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How ‘Instagram therapy’ is helping women with mental health

Women make up the majority of people living with mood disorders in Canada. However, treatments and resources that are adapted to their needs are still lacking. Looking for ways to feel better, many women are turning to social media platforms like Instagram. To make sense of the phenomenon called “Instagram therapy,” I interviewed more than 20 women in 2020 who use Instagram for mental health care. I found that women turn to the image-sharing platform to counter the lack of available resources. I...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Tech, Canada, Insider, Next Featured


Livestream e-commerce: Why companies and brands need to tune in

Alanna Gregory Contributor Share on Twitter Alanna Gregory is a marketing executive and is currently senior global director at Afterpay. Previously, she was VP at Hairstory, the founder and CEO of VIVE Lifestyle, and was an AVP at Barclays. More posts by this contributor E-commerce roll-ups are the next wave of disruption in consumer packaged goods What comes to mind when you think of livestreaming? I...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Column, Instagram, China, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Barclays, Livestream, Livestreaming, Twitch, Istanbul


Zuckerberg is turning trillion-dollar Facebook into a ‘metaverse’ company, he tells investors

Following the quarterly release of Facebook’s earnings numbers where the company’s CFO takes time to walk analysts through the nitty gritty of the company’s financials, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a moment to zoom out and wax on the company’s future goals, specifically calling out his ambitions to turn Facebook into “a metaverse company.” “I wanted to discuss this now so that you can see the future that we’re working towards and how our major initiative across the ...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Ceo, Software, Computing, Vr, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Horizon, Wearable Devices, Andrew Bosworth


Facebook warns of ‘headwinds’ to its ad business from regulators and Apple

Facebook posted its second quarter earnings Wednesday, beating expectations with $29 billion in revenue. The world’s biggest social media company was expected to report $27.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, a 50 percent increase from the same period in 2020. Facebook reported earnings per share of $3.61, which also bested expectations. The company’s revenue was $18.6 billion in the same quarter of last year. In the first financial period to really reflect a return to quasi-economic normalcy ...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Congress, White House, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, United States, Computing, Earnings, Biden


States Say They Will Appeal the Dismissal of Their Facebook Antitrust Suit

More than 40 state attorneys general on Wednesday said they planned to appeal the dismissal of their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, setting up a protracted legal fight to rein in the power of the Silicon Valley giant. From a report: The states would be pushing back on a decision made last month by a federal judge who eviscerated their arguments that Facebook had obtained a monopoly through its acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 and had harmed competition. The judge said ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, U S District Court for the District of Columbia, Boasberg, James E Boasberg


10 things in tech: Apple's big earnings - Activision strike - Insta update

Roy Rochlin/WireImage/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Apple and Alphabet breeze past earnings estimates. Despite the global chip shortage, Apple's fiscal third-quarter earnings surpassed Wall Street expectations. Take a look at the key numbers. Alphabet, Google's parent company, also defied expectations. See those figures here. 2. Employees lambast "Call of Duty" maker over its response ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Instagram, Singapore, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Mcdonalds, Instacart


Daily Crunch: No-code startup Bubble pops with $100 million Series A round

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 27, 2021. Today is a good day not only because the U.S. women’s national soccer team is heading to the Olympics quarter finals (shoutout Gotham’s Carli Lloyd!), but also because Danny Crichton just published an incredibly interesting EC-1 digging into RapidSOS. Danny has previously written extensively about disaster tech, ...
Tags: Google, TC, Pinterest, Instagram, China, Boston, New York City, Africa, America, Startup, Tech, Gotham, EC, Alex, Edtech, Shopify


Instagram now supports 60-second videos on Reels, its TikTok clone

Haven’t you heard that Instagram is no longer a photo-sharing app? Today, Instagram announced that users can now upload 60-second videos on Reels, the platform’s TikTok competitor. This update also adds functionality for a captions sticker on Reels, which transcribes audio to text. Instagram previously teased this sticker for Reels when they added it to Stories, making the platform more accessible for Deaf or hard of hearing users, as well as people who want to use the app without sound. Right n...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Video Hosting, Mobile Applications, Bytedance, Tiktok, YouTube Shorts


Snap had its best quarter in four years

If you’ve started using Snapchat more regularly this year, you’re not alone. At yesterday’s Q2 earnings call, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel announced that the platform grew both revenue and daily active users at the highest rates it has achieved in the last four years. Snapchat now has 293 million daily active users, growing 23% since last year. Snap went public in 2017 with a $24 billion valuation, but not long before then, the ephemeral photo sharing app experienced a massive hiccup: Instagram cloned ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Berlin, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Software, Arkansas, Computing, Augmented Reality, Ralph Lauren, Evan Spiegel


Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature

The Tumblr community often refers to itself as the Wild West of the internet, and they’re not wrong. A text post with over 70,000 notes puts it best: “Tumblr is my favorite social media site because this place is literally uninhabitable for celebrities. No verification system, no algorithm that boosts their posts, it’s a completely lawless wasteland for them.” But like any social media company, Tumblr needs to keep itself afloat in order for its users to continue sharing esoteric fan art, incomp...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Post, Instagram, Youtube, Wordpress, Neil Gaiman, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Software, Reddit, Tumblr


Instagram confirms test of new anti-harassment tool, Limits, designed for moments of crisis

Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed the company is testing a new feature called “Limits,” which would give users the ability to temporary lock down their accounts when they’re being targeted by a flood of harassment. The announcement of the new feature was made today during a video where Mosseri condemned the recent racism that took place on Instagram’s platform following the Euro 2020 final, and noted the company was working on improvements to both internal and customer-facing tools to help a...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, England, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Mit, Emoji, Adam Mosseri, Matt Navarra, Mosseri, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka Marcus Rashford


Serial Swatter Who Caused Death Gets Five Years In Prison

A 18-year-old Tennessee man who helped set in motion a fraudulent distress call to police that lead to the death of a 60-year-old grandfather in 2020 was sentenced to 60 months in prison today. Krebs on Security reports: Shane Sonderman, of Lauderdale County, Tenn. admitted to conspiring with a group of criminals that's been "swatting" and harassing people for months in a bid to coerce targets into giving up their valuable Twitter and Instagram usernames. At Sonderman's sentencing hearing today,...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Tennessee, Norris, Krebs, Twitter and Instagram, Sonderman, Shane Sonderman, Lauderdale County Tenn


Tumblr debuts Post+, a subscription service for Gen Z creators

As Twitter launches Super Follows, YouTube adds , and Instagram embraces e-commerce, the social media sphere is heating up with new ways for creators to make a living. Now, Tumblr is joining the fray with Post+, the platform’s first attempt at allowing users to monetize their content. Post+ is debuting today in limited beta for an exclusive selection of creators in the US, who were hand-picked by Tumblr. Like Twitter’s Super Follows, Tumblr’s Post+ lets creators choose what content they want to...
Tags: Verizon, Apps, Post, Instagram, Yahoo, US, Tech, Monetization, Tumblr, Automattic, Creator Economy, WordPress Though Tumblr


Zebra raises $1.1M in a pre-seed round for messaging that pairs photos with voice chat

A new voice-based social app that cites Clubhouse as its biggest inspiration offers a playful new way to stay in touch with close friends and family. Zebra leaves video out of the equation altogether, inviting users to snap on-the-fly photos and send them off paired with casual voice updates. Zebra focuses on asynchronous sharing, but it also lets users call one another if they’re both already hanging out on the app. The result is a fun and casual way to stay in touch for anyone who doesn’t feel...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Instagram, Social Networking, Berlin, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Instant Messaging, Software, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Line, Messaging Apps, Clubhouse


Instagram adds new controls for limiting sexual and violent content in the Explore tab

Instagram is giving its users a tiny bit more power to see what they want — and not see what they don’t want — in its content discovery hub. The company introduced a new toggle called “Sensitive Content Control” on Tuesday that allows anyone to screen posts that it thinks could be offensive, hiding them from the Explore tab. The new feature appears in the settings menu and lets users choose to either allow more content that could be “upsetting or offensive,” limit that content or “limit even mor...
Tags: Social, TC, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Software, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Social Software, Like Button, Nicholas Williams, Content Moderation


Instagram adds new controls for limiting ‘sensitive’ content in the Explore tab

Instagram is giving its users a tiny bit more power to see what they want — and not see what they don’t want — in its content discovery hub. The company introduced a new toggle called “Sensitive Content Control” on Tuesday that allows anyone to screen posts that it thinks could be offensive, hiding them from the Explore tab. The new feature appears in the settings menu and lets users choose to either allow more content that could be “upsetting or offensive,” limit that content or “limit even mor...
Tags: Social, TC, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Software, Operating Systems, Mobile Software, Social Software, Like Button, Nicholas Williams, Content Moderation


China Roundup: What’s going on with China’s data security clampdown?

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. A tectonic shift is underway in how Beijing regulates and accesses the troves of citizen data collected by its tech giants. More details of China’s new cybersecurity rules have recently come to light as Didi, the SoftBank-backed ride-sharing dominator in China, became the target of the Chinese government’s latest effort to heigh...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, Instagram, China, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, The Wall Street Journal


Fired Covid-19 Data Manager is Now Running for Congress

Florida's fired Department of Health data manager Rebekah Jones lost access to her 400,000 followers on Twitter last month — which she'd been using to criticize Florida governor Ron DeSantis for downplaying the severity of the state's Covid-19 crisis. Then Jones announced she'd be running for Congress. "This also means, under Desantis' recently signed social media law, I get to fine Twitter $250K per day until my account is restored starting July 1." Orlando Weekly reports: After a media frenz...
Tags: Twitter, Florida, Instagram, Congress, America, Tech, Jones, Department Of Health, Slashdot, Ron DeSantis, Daniel Ellsberg, DeSantis, U S White House, Orlando Weekly, COVID, Rebekah Jones


Facebook rejects Joe Biden's claim it's 'killing people' with misinformation, saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has dropped by 50%

President Joe Biden, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters/Alan Freed; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Joe Biden said vaccine misinformation on platforms like Facebook is "killing people." Facebook responded by saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has fallen 50% since April 2020. Facebook said Biden is trying to blame it for missing his goal of 60% vaccination by July 4. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook is firing back at Joe Biden for claiming the social me...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, University Of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University, Kennedy, Rosen, Tom Williams


Facebook will lure creators with $1 billion in payments

Facebook just announced plans to pay content creators more than $1 billion by the end of next year through new bonus programs designed to keep creatives plugged into its app ecosystem. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg first announced the new funding to “reward creators for great content” on his Facebook page. The company will pay creators through a series of new bonus initiatives across Facebook and Instagram which are “seasonal, evolving and expanding over time.” The bonus programs will...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Instagram, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Stars, Snapchat, United States, Creators, Facebook Facebook, Mobile Applications, US Pinterest


Twitter is Killing Fleets, Its Expiring Tweets Feature

Say goodbye to Fleets, the row of fullscreen tweets at the top of the Twitter timeline that expire after 24 hours. The ephemeral tweet format is shutting down due to low usage after launching widely just eight months ago. From a report: Starting on August 3rd, users will instead just see active Spaces -- Twitter's live audio chat rooms -- at the top of their timelines. And the composer for traditional tweets will be updated with more camera editing features from Fleets, like text-formatting and ...
Tags: Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Twitter Ilya Brown Twitter


Instagram’s new test shows you stuff you’ve seen lately and lets you reshare it to Stories

Instagram is tinkering around with a new test feature that changes the way users reshare content they like to their Stories. The test, which will only appear for a subset of users, lets users see a collection of content they’ve viewed recently when they’re in the Stories section of the app. That content will be collected under a new reshare sticker, which can be found in the sticker tray when creating a Story. Posts and Reels viewed in the last hour will appear here along with recently created p...
Tags: Social, TC, Instagram, Tech


Jordan's Government Used Secretly Recorded Clubhouse Audio To Spread Disinformation

In a new report released last week by The Stanford Internet Observatory, researchers analyzed a Jordanian disinformation network that pushed pro-monarchy and pro-military narratives on Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok. The campaign, which Facebook said in a separate report had links to the Jordanian military, also republished audio that had been secretly recorded on Clubhouse. Rest of World reports: Researchers said this is the first time they have identified a disinformation operation that relied ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Jordan, Facebook Twitter, King Abdullah II, Hamzah, Stanford Internet Observatory, Shelby Grossman, Prince Hamzah, Clubhouse Rest of World, Internet Observatory, Jordan Open Source Association


WhatsApp is a step closer to bringing Snapchat-style disappearing photos and videos to iPhones

The new update, entitled "View Once," will be available for all iOS beta users. Thiago Prudêncio / SOPA Images: LightRocket via Getty Images WhatsApp rolled out disappearing photos and videos to iOS beta testers on Friday. View Once lets users send photos and videos that vanish from chats after a single view. View Once continues Facebook's push to mirror popular features of Snapchat. See more stories on Insider's business page. WhatsApp is a step closer to bringing disappearing pho...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Facebook, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Big Tech, Tech Insider, Weekend BI UK, Thiago Prudêncio, Zahra Tayeb, LightRocket


Popshop Live raises about $20M at a $100M valuation for its livestream shopping platform for hipsters

Legacy TV services like HSN and QVC may have put live shopping shows on the map for consumers, but livestream commerce got a completely new boost of life in the pandemic, with retailers and e-commerce leviathans tapping a perfect storm of the craze for video entertainment, a trend (or even municipal rules in some cases) for people to stay away from physical stores, and a surge of e-commerce activity to bring more buying “shows” online. Now, a startup and app called Popshop Live, which has approa...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, London, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Etsy, China, Funding, Tech, Kendall Jenner, Instacart, Jason, Sv Angel, Hsn


Zuck Celebrates $1 Trillion Valuation, Dismissed Antitrust Suits With Bizarre Flag-Waving Instagram Post

"Make America weird again," quipped CNBC, describing Mark Zuckerberg's Instagram post today commemorating America's national Independence Day holiday MarketWatch explains: Yes, that's the Facebook Inc. chief executive wakeboarding while holding an American flag to the tune of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Because: America. In fairness, Zuckerberg did have reason to celebrate, as the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust case against Facebook was shot down (at least temporaril...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, America, Tech, Cnbc, Federal Trade Commission, Marketwatch, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Zuck, John Denver, Instagram Post


Instagram is 'No Longer a Photo-Sharing App,' Says Its Head

Instagram doesn't see itself as a platform where people go to share photos anymore. From a report: That's the main takeaway from a series of recent comments made by the head of the company, Adam Mosseri. "We're no longer a photo-sharing app or a square photo-sharing app," Mosseri said in a video he posted to his social media accounts this week. According to Mosseri, the main reason for that is that people come to Instagram "to be entertained," and it's not the only app that offers that in what i...
Tags: Instagram, Tech, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri


All the streaming services and apps that let you host virtual watch parties

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Many streaming services now offer "watch party" features that let you sync playback with friends and family online. Alyssa Powell/Insider Several streaming services and apps allow you to watch shows and movies with friends online. Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney Plus let you watch together directly through their websites. Options like Teleparty and Scener support multiple services through web browser exte...
Tags: Reviews, Facebook, Hbo, Instagram, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Tech, Features, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Abc News, Sling TV, Nickelodeon, Streaming Services


Where to watch movies and shows together online when you're apart

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Many streaming services now offer "watch party" features that let you sync playback with friends and family online. Alyssa Powell/Insider Several streaming services and apps allow you to watch shows and movies with friends online. Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney Plus let you watch together directly through their websites. Options like Teleparty and Scener support multiple services through web browser exte...
Tags: Reviews, Facebook, Hbo, Instagram, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Tech, Features, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Abc News, Sling TV, Nickelodeon, Streaming Services


A bank for the creator economy, Karat Financial raises $26M in Series A funding

The creator economy is changing the way that people earn a living, whether you’re an Instagram influencer or a freelance graphic designer. But traditional banks haven’t caught up. Take Alexandra Botez for example. The Stanford graduate earns six figures playing chess on Twitch, where she has 877,000 followers. But when she tried to apply for a business credit card, she was rejected twice. Meanwhile, when the creator behind TierZoo, a YouTube channel with 2.7 million subscribers, tried to rent an...
Tags: Y Combinator, Instagram, Youtube, Stanford, Funding, Articles, Tech, Banking, Ceo, Flash, Kim, Credit Card, Jared Leto, Twitch, Wealthfront, Union Square Ventures



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