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Facebook releases community standards enforcement report

Facebook has just released its latest community standards enforcement report and the verdict is in: people are awful, and happy to share how awful they are with the world. The latest effort at transparency from Facebook on how it enforces its community standards contains several interesting nuggets. While the company’s algorithms and internal moderators have become exceedingly good at tracking myriad violations before they’re reported to the company, hate speech, online bullying, harassment a...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Law Enforcement, Software, Computing, Cyberbullying, Photo Sharing, Social Network, Operating Systems, Online Bullying, Radha Iyengar

Meet Projector, collaborative design software for the Instagram age

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures bonded with Trevor O’Brien in prison. The pair, Suster was quick to clarify, were on site at a correctional facility in 2016 to teach inmates about entrepreneurship as part of a workshop hosted by Defy Ventures, a nonprofit organization focused on addressing the issue of mass incarceration. They hit it off, sharing perspectives on life and work, Suster recounted to TechCrunch. So when O’Brien, a former director of product management at Twitter, mentioned he ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Brown University, San Francisco, Social Media, Tech, Engineer, Software, Venture Capital, Projector, Canva, Upfront Ventures, Operating Systems

Indonesia restricts WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram usage following deadly riots

Indonesia is the latest nation to hit the hammer on social media after the government restricted the use of WhatsApp and Instagram following deadly riots yesterday. Numerous Indonesia-based users are today reporting difficulties sending multimedia messages via WhatsApp, which is one of the country’s most popular chat apps, and posting content to Facebook, while the hashtag #instagramdown is trending among the country’s Twitter users due to problems accessing the Facebook-owned photo app. W...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Indonesia, Government, India, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Whatsapp, Software, President, Joko Widodo, Sri Lanka, Presidential Election

Following a report about misleading ads placed by anti-abortion groups, Google Ads updates its policies

Starting next month, Google will for ads related to abortion in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. Google will now require advertisers that want to run ads with abortion-related keywords to apply for certification as an organization that does, or does not, provide abortions. If their ads are approved, they will run with an automatically-generated disclaimer identifying which category they fall into. The announcement of the new policies comes less than two weeks after the Guardia...
Tags: Google, TC, Advertising, Tech, Abortion, Guardian, Ads, Ohio, Abortion Rights, United States United Kingdom, Google Ads, NARAL Pro Choice, Google Display Network Google, Ireland Google, Obria Group, Missouri Alabama Georgia Mississippi Kentucky

Facebook still a great place to amplify pre-election junk news, EU study finds

A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media in Europe ahead of regional elections this month has found individual stories shared on Facebook’s platform can still hugely outperform the most important and professionally produced news stories, drawing as much as 4x the volume of Facebook shares, likes, and comments. The study, conducted for the Oxford Internet Institute’s (OII) Computational Propaganda Project, is intended to...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Isis, Sweden, Vladimir Putin, France, Germany, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Digital Media

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed

A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram influencers, celebrities and brand accounts has been found online. The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour. From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile pi...
Tags: Security, Instagram, Email, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Spokesperson, Digital Media, Web Services, Mumbai, Database

Millions of Instagram influencers had their contact data scraped and exposed

A massive database containing contact information of millions of Instagram celebrities and its most valuable users has been found online. The database, hosted by Amazon Web Services, was left exposed and without a password allowing anyone to look inside. At the time of writing, the database had over 49 million records — but was growing by the hour. From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from influencer Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile pictur...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Instagram, Email, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Spokesperson, Digital Media, Web Services, Mumbai, Database

On the Internet of Women with Moira Weigel

“Feminism,” the writer and editor Marie Shear famously said in an often-misattributed quote, “is the radical notion that women are people.” The genius of this line, of course, is that it appears to be entirely non-controversial, which reminds us all the more effectively of the past century of fierce debates surrounding women’s equality. And what about in tech ethics? It would seem equally non-controversial that ethical tech is supposed to be good for “people,” but is the broader tech world and i...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Media, Sexism, Government, Women, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Diversity, Logic, Policy, Hillary Clinton

Listen, parents, here are 3 reasons you shouldn’t use child tracking apps

The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade. There are now apps to monitor people’s movement, health, mindfulness, sleep, eating habits and even sexual activity. Some of the more thorny problems arise from apps designed to track others, like those made for parents to track their kids. For example, there are specific apps that allow parents to monitor their child’s GPS location, who they call, what they text, which apps they use, wha...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Social Media, Tech, World, Syndication

Boston Tech Watch: Hydrow, Sea Machines, Toast, Pillar & More

[Updated, 9:05 am. See below] Another $100 million for early stage investing in Boston. Check-out machines are becoming clock-in machines. A hundred-plus startups join MassChallenge’s latest cohort in Boston. Read on for more of this week’s Boston tech news.—Rowing machine startup Hydrow added $7 million to the $20 million it raised in its Series A funding round in February. The new capital comes from Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ Rx3 Ventures, The Raptor Group, The Yard Ventures...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, Ipo, Boston, Advertising, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Autonomous, Maritime, Venture Capital, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Tripadvisor

Chat app Line is adding Snap-style disappearing stories

Facebook cloning Snap to death may be old news, but others are only just following suit. Line, the Japanese messaging app that’s popular in Asia, just became the latest to clone Snap’s ephemeral story concept. The company announced today that it is adding stories that disappear after 24-hours to its timeline feature, a social network like feed that sits in its app, and user profiles. The update is rolling out to users now and the concept is very much identical to Snap, Instagram and others...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Media, Instagram, Indonesia, Social Media, Tech, Taiwan, Whatsapp, Software, Thailand, United States, Computing

How startups can use Amazon’s SEO best practices to dominate new shopping verticals

Eli Schwartz Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Schwartz is the former Director of Growth at SurveyMonkey where he led the SEO strategy. Eli has been a columnist on the Huffington Post, the Y Combinator blog, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal and numerous other publications. Amazon dominates the top ranking positions of Google for tens of thousands of ecommerce queries, but there are plenty of products in newer shoppin...
Tags: Iphone, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Advertising Tech, Google Search, Seo, Tech, Image Search, Search Engine, Target, Huffington Post, Growth

Verified Expert Brand Designer: Milkinside

Gleb Kuznetsov refuses to settle for less. After spending years leading product design for startups and corporate clients, Gleb started a boutique branding agency, Milkinside, that helps clients translate new technologies into useful products. Gleb and his team of experienced creators are committed to serving the end user, which is why they love taking products from zero to launch. Their services are expensive, partly due to their expertise in product development, motion graphic design and anima...
Tags: Startups, TC, Design, Marketing, Tech, Talent, Hiring, Branding, Brand Strategy, Personnel, Gleb, Gleb Kuznetsov, Verified Experts, Brand Designers, Milkinside, Jacob Hvid Stockholm Sweden

GetYourGuide picks up $484M, passes 25M tickets sold through its tourism activity app

As we swing into the summer tourist season, a company poised to capitalise on that has raised a huge round of funding. GetYourGuide — a Berlin startup that has built a popular marketplace for people to discover and book sightseeing tours, tickets for attractions and other experiences around the world — is today announcing that it has picked up $484 million, a Series E round of funding that will catapult its valuation above the $1 billion mark. The funding is a milestone for a couple of reasons. ...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Bali, Entrepreneurship, Germany, Berlin, India, Softbank, Groupon, US, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Economy

The White House wants to know if you’ve been ‘censored or silenced’ by social media

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has been at war with social media. In the past year, the President has accused several online giants of censoring conservative voices, in particular giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook. The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! — The White House ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, White House, Social Media, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Twitter Google, President Trump, Facebook The Trump Administration

Tencent’s mixed bag for Q1: record profit despite weakest revenue growth yet

Tencent, Asia’s largest tech firm, had a horrific 2018 on account of a country-wide freeze on new game monetization in China, but there’s evidence it has turned the corner. The company’s new mobile gaming hit Game for Peace has yet to kickstart the company’s recovery from a few weakening quarters, but its booming financial technology division has helped to neutralize the brunt to some degree. The Chinese social media and gaming titan ended the first quarter of 2019 with its slowest revenue growt...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, China, Social Media, Tech, Companies, Netflix, Alibaba, Tencent, WeChat, Earnings, Alibaba Group, iQiyi, Baidu, Tencent Video

Facebook introduces ‘one strike’ policy to combat abuse of its live-streaming service

Facebook is cracking down on its live streaming service after it was used to broadcast the shocking mass shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in March. The social network said today that it is implementing a ‘one strike’ rule that will prevent users who break its rules from using the Facebook Live service. “From now on, anyone who violates our most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time — for example 30 days — starting on ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Maryland, California, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Live, Computing, New Zealand, Myanmar

Twitter launches new search features to stop the spread of misinformation about vaccines

As measles outbreaks in the United States and other countries continue to get worse, Twitter is introducing new search tools meant to help users find credible resources about vaccines. It will also stop auto-suggesting search terms that would lead users to misinformation about vaccines. In a blog post, Twitter vice president of trust and safety Del Harvey wrote “at Twitter, we understand the importance of vaccines in preventing illness and disease and recognize the role that Twitter plays in ...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Social Media, Tech, Public Health, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Harvey, Department of Health and Human Services, Del Harvey

Trendy luggage brand Away packs on $100M, rolls past $1.4B valuation

Away‘s new lofty valuation proves how far you can get with excellent branding. The direct-to-consumer seller of Instagrammable luggage has collected $100 million in new funding at a $1.4 billion valuation in a round led by Wellington Management, with support from Baillie Gifford, Lone Pine Capital and Global Founders Capital, reports The Wall Street Journal . We’ve reached out to Away for comment. The capital will be used to build additional brick-and-mortar stores, as well as add to Awa...
Tags: Startups, Business, Social Media, Brand, Tech, Companies, Eyewear, Venture Capital, Npr, The Wall Street Journal, Warby Parker, WSJ, Stewart Butterfield, Global Founders Capital, Valuation, Baillie Gifford

Verified Expert Brand Designer: Phil Weiner

As a former entrepreneur turned independent designer, Phil Weiner gets the startup life. He often describes himself as a second co-founder for his clients, unafraid of 2AM phone calls and prepping pitch decks for investors. He’s a “full stack” creative director based in Oakland, CA with a passion for tackling cultural tension. Learn more about why design runs in his blood, his branding philosophy, and more. On his ideal client: “There are certain values that we have to have in line. The number...
Tags: Startups, TC, Washington Post, Linkedin, Tech, Talent, Hiring, Lucy, Branding, Ny Daily News, Don, Phil, London UK, Oakland CA, Brand Strategy, Personnel

MailChimp’s Ben Chestnut on bootstrapping a startup to $700M in revenue

The well-known tech startup routine of coming up with an idea, raising money from VCs in increasing rounds as valuations continue to rise, and then eventually going public or getting acquired has been around for as long as the myth of Silicon Valley itself. But the evolution of MailChimp — a notable, bootstrapped outlier out of Atlanta, Georgia, that provides email and other marketing services to small businesses — tells a very different story of tech startup success. As the company closes in...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Evernote, Funding, Marketing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Dropbox, Venture Capital

Mailchimp expands from email to full marketing platform, says it will make $700M in 2019

Mailchimp, a bootstrapped startup out of Atlanta, Georgia, is known best as a popular tool for organizations to manage their customer-facing email activities — a profitable business that its CEO told TechCrunch has now grown to around 11 million customers, is on track for $700 million in revenue in 2019. To help hit that number, Mailchimp is taking the wraps off a significant update aimed at catapulting it into the next level of business services. Beginning later this week, Mailchimp will start ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Ecommerce, Enterprise, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Marketing, US, Tech, Paypal, Square, Mailchimp, Shopify, TechCrunch, Chestnut, Atlanta Georgia

Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes, calls for Facebook to be broken up

The latest call to break up Facebook looks to be the most uncomfortably close to home yet for supreme leader, Mark Zuckerberg. “Mark’s power is unprecedented and un-American,” writes Chris Hughes, in an explosive op-ed published in the New York Times. “It is time to break up Facebook.” It’s a long read but worth indulging for a well articulated argument against the market-denting power of monopolies, shot through with a smattering of personal anecdotes about Hughes’ experience of Zuckerber...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, New York, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Internet, Congress, US, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Harvard, United States, Antitrust

Elon says Tesla will field 1M fully autonomous robo-taxis by 2020 – AI experts call BS

Elon Musk, the PT Barnum of tech, is currently getting a ration of ridicule from some of the world’s foremost leading AI experts over his ridiculous claim that Tesla will field a million fully autonomous cars by 2020. If there are a million Tesla robo-taxis functioning on the road in 2020, I will eat them. Perhaps @rodneyabrooks will eat half with me? — Kai-Fu Lee (@kaifulee) May 8, 2019 Musk, as his oddly sycophantic followers are prone to point out every time he’s criti...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Science, Opinion, Social Media, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Musk, Elon, Kai Fu Lee

Media VC theses, SEO keywords, cosmology, and brand design

Where top VCs are investing in Media, Entertainment & Gaming Our media columnist Eric Peckham (who is hard at work on the Unity EC-1, which we will start to publish here shortly) pinged his network of media investors to figure out what the media VC world is up to in mid-2019: Here are the media investment theses of: Cyan Banister (Founders Fund), Alex Taussig (Lightspeed), Matt Hartman (betaworks), Stephanie Zhan (Sequoia), Jordan Fudge (Sinai), Christian Dorffer (Sweet Capital), Charles Hudson...
Tags: Uber, Finance, Softbank, Social Media, Tech, Companies, BetaWorks, Eva, Founders Fund, Coffee Meets Bagel, Eric, SoftBank Group, Eric Hippeau, Matt Hartman, SoftBank Vision Fund, Eric Peckham

Keyword research in 2019: Modern tactics for growing targeted search traffic

Glen Allsopp Contributor Glen Allsopp is the founder of, an SEO consultancy and newsletter focused on actionable tactics to grow search traffic. He also tracks successful online startups at In 2019, it’s estimated that every minute there are 150 new websites coming online. While many of these won’t be long-term ventures, a large percentage will eventually find themselves looking to organic search engine traffic to grow their reach. This inv...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Column, Media, Advertising Tech, Wikipedia, Seo, Tech, Web Analytics, Search Engines, Search, Hack, Quora, Zendesk

Tencent promises its technology will ‘do good’

Tencent, one of Asia’s most valuable companies with a current market cap of around $460 billion, has introduced a new motto after co-founder and CEO Pony Ma said this week he wanted ‘tech for good’ to be part of the company’s vision and mission in the future. The company has not yet officialized the new corporate philosophy and it’s unclear how the “don’t be evil”-like slogan will manifest in Tencent’s business strategy. Nor do we know if it will replace the old mission, which is still emblazone...
Tags: Google, Social, Asia, Finance, China, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Tencent, WeChat, Silicon Valley, Qualcomm, Sigma, Cto

Python Creator Guido van Rossum Blames His Resignation Partly On Social Media

"Swapnil Bhartiya, the founder of TFIR, sat down with Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, to talk about the origin of the language and why he stepped down from the leadership of the very project he created," writes sfcrazy. In the interview, van Rossum emphasizes that he still remains one of the core developers, and provides this update: "We're going to set up a new form of governance. We haven't decided yet what that will be. There is actually an interesting time ahead where we currently...
Tags: Python, Social Media, Tech, Rossum, Guido Van Rossum, TFIR

Former YouTube star sentenced to ten years in prison for child porn

Former Youtube star Austin Jones has been sentenced to ten years in a US federal prison after pleading guilty to persuading underage girls to send him explicit videos of themselves. Jones, who made a name for himself online singing covers of songs, was arrested and charged in 2017 with two counts of producing child pornography. He later pled guilty to one charge of receiving child pornography — admitting in a plea agreement that in 2016 and 2017 he enticed six girls to to produce and send exp...
Tags: Google, Social, Youtube, US, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Jones, Child Pornography, Austin Jones, Katherine Neff Welsh

When it comes to elections, Facebook moves slow, may still break things

This week, Facebook invited a small group of journalists — which didn’t include TechCrunch — to look at the “war room” it has set up in Dublin, Ireland, to help monitor its products for election-related content that violates its policies. (“Time and space constraints” limited the numbers, a spokesperson told us when he asked why we weren’t invited.) Facebook announced it would be setting up this Dublin hub — which will bring together data scientists, researchers, legal and community team memb...
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, California, India, Israel, Time, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Spain

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