Social Networking

Platform News: Bitcoin cryptocurrency

Elon Musk says bitcoin is ‘on the verge’ of being widely accepted

Elon Musk has commented that bitcoin was “on the verge” of being more widely accepted among investors as he expressed his support for the digital currency in a chat on ...

Facebook

UK’s competition watchdog begins probe into Facebook’s Giphy deal

UK’s competition watchdog has launched its first evaluation of Facebook Inc’s completed acquisition of GIF website Giphy, in a time when the social networking network i...

Virtual Reality

German cartel office extends probe of ties between Facebook and Oculus

Germany’s antitrust regulator said on Thursday that it was expanding the scope of its abuse proceedings against Facebook related to the links between its Oculus virtual reali...

Platform News: Twitter bias in US Politics

Twitter users fact check misinformation in new trial program

Twitter Inc has said that it is establishing a pilot program that has users flag tweets they think are deceptive and write notes to give context.

Platform News: viral TikTok video streaming app

Russia says TikTok deletes posts promoting illegal protest

Russia has said that TikTok had deleted some of what it called illegal posts promoting weekend protests aimed at securing the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter says it locked account of China’s US embassy over Xinjiang-related tweet

Twitter has locked the account of China’s US embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policies in the Xinjiang region, which the US social media platform said violated...

Platform News: Facebook usage

Facebook says starts process of appointing Turkey representative

Facebook has said it had begun the process of appointing a legal entity as a local representative in Turkey in compliance with a new social media law which critics have said will m...

Platform News: Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey

Suspension of President Trump may test Twitter CEO’s truce with key investors

Twitter’s decision to suspend President Trump’s account on the platform will potentially reignite an issue involving CEO Jack Dorsey and leading shareholders of the con...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

Signal ramps up hiring after WhatsApp controversy drives downloads

Messaging app Signal has seen “unprecedented” growth after a controversial change in rival WhatsApp’s privacy policy and is seeking to hire more staff as it attem...

Platform News: Twitter bias in US Politics

Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts dedicated to sharing conspiracy

Twitter has said it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts which were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content after last week’s violence in Washington DC when supporter...

Platform News: Facebook meeting

Sandberg suggests Facebook has no plans to lift Trump ban

Facebook Inc’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has said the world’s largest social media business needed no plans to raise its own block on the balances of US President Trump, sinc...

Platform News: Twitter stock market and financial performance

Twitter shares dive after they suspend the account of President Trump

Shares of Twitter slumped by some 7% on Monday, which knocks off about $2.5 billion of the market value of the controversial social networking business after it suspended the accou...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook to add more account security features next year

Facebook has said it would start allowing users to prepare physical safety keys as a way to confirm their identity before logging to the social network’s mobile app, beginnin...

Facebook

Facebook removes anti-vaccine ‘fake news’ in Israel, government says

Facebook has taken down content which distribute lies in Israel from coronavirus vaccinations since the government attempts to drum up support to the programme, the Justice Ministr...