Business

Facebook’s profit surges 101 percent on strong ad sales.

Facebook said on Wednesday that revenue rose 56 percent to $29 billion in the three months ending in June compared with the same period last year, while profits rose 101 percent to $10.4 billion, as the social network continues to benefit from a surge of users spending more time online during the pandemic. Advertising revenue, […]

World News

Faced with rare protests, Cuba curbs social media access, watchdog says

HAVANA (REUTERS) – Cuba has restricted access to social media and messaging platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp, global Internet monitoring firm NetBlocks said on Tuesday (July 13), in the wake of the biggest anti-government protests in decades. Thousands of Cubans joined demonstrations throughout the Communist-run country on Sunday to protest against a deep economic crisis […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | Donald Trump Just Can’t Quit Zuckerberg and Dorsey

Really, he can’t. That might be one way of trying to grok the stunt of a lawsuit that the former president filed yesterday against Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google’s YouTube, for kicking him to the curb in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. With zero appetite for becoming handmaidens […]

Business

Here are the antitrust arguments against Facebook and why a judge rejected them.

A federal judge on Monday eviscerated arguments in two antitrust suits against Facebook — one filed by the Federal Trade Commission, and the other by attorneys general from 46 states and the District of Columbia and Guam. The judge, James E. Boasberg of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said the federal government […]

Business

Facebook Shops Hits WhatsApp

Another Facebook family app beefs up its commerce powers, with Shops now arriving on WhatsApp, chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed Tuesday through Facebook’s newly launched Live Audio Rooms feature. WhatsApp is the third Facebook app to welcome the shopping service after Instagram and the main parent platform. The latter will also expand the commerce […]

Business

TikTok Reportedly Testing In-app Shopping in Europe

TikTok’s dream of becoming a shopping destination appears to be taking a major step forward: On Thursday, reports began circulating that ByteDance’s social video app is testing e-commerce features in Europe with a select group of streetwear brands. One is apparently Hype, according to Bloomberg, which confirmed the test with a company representative. Now this […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | A Verdict in Facebook’s Show Trial

In the end, they passed the buck. A year ago, Facebook introduced an oversight board that it said would help it answer difficult moderation questions — that is, who is allowed to use the social media site to amplify his voice and who is not. Yet when presented with its most consequential issue — whether […]

Politics

Twitch, Where Far-Right Influencers Feel at Home

What’s the biggest political surprise of 2021? Not the Democrats’ upset wins in Georgia, flipping the Senate in their favor. Not President Biden’s leftward swerve. How about the fact that, after he was kicked off Twitter and Facebook, former President Donald Trump pretty much just … went away. He didn’t start his own social media […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole

For an academic, Michael Caulfield has an odd request: Stop overthinking what you see online. Mr. Caulfield, a digital literacy expert at Washington State University Vancouver, knows all too well that at this very moment, more people are fighting for the opportunity to lie to you than at perhaps any other point in human history. […]

World News

Russia wages online battle against TikTok and YouTube

MOSCOW (AFP) – “I’m an American!” a young Russian under the username Neurolera exclaims in English on the popular video-sharing app TikTok as she explains how to impersonate a tourist to avoid arrest at a street demonstration. Her video – published ahead of rallies planned in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny – has […]