Chinese group faked social media posts against a planned Texas rare-earth metal plant, researchers say

Jun 29, 2022
China produces the majority of the world's rare-earth metals. It's likely trying to maintain its control of global production, researchers say.
The disinformation campaign, if sponsored by the Chinese government, would mark a departure from previous efforts that have been more political in nature.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Coin collecting is big business on social media

May 2, 2022
A new generation of coin enthusiasts is bringing renewed interest to the hobby.
Younger people have shown more interest in coin collecting, a hobby that's been made easier by apps like Instagram, eBay and Facebook.
leezsnow/Getty Images

What social media advertising tells us about inflation

Apr 26, 2022
Digital advertising suffers from supply chain and inflation issues too.
Social media companies' quarterly reports may fill us in on the supply chain and inflation issues the industry is dealing with.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Elon Musk reaches $44 billion buyout deal with Twitter, aims to privatize the company

Apr 25, 2022
Elon Musk said he wanted to own and privatize Twitter because he thinks it’s not living up to its potential as a platform for free speech.
Twitter said the transaction was unanimously approved by its board of directors and is expected to close in 2022.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The marketing CEO trying to bridge the pay gap for Black influencers

Mar 17, 2022
Compensation in the influencer space is like the "wild, Wild West," says LaToya Shambo of Black Girl Digital. Her company wants to change that.
"I'm definitely seeing a lot of brands step up," says LaToya Shambo, CEO of Black Girl Digital.
Courtesy LaToya Shambo

Facebook, TikTok and YouTube ban Russian state media channels

Mar 1, 2022
The bans follow Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Social media platforms have often resisted calls to restrict controversial content.
A van owned by the RT broadcast network in Moscow. Social media platforms have banned content from Russian state-owned media channels, including RT, in Europe.
Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

Big Tech is starting to invest heavily in the metaverse

Feb 2, 2022
Competition is heating up in the fledgling space.
An immersive environment like the metaverse offers new ways to work — and purchase goods.
Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

For public good, not for profit.

Support fact-based, independent journalism with a gift to Marketplace today.

The creative force behind a viral corporate TikTok account

Jan 17, 2022
Duolingo’s social media coordinator on their big green owl, the “Wendy’s effect” and changing the voice of brands online.
Thanks to its Gen Z social media coordinator and big green owl, the official TikTok account for language learning company Duolingo recently blew up.
Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the post-“Survivor” economy, it's all about contestants’ brands

Oct 11, 2021
Social media has changed the game for former contestants on the CBS reality show “Survivor,” according to “Ringer” contributor Mara Reinstein.
Former "Survivor" players Mike Holloway, left, and Rodney Lavoie Jr. in 2015. Parlaying an appearance on the CBS reality show into a lucrative career is a game in itself, according to “Ringer” contributor Mara Reinstein.
Mark Davis via Getty Images

Elaine Thompson-Herah's temporary Instagram suspension could cost her followers

Aug 5, 2021
Olympians, including Thompson-Herah, are sidestepping the rules by sharing behind-the-scenes content and more personal videos.
Gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah was temporarily suspended from Instagram for violating the IOC's exclusive broadcast rights.
Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images