We're feeling pretty anti about these social networks
Meta faces personal info processing ban, needs to Thread the trademark needle in the UK, while Musk loses out
Kettle Social networks, once thought to have all-encompassing power to change our mood or voting strategy, have been hitting wall after wall this week.
On Wednesday came the news that Meta's Facebook and Instagram are facing a ban on their personalized ad business in the EU unless they sort themselves out. Meta's also under the cosh over the name for its Twitter knock-off Threads, since a British software company says it owns the UK trademark to the name Threads and isn't in a mood to settle.
- Forget the outside hacker, the bigger threat is inside by the coffee machine
- Still got a job at the end of this week? You're lucky, as more layoffs hit the tech industry
- Microsoft ends its week on a high – after a trying time with tax bills and Copilot costs
Then of course there's Elon Musk, who was bizarrely interviewed by the British Prime Minister at the UK's AI Summit this week. Figures out this week showed the value of his social media network has dropped from $44 billion to just $19 billion - a rocketeer who sure knows how to make things crash and burn, it seems.
Discussing the news, clockwise from top left in the thumb: Chris Williams, Brandon Vigliarolo, Thomas Claburn, and Iain Thomson. The episode was produced and polished by Nicole Hemsoth. ®