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This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Australia, Washington Post, Youtube, Ipo, Tech, Eu


Jeff Bezos congratulates president-elect Biden, saying Americans 'proved again our democracy is strong'

Jeff Bezos (right) talks to Donald Trump (left) at a White House technology roundtable in 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Jeff Bezos congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their Presidential win Saturday.  In an Instagram post, the Amazon founder said President Trump's loss proves "unity, empathy, and decency are not characteristics of a bygone era." Biden's win is likely a mixed result for Amazon, which stands to lose from Democratic-led regulation, but has also dealt with very public a...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Paris, Bill Gates, Postal Service, Jeff Bezos


Facebook and Twitter immediately clamped down on Trump's posts that prematurely declared election victory, but they did so in very different ways

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and President Donald Trump. Reuters/Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook and Twitter both put rules in place before the election restricting content from candidates claiming premature victory. In social media posts, and then in a speech on election night, President Donald Trump falsely claimed he had already won the election before the full results were in. Facebook and Twitter immediately labeled Trump's posts — but they did so in different ways, and the ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, Florida, Instagram, Washington Post, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Telegraph, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, South Carolina, Trump


Facebook reportedly exempted Trump's family and allies from its misinformation rules to avoid accusations of anti-conservative bias

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and President Donald Trump. Reuters/Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook has repeatedly let President Donald Trump's family members and allies off the hook for breaking its policies, the Washington Post reports. Current and former Facebook employees said the company held off taking action because it feared accusations of anti-conservative bias. Two company sources told the Post that Facebook removed a strike from Donald Trump Jr's Instagram account, which ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Instagram, Washington Post, Trends, Republican, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, America First Action, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Reuters Drew Angerer Getty Images Facebook, Facebook page of America First Action, Republicans Facebook


Facebook reportedly exempted Trump's family and allies from its misinformation rules to avoid accusations of anti-conservative bias

Sources told the Washington Post that Facebook removed a strike from Donald Trump Jr's Instagram account — one of many exemptions for Trump's family.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Donald Trump, Trump


Facebook giving preferential treatment to pro-Trump users, conservatives: Report

Facebook let associates of US president Donald Trump, including his son Donald Trump Jr., post misinformation on its platform during the final months of the presidential election campaign, and did not take proportionate action against these users to avoid being accused of “anti-conservative” bias, reported the Washington Post. The revelations come after months of accusations by Republican leadership that Facebook is biased against their party, and only days after these accusations were aired in ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, New York Post, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Senate, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Joe Biden, US Senate


Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hires a consulting firm

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for October 12. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hires a consulting firm, Beyond Meat bets big on breakfast, and Instagram adds audio features to Reels. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Pool Facing Congressional investigati...
Tags: Amazon, Instagram, Washington Post, Disney, Trends, CMO, Bloomberg, SEC, Kroger, Trump, Instagram Instagram, House Oversight Committee, Patrick Coffee, Lauren Johnson, Lauren Read, Paul Atkins


Facebook removes disinformation networks linked to political actors in US, Myanmar, Azerbaijan

Facebook removed four networks of coordinated inauthentic behaviour, which were linked to politically affiliated actors in the US, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Azerbaijan, in the first eight days of October. Two of these networks primarily relied on posts by real people instead of automated bots to commenting on posts by media organisations and public figures to create the impression of widespread support of their narratives. In Myanmar, at least 70 accounts with links to the military were removed. In ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, New York, News, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Washington Post, Russia, Nigeria, US, Social Media, Conservative, Joe Biden, Aung San Suu Kyi, Armenia


Facebook removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to conservative youth group Turning Point USA that used the platform to spread pro-Trump messages

Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Facebook has removed 200 fake accounts created by a marketing firm that was working for an affiliate of conservative youth group Turning Point USA.  The company announced that it had discovered a coordinated campaign to use fake accounts to comment on news articles, writing messages centered around topics like the coronavirus outbreak and the 2020 election. In examples published by Facebook, commenters criticized mail-in ballots, promoted big game hunting, and sai...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Democrats, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Instagram and Twitter, Tech Insider, Turning Point USA, Austin Smith, Content Moderation


Athletes, priests and presidents: 10 public figures who didn't take the coronavirus seriously and then got infected themselves

President Trump holds a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Winston-Salem, NC United States on September 8, 2020 Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. Trump is the biggest name in a lineup of political figures, athletes, and celebrities who didn't take the COVID-19 pandemic threat seriously, refused to wear face masks, or publicly joked about the virus. But despite dismissi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Instagram, Nbc, Washington Post, Cbs News, White House, Denver Nuggets, Trends, Joe Biden, Features, Getty Images, Britain, Gop, Washington Dc


Meet the modern Kennedy family: The most prominent members of America's most famous political dynasty

Phillip Faraone/Getty Images The Kennedy family has been a prominent name in US politics for over a century.  The younger Kennedys are a mix of people in the family business of politics, as well as authors, actors, socialites, and journalists.  Meet some of the most prominent Kennedy family members who have been making headlines in recent years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Joe Kennedy III is the most prominent modern Kennedy in politics. Rep. Joe Kennedy ...
Tags: Japan, Politics, England, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Entertainment, Congress, California, Washington Post, Life, Massachusetts, New York City, Brown University, US, America


Socially distanced attractions and activities for a road trip across the Pacific Northwest that are actually worth the stop

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in British Columbia, Canada. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic has made it unsafe to travel internationally and travel experts previously told Business Insider that road trips would be the vacation of the summer. CDC Director Robert Redfield predicts the pandemic will last through the fall and winter. We surfed Trip Advisor for the highest-rated attractions in the Pacific Northwest within recommended social dis...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Photos, Facebook, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, Life, US, Beck, Trends, Features, Canada


How Starbucks drinks have changed over the last 10 years, from strawless lids to real pumpkin in the PSL

Starbucks announced it would begin adding pumpkin puree to its iconic pumpkin spice latte in 2015. onajourney/Shutterstock For Starbucks customers, the last ten years have meant many new ways to enjoy their morning coffee. From a focus on "Instagrammable" drinks that go viral to more sustainable initiatives such as strawless lids, Starbucks drinks have undergone quite a few changes as the company strives to reach billions of consumers worldwide. The Pink Drink, Starbucks Refreshers, and ...
Tags: Coffee, Drinks, New York, Instagram, Washington Post, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, Retail, Harry Potter, Starbucks, Cnbc, Psl, Forbes, McDonald, Dunkin


How Instagram Reels compares to TikTok for influencer brand deals

Samantha Lee/Business Insider Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.When an influencer becomes a "brand ambassador," they are often signing up for a long-term partnership with several exclusive perks that can help their career.But what exactly does a brand ambassador get and how can someone apply?My colleague Sydney Bradley and I decided to look deeper into what some top ...
Tags: Usa, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Washington Post, Youtube, La, Advertising, Los Angeles, Trends, Walmart, Sydney, Susan Wojcicki, PPP, Influencers, Jasen Vinlove


A pro-Trump youth activist group paid teenagers to push conservative talking points on social media, including misleading claims and disinformation

President Donald Trump speaks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2019. Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Turning Point Action, an affiliate of pro-Trump youth organization Turning Point USA, paid teenagers — some minors — in Arizona to push conservative talking points over social media, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Twitter and Facebook banned multiple accounts as...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Russia, Trends, Cnn, Arizona, Smith, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Phoenix


Athletes, priests and politicians: 9 public figures who didn't take the coronavirus seriously and then got infected themselves

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his protective face mask at a press statement during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil, March 20, 2020. Picture taken March 20, 2020. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters Some political figures, athletes, and celebrities didn't take the COVID-19 pandemic threat seriously, refusing to wear face masks or publicly joked about the virus. But despite dismissing claims about the threat of the virus, they ended up getting it themselv...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Instagram, Nbc, Washington Post, Cbs News, Denver Nuggets, Trends, Features, Britain, Gop, Washington Dc, House, Paris, News UK


How Starbucks drinks have changed over the last 10 years, from strawless lids to real pumpkin in the PSL

Starbucks announced it would begin adding pumpkin puree to its iconic pumpkin spice latte in 2015. onajourney/Shutterstock For Starbucks customers, the last ten years have meant many new ways to enjoy their morning coffee. From a focus on "Instagrammable" drinks that go viral to more sustainable initiatives such as strawless lids, Starbucks drinks have undergone quite a few changes as the company strives to reach billions of consumers worldwide. The Pink Drink, Starbucks Refreshers, and T...
Tags: Coffee, Drinks, New York, Instagram, Washington Post, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, Retail, Harry Potter, Starbucks, Cnbc, Psl, Forbes, McDonald, Dunkin


Facebook will pay tens of thousands of users to quit the app ahead of the election so it can study the platform's impact on politics

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Facebook is working with outside researchers to study how its apps influence "key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 elections," the company announced Monday. As part of the study, it will pay Facebook and Instagram users — possibly between $10 and $20 per week — to stop using the app, The Washington Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin reported Thursday. The company expects between 200,000 and 400,000 users to participate in the study, which will run...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Northeastern University, David Lazer, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Dwoskin, Cambridge Analytica, Tech Insider, Elections 2020, Liz Bourgeois


Facebook will pay hundreds of thousands of users to quit the app ahead of the election so it can study the platform's impact on politics

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Facebook is working with outside researchers to study how its apps influence "key political attitudes and behaviors during the US 2020 elections," the company announced Monday. As part of the study, it will pay Facebook and Instagram users — possibly between $10 and $20 per week — to stop using the app, The Washington Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin reported Thursday. The company expects between 200,000 and 400,000 users to participate in the study, which will run...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, New York Times, BuzzFeed News, Northeastern University, David Lazer, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Dwoskin, Cambridge Analytica, Tech Insider, Elections 2020, Liz Bourgeois


The coronavirus outbreak has triggered unprecedented mass layoffs and furloughs. Here are the major companies that have announced they are downsizing their workforces.

People gather at the entrance for the New York State Department of Labor offices on March 20, which closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Andrew Kelly/Reuters The spread of the coronavirus is projected to impact millions of jobs worldwide.In just 22 weeks, more than 57 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance — that's more than the number of claims filed during the Great Recession.The travel and hospitality industries h...
Tags: Lyft, Europe, London, Ge, Instagram, Washington Post, Air Canada, New York City, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Cnn, Walgreens, Chicago


TikToks You’ll Wanna Watch Before The App Gets Banned

WHY DOES EVERYTHING I LOVE GET TAKEN AWAY FROM ME!? IS TIKTOK TRUELY DOOMED!? Honestly... idk. But while we still have the app, I wanted to highlight the three funniest accounts I’ve come across this week: Nicole DuBois, Daniel Spencer, and The reason you may not have discovered these accounts on your own is because TikTok serves as a platform for A LOT of interests (DIY videos, challenging stereotypical gender norms, encouraging political activism, etc) so it can be really time-consu...
Tags: Florida, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, Reddit, Humor, Kristen Wiig, Trump, Mary, Molly Shannon, KAT, Jeff Wright, Jane Austin, Nicole DuBois, Tiktok, Floridan


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are about to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. In prepared remarks published ahead of the testimony, all four CEOs argued that their compani...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Cook, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, US, Trends


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


The CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are set to testify before Congress in a historic antitrust hearing next week. Here's what's at stake for each company. (GOOG, APPL, AMZN, FB)

The tech CEOs of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook will appear before Congress in a first-of-its-kind hearing on Wednesday. They'll be testifying as part of an antitrust investigation into the dominance of digital platforms that has been running since last June. The CEOs, who will likely appear remotely over video, will have to defend the growing power of their tech companies to skeptical lawmakers. Here's why each CEO has been asked to appear, the types of questions they will likely be aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, John Lewis, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington Post, Youtube, China, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos


How Will Brands Invest Social Ad Budgets Pulled from the Facebook Boycott?

Facebook is in the midst of a boycott by some large advertisers during this month of July 2020. While Facebook’s stock price hit an all-time high on July 7th, one of the key boycott dates, all is not sunny in Menlo Park. A meeting that same day between Mark Zuckerberg and his team, with key civil rights organizations did not go particularly well. Facebook shared an audit they commissioned, from which The New York Times pulled the line: “With less than five months before a presidential electio...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, India, Seo, United States, New York Times, Gizmodo, Forrester, Social Advertising, Social Media Advertising, Media Buying, Menlo Park


Roger Stone Was Pumping Up Himself, Wikileaks With Dozens Of Fake Facebook Accounts

Roger Stone and his associates were behind dozens of fake Facebook accounts that coordinated their activity and boosted his work and political priorities, Facebook said Wednesday. The accounts, including Stone’s personal profiles, have been removed from the platform. The Stone network was faulted for breaking Facebook’s rule against “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Facebook said in a press release. In all, the take-down affected 54 Facebook accounts, 50 Pages, and 4 Instagram accounts. Sto...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, News, Instagram, Congress, Washington Post, US, Wikileaks, Doj, Roger Stone, Instagram Facebook, Stone, Leonidas, Robert Mueller, Amy Berman Jackson, Matt Shuham


Jeff Bezos' fortune just surpassed $171 billion. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.4 trillion company and became the world's richest man. (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth just reached a new high of $171.6 billion. Bezos founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Bezos has gone from a New York hedge-funder to the richest man in the world, but in the process, he's weathered a high-profile divorce and hacking scandal, faced antitrust scrutiny from lawmakers, and everything in between.  These days, Bezos is focused on making Amazon more climate-friendly, growing...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Iran, Intel


Amazon will rename a Seattle sports stadium 'Climate Pledge Arena' after buying the naming rights (AMZN)

Amazon has purchased the naming rights to a Seattle sports arena, renaming it "Climate Pledge Arena."  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Instagram Thursday that the company chose not to name it Amazon Arena so that the name would serve "as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action." Bezos said the arena will be the first "net zero carbon certified arena in the world" and will generate zero waste from its operations or its events. The hockey ice will also use reclaimed rainwate...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, NFL, Trends, Paul Allen, Nba, Seattle Seahawks, NHL, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, WNBA, University of Washington, Bezos


Amazon has renamed a Seattle sports stadium 'Climate Pledge Arena' after buying the naming rights (AMZN)

Amazon has purchased the named rights to a Seattle sports arena, renaming it "Climate Pledge Arena."  The change was announced on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Instagram Thursday, who said the company chose not to name it Amazon Arena so that the name would serve "as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action." Bezos said the arena will be the first "net zero carbon certified arena in the world" and will generate zero waste from its operations or its events. The hockey ice will also use...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, NFL, Trends, Paul Allen, Nba, Seattle Seahawks, NHL, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, WNBA, University of Washington, Bezos


After 4 years of timidity, Facebook and Twitter are finally taking basic steps to curb Trump's worst instincts

Facebook and Twitter are finally taking measures to curb President Donald Trump's most egregious posts on their platforms. The two companies have variously fact-checked, hidden, or added warning labels to posts and ads from the president over the last month. It is a major shift from their earlier hands-off approach. But the action comes after four years of timidity, when the platforms struggled to regulate a president who regularly violates the norms of responsible free speech. Visit Insider's...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Minneapolis, California, Washington Post, Trends, Cnn, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, University of Warwick, Trump, Donald Trump Trump, Karsten, Carlo Schwarz, George Floyd



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