Press Release Category: Social Networks

Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel dismisses Facebook’s metaverse as ‘hypothetical’

The Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel, has dismissed Facebook’s “metaverse” ambitions as “ambiguous and hypothetical” as he announced a raft of new augmented reality features coming to phones and Snap’s experimental AR Spectacles over the next year.Speaking ahead of the Snap Partner Summit, the company’s flagship annual event, Spiegel argued Snapchat was uniquely placed to guide…

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Sheryl Sandberg allegedly leant on Daily Mail news site to drop stories about ex-boyfriend

Sheryl Sandberg, the Meta executive, allegedly pressured the Daily Mail to drop unflattering stories about her then-boyfriend Bobby Kotick, the Activision Blizzard CEO, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.The Journal reports that she persuaded the digital edition of the Mail not to run stories revealing that an ex-girlfriend of Kotick had obtained…

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The rise of scaremongering and online misinformation during Australian elections

The Australian Electoral Commission has voiced alarm at scaremongering about potential election fraud spreading via social media. While it hasn’t specified which posts triggered these concerns, Guardian Australia has reported that candidates from minor parties, such as One Nation and the United Australia party, have posted material sowing seeds about ballots potentially being erased, amended…

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Meta plans ‘Zuck bucks’ virtual coins for Facebook and Instagram users

Mark Zuckerberg is looking to develop virtual coins, nicknamed “Zuck bucks” by staff, for users of Facebook and Instagram as part of a suite of products designed to reduce his platforms’ dependence on advertising in the future metaverse.Facebook’s parent group, Meta, is looking to develop a range of virtual products – including digital tokens and…

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Facebook owner reportedly paid Republican firm to push message TikTok is ‘the real threat’

Meta, the owner of Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms, is reportedly paying a notable GOP consulting firm to create public distrust around TikTok.The campaign, launched by Republican strategy firm Targeted Victory, placed op-eds and letters to the editor in various publications, accusing TikTok of being a danger to American children, along with other…

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Russia bans Facebook and Instagram under ‘extremism’ law

A Russian court has banned Facebook and Instagram in the country, labelling its parent company Meta as “extremist” amid the Kremlin’s sweeping crackdown on western social media giants.Access to Facebook and Instagram had already been restricted earlier this month after Meta confirmed it was relaxing its policies on hate speech towards Russian soldiers and Vladimir…

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ACCC takes Meta to court over Facebook scam ads depicting Australian identities

Australia’s consumer watchdog is taking Meta to court, alleging the company “aided and abetted” celebrity scam ads on Facebook that have cost some Australians hundreds of thousands of dollars.The ads, which include the promotion of investment in cryptocurrency, have plagued the platform since 2020. Each ad depicts an image of a prominent Australian such as…

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‘Game of Whac-a-Mole’: why Russian disinformation is still running amok on social media

As the war in Ukraine rages on, Russia is ramping up one of its most powerful weapons: disinformation. Social media companies are scrambling to respond.False claims about the invasion have been spread by users in Russia as well as official state media accounts. Russia frequently frames itself as an innocent victim and has pushed disinformation…

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Facebook and Instagram users not allowed to call for death of Putin

Facebook and Instagram users are not allowed to call for the death of Vladimir Putin, according to an update issued by their parent company.Meta had issued new guidance on Friday allowing content that condoned the harm of Russian soldiers, with media reporting at the time that it also permitted content urging violence against the Russian…

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Russia to block Instagram after Meta relaxes stance on Putin hate speech

Russia has moved to block Instagram after its parent company, Meta, said it would allow calls for violence against Vladimir Putin and Russian soldiers involved in the invasion of Ukraine to appear on the social media platform.Russian prosecutors demanded that access to Instagram be blocked on Friday after media reports of the relaxation of its…

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