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Social media giants increase global child safety after UK regulations introduced

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TikTok has turned off notifications for children past bedtime, Instagram has disabled targeted adverts for under-18s entirely and YouTube has turned off autoplay for teen users: moves seemingly triggered by Britain in...

A lust for life … my years backstage with the giants of punk

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Michael Grecco had low expectations the night he walked into a Boston dive bar known as The Rat. A local punk band was on stage called La Peste – appropriately enough – but Grecco was more into jazz. Era 1978. He’d...

UK finance giants plan to buy out fossil fuel plants in order to shut them

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A group of the UK’s biggest financial institutions plan to hasten the phasing out of coal power in Asia by buying out fossil fuel plants in order to shut them down within 15 anni. Finance companies including lenders ...

A ‘safe space for racists’: antisemitism report criticises social media giants

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There is a serious and systemic failure to tackle antisemitism across the five biggest social media platforms, resulting in a “safe space for racists”, secondo un nuovo rapporto. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube ...

Ofcom chief slams social media giants over Euro 2020 racist messages

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The head of Britain’s communications regulator will vow to take on social media firms over their failure to weed out online abuse this week, as she condemns their lack of success in dealing with the racism aimed at th...

Trump says he will sue social media giants as he pines for lost platform

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Donald Trump, the former US president, held a rambling press conference on Wednesday to announce legal action against Facebook, Twitter and Google, accusing the tech giants of censoring conservative voices. Trump was...

Social network giants pledge to tackle abuse of women online

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Four of the world’s largest social networks have committed to overhauling their moderation systems to tackle the abuse of women on their platforms. Facebook, Google, Twitter and TikTok have signed up to the pledge, le...

‘Silicon Six’ tech giants accused of inflating tax payments by almost $100bn

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The giant US tech firms known as the “Silicon Six” have been accused of inflating their stated tax payments by almost $100bn (£70bn) over the past decade. As Chancellor Rishi Sunak called on world leaders to back a ne...

Food giants accused of links to illegal Amazon deforestation

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Three of the world’s biggest food businesses have been accused of buying soya from a farmer linked to illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Cargill, Bunge and Cofco sourced soya beans from the Chinese-owned F...

Privacy activists are winning fights with tech giants. Why does victory feel hollow?

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For privacy activists, 2021 brings one big victory after another. Primo, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced in March that it would stop tracking individual users as they roam from site to site. This dec...

It’s just pants: ads for skimpy men’s underwear too racy for media giants

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A male underwear company that had its adverts pulled from social media and an appearance on a morning television show dropped has accused the industry of double standards when it comes to images of semi-clothed male a...

Tech giants happy to do Narendra Modi’s bidding in return for access to Indian market

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For decades, India was a poster child for democratic development: a poor, sprawling, ethnically diverse country that nevertheless had regular elections and peaceful transfers of power – the hallmarks of a functioning ...

The tech giants’ diet is bad for everyone’s health

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A volte, in my most misanthropic moods, I’m seduced by a libertarian approach to advertising rules. You know, just let it all out there. Let them go for it. Maybe you still try to prevent outright lies, but actually...

The Guardian view on taxing the tech giants: time to pay up

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The terrible global cloud that is the Covid-19 pandemic offered the world the glimpse of a silver lining this week. New tax proposals by Joe Biden mean that the economic emergency caused by coronavirus could result in...

Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, dire parlamentari

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Ministers must force tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to stop the “immoral” practice of profiting from the £10bn of pension fraud committed by internet scammers, a committee of MPs has urged. Fraudst...

West Lothian’s sleeping giants: wastelands that shivered into life

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A legacy of Scotland’s shale oil industry, these once barren spoil heaps now provide a refuge for rare wildlife – and a sense of hope for the futureFifteen miles south-west of Edinburgh, a knuckled red fist rises from...