Ad spending slowdown hits tech and social media firms, but not equally

Jul 27, 2022
While ad revenue growth is slowing down, experts don't see a decline coming.
Google is expected to comprise 30% of total worldwide digital ad revenues this year, one analyst said. Meanwhile, Snapchat and Twitter are each expected to make up under 1%.
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Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion. Is it just about free speech?

Apr 25, 2022
Social media giant OKs "unbelievably fast" deal with world's richest person. Many observers remain uncertain of what drove his decision.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk intends to add the global communications platform Twitter to his portfolio, which includes Tesla and SpaceX.
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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.
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Poison pills: Why companies use the self-defense strategy

Apr 15, 2022
Shareholder rights plans, as they are also known, are used to fend off takeovers, like Elon Musk's bid for Twitter.
To prevent Elon Musk from holding too much stake in Twitter, the board has enacted a "poison pill," giving other shareholders the opportunity to buy more shares in order to dilute Musk's power.
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The strategy behind adding Elon Musk to Twitter's board

Apr 6, 2022
Musk has been an avid user — and critic — of the social media platform for years. The brand could use some "shaking up," one analyst says.
Elon Musk has been a fierce critic of Twitter's approach to free speech.
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Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

May 5, 2021
However, the Facebook Oversight Board also said “was not appropriate for Facebook to impose an ‘indefinite’ suspension.”
The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold the former president's ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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Tweets are selling for millions as NFTs. We decided to see what all the buzz is about.

Mar 24, 2021
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal and Andrew CM from Valuables by Cent experiment with turning a tweet into a non-fungible token.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2019.
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Facebook, Twitter and more crack down on violent rhetoric, election misinformation

Social media companies are now in the business of trying to swat down misinformation, as is clear from the 2020 election.
Since Election Day, Twitter has put about a third of President Donald Trump’s tweets behind a fact-check label.
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Senators grill tech CEOs as both parties fault internet content policies

Oct 28, 2020
Legislation to tighten the oversight of internet content may be coming.
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