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What should be done with Facebook – break it up, or regulate it?

A consensus says that something must be done with the all-powerful tech platforms. But how far do governments go?

Twitter reports profit for second quarter in a row and adds 6m new users

Company posts first-quarter profit of $61m on revenues of $665m, comfortably ahead of analysts’ expectations

You can buy anything on the black market – including Twitter handles

The perfect @ identity is a must-have accessory for big companies and brand-conscious celebrities – at any cost

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

‘It might work too well’: the dark art of political advertising online

Digital campaigns have evolved from banner ads 20 years ago to Cambridge Analytica harvesting our Facebook data. Has the rise of micro-targeting become a threat to democracy?

Snapchat’s UK ad revenue set to overtake Twitter’s next year

UK arm – which earns about 10% of app’s global ad revenues – is forecast to bring in £181m

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent ‘weaponised’ web

The inventor of the world wide web warns over concentration of power among a few companies ‘controlling which ideas are shared’

Big data for the people: it’s time to take it back from our tech overlords

A small number of companies have become extraordinarily rich by harvesting our data. But that wealth belongs to the many

Meet the tech evangelist who now fears for our mental health

Belinda Parmar was a passionate advocate of the digital revolution – but has started keeping her family’s smartphones and laptops locked away to protect her loved ones. Is she right to be so worried?

Twitter a ‘particular challenge’ for plans for online pornography age checks

Thinktank that helped ministers draft rules to verify ages says it is unlikely site would be blocked

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