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 must face data breach class action on security, but not damages: U.S. judge

Reuters – A federal judge said up to 29 million Facebook Inc users whose personal information was stolen in a September 2018 data breach cannot sue as a group for damages, bu...

Senate

Senate Democrats unveil privacy bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if ...

Security

Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking private accounts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A group of employees from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social media giant had unfairly bl...

Singapore

Singapore invokes ‘fake news’ law for first time over Facebook post

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore political figure Brad Bowyer on Monday corrected a Facebook post questioning the independence of state investment firms following a government...

Twitter

Former Twitter worker accused of spying for Saudi Arabia can be released on bond

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A former Twitter Inc employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia may be freed pending trial, a U.S. District Court judge ruled on Thursday.

Facebook

Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has agreed to turn over additional documents after the California state attorney general’s office went to court earlier this month t...

Twitter

Twitter rolls out global ‘hide replies’ feature to give users more control

Reuters – Twitter Inc is globally launching a feature for users to hide certain replies on their tweets, in order to give people more control over their conversations on the ...

Donald Trump

Trump wants Apple to be involved in 5G infrastructure building in U.S.

Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had asked Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to look into helping develop telecommunications infrastructure ...

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...