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

US judge blocks Twitter’s bid to reveal government surveillance requests

Twitter will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the US government after a federal judge accepted government arguments that this was likely to harm nationa...

Facebook

Facebook to notify users who have engaged with harmful COVID-19 posts

Facebook has said it would start notifying users who had engaged with false posts about COVID-19 which could cause physical harm, such as drinking bleach to cure the virus, and con...

Facebook

Washington attorney general sues Facebook over political ads

Washington state’s attorney general filed a second lawsuit against Facebook Inc over political ads on Tuesday, saying the social media giant once again failed to make disclos...

Platform Industry: Facebook and Social Media

China tensions in Southeast Asia flare across social media

Social media anger from nationalists in China over a Thai internet model’s comments on the coronavirus has become a storm, uniting pro-democracy campaigners against pro-Beiji...

Libra

G20 sets ground rules ahead of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin

The world’s leading economies need to plug gaps in their rulebooks to avoid digital currencies like Facebook’s planned Libra stablecoin from undermining financial stabi...

Telcos

Telecoms shares are losers as lockdown drives dot-com boom

As global lockdowns drive increase internet usage and boosting sales for dot-com businesses as varied as gaming and food delivery, the stocks of internet and telecoms service provi...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook must face renewed privacy lawsuit over user tracking and privacy

A federal appeals court has just revived nationwide litigation accusing social media giant Facebook of violating users’ privacy rights by tracking their internet activity eve...

Platform News: Google

US approves Google request to use segment of US-Asia undersea cable

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved Google’s request to use part of an US-Asia undersea telecommunications cable after the company warned it would fac...

Platform News: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey

Dorsey pledges $1 billion of his Square Inc shareholding for relief efforts

Twitter Inc and Square Inc CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday pledged a cool $1 billion of his shareholding in Square, the payments processor that he co-founded and heads up, in order to h...

Facebook

EU regulators raise more questions about Facebook’s online marketplace

European Union regulators want to know if Facebook’s online marketplace benefits unfairly from its treasure trove of data, according to a questionnaire seen by news agency Re...

Platform Economy: TikTok smartphone app

India asks Facebook and TikTok to remove users spreading misinformation

The government of India has asked social media giant Facebook and ByteDance’s popular TikTok app to remove users spreading misinformation about COVID-19 following concern abo...

Platform News: Facebook Social Media Buttons

Facebook launches ‘Tuned’, its new messaging app for couples

Facebook Inc has launched a new app for couples called “Tuned” that allows a person to chat, share photos, music and have a timeline of shared memories with their partn...

Facebook App

Coronavirus: Facebook asks users about symptoms and provides friendship and location data to researchers

Facebook has stated would start surveying some of its US-based users about their health as part of a research project aimed at generating heat maps of those self-reporting COVID-19...

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 ...