Social media explosion powered by dirty energy, report warns

Greenpeace singles out Amazon Web Services and Twitter for siting data centres in coal areas and failing to reveal energy use

The rise of social media is being powered by dirty forms of energy such as coal, a report from the campaign group Greenpeace said on Wednesday.

The Clicking Clean report praised six companies Apple, Box, Facebook, Google, Rackspace and Salesforce for committing to power their data centres with 100% renewable energy. Apple in particular had cleaned up its energy profile, Greenpeace International said.

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