Counting the Cost

The rise of the tech titans

A look at the tech giants' earnings as they are positioning themselves for greater influence over our digital lives.

Opinion

Facebook vs Palestine: Implicit support for oppression

Facebook's censorship and information sharing policies reveal a persistent pro-Israeli bias.

Nadim Nashif

by Nadim Nashif

Nadim Nashif

Europe

Germany seeks to fine social media over hateful posts

Draft law wants social networks to remove fake news and abusive posts within a week or face $53m fines.

Germany seeks to fine social media over hateful posts

United States

US police probe gang rape streamed on Facebook

Teenage victim may have known her attackers, who are believed to be all minors who 'terrorised' her neighbourhood.

US police probe gang rape streamed on Facebook

Asia

Pakistan vows punishment for online blasphemy

Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan, but critics say it is being used to muzzle government critics.

Pakistan to meet Facebook over 'blasphemy' posts

Asia Pacific

Thailand activist faces jail after mocking PM's ballad

Campaigner took to Facebook to rate military leader's song on 'returning happiness' and could be jailed three years.

Thailand charges activist who mocked PM's song

Europe

Syrian selfie refugee takes Facebook to court

Anas Modamani accuses the social network of failing to take down false posts linking him to crimes.

Syrian selfie refugee Anas Modamani sues Facebook

Facebook

Anger as Facebook safety feature raises false alarm

Thai users alerted to Bangkok "explosion" that caused no damage or injuries as social media giant triggers safety check.

False bomb scare triggers Facebook safety check feature

Facebook

Facebook finally gets serious about fighting fake news

Facebook is making it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, with fact-checkers ready to jump in.

Inside Story

Will China lift its ban on Facebook?

Facebook is reportedly building a censorship tool that will allow it to re-enter the lucrative Chinese market.

Facebook

German prosecutors investigate Facebook over hate posts

Facebook says it hasn't violated German law and is working on fighting hate speech online.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook investigated for hate posts

Middle East

Why is Facebook targeting Palestinian accounts again?

The social media giant continues to disable Palestinian accounts and pages, activists say.

Why is Facebook targeting Palestinian accounts again?

Middle East

Is Facebook neutral on Palestine-Israel conflict?

The giant social network is taking a stand with the occupier, say Palestinian activists.

Is Facebook neutral on Palestine-Israel conflict?

Palestine

Facebook 'blocks accounts' of Palestinian journalists

Account suspensions come on heels of agreement between social media giant and Israel to team up against "incitement".

Facebook 'blocks accounts' of Palestinian journalists

Facebook

Facebook reverses decision on 'Napalm girl' photo

Social media giant reverses decision to censor iconic Vietnam War image in face of mounting public criticism.