Facebook has banned far-right groups including the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) from having any presence on the social network for violating the site’s rules around promoting hate and violence.
A photograph of a man and child playing in front of Notre Dame an hour before the cathedral caught fire on Monday evening has inspired a search online for the subjects.
Facebook is pulling a feature that allowed users to send money to friends through its Messenger app almost a year and a half after launching it in the UK.
One in four young people admits to struggling to respond to calls, texts and social media notifications, a survey has found.
Facebook has introduced a quality measurement tool to track content posted to its News Feed in its latest attempt to cut down on removing bad content from its platform.
Student Ciara Gan from the Philippines is being likened to a “Disney princess” after photos of her hand-made graduation dress went viral on Twitter.
An energised baggage handler was spotted doing press-ups between loads while working in the hold of a plane at Manchester Airport.
Israel Folau faces a showdown with Australian rugby chiefs after posting anti-gay views on social media.
A new privacy assistant app claims it can help users “fix the privacy mess” by automatically tightening privacy controls on social media and removing old posts.
If you’re a regular on Twitter, you’ll know that jokes and memes crafted from punctuation marks have taken off in recent years, and the latest to trend on the platform is a heart rate monitor intended to express your most intense feelings.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has said social media companies are “shirking their responsibilities” to remove abusive content after racist tweets targeting footballers were found on the site up to five years after being posted.
Facebook will use artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent the profiles of deceased friends and family being promoted on the site in painful ways, such as in reminders about their birthday.
Twitter has reduced the number of accounts people are allowed to follow daily in a fresh attempt to take on spam and bots across the social network.
A European Union lawmakers’ committee has approved a proposal to fine internet companies up to 4% of their revenue if they do not remove terrorist content within one hour of being notified by authorities.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said “we cannot ignore the crimes being committed on social networks” at the launch of a Government white paper on online harms.
The Government is preparing further proposals on the regulation of online content, including around the use of political advertising, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has said.
Plans for new laws making tech giants and social networks more accountable for harmful content online have been set out by the Government, in a bid to make the UK one of the safest places in the world to be online.
Social media companies will be legally required to protect their users – with senior management held personally liable if they do not comply with new rules around harmful content, according to a long-awaited Government white paper.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has criticised the Government’s plans to introduce a regulator that will aim to make tech companies more responsible for harmful content online, warning that it fails to address concerns about how social networks handle user data.
The Government will introduce “world first” internet safety laws designed to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, new proposals claim.