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Is social media bad for your mental health?
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Is social media bad for your mental health?

Girls’ dramatic decrease in mental wellbeing ‘linked to heavy social media use’
27 Jan 2021
Should Twitter have the power to ban Trump?
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Should Twitter have the power to ban Trump?

Critics describe the move as ‘censorship’ based on ‘political preferences’
12 Jan 2021
Instant Opinion: the BBC cannot police ‘virtue-signalling’
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Instant Opinion: the BBC cannot police ‘virtue-signalling’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 30 October
30 Oct 2020
Four things we learned from Congress grilling tech titans
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Four things we learned from Congress grilling tech titans

Previously unseen internal documents and emails granted Congress new licence to probe
30 Jul 2020
Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott
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Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott

Social media users stage 48-hour ‘walkout’ in protest against platform’s response to anti-Jewish tirade
29 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘not being Corbyn’ isn’t enough for Starmer
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Instant Opinion: ‘not being Corbyn’ isn’t enough for Starmer

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 13 July
13 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit
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Instant Opinion: Labour ‘can’t just give up fight’ on Brexit

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 29 June
29 Jun 2020

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US election 2020: Facebook pledge to ‘curb foreign meddling’
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US election 2020: Facebook pledge to ‘curb foreign meddling’

Social media platform will ban foreign political adverts - but won’t silence Donald Trump
18 Jun 2020
EU blames Russia and China for Covid-19 ‘disinformation’
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EU blames Russia and China for Covid-19 ‘disinformation’

Allegation marks first time Brussels has pointed finger at Beijing
11 Jun 2020
Donald Trump: should social media companies fact check?
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Donald Trump: should social media companies fact check?

Trump has gone to war with Twitter following the site’s push towards flagging false information
29 May 2020
Alastair Stewart quits over Twitter ‘errors of judgement’
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Alastair Stewart quits over Twitter ‘errors of judgement’

Broadcaster speaks of ‘regret’ after using ‘angry ape’ Shakespeare quote in online row
30 Jan 2020
Why everyone’s talking about Facebook’s ‘deepfake’ ban
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Why everyone’s talking about Facebook’s ‘deepfake’ ban

Social network to remove videos modified by artificial intelligence from its platforms
8 Jan 2020
What everyone has been talking about on Twitter in 2019
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What everyone has been talking about on Twitter in 2019

Donald Trump has posted a constant stream of tweets - and provoked a flood of responses
11 Dec 2019
Why Twitter is backtracking on its inactive account purge
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Why Twitter is backtracking on its inactive account purge

Social media giant had planned to begin the cull in the coming weeks
28 Nov 2019
WT:Social - Wikipedia co-founder’s Facebook rival explained
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WT:Social - Wikipedia co-founder’s Facebook rival explained

New social media network encourages high-quality discourse and content, but can it take on the web’s big guns?
19 Nov 2019
Why Facebook is facing racism accusations
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Why Facebook is facing racism accusations

Employees claim the social media giant treats people of colour as if they ‘do not belong’
15 Nov 2019
Why the US Army’s use of TikTok is causing concern
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Why the US Army’s use of TikTok is causing concern

Congress alerts military officials over possibility of Chinese government using social media to harvest personal data of recruits
13 Nov 2019
BallerBusters: the Instagram account exposing fake wealth
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BallerBusters: the Instagram account exposing fake wealth

The page is on the hunt for ‘FlexOffenders’ boasting of invented wealth
12 Nov 2019
Why Twitter is caught up in a Saudi spying scandal
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Why Twitter is caught up in a Saudi spying scandal

Two former employees are accused of working with Riyadh to harvest personal data from critics of the kingdom’s regime
7 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: Working mums will decide this election
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Instant Opinion: Working mums will decide this election

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 4 November
4 Nov 2019
Instagram: all the new features in the latest update
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Instagram: all the new features in the latest update

Photo sharing app adds iOS 13 ‘dark mode’ and ditches ‘Following’ tab
9 Oct 2019
How police footage will help Facebook target shooter streams
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How police footage will help Facebook target shooter streams

Social media giant moves to curb extremist content following anger over Christchurch shootings videos
18 Sep 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 14. The teenager
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52 ideas that changed the world - 14. The teenager

The concept of teenagerhood is a relatively modern invention that quickly took centre stage in mainstream culture
13 Sep 2019
How Hong Kong protesters use Bluetooth to dodge surveillance
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How Hong Kong protesters use Bluetooth to dodge surveillance

Privacy app lets users message each other without Wi-Fi connection
4 Sep 2019
Is Facebook always listening to me?
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Is Facebook always listening to me?

Company admits its contractors transcribed Messenger app voice recordings, but insists it has now stopped the practice
14 Aug 2019
Instant Opinion: ‘How our information system is poisoned’
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Instant Opinion: ‘How our information system is poisoned’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 12 August
12 Aug 2019
Instant Opinion: How Boris Johnson could lead the UK to war
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Instant Opinion: How Boris Johnson could lead the UK to war

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 25 July
25 Jul 2019
How Instagram plans to put an end to cyber bullying
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How Instagram plans to put an end to cyber bullying

New privacy tools will challenge users over abusive comments
9 Jul 2019
Why are so many Britons leaving Facebook?
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Why are so many Britons leaving Facebook?

New research shows usage in UK has dropped by more than a third over past year
8 Jul 2019
What caused the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage?
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What caused the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage?

Tens of thousands of users complain after images stop appearing on the social platforms
4 Jul 2019
Chernobyl and the rise of disaster selfies
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Chernobyl and the rise of disaster selfies

Social media influencers under fire over photos taken at site of the nuclear tragedy
12 Jun 2019
Why Instagram will no longer display number of likes
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Why Instagram will no longer display number of likes

Social media giant hopes new feature will ease pressure on platform users to appear popular
1 May 2019
Facebook restored after major outage affects ‘millions’
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Facebook restored after major outage affects ‘millions’

The social media giant suffers its second blackout in two months
15 Apr 2019
MySpace music: up to 50 million tracks permanently deleted
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MySpace music: up to 50 million tracks permanently deleted

Social media company says that 12 years’ worth of music and video cannot be recovered
18 Mar 2019