March 14, 2018

MPs’ US trip to meet Google, Facebook and Twitter as part of fake news inquiry cost taxpayer £84,000

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Select Committee’s visit to the US last month as part of its inquiry into fake news cost the […]
March 13, 2018

Duopoly: Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti says Facebook and Google will be regulated unless they do more to ‘support news’

Buzzfeed founder and chief executive Jonah Peretti has said Facebook and Google face being regulated unless they do more to “support” news. Peretti also took […]
March 9, 2018

False news spreads ‘significantly’ further and faster than the truth on social media, new landmark study finds

A landmark study of some 126,000 Twitter posts has found that false news on social media spreads “significantly” further and faster than the truth. The […]
March 7, 2018

Information Commissioner says social media companies can no longer be considered ‘benign platforms’ in political ads probe

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said that social media companies, including Facebook, can no longer be considered “benign platforms” for users. Her office currently has […]
March 2, 2018

Facebook ends experiment to take news out of users’ News Feed after trial in six countries

Facebook has ended the trial of its Explore News Feed which separated publishers’ posts from those of family and friends. The social network ran a […]
February 28, 2018

US digital publisher Little Things becomes first major casualty of ‘catastrophic’ Facebook News Feed changes

US digital publisher Little Things has become the first major casualty of Facebook News Feed’s latest algorithm changes, describing them in a memo to staff […]
February 19, 2018

News UK launches new social tool Social Amp in response to Facebook News Feed changes

News UK’s commercial division the Bridge is to launch a new social content tool to combat the recent algorithm changes to Facebook’s News Feed. The […]
February 13, 2018

Facebook says ‘it’s on us’ to clean up fake news and fraud after Unilever warning to pull advertising

Facebook executives have pledged to tackle fake news and online fraud after Unilever warned tech firms that it will pull lucrative advertising contracts if companies […]
February 12, 2018

Facebook reaffirms pledge to fight ‘bad content’

A Facebook executive has reaffirmed the social network’s pledge to remove “bad content” from the site. The company’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, told the […]
February 9, 2018

Channel 4 News forced to stop using Facebook to protect staff after child abuse videos flood inbox

Channel 4 News was forced to stop using its Facebook page after it was inundated with videos showing the sexual abuse of a young girl. […]
February 6, 2018

Government review into ‘sustainability’ of UK press will examine whether publishers get their ‘fair share’ of online ad revenue

Theresa May has announced a review of the sustainability of Britain’s newspaper industry in the face of falling circulations and online competition for advertising revenue. […]
February 2, 2018

Google parent company Alphabet passed £100bn in revenue last year

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has posted annual revenues of $111bn for 2017, up 23 per cent year-on-year, new unaudited figures show. The company’s fourth quarter […]
February 1, 2018

Facebook revenues grow to $40bn as Zuckerberg repeats ‘meaningful connections’ mantra

Facebook revenues grew 43 per cent to more than $40bn in 2017, despite what Mark Zuckerberg said was a “hard” year for the social network. Facebook […]