Thailand threatening to shut down Facebook, alleging it doesn't screen ads well enough
A Thai Cabinet minister is threatening to try to shut down Facebook in the country, saying the social media platform does not do enough to screen the advertisements it runs, leaving people vulnerable to costly scams.
Facebook owner Meta carries out threat to block news in Canada. Google plans to do the same
Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta is keeping its promise to block news content in Canada on its platforms in response to a new law that requires tech giants to pay publishers for linking to or otherwise repurposing their content online.
Deep dive into Meta's algorithms shows that America's political polarization has no easy fix
A team of some of the world's leading social media researchers has published four studies looking at the relationship between the algorithms used by Facebook and Instagram and America's widening political divide.
Republican-led committee calls off vote to hold Meta's Mark Zuckerberg in contempt
A House committee has called off a vote on a recommendation that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg be held in contempt of Congress for failing to fully supply documents related to an investigation into supposed censorship of conservatives by tech companies.
New Braunfels Police Department warning residents of active phone scam
The New Braunfels Police Department is warning residents about a phone number circulating as the department’s non-emergency number. The New Braunfels Police Department is warning residents about a phone number circulating as the department’s non-emergency number.
Facebook owner wants preteens to step into virtual reality with its Quest headset
The corporate parent of Facebook and Instagram plans to open a digital gateway for kids as young as 10 years old to enter virtual reality through the Meta Quest headset, despite rising concerns about children spending too much time on social media.
Delaware judge refuses to dismiss Facebook shareholder suit over user data privacy breaches
A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit alleging that Facebook officers and directors violated both the law and their fiduciary duties in failing for years to protect the privacy of user data.
FTC fines GoodRx for unauthorized sharing of health data
The Federal Trade Commission has imposed a $1.5 million penalty on telehealth and prescription drug discount provider GoodRx Holdings Inc. for sharing users’ personal health data with Facebook, Google and other third parties without their consent.
School lawsuits over social media harm face tough legal road
Like the tobacco, oil, gun, opioid and vaping industries before them, the big U.S. social media companies are now facing lawsuits brought by public entities that seek to hold them accountable for a huge societal problem in the mental health crisis among youth.
Facebook ads for supplements with incredible health claims may be dangerous, illegal
Facebook fans are used to seeing ads, including some for supplements that are sold with incredible-sounding health claims. But a new Consumer Reports investigation found that many of these ads target vulnerable users with products that can be dangerous and illegal.