social media

Platform News: Facebook usage

Australian regulator ‘concerned’ about Facebook’s approach to media law

The Australian regulator behind a law forcing large internet platforms to negotiate licencing deals with media outlets has said he was “concerned” about Facebook’...

Platform Industry: President Donald J Trump comments

Trump’s social media deal ignites 350% gain in SPAC’s shares

Former US President Donald J Trump’s deal to create a social media app after Twitter and Facebook barred him won an exuberant endorsement from investors, with shares in a she...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap shares plunge 25% as Apple privacy changes hit ads business

Shares of Snap Inc plummeted 25% after the owner of photo messaging app Snapchat said privacy changes implemented by Apple Inc on iOS devices hurt the company’s ability to ta...

Platform News: Facebook

UK fines Facebook $70 million for breaching order in Giphy deal

Britain’s competition regulator has fined Facebook GBP 50.5 million (approximately $69.6 million) for breaching an order imposed during its investigation into the social medi...

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: Microsoft-owned professional networking giant LinkedIn

Microsoft to shut down LinkedIn in China

Microsoft Corp is pulling the plug on LinkedIn in China nearly seven years after its launch and will replace it with a stripped-down version of the platform that would focus only o...

Facebook

Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms

Facebook will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, ...

US Senator asks Facebook CEO to retain documents linked to testimony

Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell has called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to preserve all documents related to testimony last week from company whistleblower France...

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

Facebook-backed group launches misinformation adjudication panel in Australia

A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter has said it has set up an industry panel to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the go...

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...

Social media giant, Pinterest

Pinterest launches new ad features to drive shopping

Pinterest will roll out new features for brands to promote products and ideas to users, the digital pinboard company has said, part of an effort to grow online shopping on its site...

Platform News: Telegram, the popular messaging app from Russia

Telegram says over 70 million new users joined during Facebook outage

Messaging app Telegram gained over 70 million new users during the latest Facebook outage, its founder Pavel Durov has said, as people worldwide were left without key messaging ser...

Facebook

Facebook asks judge to dismiss US lawsuit to force sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

Facebook Inc has again asked a judge to dismiss the US government’s revised antitrust case that seeks to force the social media giant to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

Platform Industry News: President Donald J Trump

Trump asks US judge to force Twitter to restart his account

Former US President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida on Friday to ask Twitter to restore his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement ...