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Facebook users are pretty bad at telling how much time they spend on it

A lot of studies and discussion of social media use time spent on the platforms as evidence for various theories and conclusions — but it turns out that people are actually super bad at telling how long they spend on them, according to research from Facebook. If you were conducting a study that was looking at how social media use potentially affected or was affected by mood, for instance, you would likely rely on self-reported statistics for both measures. There’s no objective way to measure moo...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Instagram


Daily Crunch: Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store

Epic Games takes on Apple, Instagram fixes a security issue and Impossible Foods raises $200 million. This is your Daily Crunch for August 13, 2020. The big story: Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store The controversy over Apple’s App Store policies has expanded to include Epic Games and its hit title Fortnite. The company introduced a direct payment option for its in-game currency on mobile, leading Apple to remove the app for violating App Store rules. “Epic enabled a feature in it...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Amc, Digital, US, Tech, Epic, App Store, Omaze, Impossible Foods, Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages from its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


Instagram wasn’t removing photos and direct messages off its servers

A security researcher was awarded a $6,000 bug bounty payout after he found Instagram retained photos and private direct messages on its servers long after he deleted them. Independent security researcher Saugat Pokharel found that when he downloaded his data from Instagram, a feature it launched in 2018 to comply with new European data rules, his downloaded data contained photos and private messages with other users that he had previously deleted. It’s not uncommon for companies to store fre...
Tags: Security, Social, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Pokharel, Saugat Pokharel, TechCrunch Pokharel


Digital imaging pioneer Russell Kirsch dies at 91

Russell Kirsch, whose research going back to the ’50s underlies the entire field of digital imaging, died earlier this week at the age of 91. It’s hard to overstate the impact of his work, which led to the first digitally scanned photo and the creation of what we now think of as pixels. Born to Russian and Hungarian immigrant parents in 1929, Kirsch attended NYU, Harvard and MIT, eventually landing a job at the National Bureau of Standards (later the National Institutes of Science and Technology...
Tags: Photography, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Thomas, Walden, NIST, Kirsch, Russell Kirsch, NYU Harvard, SEAC


Bracing for election day, Facebook rolls out voting resources to US users

Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in a row. Following an announcement earlier this summer, the company is now launching a voting information hub that will centralize election resources for U.S. users and ideally inoculate at least some of them against the platform’s ongoing misinformation epidemic. The voting information center will appear in the menu on both Facebook and Instagram...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Trump, Wikimedia Foundation, Facebook Facebook, Naomi Gleit, 2020 Election, Gleit, Election Integrity, Facebook Newsroom, Election Interference


Bracing for election day, Facebook rolls out voting resources to U.S. users

Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in a row. Following an announcement earlier this summer, the company is now launching a voting information hub that will centralize election resources for U.S. users and ideally inoculate at least some of them against the platform’s ongoing misinformation epidemic. The voting information center will appear in the menu on both Facebook and Instagram...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Trump, Wikimedia Foundation, Naomi Gleit, 2020 Election, Gleit, Election Integrity, Facebook Newsroom, Election Interference


ByteDance in talks with India’s Reliance for investment in TikTok

Chinese giant ByteDance is engaging with India’s Reliance Industries Limited, the parent firm of telecom giant Jio Platforms, for investment in TikTok in a move to potentially save the popular video app’s fate in its biggest market by users, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The two companies began conversations late last month and have yet to reach a deal, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the talks are private. TikTok’s business in India, where it had amasse...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, India, Tech, Helo, Financial Times, Gaana, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Mishra


Creators need better community tools. Circle wants to fill the gap

Entrepreneurial creators have to do a lot with limited time. They need to, well, create, but then they also need to build their marketing funnels, convert users to their paid products, and manage business operations. Yet, perhaps the most important task they face is keeping their existing fans engaged, since ultimately, that engagement ties directly to the health of their brand long-term. Social tools are abysmal on platforms like YouTube and Instagram, particularly when it comes to creators own...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Instagram, Youtube, Funding, New York City, Tech, Silicon Valley, Gumroad, Edtech, Circle, Flynn, Yadav, Hotmart, Substack, Sahil Lavingia


Instagram’s hashtag searches gave Trump better treatment than Biden

Instagram apparently handled searches for popular hashtags related to the two presidential candidates differently, pointing Joe Biden search queries toward often negative related hashtags while making no such suggestions in corresponding searches pertaining to President Trump. A new report by the Tech Transparency Project details the strange platform behavior. In the report, the tech watchdog compared searches for 20 popular hashtags related to the Trump and Biden campaigns and found that rel...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Algorithms, Biden, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Twitter Instagram, 2020 Election, Algorithmic Bias, Ryan Mac


Instagram Displayed Negative Related Hashtags For Biden, But Hid Them For Trump

An anonymous reader shares a report: For at least the last two months, a key Instagram feature, which algorithmically pushes users toward supposedly related content, has been treating hashtags associated with President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in very different ways. Searches for Biden also return a variety of pro-Trump messages, while searches for Trump-related topics only returned the specific hashtags, like #MAGA or #Trump -- which means searches ...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, BuzzFeed News, Maga, JoeBiden


Facebook's Instagram Launches TikTok Copycat in Political Storm

Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing app is launching its clone of TikTok in more than 50 countries, a week after Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg defended the company's copycat strategies to U.S. lawmakers at an antitrust hearing. From a report: The product, called Reels, lets people edit 15-second clips of videos together alongside music, just like on TikTok. It will be embedded into Instagram in the U.S. and elsewhere, the company said Wednesday in blog post. Reels is the second major In...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Donald Trump, Facebook s Instagram, Lasso, Tiktok, TikTok Facebook


Why And How You Should Use SEO Proxy

An SEO proxy is the same as a regular proxy but is used to perform different search engine optimization tasks.SEO proxy allows you to see the SERPs in different locations in real-time. This proxy helps identify who you are competing with for your target keywords, enabling you to prepare better strategies. It also helps in web scraping, empowering you to extract data like keywords, link titles, content titles, and descriptions. All this while hiding your identity. This article will discuss what S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Sales, Tech, SEO Proxy


Snapchat to take on TikTok with a new music-powered feature rolling out this fall

Snapchat is taking aim at TikTok. The company announced today it will begin testing a new feature that lets Snapchat users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok’s app. The feature may allow Snapchat to capitalize on the fracturing of the TikTok audience, who have been exploring alternative apps as the Trump administration weighs a ban on Chinese tech companies over data privacy concerns. Already, apps like Byte, Triller, Dubsmash, Likee and others have climbed the app stores’ charts as Tik...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Merlin, Snap, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Messenger, Linkfire, Tiktok, Byte Triller Dubsmash Likee


Snapchat to take on TikTok with a new music-powered featuring rolling out this fall

Snapchat is taking aim at TikTok. The company announced today it will begin testing a new feature that lets Snapchat users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok’s app. The feature may allow Snapchat to capitalize on the fracturing of the TikTok audience, who have been exploring alternative apps as the Trump administration weighs a ban on Chinese tech companies over data privacy concerns. Already, apps like Byte, Triller, Dubsmash, Likee, and others have climbed the app stores’ charts as Ti...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Snapchat, Merlin, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Messenger, Linkfire, Tiktok, Byte Triller Dubsmash Likee


Adobe’s plans for an online content attribution standard could have big implications for misinformation

Adobe’s work on technical solution to combat online misinformation at scale, still in its early stages, is taking some big steps toward its lofty goal of becoming an industry standard. The project was first announced last November, and now the team is out with a whitepaper going into the nuts and bolts about how its system, known as the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), would work. Beyond the new whitepaper, the next step in the system’s development will be to implement a proof-of-concept, ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Photography, Media, Instagram, Adobe, Tech, Digital Photography, New York Times, Exif, Misinformation, Parsons, Cai, CAI Andy Parsons


Facebook fights order to globally block accounts linked to Brazilian election meddling

Facebook has branded a legal order to globally block a number of Brazilian accounts linked to the spread of political disinformation targeting the country’s 2018 election as “extreme”, claiming it poses a threat to freedom of expression outside the country. The tech giant is simultaneously complying with the block order — beginning Saturday after it was fined by a Supreme Court judge for non-compliance — citing the risk of criminal liability for a local employee were it not to do so. However ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Lawsuit, Instagram, Supreme Court, Tech, Policy, Brazil, Group, Reuters, Facebook Image, Jair Bolsonaro, Fake News, Disinformation, Election Interference


Facebook usage and revenue continue to grow as the pandemic rages on

https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/30/21348308/facebook-earnings-q2-2020-pandemic-revenue-usage-growthMore people at home means more people on Facebook. Daily users of Facebook increased 12 percent year over year, to 1.79 billion. Monthly usage across its family of apps, which also include Instagram and WhatsApp, rose 14 percent, to 3.14 billion. And Facebook’s mostly ad-based based business rose along with them: the company’s revenue was up 11 percent year over year, to $18.69 billion. The post Fa...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Daily


Secret documents from US antitrust probe reveal big tech’s plot to control or crush the competition

Nearly 500 pages of evidence were made public during the House Judiciary’s marathon hearing this week on potential anti-competitive actions by Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple . We’ve collected them here with added context and an omnibus, searchable version for anyone who’d rather not juggle four dozen documents. The emails, chat logs and other communications listed here trickled out online as the hearings went on. Many are internal documents that were never meant to be exposed publicl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Government, China, US, Tech, Policy, Jeff Bezos, App Store


What does accountability look like in 2020?

Rae Witte Contributor Share on Twitter Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on i-D, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Forbes, among others. More posts by this contributor Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns During a pandemic, some companies struggle to pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Fashion, New York, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Social Media, Future Of Work, Tech, Diversity, Adidas, Kanye West, West, Racism


Triller sues TikTok over patent infringement

Social video platform Triller has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against its biggest rival TikTok and parent company ByteDance. The suit, which was filed in the U.S District Court for the Western Division of Texas, claims TikTok is infringing on Triller’s U.S Patent No. 9,691,429. The patent covers a “systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track.” The patent credits Triller co-founders David Leiberman and Samuel Rubin as the inventors. It was originally fil...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Indonesia, America, Tech, Bloomberg, Treasury, Play Store, WSJ, Dubsmash, Fox Business, State, Lu, Committee on Foreign Investment, Mike Pompeo, Steven Mnuchin


Top Antitrust Democrat: There's a Case To Break Up Facebook

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who ended Wednesday's hearing by saying some Big Tech companies need to be broken up, says that Facebook in particular lacks significant competitors and should not have been allowed to buy Instagram and WhatsApp. From a report: Cicilline chairs the antitrust subcommittee, which has been looking into competition issues in the digital space. "Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledged in this hearing that his acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram were part of a plan to both buy a c...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Tech, Zuckerberg, David Cicilline, Cicilline, Axios Dan Primack, Neguse, Axios Ashley Gold


Daily Crunch: Tech CEOs face Congress

U.S. tech giants face antitrust scrutiny, Spotify has a mixed quarter and at-home fitness startup Tempo raises funding. This is your Daily Crunch for July 29, 2020. The big story: Tech CEOs face Congress Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai all appeared remotely this afternoon before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. Different representatives seemed to focused on very different issues: Republicans repeatedly returned to th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Instagram, Congress, La, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Gm, Jeff Bezos


In antitrust hearing, Zuckerberg admits Facebook has copied its competition

At the House Antitrust Subcommittee hearings this afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was directly questioned about his company’s strategy of copying competitors’ app and features, and even threatening to do so as a negotiation tactic amid M&A discussions. In his response, Zuckerberg was forced to admit the obvious: that Facebook, he said, has “certainly adapted features that others have led in.” However, he denied any characterization claiming Facebook used such tactics in an anti-compet...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Congress, Government, China, Tech, Antitrust, Baidu, Zuckerberg, WA, Pramila Jayapal, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg


Mark Zuckerberg Emails Outline Plan To Neutralize Competitors

An anonymous reader shares a report: In late February 2012, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg emailed his chief financial officer, David Ebersman, to float the idea of buying smaller competitors, including Instagram and Path. "These businesses are nascent but the networks established, the brands are already meaningful, and if they grow to a large scale the could be very disruptive to us," he wrote. "Given that we think our own valuation is fairly aggressive and that we're vulnerable in mobile, I'm cu...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, House, Zuckerberg, David Ebersman, Facebook Zuckerberg, Jerry Nadler D NY, Ebersman, Instagram Path Foursquare


Before buying Instagram, Zuckerberg warned employees of ‘battle’ to ‘dislodge’ competitor

In one of the first substantive moments at Wednesday’s major tech hearing, Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram came under fire, unearthing a few new revelations about the company’s internal thinking at the time. Alluding to new documents provided to the committee as part of its ongoing year-long antitrust investigation, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said emails between Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives at the time tell “a very disturbing story.” Nadler went ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Policy, Zuckerberg, Instagram Facebook, House Judiciary Committee, Sarah Perez, Nadler, House Judiciary, Jerry Nadler, Instagram Zuckerberg, Tech Antitrust Hearing


Read how Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google plan to defend themselves to Congress

With their big day before lawmakers just around the corner, previews of Google (well, Alphabet), Facebook, Amazon and Apple’s opening statements are now available on the House Judiciary Committee’s site. On Wednesday, the CEOs of each company will appear in an unusually executive-packed Congressional hearing focused on antitrust concerns over the business practices. While the opening statements are just a glimpse of the hearing’s potential topics, they do provide a useful outline for the strateg...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Congress, China, Google Search, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Tim Cook, App Store


Priti Youssef Choksi explains how to get your startup acquired — not sold

Today, Priti Youssef Choksi is a partner with venture firm Norwest Venture Partners . But she previously spent five-and-a-half years at Google, where she worked on strategic partnerships, and nearly nine years at Facebook, where she began in corporate development and later focused on M&A. Because Choksi knows firsthand how some of the biggest companies on the planet think about potential acquisition targets and how deals ultimately come together, we asked if she would share some of those in...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, Companies, M&a, Exit, Acquisitions, Acquihire, Luma, Norwest Venture Partners


Teespring’s comeback story

Startup stories are often too reductive — an entrepreneur dreams up an idea, snags some co-founders, raises a bit of money, and presto: success and riches. It’s nearly never true. Even breakout successes like Slack that may feel straightforward have complicated stories. Amongst the most valuable startups there are hidden crises and disappointing quarters. Some famous startups even had to execute a hard pivot after their original idea flopped. Slack was originally a gaming company, Twitter was a ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Entrepreneurship, Tech, E-commerce, Teespring, Exchange, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch, Growth and Monetization


Facebook Ignored Racial Bias Research, Employees Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: In mid-2019, researchers at Facebook began studying a new set of rules proposed for the automated system that Instagram uses to remove accounts for bullying and other infractions. What they found was alarming. Users on the Facebook-owned Instagram in the United States whose activity on the app suggested they were Black were about 50 percent more likely under the new rules to have their accounts automatically disabled by the moderation system tha...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, United States, Black, Joel Kaplan, Carolyn Glanville, Sheryl Sandberg Nick Clegg



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