• The app, called Threads, will function similarly to Twitter, with text-based posts that can be liked, commented on and shared, according to screenshots on the App Store
  • Twitter’s existing rivals, such as Mastodon and Bluesky, are more nascent and have not yet built their networks to be viable alternatives

The text-based app has been secretly available for testing by select celebrities and influencers for months, and could debut as soon as June.

An outright US ban of the app would be a devastating blow to many of the small businesses that have turned to TikTok to reach potential customers.


‘Sorry to keep you waiting – complicated business,’ Trump, 76, said alongside a video clip on the social media platforms which banned the former US president days after the January 6 Capitol insurrection in 2021.


Facebook parent Meta wants to use AI technology with text-like chats in its messaging apps WhatsApp and Messenger, and on visual filters for photos and videos on Instagram., the world’s largest e-commerce company, has launched a TikTok-style service that will let shoppers buy merchandise from a curated feed of photos and video.

From body brushing to gua sha on your body, a popular TCM influencer reveals some of the ancient Chinese health and beauty rituals you need to try to banish stress and lose weight.


A new report analysing nearly 9,000 messages received by high-profile women showed that Instagram didn’t act on 90 per cent of abuse sent via DMs.

If you want to become internet famous, social media influencers on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram are there to help you do it – as long as you’re happy to pay for their tips and tricks.

Chinese pop star Lay, also known as Lay Zhang Yixing, took to Instagram and Twitter on the 10th anniversary of Exo’s debut to announce he is quitting the group’s music label.

Spectators at Augusta National step back into a 352-acre world without selfies and Twitter, where disconnected fans are left ‘jonesing’ for their phones.

Russian prosecutors have accused the social media platforms of ignoring government requests to remove what they described as fake news about Russian military actions in Ukraine and calls for anti-war protests in Russia.


The former England football star tells his 71 million followers to look at his profile to see work of doctor helping women give birth in city of Kharkiv.

Moscow said it will launch an investigation into Instagram owner Meta, and pushed for it to be branded ‘extremist’; Retaliating against allowing posts calling for violence against Russian forces.

Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, ByteDance and others are restricting Russian state-backed media such as RT and Sputnik ahead of a ban from the European Union.

Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are restricting access to Russian state media RT and Sputnik ahead of a likely European Union ban, aiming to curtail the country's propaganda as it invades Ukraine.

ByteDance-owned TikTok is changing its definition of hate speech to include deadnaming and misgendering, part of an overhaul of its community guidelines aimed at rooting out transphobic behaviour.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Rogan, who hosts a podcast called The Joe Rogan Experience, said his use of the slurs was the ‘most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.’

Priyanka Chopra is far from the first big Bollywood name to have a child via surrogacy, but the vitriol her and Nick Jonas faced after surprising fans with the news last week reflects an enduring stigma against the practice in deeply conservative India.

Move over, Leo! Camila Morrone’s true soulmate (and visual twin) appears to be her actress and model mother, Lucile Solá – who appears on her Instagram repeatedly, unlike DiCaprio

Actress Emilia Clarke and model Cara Delevingne have embraced full brows, and you can too. Here’s how everyone is getting that fluffy, natural look, from simple tweezing to a full-on eyebrow transplant.

Wedding plans, a music comeback and further cutting ties with family – the undisputed pop princess is finally free and has these 5 life goals to work towards in 2022 …

Chung, a cousin of Samsung’s leader who heads retail giant Shinsegae Group, had posted a photo that was accompanied by the hashtag #myulgong (‘crush commies’).

Whether challenging him to a game of Mario Kart or buying him gifts, Naomi Biden was clearly only half joking when she tweeted that ‘anyone who wants to get to Joe Biden will have to get past’ her first

When 26-year-old Surabaya native Stella Monica Hendrawan took to Instagram to complain about a bad experience she’d had at a beauty clinic, she never thought two years later she’d still be fighting criminal defamation charges brought under Indonesia’s controversial ITE internet law.

Fierce, feisty and deeply loyal, she created the My Cares Act Benefits website for Covid-19 relief, and once tweeted “anyone who wants to get to @joebiden, will have to get past us first”