Social media

Social media use linked to depression in teens: study

Increased screen time on social media and TV linked to depression, but playing video games make 'one more happy'.

Social media use linked to depression in teens: study

Middle East

'It exists to demobilise opposition': How Twitter fails Arabs

Social media platforms were essential in the Arab Spring, but governments soon learned how to counter dissent online.

'It exists to demobilise opposition': How Twitter fails Arabs

Health

Are influencers' flat-belly teas endangering fans?

The Stream takes a look at the controversial world of celebrity endorsements, and whether regulation of such online marketing is needed.

Are influencers' flat-belly teas endangering fans?

AJ Impact

Facebook: No digital currency until regulator concerns addressed

Amid its privacy scandals, the company is drawing new criticism over its plans for a new cryptocurrency.

Facebook: No digital currency until regulator concerns addressed

Social media

How armies of fake accounts 'ruined' Twitter in the Middle East

Twitter in the Middle East changed from a tool for transparency to a platform overrun by bots and propaganda.

How armies of fake accounts 'ruined' Twitter in the Middle East

AJ Impact

US regulators approve $5bn Facebook settlement

Facebook shares closed higher after the WSJ reported that regulators approved a major settlement over privacy issues.

US regulators approve $5bn Facebook settlement

The Far Right

Critics slam Trump 'social media summit' over far-right invitees

Several far-right figures including some who push conspiracy theories and spread false rumors reportedly among invitees.

Critics slam Trump 'social media summit' over far-right invitees

France

France online hate speech law puts pressure on social media sites

Sites that fail to comply with the law by not removing 'hateful' content risk fines of up to $1.4m.

France online hate speech law puts pressure on social media sites

Sri Lanka

Is Sri Lanka using the Easter attacks to limit digital freedom?

Sri Lanka has drafted a new cybersecurity bill but experts warn country could be using political turmoil to pass laws.

Is Sri Lanka using the Easter attacks to limit digital freedom?

Social media

What caused Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram worldwide outage?

Users globally were not able to send or receive images, videos and other files over several social media platforms.

What caused Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram worldwide outage?

Italy

Italian airline ad features 'blackface' Obama actor

The airline apologises and pulls the video after being accused of racism for ad in which actor in blackface plays Obama.

Alitalia's new advertisement shows a 'blacked-up' Barack Obama

AJ Impact

US senators: Social media giants let algorithms 'run wild'

Lawmakers on tech subcommittee call for stronger rules on privacy and use of personal data for recommended content.

US senators: Social media giants let algorithms 'run wild'

The Listening Post

One country, two stories: Covering Hong Kong's protests

'The world is watching': A look at the dissonance between the coverage of the protests in Hong Kong and mainland China.

US & Canada

US cops facing scrutiny for social media behaviour

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence.

AJ Impact

YouTube could remove children's content from its platform

The Google-owned video service has come under fire for not better protecting its younger users.

YouTube could remove children's content from its platform