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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.

An admirer of Colombian crime boss Pablo Escobar places flowers on his grave on the anniversary of his death, at the Montesacro cemetery in Itagüí, near Medellín,  Colombia on Dec. 2.

Drug Cartels Are All Over Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok

Latin American criminal gangs have embraced social media and messaging platforms to spread narco culture and sell drugs.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leads a conversation on free expression at Georgetown University on Oct. 17, 2019 in Washington.

How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges

The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.

A supporter uses a mobile phone to take a picture during a rally for U.S. President Donald Trump on Oct. 23, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida.

In Fight for Florida’s Young Latinos, Social Media Becomes the Battleground

Young Cuban Americans have turned the internet into a political battlefield in this must-win swing state, but the Cuban American vote is even more pro-Trump now than in 2016.

Young men watch videos on TikTok in Mumbai

YouTube Hatemongers Are India’s New Stars

Misogynistic, nationalistic rants get creators rewards—and bans—on social media.

In this photo illustration, the WeChat privacy policy is displayed on an iPhone in Washington on Aug. 7.

Why Is the United States Effectively Banning WeChat and TikTok?

Apps are just the latest frontier in the U.S.-China contest. Washington is signaling to global firms the risks of doing business with Beijing.

The logo of the video-sharing app TikTok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris on Nov. 21, 2019.

TikTok Really Is the Central Front in the U.S.-China Tech War

The video app has gone viral worldwide—and will set the precedent for how free societies handle China’s social networks.

The photo shows a physical imitation of a bitcoin in Dortmund, western Germany, on Jan. 27.

Twitter Got Lucky With the Great Bitcoin Heist

The social media giant’s security failures could have allowed far more damage.

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