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.
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.
Twitter Got Lucky With the Great Bitcoin Heist
The social media giant’s security failures could have allowed far more damage.
To Protect Democracy, Protect the Internet
The voluntary efforts of tech companies aren’t enough. The U.S. government needs to regulate social media platforms and make election interference illegal.
The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech
Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.
Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia
A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.
Iran’s Information Minister Is Not the Solution. He’s Part of the Problem.
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has been a key player in the Iranian government’s campaign of repression and censorship.
Thumb-Boat Diplomacy Could Undo U.S. Foreign Policy
It isn’t just Trump. All sorts of policymakers are using Twitter to promote their policies and condemn their adversaries.
Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again
The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.
How Russia Sows Confusion in the U.S. Vaccine Debate
Not content to cause political problems, Moscow’s trolls are also undermining public health.
Justin Trudeau Lived by Social Media. Now He’s Dying by It.
The self-immolation of the Canadian government is rooted in the way it came to power.
Putin’s Public Enemy
The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.
Anti-Racism Groups Feel Tarred by Facebook’s Fight Against Fake Accounts
Latest discovery underscores challenge of countering disinformation campaigns.
Books in Brief: The Latest Reads on the Financial Crisis, the Rwandan Genocide, and What It Means to Be a Nation
Also: Works on India’s rise, the history of U.S. trade politics, and social media’s role in modern conflicts.
Tech Companies Are Ruining America’s Image
The United States has become identified with the global internet economy — for better and worse.
For Whom the Cell Trolls
A new book argues that modern wars will be won with phones and laptops rather than tanks.
American Democracy Is an Easy Target
Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.
It’s Time for the State Department to Stop Throwing Money at Facebook
We need to demand accountability from social media companies — and from U.S. diplomats.