In a fresh push to boost the integrity of the platform, Facebook has shut down Iranian and Russian accounts running election misinformation networks. The change will affect both Facebook and Instagram, as the social media giant prepares for the lucrative US election campaign. Facebook is also increasing transparency of who advertises and what their messages are by changing how its ad library works. Democracy campaigners hope these changes in the US part of the platform will soon be echoed across Europe.
In the UK, consumers are most likely to indulge in online shopping on Christmas Day. In 2017, traffic to online retailer websites on Christmas Day was almost double (45%) the December monthly average. Three days before New Year’s Eve (28 December) purchases were more than a quarter (26%) up on the December average.