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

Facebook

Facebook user base and revenue jump amid scandals

Company sees number of monthly active users reach 2.2 billion while facing scrutiny over data breach and harvesting.

Number of active Facebook users increased despite scandals

Opinion

Thank you, Mr Zuckerberg!

Thanks to your data-collecting and data-selling Facebook machine, I'm a happy man.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Syria's War

Fake videos on social media about strikes against Syria

Several fake videos are making the rounds on social media allegedly showing Saturday morning's air strikes on Syria.

Fake videos on social media about strikes against Syria

Facebook

Facebook's Zuckerberg grilled during second hearing

CEO of Facebook admitted his profile was also among the data exposed in the Cambridge Analytica leak.

Facebook's Zuckerberg grilled harder during second hearing

Facebook

What will Congress ask Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg?

Here are the questions the Facebook CEO will likely be asked as he makes his first appearance in Congress.

Egypt

Egypt bans Blue Whale 'social media suicide game'

Although the game has existed for two years, evidence linking actual suicides to the game has yet to be produced.

Egypt bans Blue Whale social media game over suicide claims

Social media

What's behind Israel's Arabic social media accounts?

Israeli social media accounts in Arabic aim to normalise Israel's occupation and whitewash its image, Palestinians say.

Digital occupation: What's behind Israel's social media in Arabic

Facebook

Facebook removes 135 accounts linked to Russian troll farm

The move comes as the social media platform faces criticism because of alleged mishandling of data.

Facebook removes 135 accounts linked to Russian troll farm

Social media

Iran to block Telegram messaging app: reports

The app, used during last year's protests, will be replaced by a similar app built by the government, officials say.

Iran to block Telegram messaging app: reports

Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg apologises with full-page newspaper ads

'This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time.'

Zuckerberg apologises with full-page newspaper ads