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Facebook changes algorithm to promote worthwhile & close friend content

Facebook is updating the News Feed ranking algorithm to incorporate data from surveys about who you say are your closest friends and which links you find most worthwhile. Today Facebook announced it’s trained new classifiers based on patterns linking these surveys with usage data so it can better predict what to show in the News Feed. The change could hurt Pages that share click-bait and preference those sharing content that makes people feel satisfied afterwards. For close friends, Facebook ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Facebook News Feed, Facebook Algorithm, Facebook Survey, Varsha Sharma


Instagram is killing Direct, its standalone Snapchat clone app, in the next several weeks

As Facebook pushes ahead with its strategy to consolidate more of the backend of its various apps on to a single platform, it’s also doing a little simplifying and housekeeping. In the coming month, it will shut down Direct, the standalone Instagram direct messaging app that it was testing to rival Snapchat, on iOS and Android. Instead, Facebook and its Instagram team will channel all developments and activity into the direct messaging feature of the main Instagram app. We first saw a mess...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Messaging, Israel, Tech, Portugal, Uruguay, Instagram Direct, Direct Messaging, Matt Navarra, Android Instead Facebook, Direct app Instagram, Uruguay Chile Turkey Italy Portugal


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


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


Friend portability is the must-have Facebook regulation

Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations. When people can easily move to a competitor, it creates a natural market dynamic coercing a business to act right. When we can’t, other regulations just leave us trapped with a pig in a fresh coat of lipstick. That’s why as the FTC considers how many billions to fine Facebook or which executives to stick with personal liability or whether to go full-tilt and break up the company, I implore it to consider the root of how Facebook ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Fcc, Microsoft, Privacy, Washington Post, Opinion, Government, Tech, Snapchat, Policy


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


It’s official: Instagram is now testing hiding Like counts from your followers

As we reported last week, Instagram was about to hide Like counts from people who view your posts. And now it’s official: the test feature has been launched. Over the next couple of days, users in Canada will not be able to see the Likes on other people’s posts. The feature was originally discovered by […] The post It’s official: Instagram is now testing hiding Like counts from your followers appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Social, Photography, News, Instagram, Social Media, Likes, Canada, Social Network, Instagram Followers


Why you don’t want Tumblr sold to exploitative Pornhub

Tumblr has been squandered ever since it was bought for $1.1 billion in 2013 by Yahoo, now part of Verizon Media Group. Without proper strategy or talent, the blogging tool and early meme-sharing network fell into decline while Medium and Instagram soared. Yahoo wrote down Tumblr’s value by $230 million in 2016. Then last year, Verizon evicted Tumblr’s huge and loyal base of porn bloggers, leaving no viable platform for independent adult content creators and curators. Now the Wall Street Journal...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Verizon, Apps, Instagram, Yahoo, Opinion, US, Tech, Aol, Reddit, M&a, Pornography, Tumblr, Pornhub


Facebook bans a fresh batch of mostly far-right figures

Facebook just announced a new round of controversial accounts that will be kicked off the platform for violating its rules. In this instance, Facebook cited its policy against “dangerous individuals and organizations” to bring the ban hammer down on Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan. The company also doubled down on its position toward Alex Jones and his popular conspiracy website Infowars. “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Paul ryan, Watson, Jones, Alex Jones, Far Right, White Supremacy, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Watson, Farrakhan, Infowars, Yiannopoulos


Instagram officially tests hiding Like counts

Would we feel less envious, shameful and competitive if Instagram didn’t tell us how many Likes a post received? That’s the idea behind Instagram now hiding Like counts from both a post’s viewers and its author as part of an experiment in Canada. A post’s creator can still open the Likers window to see the names of everyone who hearted their post, but they’d have to count them manually. Even though Like totals would still impact how the algorithm ranks a post in the feed, if rolled out, the c...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Canada, Kevin Systrom, Instagram Feed, Instagram Stories, Liker, Jane Manchun Wong, Digital Well-being, F8 2019, Mike Krieger Systrom


Social media firms agree to work with UK charities to set online harm boundaries

Social media giants, including Facebook -owned Instagram, have agreed to financially contribute to UK charities to fund them making recommendations that the government hopes will speed up decisions about removing content that promotes suicide/self-harm or eating disorders on their platforms. The development follows the latest intervention by health secretary Matt Hancock, who met with representatives from the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and others yesterday to discuss...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, England, Pinterest, Instagram, Internet, Suicide, Social Media, Tech, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Digital Media, United Kingdom


Facebook says it filed a US lawsuit to shut down a follower-buying service in New Zealand

Facebook is cracking down on services that promise to help Instagram users buy themselves a large following on the photo app. The social network said today that it has filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand-based company that operates one such ‘follower-buying service.’ The suit is in a U.S. court and is targeting the three individuals running the company, which has not been named. “The complaint alleges the company and individuals used different companies and websites to sell fake engageme...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Russia, India, US, Social Media, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Iran, Software, Philippines, Pakistan, United Kingdom


UK health minister leans on social media platforms to delete anti-vax content

Social media-fuelled anti-vaxxer propaganda is the latest online harm the U.K. government is targeting. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning health secretary Matt Hancock said he will meet with representatives from social media platforms on Monday to pressure them into doing more to prevent false information about the safety of vaccinations from being amplified by their platforms. “I’m seeing them on Monday to require that they do more to take down wrong — well lies essentiall...
Tags: Health, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, England, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Policy, Public Health, NHS, United Kingdom, Vaccination, Social Media Platforms, BBC Radio


You might hate it, but Facebook Stories now has 500M users

You might think it’s redundant with Instagram Stories, or just don’t want to see high school friends’ boring lives, but ephemeral Snapchat-style Stories now have 500 million daily users across Facebook and Messenger. WhatsApp’s Stories feature Status has 500 million dailies too, and Instagram hit that milestone three months ago. That’s impressive because it means one-third of Facebook’s 1.56 billion daily users are posting or watching Stories each day, up from zero when Facebook launched t...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Tech, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Facebook Ads, Sheryl Sandberg, Ftc, Facebook earnings, Instagram Stories


Snapchat revives growth in Q1 beat with 190M users as share price spikes

Snapchat appears to have turned the corner after a year of flat or negative user growth thanks to a strong Q1 2019 earnings report. It reached 190 million daily active users, up 2 percent from 186 million in Q4 2018 but still down from 191 million a year ago, in part thanks to its newly reengineered Android app. Snap saw $320 million in revenue and -$0.10 non-GAAP EPS, beating Zack’s consensus estimates of $306 million and -$0.12 EPS, with revenue up 39 percent year-over-year. One concern is Sna...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Apps, Europe, Media, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, North America, Snap, Zack, SPIEGEL


Snapchat revives growth in Q1 beat with 190M users

Snapchat appears to have turned the corner after a year of flat or negative user growth thanks to a strong Q1 2019 earnings report. It reached 190 million daily active users, up 2 percent from 186 million in Q4 2018 when it plateaued but still down from 191 million a year ago, in part thanks to its newly reengineered Android app. Snap saw $320 million in revenue and -$0.10 non-GAAP EPS, beating Zack’s consensus estimates of $306 million and -$0.12 EPS, with revenue up 39 percent year-over-year. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Media, Instagram, Advertising Tech, US, Tech, Snapchat, Earnings, Evan Spiegel, North America, Zuckerberg, Snap


Instagram could soon hide Like counts, leaked design prototype shows

Judging from a recently leaked design prototype, Instagram might soon hide the Like counts from people who view your posts. Although it looks like a small tweak in design, this change could have a huge impact on everyone on the platform: artists who show off their work, influencers, or casual Instagram users. The design change […] The post Instagram could soon hide Like counts, leaked design prototype shows appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Social, Photography, News, Instagram, Social Media, Likes, Social Network, Instagram Followers


Instagram hides Like counts in leaked design prototype

“We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get. During this test, only the person who share a post will see the total number of likes it gets.” That’s how Instagram describes a seemingly small design change test with massive potential impact on users’ well-being. Hiding Like counts could reduce herd mentality, where people just Like what’s already got tons of Likes. It could reduce the sense of competition on Instagram, since users won’t compare their...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Likes, Tech, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Wong, Instagram Feed, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram redesign


How-to video maker Jumprope launches to leapfrog YouTube

Sick of pausing and rewinding YouTube tutorials to replay that tricky part? Jumprope is a new instructional social network offering a powerful how-to video slideshow creation tool. Jumprope helps people make step-by-step guides to cooking, beauty, crafts, parenting and more using voice-overed looping GIFs for each phase. And creators can export their whole lesson for sharing on Instagram, YouTube, or wherever. Jumprope officially launches its iOS app today with plenty of how-tos for making ch...
Tags: Google, Social, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Video, Diy, Pinterest, Instagram, Education, Youtube, Funding


Facebook is discontinuing P2P payments in Messenger in the UK and France on June 15

Facebook is pulling away from its ambitions to provide peer-to-peer money transfers via Messenger in Europe. Today, the company announced that it would be discontinuing the service — which let individuals send money to each other — in the two countries in the region where it had rolled it out, the UK and France on June 15 of this year. It appears that for now, the service will remain active in the US, where Facebook holds a number of money transmitter licenses. It’s not shutting down payments...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Messenger, Europe, UK, Instagram, France, US, Tech, Paypal, Payments, Remittance, Western Union, P2p Payments, Messenger in Europe Today


Facebook prototypes a swipeable hybrid carousel of feed posts & Stories

Feed and Stories unite! Facebook is so eager to preempt the shift to Stories that it might even let us use the same interface of horizontally swipeable cards to sift through News Feed posts. If users won’t scroll down any more, Facebook’s ad business could take a huge hit. But by allowing traditional feed posts and ads to appear amidst Stories in the same carousel you’re more prone to swipe through, it could squeeze more views and dollars out of that content. This would help Facebook graceful...
Tags: Social, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Facebook Ads, Facebook News Feed, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Stories Facebook, Jane Manchun Wong, Snapchat Stories Clone, Facebook Stories Ads


Instagram bug showed Stories to the wrong people

Today in “Facebook apps are too big to manage”, a glitch caused some users’ Instagram Stories trays to show Stories from people they don’t follow. TechCrunch first received word of the problem from Twitter user InternetRyan who was confused about seeing strangers in his Stories Tray and tagged me in to investigate. The screenshots below show people in his Stories tray who he doesn’t follow, as proven by the active Follow buttons on their profiles. TechCrunch inquired about the issue, and t...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Instagram bug, Instagram Privacy


Instagram now demotes vaguely “inappropriate” content

Instagram is home to plenty of scantily-clad models and edgy memes that may start to get fewer views starting today. Now Instagram says “We have begun reducing the spread of posts that are inappropriate but do not go against Instagram’s Community Guidelines”. That means if a post is sexually suggestive, but doesn’t depict a sex act or nudity, it could still get demoted. Similarly, if a meme doesn’t constitute hate speech or harassment, but is considered in bad taste, lewd, violent, or hurtful...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Menlo Park, Ruben, Henry Silverman, Tessa Lyons, Facebook Policy, Instagram Policy, Patreon Today Facebook


New privacy assistant Jumbo fixes your Facebook & Twitter settings

Jumbo could be a nightmare for the tech giants, but a savior for the victims of their shady privacy practices. Jumbo saves you hours as well as embarrassment by automatically adjusting 30 Facebook privacy settings to give you more protection, and by deleting your old tweets after saving them to your phone. It can even erase your Google Search and Amazon Alexa history, with clean up features for Instagram and Tinder in the works. The startup emerges from stealth today to launch its Jumbo privacy ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Privacy, Funding, Google Search


UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms

The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking off a public consultation. The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Home Office. It follows the government announcement of a policy intent last May, and a string of domestic calls for greater regulation of the Internet as politicians hav...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Tech, Search Engines, Policy, House Of Lords


Snap is channeling Asia’s messaging giants with its move into gaming

Snap is taking a leaf out of the Asian messaging app playbook as its social messaging service enters a new era. The company unveiled a series of new strategies that are aimed at breathing fresh life into the service which has been ruthlessly cloned by Facebook across Instagram, WhatsApp, and even its primary social network. The result? Snap has consistently lost users since going public in 2017. It managed to stop the rot with a flat Q4, but resting on its laurels isn’t going to bring the goo...
Tags: Social, Food, Startups, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Instagram, Australia, France, China, Southeast Asia, Los Angeles, Social Media


Snapchat will power Stories & ads in other apps

Snapchat’s found an answer to the revenue problem stemming from its halted growth: it will show its ads in other apps with the launch of Snapchat Ad Kit and the Snapchat Audience Network. And rather than watching as other apps spin up their own knock-off versions of its camera and Stories, it will let apps like Tinder and Houseparty host Stories inside their own products that users can share to from the Snapchat camera with Stories Kit. They’ll both be launching later this year, and developers i...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tinder, Australia, Washington Post, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, United States, Evan Spiegel, Fitbit


Foursnap? Snapchat tries ‘Status’ location check-ins

Today’s teens missed the Foursquare era, so Snapchat is giving them another shot with a new feature to aid in-person meetups. Snapchat is now testing Status, an option to share to the Snap Map a Bitmoji depicting what you’re up to at a certain place. You could show your little avatar playing video games, watching TV, asking friends to hit you up and more. And Snapchat will compile these into a private diary of what you’ve been doing, called Passport This fixes the biggest problem with Snap Map a...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Australia, Tech, Snapchat, Location Sharing, Foursquare, Luckily Facebook, Snap Inc, Snap Map, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram could finally let you fast-forward videos

It’s not uncommon for Instagram to test and implement all sorts of new features. But it seems that the latest change will be what many of us have been waiting for: fast-forwarding videos. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram could finally let you skip backwards and forwards through videos in your feed. Instagram […] The post Instagram could finally let you fast-forward videos appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Social, Photography, Video, News, Instagram, Social Media, Social Network, Instagram video, Jane Manchun Wong Instagram


Facebook’s handling of Alex Jones is a microcosm of its content policy problem

A revealing cluster of emails leaked to Business Insider offers a glimpse at how Facebook decides what content is objectionable in high profile cases. In this instance, a group of executives at Facebook went hands on in determining if an Alex Jones Instagram post violated the platform’s terms of service or not. As Business Insider reports, 20 Facebook and Instagram executives hashed it out over the Jones post, which depicted a mural known as “False Profits” by the artist Mear One. Facebook be...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, UK, Instagram, US, Tech, Conspiracy Theories, Jones, East London, Jeremy Corbyn, Alex Jones, As Business Insider, Content Moderation, Alex Jones Instagram, Mear One Facebook



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