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Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Brazil electoral court could ban Telegram app for not fighting fake news

Brazil’s top electoral authority, the TSE, is considering whether to ban the messaging app Telegram during the run-up to October elections because it has not responded to req...

Platform Industry: Bitcoin and digital currencies

Spain moves to rein in crypto-asset advertising

Spain has moved to regulate rampant advertising of crypto assets, including by social media influencers, tasking the stock market supervisor with authorising mass campaigns and mak...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

Dutch town approves licence for Meta data centre, biggest in Netherlands

The town of Zeewolde, 50km east of Amsterdam, on Thursday approved plans by Meta to build the largest data centre in the Netherlands from which Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp can...

Instagram

Instagram aims to launch chronological feed option in 2022

The head of Instagram has said he aims to launch next year a version of the app with a chronological feed, rather than one ranked algorithmically, in his first appearance before Co...

Facebook's Instagram

Instagram, ahead of US Senate hearing, tightens teen protection measures

Instagram has said it will be stricter about the types of content it recommends to teens in the photo-sharing app and will nudge them toward different areas if they dwell on one to...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook, Instagram remove Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ COVID claims

Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc has said it had removed accounts used by an influence operation originating in China that promoted claims of a fake “Swiss biologist” ...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

News Short: FT suggests UK regulator set to block Meta’s Giphy deal

The UK competition regulator is expected to block Meta Platforms’ acquisition of online GIF platform Giphy in the coming days, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Platform News: Reddit is a mainstay of group-based social media

Reddit to shut down Dubsmash app, integrate video tools with platform

Reddit is pulling the plug on its TikTok-like platform, Dubsmash, the social network has said, just a year after buying it for an undisclosed sum to bolster its video creation tool...

Facebook's Instagram

US state attorneys general probe Instagram’s effect on kids

A bipartisan coalition of US state attorneys general has said it has opened a probe into Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, for promoting its subsidiary Instagram to children d...

Platform Industry: NBCUniversal Comcast on the side of a building

NBCUniversal to launch livestream shopping, following Big Tech’s lead

NBCUniversal is making its livestream shopping debut with a show on Instagram and other platforms during the holiday season, allowing viewers to buy clothing, home decor and other ...

Enter the Zuckerverse? Social media churns with new names for Facebook

Zuckerverse. Timesuck. Faceplant. They’re just a few of the suggestions being bandied around online following reports that Facebook plans to rebrand itself with a new group n...

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

The Verge: Facebook plans to change its name

Social media giant Facebook is planning to rebrand itself with a new name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, the Verge has reported, citing a source with dir...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Senate panel to hold new hearing on social media impact on young users

The US Senate will hold a hearing on October the 26th with tech businesses Snap, TikTok, and YouTube about their platforms’ impact on young users, a panel has said.

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Facebook will try to ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content

Facebook’s Nick Clegg has said the company would introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens away from harmful content, as US lawmakers scrutinize how Facebook and sub...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Analysis: If Facebook is a problem, is a social media regulator the solution?

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has told Congress that one option for making social media less harmful would be to create a dedicated regulatory agency to oversee companies l...

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