Alex Hern

Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling?

Google at 20: how two ‘obnoxious’ students changed the internet

It is two decades since Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved their fledgling startup out of their dorms. With threats to its power growing, how long can the company dominate?

Facebook advertises for ‘fake news’ fact checkers

Firm changes initial ad for ‘news credibility specialists’ to ‘news publisher specialists’

Google’s ‘deceitful’ AI assistant to identify itself as a robot during calls

Google Duplex, which simulates human speech with lifelike inflections, criticised as unethical

Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

New portability tool will allow users to extract copy of own content posted on social network

Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing

The CEO’s privacy is as vulnerable as ours, and the social network faces a regulation battle

Beware the smart toaster: 18 tips for surviving the surveillance age

We’ve come a long way since the web was just a fun place to share cat gifs – now it’s a place mostly dedicated to finding and selling your personal info. Here’s what you need to know in this new era

Delete your account – a guide to life after Facebook

Perhaps you think you can’t possibly replace the social network – but it can be done. Here’s what you need for a Zuck-free existence

Mozilla ‘presses pause’ on Facebook ads over data-mining claims

Non-profit organisation behind Firefox browser announces move after Cambridge Analytica revelations

Social networks may have to reveal how they target users with ads

Information commissioner calls for more transparency over how individuals’ data is used for political ends

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