The coronavirus pandemic has caused chaos for many companies, including Airbnb, which in just a few short months has gone from a beloved tech unicorn to being vilified by its own landlords.
Social media data has been used to predict where in the UK could be next to experience a spike in coronavirus cases.
From messages claiming that coronavirus can be killed by consuming hot drinks, bogus claims of insider knowledge of impending lockdowns, and texts appearing to show people being fined for leaving their house, the current Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in false information circulating online.
Around a third of the world’s population, or two billion people, is currently under total or partial lockdown, as the number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases reaches more than 1.2 million.
The pandemic has been kind to Houseparty.
For many brands, especially smaller and more independent ones, self-isolation due to COVID-19 has meant closing their doors at a huge financial risk.
As a growing number of people around the world practice social distancing and isolation in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to social media to keep in contact with the outside world.
As countries around the world work to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media platforms are faced with an rapidly spreading problem of their own: misinformation.
Social media app Snapchat appears to be down for some users in Europe and Australia, according to a number of reports.
Zyng, a startup taking on social planning, has announced that it has raised £197,000 in a pre-seed funding round, attracting support from major UK tech investors, including a VP at Snap.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that he plans to “reconsider” his planned six-month visit to Africa, citing the coronavirus as a key concern.
Millions of websites could soon no longer have valid TLS certificates after provider Let’s Encrypt was hit by a bug, leaving its certificates at risk of being inaccessible or unsecure.
Twitter is experimenting with a new feature to flag the spread of misleading information.
Social media regulatory threats will loom large in 2020, with a focus on antitrust, data privacy, and tax avoidance.
Google’s plan to move its British users’ accounts under US jurisdiction post-Brexit will make it more difficult for those in the UK to file a class-action lawsuit in the event of a data dispute, according to a leading data protection lawyer.
Reddit, the social news aggregation and discussion site, was today reported as down by many users across the world.
Many of the leading US and European social media firms will attempt to follow the lead of Tencent’s WeChat, and become all-encompassing super-apps in 2020.
There’s big money in fake love.
The UK government has announced that it intends to appoint communications watchdog Ofcom as online harms regulator.
Today is Safer Internet Day, an annual event that raises awareness of emerging online issues, especially those affecting younger internet-users.
Twitter has published its quarterly earnings for Q4 of 2019, beating expectations.
Child protection organisations have sent a joint letter urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to halt plans to bolster encryption on its platforms, warning it will make it harder to catch child abusers.
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the government’s advisory board on the ethical use of AI, has called for changes to be made to social media regulation.
If you’ve ever taken the time to read the replies on an Elon Musk tweet, you’ve probably noticed someone impersonating the SpaceX and Tesla chief to scam users out of cryptocurrency.
The adtech industry is one of the most important industries in the online world, underpinning the adverts that enable many sites to make money, but it has a serious problem: one of its central technologies is not fully compliant with GDPR.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a set of guidelines designed to protect children’s privacy online.
The Twitter Android app is down for some users following an update, according to a number of reports.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said that it will crack down on adtech companies that have their “heads firmly in the sand” over issues in the processing of user data as part of a reform of real-time bidding.
Google’s parent company Alphabet has reached a trillion-dollar valuation, making it the fourth US company to achieve this.
LinkedIn is currently down according to a number of reports, with many users unable to use a number of features on the business networking platform.