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Report: WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage due to COVID-19 pandemic

Social media usage has grown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis as more users go online to stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues. Now, new data from insights and consulting firm Kantar reveals exactly how much some apps are benefitting. According to a survey of over 25,000 consumers in 30 markets conducted from March 14 to 24, WhatsApp is the social media app that has experienced the greatest gains due to COVID-19. Overall, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage t...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, China, Tech, Spain, Whatsapp, WeChat, Kantar, Klear, Facebook Live, Facebook Messenger Instagram, Overall Facebook, COVID-19, COVID, Weibo Overall Facebook


It’s still easy to find coronavirus mask ads on Facebook

Ads for face masks are still appearing on Facebook, Instagram and Google, according to a review of the platforms carried out by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP). This despite pledges by the platforms that they would stamp out ads which seek to profit from the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook said on March 6 that it would temporarily ban commerce listings and advertisements for medical face masks, in an effort to combat price-gouging and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis. Google ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Mask, Ftc, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Mark Warner, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Page


The best video chat apps to turn social distancing into distant socializing

The vicissitudes of social distancing have taken many people by surprise, making video calls a new necessity for distant socializing. But which of the two dozen apps out there should you and your (perhaps not as tech-savvy) friends and family use? Here are our recommendations, whether it’s for a coffee meeting, a family get-together, or a late night gaming hangout. This list is for individuals looking for a free solution to easily connect with others, not for small businesses or enterprises. The...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Squad, Marco Polo, Skype, Video Chat, Video Conferencing, Video Calling


MEITY asks social media platforms to curb misinformation about COVID-19

As misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic becomes abundant on social media platforms, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has urged social media platforms to “take immediate action to disable /remove such content hosted on their platforms on [a] priority basis”.  390 people in India have tested positive for the virus, which has so […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, India, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Coronavirus


WhatsApp tests new feature to fight misinformation: Search the web

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms on the planet, is testing a feature that could make it simpler for its 2 billion users to tell whether the assertion made in messages they have received is true. In the recent most beta version of its Android app, the Facebook-owned service has given users the ability to quickly comb through the web with the text or video they have received for more context. WhatsApp has been testing this feature in some capacity for several ...
Tags: Android, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Tech, Whatsapp, World Health Organization, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Covid19


The value of conversation over interruption in an ad-free future

Social media advertising is getting expensive. Organic social has been proclaimed “dead” for a long time in the social industry. And it’s true that very little social marketing is now done without a paid media strategy to back it. If you want to appear in the news feed, it’s pay to play. A 2019 study found that 85% of marketers are concerned about the rising costs of Facebook ads and last year Facebook cost per mille rates grew a massive 90%. It’s no wonder that UK social advertising spend was u...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Seo, Adidas, Whatsapp, Netflix, Reddit, Starbucks, Telegraph, Messaging Apps, Thought Leadership, Ad Spend


Nando's-inspired sex slang used by girls as young as 10

Data based on texts of 50,000 children suggests ‘peri peri’ and ‘coleslaw’ not as innocent as parents may thinkIf a child texts about enjoying “peri peri” or “coleslaw”, parents may be unnerved to discover they might not be talking about a family meal out.An internet safety service that has monitored the online interactions of more than 50,000 children has discovered that girls as young as 10 are using code words drawn from the Nando’s restaurant menu to obscure explicit sexual conversations. Co...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Young People, Internet Safety, Nando, Nando 's


Nandos-inspired sex slang used by girls as young as 10

Data based on texts of 50,000 children suggests ‘peri peri’ and ‘coleslaw’ not as innocent as parents may thinkIf a child texts about enjoying “peri peri” or “coleslaw”, parents may be unnerved to discover they might not be talking about a family meal out.An internet safety service which has monitored the online interactions of over 50,000 children has discovered that girls as young as 10 are using code words drawn from the Nando’s restaurant menu to obscure explicit sexual conversations. Contin...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Nandos, Nando 's


Facebook’s ARPU grows 13.6% QoQ; 8% YoY increase in monthy users

Facebook increased MAUs by 8% YoY to 2.5 billion globally, and increased DAUs by 2.4% YoY to 1.6 billion, which was led by growth in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. ARPU increased to $8.25 in Q4FY19, from $7.26 in the previous quarter. Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp together had 2.2 billion DAUs and 2.89 billion […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Whatsapp, Philippines, Earnings, Libra, India Indonesia, Facebook Messenger Instagram, Earnings Dec-19, Whatsapp Pay


Watch Out, Opportunity, Mark Zuckerberg Is About to Fuck You Up

On Thursday, Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg published his annual New Year’s resolution list. Last year, he promised to hold a series of public talks on issues posed by the tech industry (and boy, did he ever). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, E Commerce, Decentralizing Opportunity


FACEBOOK IS DOING JUST FINE, OK?

Keeping a brisk pace in its eternal quest to be as headache-inducing as possible, Facebook announced on Monday that it has rebranded as FACEBOOK.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Instagram, Privacy, Social Media, Brands, Whatsapp, Antitrust, Oculus, Branding, Caps Lock Is Cruise Control For Cool


Facebook rebrands to make its ‘monopoly’ more obvious across apps

Facebook has a new look -- no, not that Facebook, Facebook the company. The change is designed to differentiate the company from the network, as well as make Facebook's ownership of other apps more obvious.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Whatsapp, Facebook Facebook, Facebook acquisition


Virtual clans

Virtual clannish behaviour can be observed in a number of ways, but probably most overtly in the subtly distinctive ways in which people use their mobile phones. Members of the mobile tribe can be divided into at least two clans. One clan can be observed holding their mobile phones to their ears whilst another group tend to stare at their devices.This is the audio message clan and the text message clan. The former continue to conceive of the mobile phone as having the same functionality of the ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Learning, Identity, Youtube, Digital, Whatsapp, Community, Flickr, eLearning, Virtual, Facebookers, Tribes, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Clans


Most Americans Don’t Know That Instagram Is Owned by Facebook

Facebook is facing multiple antitrust investigations at federal and state levels, probing issues including whether it has used its ownership of Instagram and WhatsApp to anticompetitive advantage. But the majority of regular Americans aren’t actually aware that the social giant owns both Instagram and WhatsApp. That’s according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Whatsapp, Pew Research Center


Will fake news wreck the coming general election?

Have the social media giants cleaned up their act since the scandals of 2016? We give the big names a healthcheckThe next general election campaign has already started. We do not know the date of the vote, but we know that one is coming – and so do Britain’s political parties, which have been steadily stepping up their spending in the largely unregulated world of online advertising. In the last 90 days, the .The fact that we even know those figures shows how far we’ve come in the past few years...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Instagram, Youtube, US, Social Media, Whatsapp, Britain, Digital Media, Politics And Technology, Electoral Commission


Boost Your Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp Privacy Settings Now

The battle over your online privacy could get a lot messier very soon.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Instagram, Privacy, Social Networks, Whatsapp, Lifehacks, Facebook Instagram


Attorney General William Barr wants to backdoor Facebook's WhatsApp

Disgraced Trump administration Attorney General William Barr and his counterparts in the British and Australian governments plan to push Facebook for an encryption backdoor for WhatsApp and other messaging platforms (perhaps ?). The move would break the end-to-end crypto offered by WhatsApp, and give government investigators and law enforcement access to communications that for now are effectively secret. BuzzFeed News first reported on Mr. Barr’s draft of the letter, dated October 4, which...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, UK, News, Instagram, US, Ukraine, Whatsapp, Encryption, New York Times, Crypto, Backdoor, Donald Trump, Peter Dutton, Justice Department


Britons increasingly fearful of internet risks, Ofcom research shows

Support for regulation grows as 78% express concern over harmful experiencesBritish people are increasingly fearful of the risks posed by the internet, prompting greater support for more regulation following recent headlines about the theft of personal data and abusive online behaviour.Research by the media regulator Ofcom found 78% of Britons expressed unprompted concerns about potentially harmful online experiences, a substantial rise from the previous year. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Ofcom, Internet Safety


Indonesia restricts WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram usage following deadly riots

Indonesia is the latest nation to hit the hammer on social media after the government restricted the use of WhatsApp and Instagram following deadly riots yesterday. Numerous Indonesia-based users are today reporting difficulties sending multimedia messages via WhatsApp, which is one of the country’s most popular chat apps, and posting content to Facebook, while the hashtag #instagramdown is trending among the country’s Twitter users due to problems accessing the Facebook-owned photo app. W...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Indonesia, Government, India, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Whatsapp, Software, President, Joko Widodo, Sri Lanka, Presidential Election


Chat app Line is adding Snap-style disappearing stories

Facebook cloning Snap to death may be old news, but others are only just following suit. Line, the Japanese messaging app that’s popular in Asia, just became the latest to clone Snap’s ephemeral story concept. The company announced today that it is adding stories that disappear after 24-hours to its timeline feature, a social network like feed that sits in its app, and user profiles. The update is rolling out to users now and the concept is very much identical to Snap, Instagram and others...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Asia, Japan, Media, Instagram, Indonesia, Social Media, Tech, Taiwan, Whatsapp, Software, Thailand, United States, Computing


Facebook Has So Many Apps, It's Killing One You Didn't Know Existed

Instagram is reportedly killing off its direct message app. And the most surprising thing about this is that—Instagram has a direct message app?Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Privacy, Snapchat, Whatsapp, One App To Rule Them All


World leaders, tech execs pledge to curb online violence

By Sylvie Corbet and Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies joined a dozen countries in a global pledge Wednesday to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks. World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron and tech executives gathered in Paris to compile a set of guidelines dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were kill...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, France, White House, US, Sport, European Union, Whatsapp, Soccer, Paris, New Zealand, John Kerry, Christchurch


Facebook cofounder calls for company to break up over 'unprecedented' power

Chris Hughes wrote in the New York Times Facebook’s acquisition of rival platforms has given Zuckerberg ‘un-American’ controlA cofounder of Facebook has called for the government to break up the company, warning that Mark Zuckerberg’s power is “unprecedented and un-American”.Chris Hughes, who helped established Facebook after meeting Zuckerberg at Harvard, wrote in the New York Times that Facebook’s acquisition of rival platforms had given Zuckerberg unparalleled power over speech and that, from...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Harvard, New York Times, Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg, New York Times Facebook, Facebook Zuckerberg


Facebook co-founder calls for company to break up over 'unprecedented' power

Chris Hughes wrote in the New York Times Facebook’s acquisition of rival platforms has given Zuckerberg ‘un-American’ controlA co-founder of Facebook has called for the government to break-up the company, warning that Mark Zuckerberg’s power is “unprecedented and un-American”.Chris Hughes, who helped established Facebook after meeting Zuckerberg at Harvard University, wrote in the New York Times that Facebook’s acquisition of rival platforms had given Zuckerberg unparalleled power over speech. C...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, World news, US news, Whatsapp, Harvard University, New York Times, Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg, New York Times Facebook


Bubble-driven boom in M&As hides steep costs long-term

Sridhar Vembu Contributor Sridhar Vembu is the co-founder and CEO of Zoho Corporation. Sridhar initially founded AdventNet in 1996 and became its CEO in 2000. Prior to AdventNet, Sridhar worked as a wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm, Inc. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University. Driven by ultra-easy central bank policy, global merger and acq...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Tech, Walmart, Bloomberg, Amazon Prime, Whatsapp, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Kevin Systrom, Wall Street Journal, Mike Krieger


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


India’s Times Internet isn’t ceding ground to US rivals Facebook and Google

The aggressive push by Silicon Valley companies and Chinese firms to win India, one of the last great growth markets, has decimated many local businesses in recent years. With each passing day, Amazon is closing in on Walmart-owned Flipkart’s lead on the e-commerce space. Uber is fighting with Ola for the tentpole position of the ride-hailing market; and Google and Facebook dominate the ads business, to name a few. But a handful of companies in India have not only survived the growing competitio...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Uber, Asia, Media, Instagram, India, US, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Whatsapp, Colombia, Tencent


Facebook takes its Portal international, adds WhatsApp, Facebook Live support

At its F8 developer conference, Facebook today announced that it is launching its Portal video chat hardware internationally by bringing it to Canada and a select number of European countries, too. This roll-out will begin in June. In the U.S., Portal sells for $199 and $349, depending on the screen size. The company did not announce international pricing. Portal originally only launched in the U.S. for  As the company’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted during his F8 keynote today, th...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, Canada, United States, Operating Systems, Facebook Live, Zuckerberg, WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook F8, F8 2019


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


Why Social Media Going Dark in Sri Lanka Isn't as Simple as You Think

Few countries on Earth have a relationship with Facebook that’s quite as complicated as Sri Lanka’s.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Earth, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Sri Lanka, Misinformation



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