Three young people reading on their smartphones against a multicolored background made up of thread.

Threads’ golden opportunity is here — Meta doesn’t seem too interested in taking it

Chaotic as X may be, it’s still the only viable platform for what’s happening right now — unless Threads cares to join it.

Ben Berkley • October 13, 2023

Meta vs. Canada is a long pattern of dismantling news

Meta’s ban on Canadian news is part of a larger pattern of upending and preventing access to information.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 24, 2023

Meta’s latest metamorphosis is a mixed bag

Meta’s trying to be cool again. The results are mixed.

Jacob Cohen • July 18, 2023
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We tried Threads, Meta’s Twitter competitor

It’s no cage match, but Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta dropped Threads, an app to rival Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 7, 2023

Why Meta’s ‘leaner is better’ feels extra contagious

Big Tech org charts aren’t the only thing getting flattened.

Ben Berkley • March 15, 2023

Meta looks to broaden Horizon’s horizons in 2023

Meta now plans to open the platform up to teens.

Jacob Cohen • February 8, 2023

Meta’s board wants new nudity guidelines

Meta’s confusing nudity policies often wrongfully delete posts from women, trans, and nonbinary users.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 19, 2023

Are Apple and Meta rivals now?

The tech titans are clashing over metaverse ambitions and ads.

Rob Litterst • September 8, 2022

Amazon vs. Facebook review groups

Amazon is suing 10k+ Facebook group admins, saying they run groups to solicit bogus reviews.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 20, 2022

Meta’s IRL store for the not-IRL metaverse

Meta’s 1st brick-and-mortar show will let customers dip a toe in the metaverse through hands-on experiences.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • April 27, 2022

Meta’s sketchy strategy to battle TikTok

Meta hired a political consulting firm to coordinate a nationwide media campaign against TikTok.

Rob Litterst • March 31, 2022

Meta’s execs are all-in on remote work

The company’s top execs are dialing in from all over the map.

Rob Litterst • March 25, 2022

Why did Meta lose $200B+ in value?

Meta is facing many challenges: stalling growth in its user base, the rise of TikTok, and Apple’s new privacy changes.

Trung T. Phan • February 4, 2022

Meta’s job board tells its story

It isn’t easy bringing a 68k-person social media company into the metaverse.

Jacob Cohen • February 1, 2022

How Facebook and Google rigged ad markets

New unredacted evidence reveals that Facebook and Google CEOs knew about the Jedi Blue ad-rigging scheme.

Trung T. Phan • January 18, 2022

Digits: An oddball lawsuit, pay increases, and the Hulk

Plus: Taco lovers rejoice and Facebook’s health conundrum.

Jacob Cohen • January 10, 2022

Meta is building VR gloves for the metaverse

Meta is spending $10B on AR/VR and metaverse hardware this year. One project: a prototype VR glove that uses inflatable pads to simulate touch.

Trung T. Phan • November 18, 2021

Microsoft wants to beat Meta at its own game

Microsoft wants in on the metaverse, and its vision could pit it squarely against Meta.

Rob Litterst • November 4, 2021

Here’s why Big Tech is slowing down

Microsoft passed Apple to become the world’s most valuable firm. How? Unlike other Big Tech firms, it largely avoided supply chain and advertising issues.

Trung T. Phan • November 1, 2021

Facebook is now Meta

Facebook is now Meta.

Trung T. Phan • October 29, 2021

Facebook and Google are in hot water

Another round of The Facebook Papers highlight shortcomings in the platform’s safety. Meanwhile, Google’s monopolistic ad exchange model is exposed in an unredacted lawsuit.

Trung T. Phan • October 26, 2021

Why a ‘meta’-themed facelift is likely for Facebook

Facebook wants 2 things: To rule -- ahem -- to help build the metaverse, and to keep you on Facebook while doing it.

Jacob Cohen • October 21, 2021

The world depends on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is used by 2.5B+ people and is the most popular app in 100+ countries. When it goes down, people lose more than messaging -- they lose critical infrastructure.

Trung T. Phan • October 7, 2021

‘The Facebook Files’ is not good for Facebook

The Wall Street Journal released a 5-part investigation -- from leaked documents -- showing that Facebook knows its platform is riddled with “flaws that cause harm.”

Trung T. Phan • September 20, 2021

Facebook is paying Accenture $500m a year to moderate content on its platforms

A recent report revealed Accenture to be Facebook’s biggest content moderation partner, pulling in $500m a year for the work.

Rob Litterst • September 7, 2021

Facebook just lost some friends

Facebook disabled accounts for a team of NYU researchers that were trying to learn more about its ad targeting model.

Rob Litterst • August 6, 2021

Facebook wants to give $1B away… to creators

To beat back the TikTok threat, Facebook will offer creators $1B to use its platform.

Rob Litterst • July 19, 2021

Facebook scores an antitrust win

A DC federal court threw out 2 antitrust suits against Facebook. But the court leaves the door open for a new case.

Trung T. Phan • June 30, 2021

Facebook is quietly taking over VR

Facebook is on a VR acquisition spree and wants to beam ads into the Oculus headset. Nothing to see here.

Trung T. Phan • June 18, 2021

Meet the Buy Nothing groups of Facebook

These Facebook Groups allow users to exchange goods without paying. Now, it wants to offer the service...but off of Mark Zuckerberg’s platforms.

Kolby Hatch • May 7, 2021

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