Vaccine hesitancy fuels measles outbreak in U.K.
The UK's second biggest city is suffering a major outbreak of measles. More than 70 percent of cases in the country have been recorded in Birmingham. Many have occurred among groups where vaccination levels are low.
Instagram competitor, Lapse, raises $30 million
A new social media player has entered the ring. Lapse, a "friends-focused" photo sharing app, raised $30 million in its Series A funding round led by Greylock and DST Global.
Supreme Court takes on social media regulation case
The Supreme Court started hearing arguments in a case that could determine who, if anyone, can regulate what people say on social media platforms. The case stems from state laws passed in Florida and Texas intended to protect conservativ...
A.I. experts urge action against deepfakes
Hundreds of technology and artificial intelligence experts are urging governments globally to take immediate action against deepfakes — AI-generated voices, images, and videos of people — which they say are an ongoing threat to society.
The TikTok trend making people live with focus
A growing number of Americans are turning to healthier lifestyles, according to a new survey amid a rising trend on social media about living with an 'intentional focus'.
Tinder-style app for teens could pose 'online danger'
Experts say it has major concerns about the popular teen app 'Wizz,' which uses a Tinder-style swipe interface to match young people from around the world. The app opens users up to online predators, they say.
‘TikTok general’ a frontrunner in Indonesia election
Vote counting is underway in Indonesia’s presidential election, with defense minister Prabowo Subianto taking a strong lead in an early, unofficial tally. Subianto has targeted the youth vote, particularly by making use of social media, ...
Musk's X tries to lure content creators from YouTube
Elon Musk's X is adding new advertiser targeting features to better entice video creators and compete against YouTube, as the company attempts to lure content creators from other mediums to the social media platform.
TikTok's impact on Indonesia's upcoming election
Candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have gravitated towards TikTok as they try to reach the country's young voters. It's a platform that's become the country's second-most used source of information on politics after televisi...
Snap Inc. reduces workforce by 10% amid ad slump
Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, is reducing its workforce by roughly 10% worldwide. The cuts are being made to "best position our business to execute on our highest priorities," Snap said in a filing, though analyst say the cuts ...
Facebook turns 20: How the social media giant changed the world
In 2004, a social network, named “TheFacebook”, was launched by 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates at Harvard University. Over the past two decades the platform has been credited with revolutionising how we interact on...
F.B.I. says online threats, hate crimes on the rise
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning that you will be arrested if you try. This comes after a sharp increase in the number of online threats and hate crimes.
U.S lawmakers win apology from Zuckerberg
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a public apology in the U.S Congress as hostile lawmakers grilled tech chiefs over the dangers that children face on social media platforms.
Tech leaders questioned over child exploitation online
Chief executive officers of major tech companies have faced tough questions from US Senators about child exploitation on their platforms. They are accused of not protecting minors from abuse online.
Senators tell tech CEOs their ‘product is killing people’
U.S. senators grilled leaders of the biggest social media companies and said Congress must quickly pass legislation, as one lawmaker accused the companies of having "blood on their hands" for failing to protect children.
Universal Music Group pulls all music off TikTok
Universal Music Group says it will pull its entire catalog of music from TikTok after failing to reach a deal with the platform. Some of Universal's top talent includes artists like Taylor Swift, Drake, Bad Bunny and Billie Eilish, whose...
Tech leaders grilled on child exploitation crisis
Tech leaders, including Meta's Mark Zuckerberg, TikTok's Shou Zi Chew and X's Linda Yaccarino, are answering hard questions from the U.S. Senate as a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for legislation aimed at protecting minors onl...
Social media CEOs to testify at U.S. Senate hearing
The CEOs of several major social media platforms are set to be in the hot seat to address child exploitation online. They'll testify at a hearing before US Senators about the risk of sexual abuse material on the internet.
Younger Americans increasingly turn to online news
Younger generations are increasingly turning online for news. Nearly 50% of young people say they don't trust national media, according to the Pew Research Center. That lack of trust is a problem, according to DeMario Phipps-Smith with t...
The war on misinformation in modern warfare
During modern warfare, there are two battles: the fight from the front lines, and the fight on misinformation online. Misinformation is often spread by everyday people hoping to shed insider knowledge of an event or to push their own bel...
U.S. school districts sue social media companies
Sarasota County Schools could join a growing lawsuit against the parent companies of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube. Some school districts feel like social media has become such a distraction in the classroom they now ...
E. Jean Carroll testifies against Donald Trump
Writer E. Jean Carroll took the stand in a Lower Manhattan courthouse to testify against Donald Trump for repeatedly defaming her in 2019, calling her a liar dozens of times on social media. The court already found that Donald Trump did ...
SEC's X account hacked with fake Bitcoin ETF approval
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's X account was compromised with a fake post claiming that the agency had green lit plans to approve a spot-Bitcoin exchange-traded fund.
India's political parties bet on influencers to swing votes
Ahead of this spring's general election, political parties are courting local social media influencers to target India’s vast online population of 622 million. As smartphone use spreads to rural areas, experts predict that YouTube and Co...
TikTok eyes $17.5 billion U.S. e-commerce business
Bloomberg has learned that ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok is aiming to grow the size of its U.S. e-commerce business tenfold to as much as $17.5 billion this year.
Google refuses to delist suicide forum linked to multiple deaths
An online forum where users were directed to accused poison seller Kenneth Law — and has been connected with suicides around the world — continues to appear in Google searches despite a request from officials to delist it from results.
Federal judge upholds Texas TikTok ban
A federal judge upheld the ban of TikTok on Texas government issued phones and networks.
Musk's X 2023 ad sales projected to slump
Elon Musk's X, formerly Twitter, is on track to bring in roughly $2.5 billion in advertising revenue in 2023, a significant slump from prior years, according to sources.
Elon Musk lifts X ban on far-right conspiracist Alex Jones
Elon Musk has reinstated far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the social media platform X, a year after vowing never to let him return. Jones, who claimed that a December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 2...
Why social media influencers have abandoned Biden
In the last U.S election, Joe Biden helped drum up the youth vote thanks to social media influencers . But many of those people who backed Biden in 2019 are now turning their backs on him because of his support for Israel’s war on Gaza.