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

Platform News: SoftBank Group CEO

SoftBank’s CEO tests state of emergency appetite via Twitter poll

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group began polling his Twitter followers on Friday over whether a state of emergency should be declared, as the number of people in ...

EU

EU justice chief urges tech giants to halt virus clickbait

EU justice chief Vera Jourova has criticised US tech giants such as Google and Facebook for making money off coronavirus-related fake news instead of putting in more efforts to sto...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter removes thousands of accounts linked to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, other countries

Twitter has just taken down thousands of accounts linked to Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Serbia for either taking directions from the governments or promoting pro-g...

Big Data

In coronavirus fight, much criticised Facebook data helps US cities and states

Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook Inc mobile location data to provide daily updates to US cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders...

Myanmar

Coronavirus pushes Myanmar’s reluctant leader to Facebook

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cited the coronavirus pandemic as the impetus for reluctantly creating her first personal Facebook account in a post on Wednesday. 

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook appoints Robert Kimmitt as lead independent director

Facebook has named the former deputy secretary to the US Treasury, Robert Kimmitt, to its board as lead independent director, effective immediately. 

Platform News: Facebook Social Media Buttons

Facebook says coronavirus pandemic has hit advertising revenue

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday the coronavirus outbreak was undercutting sales of the advertising that accounts for nearly all of its revenue, even as more users spend time on the so...

Platform News: Instagram app on a smartphone

Instagram to remove coronavirus related content from recommendations

Facebook Inc’s Instagram said on Tuesday it would remove coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and its “explore” option, unless posted by ...

Facebook

Facebook eyeing a multi billion dollar stake in Reliance Jio – FT

Facebook Inc is in talks to buy a multi billion dollar stake in Reliance Industries Ltd’s telecom unit, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing two people with knowle...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook lowers video quality in Latin America, following Europe

Facebook Inc will lower video streaming quality on its platform and on Instagram in Latin America, replicating measures adopted in Europe, to ease network congestion in a region th...

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter ad sales hit by coronavirus but active users soar

Twitter pulled its first-quarter revenue outlook and forecast an operating loss on Monday as the coronavirus outbreak crimped ad sales, but said the pandemic boosted the number of ...

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO

Facebook donates emergency reserve of 720,000 face masks due to coronavirus outbreak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Sunday that the social media company has donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 masks to provide health workers with more protective gear. 

Facebook

Facebook also reducing its video streaming quality in Europe

Social media titan, Facebook stated on Sunday that it would temporarily reduce the streaming rates for videos on both its platform and also on Instagram across Europe to help allev...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter bans misleading coronavirus information

Twitter on Wednesday barred users from posting misleading information about the new coronavirus, including denials of expert guidance and encouragement of fake treatments, tighteni...