Social Media Finally Broke the Public Sphere
Liberal democracies must work to recreate a sense of shared identity online.
Can Regulation Douse Populism’s Online Fires?
Social media’s manufactured hate needs solutions beyond censorship.
7 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Will Have a Tough Time With the Biden Administration
The coziness between Washington and Big Tech is over.
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.
How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges
The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.
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.
Tinder Is the Latest Social Media Battleground in Thai Protests
Authorities are struggling as protesters break anti-monarchy taboos.
YouTube Hatemongers Are India’s New Stars
Misogynistic, nationalistic rants get creators rewards—and bans—on social media.
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.