Social Networking News

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

Libra

Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook warned European Union regulators on Monday against forcing tech giants to open their vast troves of data to rivals, saying such a move would car...

UK

Fund managers deploy machines to decipher British election riddle

LONDON (Reuters) – Question: How do you predict the outcome of a snap election when so many polls have been so wrong, half of voters haven’t made up their minds and the...

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

TikTok apologises for temporary removal of video on Muslims in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Social media app TikTok apologised to a user on Thursday for removing a video that criticised China’s treatment of Muslims, blaming a “human ...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

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...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

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...

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...