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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...

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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...

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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 News: Social media titan, Facebook

Whistleblower says Facebook put profit before reining in hate speech

A Facebook Inc whistleblower has accused the social media giant of repeatedly prioritizing profit over clamping down on hate speech and misinformation, and said her lawyers have fi...

Celebrity Instagram content linked to negative feelings, Facebook researchers say

Major social media stars including Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Charli D’Amelio are among celebrities whose Instagram followers experience more negative feelings about t...

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Facebook whistleblower to testify at US Senate hearing next week, lawmakers say

Two US senators have said a Facebook Inc whistleblower will testify at a Senate hearing next week about what one of them called the social media company’s “toxic effect...

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A Reddit IPO? Company seeks to hire advisers

Reddit Inc, the operator of online message boards that became the go-to destination for day traders chasing this year’s frenzy for so-called meme stocks, is seeking to hire i...

Tencent WeChat

Chinese social media platforms to “rectify” financial self-media accounts

China’s top social media platforms, Wechat, Douyin, Sina Weibo and Kuaishou, have said they would begin to rectify irregular practices of “self-media” accounts th...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

FTC says Facebook ‘bought and buried’ rivals in renewed antitrust fight

The Federal Trade Commission in the US has refreshed its antitrust case against Facebook, adding more detail on the accusation the social media company crushed or bought rivals. It...

Grey Data Blog: LinkedIn User Growth

Forecasting LinkedIn User Growth for 2021-22

Over the past decade LinkedIn has been growing at a steady and predictable rate. However, this rate has been accelerating since Microsoft formally concluded its acquisition of the ...

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Twitter reinstates accounts of India’s Rahul Gandhi, other opposition leaders

Twitter unblocked the accounts of India’s main opposition party Congress, its leader Rahul Gandhi and other party officials on Saturday, days after suspending the accounts ov...

Platform News: Social media titan, Facebook

Facebook may have to sell GIF-maker Giphy on UK competition concerns

Britain might require Facebook to sell GIF website Giphy after the country’s competition regulator said on Thursday its investigation found the deal between the two companies...