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May 16, 2024 at 4:22 PM

Facebook and Instagram face fresh EU digital scrutiny over child safety measures

The European Union opened fresh investigations into Facebook and Instagram over suspicions that they’re failing to protect children online, in violation of the bloc’s strict digital regulations for social media platforms
May 16, 2024 at 4:22 PM
FILE - The Meta logo is seen at the Vivatech show in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 14, 2023. The European Union opened fresh investigations Thursday, May 16, 2024 into Facebook and Instagram over suspicions that they're failing to protect children online, in violation of the bloc's strict digital regulations for social media platforms. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
1 month ago

Meta updates its AI assistant

The free smart-software is available on Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook.
1 month ago
VIDEO:  Meta updates its AI assistant
1 month ago

Families of kids harmed online react to Mark Zuckerberg’s apology

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized to families in dramatic testimony on Capitol Hill.
1 month ago
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, apologizes to families who have been harmed due to unsafe social media during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Jan. 31, 2024, in Washington.
2 months ago

Meta is accused of failing to stop hate speech

Gladd is accusing Meta of allowing anti-transgender posts to flourish on Facebook, Instagram and Threads.
2 months ago
VIDEO:  Meta is accused of failing to stop hate speech
2 months ago

Feds investigate Meta for role in alleged sale of illicit drugs

Authorities are looking into how some are allegedly using the tech giant’s platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, to reach their customers.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Feds investigate Meta for role in alleged sale of illicit drugs
2 months ago

Meta under investigation for alleged sale of illicit drugs on its platforms

Tech giant Meta is under investigation for the alleged sales of illicit drugs on its platforms, Facebook and Instagram.
2 months ago
VIDEO: Meta under investigation for alleged sale of illicit drugs on its platforms
2 months ago

Supreme Court sets rules on when public officials can block social media users

The Supreme Court laid out a new test for determining when actions taken by government employees on social media constitute official business verses personal conduct.
2 months ago
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on June 23, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
3 months ago

Meta spokesperson acknowledges reports of outages: 'We resolved the issue'

Meta previously said users were "having trouble accessing our services."
3 months ago
In this photo illustration, the Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPhone in front of a Meta logo on Oct. 28, 2021 in Paris.
3 months ago

Supreme Court hears major cases on free speech, laws regulating social media

The nation's highest court is weighing laws in Texas and Florida that would limit internet companies' power to moderate political content.
3 months ago
The Facebook application on a smartphone arranged in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Feb. 1, 2023.
4 months ago

Mom speaks out about stolen Taylor Swift Facebook post that went viral

Jordan LeVeck posted her thoughts about public backlash to Taylor Swift on her Facebook page. Soon after, she discovered her post had been plagiarized by a man, and had gone viral.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Mom speaks out about stolen Taylor Swift Facebook post that went viral
4 months ago

Meta calls out fake photos in attempt to reduce misinformation

Meta said it would increase labeling of AI generated images on Facebook, Instagram and Threads.
4 months ago
VIDEO:  Meta calls out fake photos in attempt to reduce misinformation
4 months ago

Meta implementing new AI features

Users of Meta's social media platforms will be introduced to helpful tips that will allow users to distinguish what's real and what's AI-generated.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Meta implementing new AI  features
4 months ago

Meta will begin labeling AI-generated images, citing 'blurred' reality online

Meta will label AI-generated images on Instagram and Facebook; "I hope this is a big step forward," a Meta executive told "GMA."
4 months ago
A smart phone displays Facebook with the Meta icon visible in the background, Feb. 4, 2024.
4 months ago

Meta announces new steps to alert users to AI-generated pictures

Meta's president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, gives details on new measures the tech giant is taking to tip off users to images produced by artificial intelligence.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Meta announces new steps to alert users to AI-generated pictures
4 months ago

Facebook’s 20th anniversary

Facebook was launched 20 years ago at Harvard University and has now become the largest social media network with more than three billion users.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Facebook’s 20th anniversary
4 months ago

Tech executives grilled on Capitol Hill over child exploitation

CEOs for some of the most popular digital platforms acknowledged shortfalls and highlighted efforts they've taken to improve them during the four-hour grilling before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Tech executives grilled on Capitol Hill over child exploitation
4 months ago

Tech CEOs to testify on Capitol Hill about child exploitation

Senators will grill the leaders of TikTok, Meta, Discord and X over the crisis of child exploitation online.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Tech CEOs to testify on Capitol Hill about child exploitation
4 months ago

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to families of children harmed online

Sen. Josh Hawley called on Zuckerberg to directly apologize.
4 months ago
Sen. Josh Hawley called on Zuckerberg to directly apologize.
4 months ago

Florida House of Representatives approves bill to ban social media for kids under 16

A Florida bill that would prohibit kids under 16 from signing up for most social media platforms has passed the state House of Representatives.
4 months ago
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4 months ago

Zuckerberg testifies about Meta’s child safety policies

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee by calling for app stores to play a bigger role in vetting children’s ages online.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Zuckerberg testifies about Meta’s child safety policies
4 months ago

New York City mayor declares social media an 'environmental toxin'

New York City is classifying social media as a "public health hazard," Mayor Eric Adams announced on Wednesday during his State of the City address.
4 months ago
Mayor Eric Adams delivers remarks during Martin Luther King Day celebrations at the Covenant Baptist Church in the Harlem Section of Manhattan, Jan. 15, 2024.
5 months ago

Meta offers more protections for young social media users

The company will hide content it deems inappropriate for teens.
5 months ago
VIDEO:  Meta offers more protections for young social media users
5 months ago

Meta adds new social media protections for teens

Here's what parents need to know about the new initiative to protect teenagers from potentially harmful content on Facebook and Instagram.
5 months ago
VIDEO: Meta adds new social media protections for teens
5 months ago

Meta ad policy allowing 2020 election denial followed warning of political backlash

Meta's policy allows denial of past elections but bans it for current or future ones.
5 months ago
The Meta (formerly Facebook) logo marks the entrance of their corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Nov. 9, 2022.
6 months ago

Facebook and Instagram under fire in new civil complaint

The attorney general of New Mexico filed a civil complaint alleging Meta failed to protect kids from human trafficking, sexual images, grooming and solicitation from would-be predators.
6 months ago
VIDEO: Facebook and Instagram under fire in new civil complaint
6 months ago

Meta disconnecting cross chat between Facebook, Instagram

Meta, the parent company of the social media platforms Instagram and Facebook, is ending its cross-chat feature between the two apps to comply with a new European Union law.
6 months ago
VIDEO: Meta disconnecting cross chat between Facebook, Instagram
6 months ago

New allegations in lawsuit against Meta

Meta is accused of disabling only a fraction of underage accounts it had known about.
6 months ago
VIDEO: New allegations in lawsuit against Meta
6 months ago

Meta policy allowing 2020 election-denial ads risks distrust, extremism, experts say

Some researchers downplayed the impact of Meta's decision, noting limited influence of online ads.
6 months ago
Facebook debuts its new company brand, Meta, at their headquarters on Oct. 28, 2021 in Menlo Park, Calif.
6 months ago

Meta allowing election-denial ads could worsen distrust of democracy, experts say

Some researchers downplayed the impact, noting limited influence of online ads.
6 months ago
Some researchers downplayed the impact, noting limited influence of online ads.
7 months ago

Lawsuit claims Mark Zuckerberg ignored warnings about Instagram, mental health

Meta could be forced to pay retribution to users if the lawsuit moves forward.
7 months ago
7 months ago

Massachusetts files lawsuit against Meta

A report in The Wall Street Journal says prosecutors have documents showing the parent company of Facebook was aware of potential harms of its platform Instagram.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Massachusetts files lawsuit against Meta
7 months ago

Dozens of states suing social media giant Meta

The states claim Facebook and Instagram features are harming children's mental health.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Dozens of states suing social media giant Meta
7 months ago

Tech platforms under scrutiny for war misinformation

The European Union is investigating Meta, TikTok, and X for their handling of potentially illegal content and disinformation related to the Israel-Hamas war.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Tech platforms under scrutiny for war misinformation
7 months ago

Facebook, Instagram harm young people's mental health, lawsuit says

Dozens of states are taking action Tuesday against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, for allegedly harming young people's mental health.
7 months ago
7 months ago

Social media and kids’ mental health

Forty-two states are suing Facebook’s owner, Meta, claiming the company uses algorithms to keep kids hooked. ABC News’ Andrea Fujii has Meta’s response.
7 months ago
VIDEO:  Social media and kids’ mental health
7 months ago

Dozens of states sue Meta, alleging addictive features to lure children

Dozens of states took action against Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, for allegedly harming young people's mental health.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Dozens of states sue Meta, alleging addictive features to lure children
7 months ago

META sued for allegedly harming young people's mental health

Federal and state lawsuits allege that Meta knowingly designed and deployed harmful features on Instagram and Facebook that purposefully addict children and teens. Meta said it was disappointed.
7 months ago
VIDEO: META sued for allegedly harming young people's mental health
7 months ago

Meta/Facebook facing multiple lawsuits for allegedly harming America's youth

Forty-two states filed legal action against the company alleging their social media platforms harm young people’s mental health.
7 months ago
VIDEO: Meta/Facebook facing multiple lawsuits for allegedly harming America's youth
7 months ago

Social media companies under scrutiny over false, violent posts amid Israel-Hamas war

European Union sent letters to platforms over possible content violations.
7 months ago
Smoke plumes billow during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City on Oct. 12, 2023.
7 months ago

Meta’s Threads adds 2 new features

The platform now has a free edit feature and users can create audio posts in a voice thread.
7 months ago
VIDEO:  Meta’s Threads adds two new features
8 months ago

Meta unveils Quest 3 mixed-reality headset

Users are able to see the outside world while staying immersed in virtual reality.
8 months ago
VIDEO:  Meta unveils Quest 3 mixed reality headset
8 months ago

Colleges teach students the business of being an influencer

Influencer Relations at USC's Annenberg School for Communication dives into key components of the influencer world including business and strategic management.
8 months ago
USC Professor Robert Kozinets teaching a course.
9 months ago

Does social media negatively impact teen mental health?

The increase in teen girls feeling “sad or hopeless” from 2011 to 2021 correlates with the rise in social media during the same period, according to the CDC.
9 months ago
The increase in teen girls feeling “sad or hopeless” from 2011 to 2021 correlates with the rise in social media during the same period, according to the CDC.
9 months ago

Meta to release web version of Threads this week

Plus, a technical glitch on X has caused some users' photos posted between 2011 and 2014 to disappear, and a federal judge has ruled AI-generated art cannot be copyrighted.
9 months ago
VIDEO: Meta to release web version of Threads this week
9 months ago

Mark Zuckerberg says Elon Musk 'isn't serious' about cage match: 'Time to move on'

The billionaire entrepreneurs have gone back and forth on the plans for weeks.
9 months ago
Meta Platforms Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg leaves federal court after attending the Facebook parent company's defense of its acquisition of virtual reality app developer Within Inc., in San Jose, Calif., Dec. 20, 2022.
10 months ago

New updates coming to Facebook video features

Parent company Meta hopes the new features will make the platform more competitive with other sites like TikTok or YouTube.
10 months ago
VIDEO: New updates coming to Facebook video features
1 year ago

Twitter threatens legal action against Meta’s Threads

In a cease-and-desist letter, Twitter accused Meta of misappropriating Twitter’s trade secrets and claiming Meta knowingly hired former Twitter employees who retained proprietary information.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Twitter threatens legal action against Meta’s Threads
1 year ago

Twitter sends Meta cease-and-desist letter over new Threads app: Sources

Twitter sent Meta a cease-and-desist letter over the newly launched Threads.
1 year ago
Meta Threads app logo is seen in this illustration taken, July 6, 2023.
1 year ago

Twitter threatens to sue Meta over its new app, Threads

Elon Musk alleges that Mark Zuckerberg’s new company stole trade secrets. Meta denies the claims.
1 year ago
VIDEO:  Twitter threatens to sue Meta over its new app, Threads
1 year ago

What you need to know about Threads

ABC News contributor Mike Muse explains Meta’s newest platform, Threads, which is being called the “Twitter Killer,” and has taken America by storm.
1 year ago
VIDEO: What you need to know about Threads