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Instagram launches ‘Live Rooms’ for live broadcasts with up to four creators

Instagram today announced it’s adding a much-requested feature to its app with the launch of “Live Rooms,” which allow up to four people to broadcast live together at the same time. Previously, the app only allowed users to live stream with one other person, similar to Facebook Live. The company says it hopes Live Rooms will open up more creative opportunities in terms of live broadcast formats to allow for things like live talk shows, expanded Q&A’s or interviews, jam sessions for musicians, li...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Social Networks, Social Media, Tech, Streaming, Livestreaming, Clubhouse, Video Hosting, Instagram Live, Tiktok, Live Rooms


New Facebook ad campaign extols the benefits of personalized ads

Online advertising can be a “pretty dry topic,” as Facebook’s head of brand marketing Andrew Stirk acknowledged, but with a new campaign of its own, the social networking giant is looking to “bring to life how personalized ads level the playing field” for small businesses. The will include TV, radio and digital advertising. Individual businesses will also be able to promote it using a new Instagram sticker and the #DeserveToBeFound hashtag on Facebook. The campaign will highlight specific smal...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Policy, Tim Cook, New Facebook, TV Radio, Annette Njau, House of Takura, Andrew Stirk, Njau, Apple Stirk, Facebook Business Products


India unveils more stringent rules for social media, streaming services

India announced sweeping changes to its guidelines for social media, on-demand video streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, joining several other nations in posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook and Google that count the nation as its biggest market by users. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deli...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp face tougher rules in India

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Netflix that count Asia’s third-largest economy as their key overseas market. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deliver a complete redres...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


India sets more stringent rules for social media, streaming services

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets, joining a handful of other nations in posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook and Google that count Asia’s third-largest economy as its biggest market by users. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in a press conference that social media companies will be required to acknowledge takedown requests of unlawful content within 24 hours and deliver a compl...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Justice, Government, India, Disney, Information and Broadcasting, Tech, Whatsapp, Netflix, New Delhi


Snack, where TikTok meets dating, gets $3.5 million in funding

After online dating’s tremendous 2020 growth that culminated in last week’s epic Bumble IPO, a new entrant has tossed its hat into the dating app ring. Snack, founded by Kimberly Kaplan, looks to merge the popularity and format of TikTok with the dating world. Kaplan hails from Plenty of Fish, where she was one of the earliest employees at the dating site. She led product, marketing and revenue and was on the executive team that eventually sold PoF to Match Group for $575 million in 2015. Kaplan...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snack, Match Group, Kaplan, Kindred Ventures, Bumble IPO, Kimberly Kaplan, Golden Ventures Garage Capital Panache Ventures


Twitter explored buying India’s ShareChat and turning Moj into a global TikTok rival

Twitter recently held talks to acquire Indian social media startup ShareChat as the company explored ways to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market and build a global rival to TikTok, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The American firm, which is already an , offered to buy the Indian startup for $1.1 billion and had committed an additional investment of $900 million, two of the sources said. The talks are no longer ongoing, two sources said, requ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, India, Tech, Match, MoJ, Match Group, Blume Ventures, Appannie, Snap


TikTok emerges as a political battleground in Navalny-stirred Russia

TikTok has crafted a number of policies over the years to distance itself from the often-messy political fray, but its users continue to have other agendas in mind. In Russia, a tug-of-war has emerged on the social network. On one side are young people using the app to create videos in support of free speech, rallying the public against the government and its treatment of Alexander Navalny, the anti-Putin, anti-corruption politician and activist. On the other is a government that has quickly v...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Europe, Instagram, Putin, Germany, Russia, America, Tech, Foreign Affairs, Policy, Moscow, BLM, State, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs


Daily Crunch: Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram

Myanmar’s government extends its internet crackdown, Microsoft’s lobbying arm blacklists presidential election objectors and Dublin’s Frontline Ventures raises a new fund. This is your Daily Crunch for February 5, 2021. The big story: Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram The military government in Myanmar recently told telecom operators and internet service providers to block access to Facebook. Now it’s doing the same thing to Twitter and Instagram. This comes after the military staged a coup...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Eu, Paypal, Policy, House, Myanmar, Dublin, Republican, Robinhood, Lightspeed, Alex Wilhelm


Facebook’s ‘oversight’ body overturns four takedowns and issues a slew of policy suggestions

Facebook’s self-regulatory ‘Oversight Board’ (FOB) has delivered its first batch of decisions on contested content moderation decisions almost two months after picking its first cases. A long time in the making, the FOB is part of Facebook’s crisis PR push to distance its business from the impact of controversial content moderation decisions — by creating a review body to handle a tiny fraction of the complaints its content takedowns attract. It started accepting submissions for review in Octobe...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Hate Speech, Donald Trump, Board, UA, Oversight Board, Content Moderation, Dangerous Individuals and Organizations, Facebook Oversight Board, Oversight Board FOB


TikTok is being used by vape sellers marketing to teens

TikTok has a vaping problem. Although a 2019 U.S. law made it illegal to sell or market e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21, TikTok videos featuring top brands of disposable e-cigarettes and vapes for sale have been relatively easy to find on the app. These videos, set to popular and upbeat music, clearly target a teenage customer base with offers of now-unauthorized cartridge flavors like fruit and mint in the form of a disposable vape. Some sellers even promote their “discreet” packagin...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tobacco, Smoking, Teens, Congress, Social Media, Tech, United States, Online Retail, Fda, E-cigarettes


Facebook and Instagram’s AI-generated image captions now offer far more details

Every picture posted to Facebook and Instagram gets a caption generated by an image analysis AI, and that AI just got a lot smarter. The improved system should be a treat for visually impaired users, and may help you find your photos faster in the future. Alt text is a field in an image’s metadata that describes its contents: “A person standing in a field with a horse,” or “a dog on a boat.” This lets the image be understood by people who can’t see it. These descriptions are often added manually...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Wtf, Instagram, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Ava, Captions, Alt Text


The deplatforming of President Trump

After years of placid admonishments, the tech world came out in force against President Trump this past week following the violent assault of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. From Twitter to PayPal, more than a dozen companies have placed unprecedented restrictions or outright banned the current occupant of the White House from using their services, and in some cases, some of his associates and supporters as well. The news was voluminous and continuous for the past f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Minneapolis, Obama, Youtube, Washington, Government, White House


The deplatforming of a president

After years of placid admonishments, the tech world came out in force against President Trump this past week following the violent assault of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. From Twitter to PayPal, more than a dozen companies have placed unprecedented restrictions or outright banned the current occupant of the White House from using their services, and in some cases, some of his associates and supporters as well. The news was voluminous and continuous for the past f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Minneapolis, Obama, Youtube, Washington, Government, White House


TikTok bans videos of Trump inciting mob, blocks #stormthecapital and other hashtags

For obvious reasons, Trump doesn’t have a TikTok account. But the President’s speeches that helped incite the mob who yesterday stormed the U.S. Capitol will have no home on TikTok’s platform. The company confirmed to TechCrunch its content policy around the Capitol riots will see it removing videos of Trump’s speeches to supporters. It will also redirect specific hashtags used by rioters, like #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty, to reduce their content’s visibility in the app. TikTok says that ...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Video, Instagram, Tech, United States, Riots, Trump, Capitol, U S Capitol, Tiktok, Capitol Riot


Facebook redesigns Pages with a more simplified layout and no ‘Like’ button

Facebook Pages are being redesigned. The social network announced today a significant change to the Facebook Page experience for creators and public figures, which includes a new look-and-feel, updated navigation, the introduction of a dedicated News Feed, a new Q&A format for engaging fans, and other tools and insights. Notably, the redesign will also do away with the “Like” button to instead focus on Followers — a more direct measurement of how many people a Page is currently reaching. TechCru...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Tech, Pages, Facebook Page, Pages Today Facebook


Google pilots a search feature that aggregates short-form videos from TikTok and Instagram

Google is testing a new feature that will surface Instagram and TikTok videos in their own dedicated carousel in the Google app for mobile devices — a move that could help the company retain users in search of social video entertainment from fully leaving Google’s platform. The feature itself expands on a test launched earlier this year, where Google had first introduced a carousel of “Short Videos” within Google Discover  — the personalized feed found in the Google mobile app and to the left of...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Green Bay Packers, Facebook Instagram, Short-form Video, Trell, Tiktok, Forbes USA Today, Brian Freiesleben, Short Videos


What a Facebook Photos product manager thinks about antitrust

Samuel Odio Contributor Share on Twitter Samuel is a product leader and two-time founder, currently serving as VP of Product at Fivestars. He previously founded Divvyshot (acquired by Facebook) and co-founded Freshplum (acquired by TellApart). Leading up to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, I was the product manager in charge of Facebook Photos. Mark Zuckerberg had bought my previous company, Divvyshot, one of the first ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, Instagram, Microsoft, Opinion, China, Tech, Policy, United States, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Facebook Photos


Unfold launches lightweight, link-centric profiles called Bio Sites

Unfold, the social media startup acquired by Squarespace last year, is launching a new tool for users to share all the links that are important with them. This is the first step Unfold has taken beyond its story-format authoring tools. Co-founder Andy McCune told me that the team has a bigger vision now — just as Squarespace has become “the all-in-one platform for your web presence,” Unfold aims to become “the all-in-one platform for your social presence.” “We’re both playing in very satur...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Instagram, Tech, Squarespace, Cobo, McCune, Linktree, Alfonso Cobo, Andy McCune, Unfold, Bio Sites, Unfold and Unfold for Brands


Adobe brings over 10,000 design assets to Spark

Adobe is launching an update to its Spark social media design tool today that will bring more than 10,000 new design assets to the service. This update, which follows the launch of animations in Spark in September, also brings a small UI change with it to accommodate this new feature, but for the most part, you can think of design assets as an extension to what a lot of users were already doing with icons in Spark. Image Credits: Adobe “For our users, who are everyday entrepreneurs and market...
Tags: Social, TC, Instagram, Adobe, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Apache Spark, Product Manager, Adobe Creative Cloud, Justin Church, As Church


Walmart to pilot test live-streamed video shopping on TikTok

Walmart and TikTok announced this morning they will be partnering on the first pilot test of a new shoppable product experience on TikTok’s social video app. Walmart, as you may recall, had planned to invest in TikTok when the app was being threatened with a ban from the U.S. market unless it sold its U.S. operations to an American company, per a Trump administration executive order —  a ban that’s now on pause after multiple legal challenges. Walmart’s interest in TikTok, however, has not waned...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Video, Instagram, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Levi, Shopify, Qvc


Walmart to pilot test livestreamed video shopping on TikTok

Walmart and TikTok announced this morning they will be partnering on the first pilot test of a new shoppable product experience on TikTok’s social video app. Walmart, as you may recall, had planned to invest in TikTok when the app was being threatened with a ban from the U.S. market unless it sold its U.S. operations to an American company, per a Trump administration executive order —  a ban that’s now on pause after multiple legal challenges. Walmart’s interest in TikTok, however, has not waned...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Video, Instagram, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Levi, Shopify, Qvc


Facebook relaunches Instagram Lite app, begins test in India

Facebook is working to bring back the Instagram Lite app, months after it shut down the light version offering worldwide. The social conglomerate said on Wednesday that it is testing the revamped Instagram Lite app in India, where it hopes to “gain valuable insights” about the new offering before “a global rollout” of the app later. The revamped Instagram Lite app weighs less than 2MB and delivers a “fast, reliable, and responsive” experience of the social service. The Android app supports...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Instagram, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Bose, Facebook Lite, App Annie, Shah, Reliance, Abhijit Bose, Ajit Mohan


Facebook launches revamped Instagram Lite app in India

Facebook is working to bring back the Instagram Lite app, months after it shut down the light version offering worldwide. The social conglomerate said on Wednesday that it is testing the revamped Instagram Lite app in India, where it hopes to “gain valuable insights” about the new offering before “a global rollout” of the app later. The revamped Instagram Lite app weighs less than 2MB and delivers a “fast, reliable, and responsive” experience of the social service. The Android app supports...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Instagram, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Bose, Facebook Lite, App Annie, Shah, Reliance, Abhijit Bose, Ajit Mohan


Facebook publicly launches its collaborative music video app, Collab

Collab, Facebook’s experimental app for making collaborative music videos, is today launching out of private beta testing with a public release on the App Store. The app is one of now many projects from Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, which tests out new ideas that could ultimately influence Facebook’s next steps in social media. Collab itself first emerged in late May, as the pandemic forced users to stay home and find new ways to entertain themselves online. For musicians, the pandemi...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, App Store, Billie Eilish, Morgxn, Instagram Story, Collab, NPE Team, Collab Facebook, Facebook Mennuti


Twitter app code indicates that live video broadcasting app Periscope may get shut down

Twitter has been doubling down on video services within its app, building out Twitter Live and recently launching Fleets so that users can share more moving media alongside their pithy 180-word observations, links and still photos. But in the process, it appears that it may also be streamlining its bigger stable of services. Code in the Twitter app indicates that Periscope — the live video broadcasting app that launched a thousand fluttering hearts — may be headed into retirement. Date and ot...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, China, Tech, Epic, Vine, Periscope, Kayvon Beykpour, Live Video, Josh, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram launches shopping in Reels, its TikTok rival

Instagram today is launching Shopping in Reels, its TikTok competitor. The new feature was announced in October as something the company had in the works, as part of a ongoing series of shopping-related updates to the Instagram app. With today’s launch, both businesses and creators will be able to tag products when they create Reels — the short-form videos that now have their own tab in Instagram following last month’s redesign. Instagram expands shopping on IGTV, plans test of shopping on ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Shopping, Tech, Walmart, Shopify, Trump, Bambuser, Reels, IGTV, Tiktok, Alibaba Amazon Google


Survey: Americans think Big Tech isn’t so bad after all

Will Johnson Contributor Share on Twitter Will Johnson is CEO of The Harris Poll, one of the world’s leading public opinion research firms. In government, there’s rare bipartisan consensus on taking down Big Tech . Capping a 16-month investigation, a Democratic-controlled House committee recently identified Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google as monopolies that snuff out competition and innovation, equating the Bi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, Facebook, Column, Instagram, Congress, Government, Social Media, Joe Biden, Policy, House, Antitrust, Biden


Daily Crunch: FTC and 48 state AGs sue Facebook

Facebook faces big antitrust lawsuits, DoorDash and C3.ai go public and YouTube announces new election misinformation policies. This is your Daily Crunch for December 9, 2020. The big story: FTC and 48 state AGs sue Facebook The Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook today, as did 48 attorneys general representing 46 states. They’re separate suits, although the two groups coordinated their investigations. Both suits claim that Facebook has behaved illegally whe...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix, Crypto, Cbs, Sundar Pichai, Menlo Ventures, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cbs All Access


FTC seeks to break up Facebook, alleging illegal monopoly

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a new antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social network has used monopoly power “with the aim of suppressing, neutralizing and deterring serious competitive threats,” and must be broken up. The suit is separate from, but was investigated in coordination with, one from 48 attorneys general also announced today. Both suits allege that Facebook has engaged in illegal patterns of behavior, which the states and federal investigators w...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Instagram, Government, Tech, Antitrust, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Technology Enforcement Division



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