Georgia Wells

The Wall Street Journal

@georgia_wells

  • Tech Reporter for The Wall Street Journal.
  • Previously worked at Dow Jones Newswire.
  • Holds a BA in Human Biology: International Health and Conflict, and an MA in Journalism from Stanford.
Facebook and Instagram Suffer Lengthy Outages

Mar 14

Facebook Inc.’s popular Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp apps were inaccessible for millions of users for much of Wednesday and into Thursday.

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Snap Layoffs Led to Payouts to Ousted Female Employees

Mar 6

Snap last year paid settlements to at least three female employees who were let go in layoffs that they alleged disproportionately targeted women, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The Wall Street Journal: U.K. lawmakers scold Facebook, call for increased social-media regulation

Feb 18

A U.K. parliamentary committee rebuked Facebook Inc. in a new report that calls for regulation and intensified scrutiny of social-media companies.

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Writer Sues Twitter Over Ban for Criticizing Transgender People

Feb 12

Meghan Murphy alleges that Twitter’s hateful-conduct policy violates unfair-competition law. She had tweeted “Men aren’t women” in reference to transgender people.

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Evan Spiegel’s Imperious Style Made Snapchat a Success–Until Users Fled

Dec 24

Snap, which was once seen as a viable competitor to Facebook, is struggling after the CEO ignored warnings about a redesign that proved unpopular. With usership and the share price falling, analysts and employees are raising questions about whether his trust-…

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The Wall Street Journal: Dating app Bumble is open to a future IPO, CEO says

Nov 14

Speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Tech D.Live conference on Wednesday, Bumble Chief Executive Whitney Wolfe Herd said an initial public offering could give her company more momentum to expand further internationally.

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Snap facing regulatory scrutiny over pre-IPO disclosures

Nov 14

Snap Inc. is facing scrutiny from regulators about its disclosures to investors ahead of its 2017 initial public offering.

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Future of Tech: Smarter Cameras Will Transform Everyday Life - Wall Street Journal

Nov 13

Wall Street Journal Future of Tech : Smarter Cameras Will Transform Everyday Life Wall Street Journal... J. Wolf, co-founder and managing director of the consulting firm Activate Inc., said in an interview. It is one of several findings he is sharing Tuesday …

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The Wall Street Journal: Snap losing another top executive — head of content Nick Bell

Nov 12

Snap Inc.’s head of content plans to leave the social-media company by year’s end, bringing to at least a half dozen the number of executives who have left the firm over the past year.

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Gab.com founder defiant after Pittsburgh synagogue slayings

Oct 29

Before Robert Bowers allegedly opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, few had heard of Gab.com, the two-year-old social-media site where he apparently posted anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying messages. Now it is at the center of a renewed debate …

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Humans Play a Supporting Role in Facebook's Effort to Fight Fake News

Oct 18

The social network’s algorithms scan billions of posts each day in hopes of flagging misinformation before it goes viral; humans play a supporting role, but in the end they simply can’t keep up.

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RIP Google+. We Hardly Knew Ye.

Oct 8

Few tears were shed Monday over the death of Google+, the search giant’s oft-derided effort at challenging Facebook in social media.

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How a German Social-Media Company Tamed the Trolls

Oct 6

German social-media app Jodel decided to ban nudity, racism, sexism, bullying and insults of any kind, and empowered users to police each other’s behavior by giving unpaid moderators the authority to ban troublemakers.

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Inside Twitter's Long, Slow Struggle to Police Bad Actors

Sep 3

When Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey testifies before Congress this week, he’ll likely be asked about an issue that has been hovering over the company: Just who decides whether a user gets kicked off the site?

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Coming Soon to Facebook: Lots of Extreme Political Ads

Aug 31

Campaign strategists are gearing up to flood Facebook with inflammatory and polarizing ads heading into the midterm elections, saying its advertising platform rewards extreme messaging more than other venues.

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Match Group, IAC Face Suit Over Tinder Valuation

Aug 14

Three Tinder founders and a handful of current executives alleged in a lawsuit that the dating app’s parent companies, Match Group and IAC/InterActiveCorp., manipulated financial information to undermine its valuation.

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The Wall Street Journal: SEC, FBI join investigation into how Facebook user data was used

Jul 3

The federal investigation into how Facebook Inc. has handled information about its users is getting bigger.

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Facebook Gave Firms Special Access to Users' Personal Data

Jul 1

Facebook gave dozens of companies special access to user data, detailing for the first time a spate of deals that contrasted with the social network’s previous public statements that it restricted personal information to outsiders in 2015.

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Facebook Launches Tools to Stop Fake Accounts

Jun 28

Facebook rolled out new features designed to make it easier to identify fake pages, an issue that Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said was the company’s priority ahead of the midterm elections.

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Russian Trolls Weigh In on Roseanne Barr and Donald Trump Jr.

Jun 19

With U.S. midterm elections approaching, Russian trolls found ways to remain active on Twitter well into 2018 trying to rile up the American electorate, a Wall Street Journal analysis found.

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