Social Networking News

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

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...

Afghan Elections

Afghans mock parallel inaugurations on social media

After a day of political chaos that left many in Afghanistan stunned, some citizens took to social media to vent their frustration and to highlight the absurd elements of their cou...

Platform News: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter, Elliott in deal for Dorsey to stay CEO and add directors

Twitter Inc on Monday reached an agreement with Elliott Management that lets Jack Dorsey stay as chief executive and adds three new directors a few days after Elliott’s plan ...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Australia sues Facebook, alleging breach of user data

The Australian privacy regulator filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc accusing the social media giant of sharing the personal details of more than 300,000 people with political con...

Platform News: President Joe Biden talking about technology on the campaign trail

Twitter labels edited video clip of Biden retweeted by Trump as manipulated media

Twitter Inc has used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was later retweeted by ...

Facebook

Facebook closes London offices until Monday due to coronavirus

Facebook said on Friday it is closing its London offices until Monday morning after a visiting employee from Singapore was tested and diagnosed with coronavirus. 

Grindr

Grindr’s owner says to sell social media app for $608 million

The Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Friday that it has agreed to sell Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it acquired in 2016, for about $608.5 million.

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter bans posts that ‘dehumanise’ people in connection with diseases

Twitter Inc said on Thursday it is banning posts that “dehumanise” people because they have a disease or disability or because of their age, a step that happens to corr...

Indonesia

Twitter and Facebook suspend accounts linked to Indonesian army’s Papua campaign

Twitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts across their platforms following an investigation by news agency Reuters that linked them to a network of news websites ba...