Meta’s Trump invite hangs a cloud over Truth Social
Sara Fischer, Axios
In reinstating former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, Meta is also pushing Trump toward a moment of decision about the fate of his financially troubled social media app, Truth Social.
Meta advertisers brush off Trump’s potential return
Sheila Dang and Katie Paul, Reuters
Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s potential return to Meta Platform’s Facebook and Instagram is unlikely to change how advertisers spend money with the world’s second-largest digital ad company, ad agency executives said.
TikTok’s New Defense in Washington: Going on the Offense
Cecila Kang et al., The New York Times
Last week, TikTok’s chief executive, Shou Zi Chew, met with several influential think tanks and public interest groups in Washington, sharing details on how his company plans to prevent data on American users from ever leaving the United States.
Musk’s Twitter Reinstates Hindu Nationalist Accounts That Disparage Muslims
Newley Purnell, The Wall Street Journal
Twitter Inc. under Elon Musk has reinstated several previously suspended Hindu nationalist accounts that were popular in India, one of its largest markets by users, with human-rights groups saying the move has spurred a resurgence of divisive religious material on the platform.
FBI Examines Snapchat’s Role in Fentanyl Poisoning Deaths
Olivia Carville, Bloomberg
Federal agencies are questioning Snapchat’s role in the spread and sale of fentanyl-laced pills in the US as part of a broader probe into the deadly counterfeit drugs crisis.
Twitter, ad verification firms team up to give advertisers tweet-level analysis
Nivedita Balu and Mrinmay Dey, Reuters
Twitter Inc will team up with digital ad verification companies Integral Ad Science and DoubleVerify Holdings Inc to provide advertisers tweet-level analysis on content appearing next to their ads, the companies said on Wednesday.
New Twitter Whistleblower Says Privacy Lapses Continued Into Musk Era
Katrina Manson, Bloomberg
A new whistleblower has told Congress that Twitter Inc. continued to violate privacy and data security protections into the Elon Musk era, potentially risking legal action including hefty penalties.
Brazil Justice Moraes fines Telegram for not complying with court order
Ricardo Brito, Reuters
Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes fined on Wednesday messaging app Telegram for failing to comply with a court order that called for the suspension of accounts of supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro.
Senator Advocates a Transparency-Based Approach to Social Media Moderation
Edward Graham, Nextgov
Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., said such transparency about government moderation requests “does seem to be the best move” for promoting free speech online.
Meta Pays BuzzFeed Millions to Generate Creator Content for Facebook and Instagram
Jessica Toonkel and Alexandra Bruell, The Wall Street Journal
Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. is paying BuzzFeed Inc. millions of dollars as part of an effort to bring more creators to the social-media giant’s platforms, according to people familiar with the situation.