Social Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • 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
  • Twitter tells users to change passwords

    Twitter has urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after they were stored in an internal log in plain text.

    04 May 18 08:50 Written by Reuters
  • 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
  • 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
  • Social media getting a bad rap – on many fronts

    Celebrity speaker Mike Handcock, billed as “New Zealand’s only Global Speaking Fellow and international bestselling author on entrepreneurship,” is urging small business owners to reduce their use of social media in favour of “authentic relationships and purposeful business,” which he says are the real keys to successful business.

    06 Feb. 18 17:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
  • 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