Social Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Facebook Lite to expand footprint

    Facebook will roll out the stripped down version of its social media platform, Facebook Lite, to more countries including developed ones, to attract users struggling with slower mobile data connections.

    16 March 18 09:26 Written by Reuters
  • Snapchat to cut more than 120 engineers

    Snapchat owner Snap Inc will cut just over 120 engineers and reorganize its engineering team, according to a company memo.

    09 March 18 09:41 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook registers dip in time spent on site

    Facebook has revealed that time spent on the social network fell at the end of last year by about 50 million hours a day, even before the company made changes to its flagship News Feed that may further reduce user engagement.

    01 Feb. 18 09:40 Written by Reuters
  • Who still falls for social media spam scams?

    Researchers at Facebook have undertaken what they describe as one of the largest scale studies of spam clicking behaviour, to reveal what kinds of people still fall for social media spam scams and why.

    25 Jan. 18 15:29 Written by George Nott
  • Twitter expands API program

    Twitter has unveiled a new option for developers that want to interact with the social media platform.

    15 Nov. 17 03:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ASD relaxes (a little) about social media

    Public servants still need to take care about what they share, but an update to key security advice for the Australian government has seen the removal of a recommendation that they avoid posting even the most banal details about their lives on websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

    13 Nov. 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Snapchat owner’s shares tumble

    Snapchat-owner Snap Inc has reported slower user growth than Wall Street expected and said it was redesigning the app

    08 Nov. 17 09:15 Written by Reuters
  • Tech firms must do more on extremism: World Economic Forum

    US tech firms such as Facebook and Twitter should be more aggressive in tackling extremism and political misinformation if they want to avoid government action, a report from the World Economic Forum said.

    30 Oct. 17 16:42 Written by Reuters
  • US lawmakers want crackdown on Facebook, Twitter political ads

    U.S. lawmakers, alarmed that foreign entities used the internet to influence last year's election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend rules governing political advertising on television, print and radio to also cover social media.

    20 Oct. 17 09:20 Written by Reuters
  • Twitter to introduce tougher anti-harassment rules

    ​Twitter plans to toughen its rules on online sexual harassment and impose stronger penalties for misconduct, according to an email it sent to a group of safety advocates, academics and researchers that helps the social media service set its policies.

    19 Oct. 17 09:06 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook to launch 'Oculus Go' VR headset

    Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company's existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

    12 Oct. 17 09:36 Written by Reuters
  • Digital divide deepening according to inclusion index

    ​The digital divide between rich and poor Australians is deepening, according to analysis of an index measuring individuals’ ability to access and use online resources, released this week.

    04 Aug. 17 15:18 Written by George Nott
  • NZ Health Ministry to use social media to predict epidemics

    New Zealand’s health minister, Jonathan Coleman, has launched a project that will seek to establish if tracking trends on social media and using ‘unconventional data’ can help predict outbreaks and further improve responses to epidemics.

    27 July 17 11:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Facebook aims to let people type from their brain, hear with skin

    Facebook revealed Wednesday that it is working on technology to let people type straight from their brains at 100 words per minute, besides disclosing another project directed at allowing people to hear with their skin.

    20 April 17 14:43 Written by John Ribeiro
  • Facebook aims to crush Snapchat with augmented reality

    Facebook's efforts to embed camera functionality in all the apps it runs isn’t just a push to crush Snapchat. The company will be using those cameras as a way to create a developer platform for augmented reality, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed Tuesday.

    19 April 17 04:18 Written by Blair Hanley Frank