Social Media

Russian Disinformation: All Bot But No Bite?

Bots targeting the U.S. slowed their anti-vax campaigns while accelerating pro-Russia messaging, which doesn’t stick as well in the West.

FTC, Justice Say Weight Watchers Parent Group Illegally Collected Child Health Data

Federal prosecutors filed a complaint against children’s weight loss app Kurbo, alleging it collected health data without parental consent in an effort to market weight management services for use by children.

State Attorneys General Open Investigation Into TikTok

The bipartisan group of state officials wants to know if the social media platform with more than 1 billion users could be harmful to children and young adults.

Privacy and Child Endangerment are Major Congressional Motivators for Regulating Big Tech

The House Energy and Commerce Committee heard witness testimony on the need for better transparency and government coordination in the tech industry.

Moscow Retaliates as Online Giants Take Steps to Stem Disinformation

As Kremlin limits access to Twitter and Facebook, Western observers say the tech companies' moves are years late.

FTC Warns of 18-Fold Surge in Investment, ‘Romance’ Scams on Social Media

More than 95,000 Americans were bilked over social media in 2021 resulting in losses approaching $1 billion.

Team Links Social Media Use to Worse Physical Health

Increased social media use led to more doctor visits and higher levels of chronic inflammation.

Information Warfare is Moving Beyond Nation States

Mis- and disinformation ecosystems extend beyond the usual bad state actors.

The Metaverse Offers a Future Full of Potential—for Terrorists and Extremists, Too

Violent extremists could find the metaverse a useful recruiting and organizing tool – and a target-rich environment.

Privacy Advocates Connect Capitol Attack to Need for Data Protection Legislation

Sen. Ron Wyden joined citizen groups calling for limits on data collection as a way around an impasse over regulating free speech.