Photo of a gender reveal event

Pink or Blue? Some Gender Reveal Parties Take Dangerous Turn

It was supposed to be a happy moment, a chance to declare the sex of a soon-to-be-born baby with a blast of color and burst of attention on social media. "There's this huge pressure to publicize these once-private moments. You get that outside validation th...
Photo of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter Bans All Political Advertisements

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages. "While...
Photo of a SIM card and a cell phone

In ‘SIM Swap,’ Criminals Really Have Your Number

If you're not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified. This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts,...

US Turns Away Palestinian Harvard Freshman

BOSTON — A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at borde...
Photo of Facebook App

Tech Firms Struggle to Police Content While Avoiding Bias

WASHINGTON — Take the post down. Put it back up. Stop policing speech. Start silencing extremists. That's just a sampling of the intense, often contradictory demands facing tech companies and their social media platforms as they try to oversee internet cont...
Photo of Twitter logo at the NYSE

Twitter Reports Strong User Growth

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter reported surprisingly strong second-quarter user numbers and revenue Friday, as it works to make the platform more user friendly and eliminate robotic and fake accounts on its platform. ...
Photo of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process

White Supremacist Propaganda Growing on College Campuses

NEW YORK — Reading, writing and arithmetic are competing with more and more racist rhetoric on U.S. college campuses, a new report finds. Instances of white supremacist propaganda showing up on college campuses trended higher in the recently completed acade...