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Fort Detrick Army Lab in Maryland

China Fires Back at Biden with Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab

Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.

Lina Khan, nominee for commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, speaks at a Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 21.

Lina Khan Has Her Own Antitrust Paradox

As the Federal Trade Commission chair, the best thing she can do to regulate tech is nothing.

A woman looks at Twitter on her smartphone in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 29, 2018.

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Has a Lesson for Big Tech

The social media company faces tough questions in talks with the government to restore access to 40 million users.

An illustration representing Twitter's ban in Nigeria by Victor Ehikhamenor

Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back

A hasty and extralegal restriction has been imposed by an increasingly tyrannical president.

Security officers record Bobi Wine.

Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship

Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Zhao Lijian takes a press question.

Beijing Is Trolling Biden Over Gaza

China’s wolf warrior diplomacy has discovered the Middle East, catching Washington unprepared.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2019.

Is Facebook a Failed State?

In deciding what to do about Donald Trump, the platform’s own “Supreme Court” punted.

Facebook extends Trump ban

Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness

Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change.

Soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army sit on the back of a Military Toyota Land Cruiser at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, on March 25, 2016.

Why America’s Trillion-Dollar War on Terrorism Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram

A new book emphasizes the perils of social media campaigns and the limits of military intervention in saving Nigeria’s Chibok children.

Viktor Medvedchuk gives a speech in Ukraine.

Ukraine Cracks Down on Its Own Pro-Russian QAnon

With media bans and treason charges, well-financed conspiracy peddlers are being shut down.

A message is seen on the Facebook mobile app in Melbourne on Feb. 18.

Why Facebook Is Right to Pull the Plug on Australia

This isn’t about regulating Big Tech. It’s about fleecing foreigners for news that Australians no longer want to pay for.

The Sydney Morning Herald Facebook page is seen blank on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.

Facebook vs. Australia: What Happens When Big Tech Comes for the News?

Lisa Davies, the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, talks to Foreign Policy about Facebook’s decision to block news for its users in Australia.

An illustration photo taken on Jan. 25 shows the Clubhouse app on a smartphone.

China Ends the Clubhouse Spring

Beijing has blocked the social app after a brief flowering of open discussion.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 17, 2020.

Give Everyone a Vote on Kicking Politicians Off Social Media

If platforms aren’t going to enforce their rules properly, they should go back to Athenian ostracism.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing with Big Tech companies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 28, 2020.

Social Media Finally Broke the Public Sphere

Liberal democracies must work to recreate a sense of shared identity online.

The activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on May 28, 2020.

Can Regulation Douse Populism’s Online Fires?

Social media’s manufactured hate needs solutions beyond censorship.

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