company whistleblower France...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter debuts new ad features, revamped algorithm ahead of e-commerce push

Twitter has rolled out new ad features and revamped the algorithm that decides which ads users see, as part of an effort to lay the groundwork to launch future e-commerce features,...

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

Facebook-backed group launches misinformation adjudication panel in Australia

A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter has said it has set up an industry panel to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the go...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Facebook will try to ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content

Facebook’s Nick Clegg has said the company would introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens away from harmful content, as US lawmakers scrutinize how Facebook and sub...

Facebook

FTC must ensure tech companies uphold youth online privacy

Three US Democratic lawmakers have urged the FTC to ensure technology companies like Facebook, YouTube and TikTok comply with policy changes aimed protecting young people online.

San Francisco

California bars forced non-disclosure clauses in severance agreements

California will bar companies from requiring non-disclosure agreements in settlements with employees over workplace harassment claims under a bill signed into law in a win for tech...

Platform News: Snapchat app on a smartphone

Snap launches in-app tool on drug dangers

Snap is launching an in-app tool to educate users searching for drug-related key words on Snapchat about the dangers of drugs and is working on tools for parents to help keep teena...