Shannon Bond

Financial Times

Shannon Bond appears in the following:

A pro-Russian social media campaign is trying to influence politics in Africa

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Researchers have identified a large network pushing pro-Russian themes and messages to French-speaking audiences around Africa, amid long-running efforts by Russia to gain influence in the region.


Former President Trump will be allowed to return to Facebook and Instagram

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, says it will restore former President Donald Trump's accounts following a two-year suspension imposed after the Jan. 6 insurrection.


Former President Donald Trump can return to Facebook. Will he?

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Facebook parent company Meta is letting a two-year ban on Donald Trump, imposed after the then-president's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, expire.


Meta allows Donald Trump back on Facebook and Instagram

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The social media company is letting a two-year ban, imposed after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, expire.


The attack on Brazil's Congress was stoked by social media

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The attack on Brazil's Congress was organized publicly online. Despite being on high alert, social media companies missed signs that their platforms were being used to plan violence.


The attack on Brazil's Congress was stoked by social media — and by Trump allies

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The similarities are deep: In addition to aiming to subvert an election, some of the same U.S. voices that amplify former President Donald Trump are echoing Brazil's former president, Jair Bolsonaro.


A look at the transnational extremism behind Brazil's unrest and the U.S. Jan. 6 riot

Monday, January 09, 2023

Sunday's riot by supporters of Brazil's former president has parallels with what happened in the U.S. on Jan. 6, 2021. But it's also part of a global far-right movement that's opposed to democracy.


A look at the year social media companies had

Monday, December 26, 2022

From Facebook's troubled pivot to the metaverse to Twitter's management chaos to industry-wide layoffs, social media companies had a rocky 2022.


Turmoil on social media sites is driving users to smaller, more private alternatives

Sunday, December 25, 2022

2022 has been a tumultuous year in social media and the coming year holds more uncertainties as U.S. outlets scramble to match the popularity of apps like TikTok.


From Twitter chaos to TikTok bans to the metaverse, social media had a rocky 2022

Friday, December 23, 2022

From Facebook's troubled pivot to the metaverse to Twitter's management chaos to industry-wide layoffs, social media companies have had a rocky 2022


AI-generated fake faces have become a hallmark of online influence operations

Thursday, December 15, 2022

As artificial intelligence becomes more widely available, bad actors are turning to computer-generated faces in their attempts to manipulate social media networks.


Elon Musk is using the Twitter Files to discredit foes and push conspiracy theories

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The Twitter CEO's selective release of internal communications largely corroborate what is already known about the messy business of policing a large social network.


Musk reveals how Twitter has handled some high-profile decisions

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Elon Musk is using his selective release of internal Twitter communications to advance his own partisan causes and conspiracy theories.


Facebook's own oversight board slams its special program for VIPs

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Oversight board says Facebook parent Meta appears to be more concerned with avoiding "provoking" VIPs and evading accusations of censorship than balancing tricky questions of free speech and safety.


Twitter's former safety chief warns Musk is moving fast and "breaking things"

Friday, December 02, 2022

Yoel Roth was a top executive at Twitter, until he resigned in early November. He says people need to "very thoughtfully and carefully weigh the costs and benefits of using Twitter."


Twitter's chaos could make political violence worse outside of the U.S.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Under the chaotic changes unleashed by Elon Musk, Twitter users in the U.S. are confronting problems that have long plagued the social network in other parts of the world.


Elon Musk allows Donald Trump back on Twitter

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Twitter has become the first mainstream social media platform to reinstate the former president, who was banned from many sites after his supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.


How likely is a complete Twitter meltdown?

Friday, November 18, 2022

Twitter employees who've quit say risks are growing of service outages, glitches and even hacks on the influential social network.


Twitter CEO Elon Musk gives staff an ultimatum, and many people are choosing to go

Friday, November 18, 2022

This was another wild week at Twitter after CEO Elon Musk gave staff an ultimatum to stay or go, and it seems many people are choosing the latter. What's the future of the social network?


Twitter employees quit in droves after Elon Musk's ultimatum passes

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The billionaire gave employees of his newly-purchased company until Thursday evening to commit to "being extremely hardcore" and staying or take a severance package.