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: Twitter App

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.

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

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...

Platform News: Twitter App

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 ...

Platform Industry: President Donald Trump comments

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 ...

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

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...

Women on social media

Women leaders driven offline and out of work by social media abuse

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pervasive abuse of women on social media is driving female leaders off the internet and, in some cases, out of a job, a conference heard...

Big Tech

Where US presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech

Reuters – In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, America’s big tech companies are being challenged on many fronts from across the political spectrum, from ant...

Women in Tech

Getting better? More women in tech but not at the top

LISBON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Technology firms are hiring more women and narrowing the gender gap, a poll by Europe’s largest technology conference found on Wed...

Facial Recognition

Twitter wants your feedback on its deepfake policy plans

Reuters – Social media platform Twitter on Monday unveiled its plan for handling deepfake videos and other manipulated media, and called for feedback from the public.