Category: Business / Social Media

July 12, 2019

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

The devil’s going to be in the details, but for now Facebook owes big for its privacy violations.

by Issie Lapowsky Caitlin Kelly in Business
July 12, 2019

This Chrome Extension Calls Out Sponsored YouTube Videos

Researchers last year found that many YouTube influencers don’t disclose ties to affiliate marketing. A new browser extension will show you the hidden connections.

by Paris Martineau in Business
July 11, 2019

Twitter and Instagram Unveil New Ways to Combat Hate—Again

The social media giants just released new policies to cut down on bullying and hate speech. It’s not clear they’ll be any more successful this time around.

by Sara Harrison in Business
July 7, 2019

Twitter’s Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

Twitter has released 30 million tweets from state-sponsored disinformation accounts. Researchers say the trove is useful, but they want more transparency.

by Sara Harrison in Business
July 1, 2019

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Wellness brands Hims and Hers violate Facebook policies by offering prescription drugs in ads. The ads also don’t disclose side effects, as required by the FDA.

by Paris Martineau in Business
June 30, 2019

Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of YouTube and Facebook

Opinion: Social media has become the modern-day version of conspiracy-theorizing supermarket tabloids. When will these platforms be held accountable?

by Alexander Heffner in Business
June 26, 2019

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

Limit the reach of falsehoods without stifling speech, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

by Nicholas Thompson in Business
May 27, 2019

YouTube’s Change in Subscriber Counts Sparks Its Own Drama

YouTube says it will begin displaying rounded subscriber totals, which may take some steam out of disputes between creators.

by Paris Martineau in Business
May 23, 2019

More Data on Content Moderation Won’t Silence Facebook’s Critics

Facebook’s latest report lays out the sheer scale of its battle against fake accounts, spam, and other abuses.

by Issie Lapowsky in Business
May 22, 2019

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

Fake accounts spread white-nationalist messages and amassed larger followings than actual far-right parties before being taken down, according to a new report.

by Issie Lapowsky in Business