United Kingdom

Fake news threatens the future of UK democracy: report

Parliamentary committee calls on government to tighten laws on tech companies and clean up 'wild west' social media.

Fake news threatens the future of UK democracy: report

China

How influential can social media users be in China?

China is known to monitor social media, but in the wake of a rapid government response to a fake-vaccine crisis, when does 'monitoring social media users' become 'listening to social media users'?

United States

Facebook stock loses $120bn in value after scandals

The effect of fake news in the 2016 US election and user privacy concerns caused social media giant's shares to plunge by about 20 percent.

Brazil

Brazil: Facebook deactivates activist group pages ahead of polls

Facebook says accounts used by a right-wing Brazilian activist group were removed for spreading misinformation.

Brazil: Facebook deactivates activist group pages ahead of polls

Social media

WhatsApp curbs India services after spate of lynchings

Government has threatened to take legal action against the platform over sharing of messages that have led to violence.

WhatsApp curbs India services after spate of lynchings

Asia

In India, WhatsApp stirs up deadly rumours

Since April, more than two dozen people have been beaten to death by mobs across India over suspicions of abductions.

In India, WhatsApp stirs up deadly rumours

Mexico

Mexico's elections and the problem with fake news

Fake news, fake polls and fake voting instructions - misinformation abounds in Mexico's upcoming election and verification programmes are struggling to keep up.

Facebook

Facebook ends initiative to provide wireless internet via drones

The move comes as the social media platform announced it has deleted over 583 million fake accounts in three months.

Facebook ends initiative to provide wireless internet via drones

Turkey

Will a spike in fake news impact Turkey's upcoming election?

Experts say disinformation campaigns have targeted every presidential candidate, and could sway the upcoming poll.

Will a spike in fake news impact Turkey's upcoming election?

Asia

The perils of being a journalist in Modi's India

Cases of Rana Ayyub, Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar, who are critical of the government, highlight lack of press freedom.

The perils of being a journalist in Modi's India

Qatar

Twitter bots, fake news and lies in the Qatar crisis

Vulnerabilities in the social media platform allow it to be manipulated for state propaganda in the Gulf.

Twitter bots, fake news and propaganda in the Qatar crisis

United States

Judge bars Trump from blocking Twitter users

President Trump cannot block users from viewing his profile on Twitter as it violates free speech rights, says court.

US court bars Donald Trump from blocking users on Twitter

Special series

Unfair Game: How Trump Won

Big data politics and how the American public was tricked into opening the doors of the White House to Donald Trump.

Facebook

Company at centre of Facebook data row 'to close'

The announcement raised eyebrows with politicians and organisations involved in the investigation into the company.

Cambridge Analytica of Facebook controversy to shut

Science & Technology

Iran releases messaging app to replace Telegram

As Soroush app is officially launched in Iran, Telegram users reported problems using the messaging platform.

Iran releases messaging app Soroush to replace Telegram