Social Networking News

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

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...

Tencent WeChat

China’s Tencent sees WeChat platform usage surge on virus

China’s gaming and social media group Tencent Holdings said on Wednesday the coronavirus outbreak has driven up traffic to its WeChat platform and other services, though it h...

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook to shift sensitive content moderation to staffers amid coronavirus crisis

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the company was moving moderation of its most sensitive content, including self-harm and counter terrorism, from contractors to ...

Facebook App

Facebook bug causes legitimate coronavirus posts to be marked as spam: executive

Facebook’s head of safety said on Tuesday a bug was responsible for posts on topics including coronavirus being erroneously marked as spam, prompting widespread complaints fr...

Social Isolation

Under Europe’s virus lockdown, social media proves a lifeline

Hundreds of millions of Europeans are getting to grips with weeks of a massively contracted existence under lockdown.

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

Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

YouTube, Facebook and Twitter warned on Monday that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on aut...

Tokyo Olympics

As world grapples with pandemic, Tokyo 2020’s Twitter account puts on a happy face

The official Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games Twitter account offers no inkling that the novel coronavirus pandemic has threatened the Games – and the account’...

Italy Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Social and family life in Italy goes virtual

As 60 million Italians face a country-wide lockdown due to coronavirus, many daily interactions among family, friends and colleagues have moved to messaging platforms such as Whats...

Platform NewS: China's ByteDance CEO and TikTok apps Founder

Zhang Yiming, founder of ByteDance, gears up for the global stage

The founder of China’s ByteDance, owner of the wildly successful TikTok app, has for years aspired to make ByteDance the first Chinese firm to rival American internet giants ...

Facebook

Facebook and Twitter remove Russia-linked accounts in Ghana targeting the US

Facebook and Twitter have both stated that they have taken down a network of Russian-linked fake accounts operated out of Ghana and Nigeria which targeted the US. 

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

TikTok owner ByteDance announces China leaders, targets 100,000 global headcount

Beijing, China-based ByteDance, owner of global short video hit TikTok, has appointed new heads for its China business and set a goal to nearly double its global headcount to 100,0...

Facebook App

Spyware firm NSO seeks court sanctions against Facebook

Israel’s NSO Group is asking a California judge to sanction Facebook Inc for allegedly failing to abide by international law with regards to its lawsuit against the spyware m...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank’s founder ends Twitter absence over coronavirus worries

SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son may not be the most prolific Twitter user, but he has ended a three-year absence on the platform to express concern about the coronavirus outbreak, t...