Social Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • 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
  • Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse

    Facebook faces new calls for regulation from within U.S. Congress and was hit with questions about personal data safeguards after reports a political consultant gained inappropriate access to 50 million users' data starting in 2014.

    19 March 18 08:49 Written by Reuters
  • 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