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Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 28, 2021

‘I hold Facebook directly responsible for my father’s murder’: Lawsuit alleges platform fueled violence in Ethiopia

Conflict & Justice

Abrham Meareg, an Ethiopian researcher, said his father was killed last year after being targeted on social media. The lawsuit comes amid growing criticism that Facebook and other social media giants are not doing enough to stop hate speech and inciting language from spreading online across Africa.

Margrethe Vestager

Europe is not afraid to regulate Big Tech. EU Competition Commissioner Vestager explains why.

fake news

On eve of Mexican election, fake news still thrives on social media

The statue of liberty and an American flag are on a blue sky, with words in Russian at the bottom of the image.

A guide to Russian ‘demotivator’ memes

Facebook logo with the Russian flag

Britain asks Facebook for information about suspected Russian influence in Brexit

Global Politics
A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person's eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015.

Russian trolls tried to recruit a prominent US activist. He didn’t take the bait, but others did.

Global Politics

Evidence is mounting that Russian trolls working for the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency stoked divisions in the US during the last election, going as far as to contact US-based activists to promote and organize rallies and other actions.

Social media has role in drug cartel violence in Mexico


Social media has revolutionized the way many humans communicate. In Mexico, that means it’s become one of the only ways residents can get information about drug cartel violence. But that has the government nervous.

Entrepreneur and author Andrew Keen argues that the free model of the Internet isn’t really free at all.

The Internet may be hurting all of us


According to author Andrew Keen, the promise of the Internet is far removed its reality. Far from creating equality, he says, it’s birthed a new elite.

SafeMode conversation with Zeynep

8 things we learned about activism in Marco Werman’s conversation with Zeynep Tufekci at SXSW


We need to be moving to a model where activists demand “no representation without conversation,” said Zeynep Tufekci in a discussion about privacy, social media censorship, hashtag activism and global youth protests at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

Employees of Snapdeal, an Indian online retailer, sort out delivery packages inside their company fulfillment center in Mumbai on October 22, 2014.

Order a phone, get a bar of soap — online shopping in India has some big growing pains


More and more Indians are turning to online retailing sites to find big deals and do their holiday shopping. But despite big customer numbers and growing investment, there are still huge problems with the industry as it gets off the ground.