Social Networking News

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

Platform News: Reddit is a mainstay of group-based social media

A Reddit IPO? Company seeks to hire advisers

Reddit Inc, the operator of online message boards that became the go-to destination for day traders chasing this year’s frenzy for so-called meme stocks, is seeking to hire i...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter launches subscription-based feature “super follows”

Twitter Inc launched a “super follows” feature on its social media platform on Wednesday, which would allow creators to generate monthly revenue by sharing subscriber-o...

Platform News: European Union flags

Lobbying: Google, Facebook, Microsoft top EU spending

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are the three biggest lobbying spenders in Europe in a battle against tough new laws aimed at curbing US tech giants’ powers, a study released ...

Facebook's Instagram

Instagram to require users to share their birthday amid youth safety push

Instagram will begin requiring users to confirm their birthdays as part of an effort to create new safety features for young people, the Facebook-owned social media app has said.

Audio Streaming app, Clubhouse

Clubhouse launches surround-sound feature to help chats feel life-like

Clubhouse, an audio-only chat app has said it will launch a spatial audio feature to make voices sound as if they’re coming from different directions, helping conversations a...

Tencent WeChat

Chinese social media platforms to “rectify” financial self-media accounts

China’s top social media platforms, Wechat, Douyin, Sina Weibo and Kuaishou, have said they would begin to rectify irregular practices of “self-media” accounts th...

Platform News: Facebook

New York Times: Facebook considers forming an election commission

Facebook Inc has approached academics and policy experts about forming a commission to advise it on issues relating to global elections, the New York Times reported has reported, c...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook to bring voice and video calls to main app

Facebook Inc is letting some users make voice and video calls within its main app on a trial basis, aiming to make it easier to place calls without opening its standalone Messenger...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Ethiopia to build local rival to Facebook, other platforms

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications ...

Google Cloud

For bank regulators, platform giants are now ‘too big to fail’

More than a decade on from the financial crisis, regulators are spooked once again that some companies at the heart of the financial system are too big to fail. But they’re n...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn secure Afghan users’ accounts amid Taliban takeover

Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn said this week they had moved to secure the accounts of Afghan citizens to protect them against being targeted amid the Taliban’s swift takeove...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

FTC says Facebook ‘bought and buried’ rivals in renewed antitrust fight

The Federal Trade Commission in the US has refreshed its antitrust case against Facebook, adding more detail on the accusation the social media company crushed or bought rivals. It...

Platform News: Facebook VR

Facebook launches VR remote work app, calling it a step to the ‘metaverse’

Facebook Inc has launched a test of a new virtual-reality remote work app where users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headsets can hold meetings as avatar versions of themsel...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook removes dozens of vaccine misinformation ‘superspreaders’

Facebook has said it has removed over three dozen pages spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, after the White House called on social media firms to tighten controls on ...