Social media trolling: Sportswomen speak about their experiences

Elite British sportswomen are calling for help in tackling “relentless” online abuse after a BBC Sport survey uncovered almost a third had suffered social media trolling. Three women have shared their experiences after 30% of survey respondents said they had suffered trolling – a figure that has doubled in the past five years. Here are[…]

Twitter ‘looking’ at a possible TikTok tie-up

Image copyright Getty Images Twitter has approached TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance to express an interest in buying its US operations, according to sources. Video-sharing platform TikTok has been at the centre of fierce debate in recent weeks and takeover talk. Last week US Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with TikTok within 45[…]

Rural broadband upgrade cash ‘there for the taking’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government wants all the UK – including remote areas – to have access to ultra-fast broadband The government is urging struggling rural broadband customers to apply for cash it has set aside to pay for ultra high-speed connections. Digital Minister Matt Warman said £70m is “still there for[…]

What is Tencent?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The penguins are symbols of Tencent’s iconic messaging platform QQ, which launched five years before Facebook, in 1999 Based in Shenzhen and founded in 1998, the Chinese company Tencent enjoys huge popularity – and profits – in China. Its cute penguin symbol is as familiar to Chinese children as[…]

Facebook removes 200,000-strong QAnon group

Image caption This symbol and slogan has become an emblem of QAnon Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a “deep state” network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook[…]

Apple defends Xbox streaming block on iPhones

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Xbox subscribers will soon be able to stream games to their mobiles – but not to iPhones Microsoft has confirmed that its new game streaming service, xCloud, will not appear on Apple devices. The Netflix-like game service will launch in September for Android devices, offering a library of more[…]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg sees wealth top $100bn

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has seen his personal wealth rise to $100bn (£76bn) after the launch of a new short-form video feature. On Wednesday, Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its rival to controversial Chinese app TikTok. Facebook shares rose by more than 6% on Thursday. Mr Zuckerberg holds[…]

Trump signs order to address ‘threat’ of TikTok

Image copyright EPA US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban transactions with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance. The executive order says the US “must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security”. Under the order, beginning in 45 days, any US transaction with ByteDance will be prohibited.[…]

Cosplay and Covid: Video gamers defy the virus

Image copyright Getty Images ChinaJoy, Asia’s biggest video game conference, went ahead at the weekend, although it was very different from previous years’ events. Most large-scale shows in the region have been scrapped as social distancing is enforced because of the coronavirus. But about 150,000 gaming fans descended on ChinaJoy in Shanghai for the four-day[…]