Social Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet to testify at U.S. House hearing

    ​The US House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to take testimony from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's YouTube unit and Twitter Inc on whether social media companies are filtering content for political reasons, the committee chairman said.

    16 July 18 09:23 Written by Reuters
  • Stop the bots: Senate to probe fake news' role in 2016 election

    A Senate inquiry is extending its probe into the 2016 Federal Election to consider whether bots targeted Australian voters online in the build-up, and if so where the “social media manipulation” may have come from.

    28 June 18 10:13 Written by George Nott
  • Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse investigation

    Facebook has so far suspended around 200 apps in the first stage of its review into apps that had access to large quantities of user data, in a response to a scandal around political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

    15 May 18 15:20 Written by Reuters
  • Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data of US academic

    Britain's data privacy watchdog has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand over all the personal information it holds on a U.S. academic, confirming the right of people abroad to seek data held by a UK firm.

    07 May 18 09:57 Written by Reuters
  • How ‘AI as a service’ helps Social Soup scale

    Australian influencer marketing agency Social Soup has leveraged cloud-based AI services to help it analyse thousands of images to determine what elements are driving the greatest engagement for brands.

    04 May 18 11:46 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Cambridge Analytica shuts up shop

    Cambridge Analytica, the firm embroiled in a controversy over its handling of Facebook user data, and its British parent SCL Elections Ltd, are shutting down immediately after suffering a sharp drop in business, the company has announced.

    03 May 18 09:11 Written by Reuters
  • Inside Facebook's plan to limit the impact of GDPR protections

    If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

    19 April 18 14:42 Written by Reuters
  • US class action targets Facebook over facial recognition

    A US federal judge has ruled that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.

    17 April 18 10:06 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

    Concern about Facebook's respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not.

    16 April 18 09:33 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg says sorry

    ​Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg swapped his trademark T-shirt and jeans for a dark suit and a purple tie as he met U.S. lawmakers to apologise for the social network's misuse of its members' data and to head off possible regulation.

    10 April 18 10:42 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook CEO not planning to take GDPR global

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social network has no immediate plans to apply a strict new European Union law on data privacy in its entirety to the rest of the world, as the company reels from a scandal over its handling of personal information of millions of its users.

    04 April 18 07:55 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook tweaks its privacy tools

    ​Facebook says it has adjusted privacy settings to give users more control over their information in a few taps, after an outcry over a whistleblower's allegations that members' data was used to sway the 2016 U.S. election.

    29 March 18 08:35 Written by Reuters
  • US FTC scrutinises Facebook

    The leading U.S. consumer protection regulator and attorneys representing 37 states has stepped up pressure on Facebook to explain how the social network allowed data of 50 million users get into the hands of a political consultancy.

    27 March 18 08:45 Written by Reuters