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A startup that's helped brands like Hershey's and Petco make shoppable videos just raised $10 million to become an e-commerce platform that it says can help them drive more sales

Social video-turned e-commerce platform MikMak has raised $10 million, for a total of $14 million raised, the company announced on Monday. The social-video-commerce platform turned into a broader enterprise-software platform in February and has been helping brands optimize their online sales. MikMak says it can help brands and retailers understand what channels, audiences, and creative get people to buy. MikMak says it works with more than 150 brands and retailers and has Colgate, L'Oréal, Her...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Madrona Venture Group, Business Insider, Facebook Instagram, Hershey, Colgate, Petco, Doug Straton, MikMak, Tipograph, Rachel Tipograph, MikMak Dashboard, Tariq Hassan Petco, Luminari Capital and Brave Ventures, Lunch Partners


Brand Moves for Monday August 3

Twenty-three weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand ...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Instagram, Minneapolis, Youtube, Advertising, Adidas, Customers, Black Lives Matter, Ministry Of Justice, North Face, Zuckerberg, Brixton, Facebook Instagram


Emails and IMs from the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook and Google show how they think about acquiring companies — and it has little to do with the quality of a startup's product (AMZN, FB, GOOG)

Documents made public Wednesday as part of a Congressional antitrust hearing give insight into the concerns of tech's most powerful CEOs leading up to game-changing acquisitions. Amazon, Facebook and Google all made big purchases of startups whose technology, the documents reveal, their teams found to be lacking. Instead, the deals got done because the companies feared losing market share or wanted a leg up in a new sector.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're lookin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, Youtube, Trends, Cisco, Palo Alto, Tim Cook, Oracle, Sap, Zuckerberg


Anti-vaxx groups spend nearly $1 billion on social media

The Center for Countering Digital Hate found that anti-vaxx groups reach 58 million users on social media, earning the platforms roughly $1B in revenue. The Center's founder, Imran Ahmed, says giving anti-vaxxers attention feeds the algorithms, further perpetuating the noise.In this interview with Big Think, Ahmed says the best thing we can do is offer credible information to change the algorithms. Disinformation is rampant. On Monday, a group named "America's Frontline Doctors" held a press c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Instagram, America, Social Media, Innovation, Houston, Vaccines, Ahmed, Technology Companies, Derek, Misinformation, U S Supreme Court, Bakersfield, Burbank


Report: Disney cuts back on Facebook, Instagram ads

The Walt Disney Company has "dramatically" slashed its advertising budget on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.It's the latest setback for the social network, which is facing... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Disney, Walt Disney Company, Facebook Instagram


Facebook, Instagram Crack Down on Content, Ads Promoting Conversion Therapy

Facebook said late last week that it will expand its policies on hate speech to include content that advertises or promotes conversion therapy, and that move applies to Instagram, as well. Instagram public policy director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Tara Hopkins confirmed the update in a statement: "We don't allow attacks against...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Advertising, Middle East, Facebook Instagram, Social Pro Daily, Diversity & Inclusion, Africa Tara Hopkins


Indian Army bans personnel from using 89 apps including Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, Truecaller, and PUBG: Reports

The Indian Army has directed its personnel to delete at least 89 apps, ranging from social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to Tinder, to even blogging sites like Reddit and “private blogs”, news agency ANI reported. Popular gaming apps such as PUBG are also included, and even apps developed by Indian companies, such as ShareChat, is banned. Truecaller has also been banned. The list contains broad categories such as “all Tencent gaming apps”, suggesting that more than 89 apps have bee...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hike, News, Instagram, Tinder, India, Snapchat, Army, Tencent, Reddit, Truecaller, Facebook Instagram, Times of India, Indian Army, Ani


Facebook, Instagram: Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Facebook and Instagram responded to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the U.S. last week. A reminder began appearing atop News Feed on Facebook and Instagram's feed, urging people to wear cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of the virus and directing them to prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Facebook Instagram, Social Pro Daily, Coronavirus


4 Channels To Help Increase Online Holiday Sales

  While COVID-19 pandemic seems to have passed its peak, things are by no means “back to normal.” Supply chains are still disrupted, consumer wallets are still hurting, and unemployment is still high. It’s going to take a good while for the economy to get back on its feet, so you need to plan online holiday marketing strategies well in advance. Holiday Sales Planning 2020 With so much holiday revenue coming in online, it’s vital for online businesses to put their best holiday marketing foot ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, US, Sales, Cta, Snapchat, Ikea, Ibm, Facebook Instagram, Lee Odden, SERP, DepositPhotos, Instagram Stories, Content Marketing Content, WiseStamp, COVID


The biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, Anti-Defamation League, and Sleeping Giants asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the c...
Tags: Firefox, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Diageo, Unilever, Adidas, Cnn


Open Mortgage Pulls Ads from Facebook, Instagram in Massive Hate Speech Protest

Austin, Tex.-based multi-channel mortgage lender Open Mortgage announced on Wednesday that it is suspending its ad buying on social media platforms owned by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook in protest of those platforms’ policies related to the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech, the company said. The lender is joining prominent corporations including beverage maker The Coca-Cola Company, consumer packaged goods corporation Unilever, retail giant Target and auto manufacturer For...
Tags: Facebook, Featured, Instagram, Finance, Unilever, Ford, Naacp, Facebook Instagram, Scott Gordon, ADL, Herrera, Lenders, Google Bing, Menlo Park Calif, The Coca Cola Company, Open Mortgage


Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page

Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the Stories format. Now, it appears Instagram is testing a way to expand the Stories experience, making it a more of a central focus in the Instagram app. The company is newly testing a feature tha...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, California, Tech, Stories, Facebook Instagram, Twitter Instagram, However Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Instagram Stories, Stories Facebook, Julian Gamboa


Microsoft Pauses Spending on Facebook, Instagram

Microsoft suspended its advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. in May and recently expanded that to a global pause, according to an internal chat transcript seen by Axios. From a report: Unlike the many advertisers who recently joined a Facebook boycott,, Microsoft is concerned about where its ads are shown, not Facebook's policies. But the move still means yet another big advertiser is not spending on Facebook right now. "Based on concerns we had back in May we suspended all media sp...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Tech, Facebook Instagram, Chris Capossela


Microsoft suspends advertising on Facebook, Instagram

The suspension started in May and is the latest by a major brand
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Advertising, Trends, Social Media, Facebook Instagram


Microsoft reportedly suspends advertising on Facebook, Instagram

The suspension reportedly started in May and is the latest by a major brand
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Advertising, Trends, Social Media, Facebook Instagram


All of the companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the content despite re...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, Trends, Unilever, Cnn, Patagonia, Starbucks, Honda, Naacp, Coca Cola


Unilever Will Halt U.S. Ad Spending on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Through At Least End of 2020

Unilever is ceasing all U.S. ad spending from social-media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter through the end of the year — and possibly beyond — citing the “polarized atmosphere” in the country. The consumer goods giant’s announcement Friday comes amid the widening #StopHateForProfit boycott targeted at Facebook, organized by groups that want to pressure Facebook […]
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, Unilever, Facebook Instagram


Big outdoor brands join #StopHateForProfit campaign, boycott Facebook and Instagram ads

As corporations fall over themselves to perform their mostly abrupt commitments to racial justice, a few companies are seizing the moment to call out Facebook for its own failings. A handful of the biggest names in outdoor gear have suspended ads across Facebook and Instagram for the month of July as part of #StopHateforProfit, an accountability campaign demanding a set of changes from Facebook around racism, misinformation and other harmful content on its platform. Outdoor retail giants R...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, America, Tech, Patagonia, Breitbart News, North Face, Rei, Trump, Facebook Instagram, George Floyd


All of the companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the content despite re...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Minneapolis, Trends, Cnn, Naacp, North Face, Zuckerberg, Rei, Trump, Floyd, Facebook Instagram, Anti Defamation League, Facebook and Twitter, Oren Frank


Facebook, Instagram Will Let Users Turn Off All Political Ads

Amid criticism over Facebook’s policy to not fact-check political ads, the social giant is giving users a new option: They can choose to disable political advertising. Facebook announced the new feature as it touted the launch of a new U.S. voter-registration drive — under which it hopes to sign up 4 million voters this year […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Facebook Instagram


New Facebook and Instagram Options Let US Users Turn Off Political Ads

Facebook is adding the option for users to turn off all political advertising in the Facebook and Instagram apps from today, the company has announced in a blog post. The option will pop up for users directly on any political ad that appears on the two Facebook-owned platforms. Users will also be able to hide ads by clicking on the advertisement or by accessing a new menu option in either of the app's ad settings. The new ability to disable political ads will apply to political, electoral, and...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Facebook Instagram, Congressional, New Facebook, USA Today Facebook, Facebook The Voting Information Center, Facebook Instagram This


It looks like Instagram's algorithm systematically boosts semi-nude pictures

Instagram's algorithm is more likely to place topless pictures higher in users' news feeds than other photos, according to researchers at Algorithm Watch. The German non-profit organization monitored posts from 37 creators from the accounts of 26 volunteers. Posts which contained semi-naked women were 54% more likely to appear in the volunteers' newsfeeds than other photographs, and topless posts from men were 28% more likely to appear. Facebook said the data was flawed as it only drew on a sm...
Tags: Facebook, London, Instagram, Trends, Business Insider, Facebook Instagram, Oxford Internet Institute, Wachter, Nicolas Kayser Bril, Kayser, Sandra Wachter, Algorithm Watch, Nicholas Kayser Bril, Kayser Bril, Wachter Wachter, Wachter Getting Facebook


It looks like Instagram's algorithm systematically boosts seminude pictures

Instagram's algorithm is more likely to place topless pictures higher in users' news feeds than other photos, according to researchers at Algorithm Watch. The German nonprofit monitored posts from 37 creators from the accounts of 26 volunteers. Posts that contained semi-naked women were 54% more likely to appear in the volunteers' news feeds than other photographs, and topless posts from men were 28% more likely to appear. Facebook said the data was flawed because it drew only from a small dat...
Tags: Facebook, London, Instagram, Trends, Business Insider, Facebook Instagram, Oxford Internet Institute, Wachter, Nicolas Kayser Bril, Getting Facebook, Sandra Wachter, Algorithm Watch, Nicholas Kayser Bril, Kayser Bril


7 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Social Media Marketing

When you open your phone and scroll through Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, it seems like there are hundreds of accounts who all have some secret to social media marketing that you don’t – how do they seem to get it right when you find it a struggle? I get it; just because social media is so pervasive doesn’t actually mean it’s easy to reach your audience and market on the platform. At least not yet – the 7 tips listed below will help you give your social media marketing strategy an instant ...
Tags: Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Facebook Instagram


Social media sites are cracking down on users doing a 'George Floyd Challenge' where they put a knee on a friend's neck

A shocking new challenge has been circulating on social media, in which users appear to mock George Floyd's death by kneeling on their friends' necks. Social media websites are taking a stance against the trend, with Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok all blocking posts under the #GeorgeFloydChallenge hashtag. In the UK, three teens in Northumbria and a 26-year-old man in Fife, Scotland, have been arrested for taking part in the challenge.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, UK, England, Instagram, Minneapolis, Cdc, Scotland, Trends, Snapchat, United States, Fox News, Fife, Northumbria Police, Trump


Prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Om Malik is urging people to boycott Facebook: 'You might be one person with just one account, but you are not powerless'

Om Malik, the founder of the tech blog Gigaom and partner at True Ventures, is calling for Facebook's 2.5 billion users to delete their Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts to hold the social network accountable.  "You might be one account, but if you are one among millions, you will make a difference," Malik wrote in a blog post published Tuesday, comparing the decision to voting. "Let go of the need for traffic or attention that has kept you coming back to the hell on earth that is Fac...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Minneapolis, Trends, Silicon Valley, True Ventures, Gigaom, Om Malik, Trump, Facebook Instagram, Malik, Zuck, Facebook Facebook, Facebook While, Facebook Online


Trump's executive order calls out YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook — but Google's name curiously disappeared from the final version of the order (GOOG)

In response to Twitter fact-checking his tweets, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at regulating social media companies. In the order, Trump explicitly called out Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  But in a notable tweak from the draft version, Google's name was removed from the order, even though it is still clearly referenced. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that takes aim at social me...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, China, Trends, United States, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Instagram, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Facebook Instagram, YouTube Instagram Twitter


Facebook, Instagram Mark Virtual Graduation Week With Features, Special Programming

Facebook and Instagram added several updates on and features related to multihour livestreaming event #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020 Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. The social network said late last month that Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address. Celebrities including Awkwafina, Simone Biles, Jennifer Garner and...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Oprah Winfrey, Facebook Instagram, Social Pro Daily, Life in Quarantine, Awkwafina Simone Biles Jennifer Garner


WhatsApp is touting steps taken to cut the viral spread of coronavirus misinformation, but experts question whether it's done enough

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned encrypted messaging platform, said last month it had seen a 70% drop in "frequently forwarded" messages on its app after enacting limits on use of the feature in response to the spread of coronavirus misinformation. But this isn't the first time WhatsApp has dealt with viral misinformation that could have deadly consequences: Dozens of people in India were killed in India in 2018 after false rumors accusing them of child kidnapping spread on the platform. However, ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, UK, Instagram, India, Trends, United Kingdom, National Health Service, Brazil, World Health Organization, Latin America, Business Insider, Phillipines, Facebook Instagram, Rinehart, Karan


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #490

Facebook beats Wall Street expectations in Q1 earnings Despite the growth of Facebook’s ad business slowing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the social network beat Wall Street expectations on revenue, . Monthly active users on Facebook were up to 2.6 billion, beating expectations of 2.55 billion. And more than 3 billion internet users logged onto any Facebook service (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp etc) in the last month. The company’s shares rose upwards of 10% following the report’s release. ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, Wall Street, India, US, Seo, Linkedin, Facebook Messenger, Reddit, Brazil, Miley Cyrus, Oprah Winfrey, Mashup, Facebook Live



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