Social Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Zuckerberg loses more than US$15 billion in record Facebook fall

    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's fortune took a more than US$15 billion hit on Thursday, as the social media company suffered the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history a day after executives forecast years of lower profit margins.

    27 July 18 08:56 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook plans innovation hub in China despite tightening censorship

    Facebook has set up a subsidiary in China and plans to create an "innovation hub" to support local start-ups and developers, the social media company said, ramping up its presence in the restrictive market where its social media sites remain blocked.

    25 July 18 10:03 Written by Reuters
  • 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
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