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Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Competition, Netflix, House, Antitrust

Facebook signs deals with labels for music videos: Report

In a significant development for Facebook’s music business, the company has just signed music video deals with Warner, Sony and Universal, the three largest labels in the world, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, the company wrote to artists saying that their music videos would be automatically added to their pages, and if they chose not to do so, the company would set a page for those videos on its own. The deal with the big three labels seems to pave the way for the social media company to...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Spotify, Music, News, Instagram, India, Bloomberg, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Saregama, Facebook Watch, In India Facebook, Zee Music, Warner Sony

Lawyer files PIL in Madras HC seeking pre-censorship of social media, OTT platforms

Advocate K Suthan on Monday a PIL in the Madras High Court asking for a pre-censorship authority for social media and OTT platforms. The Times of India first reported on the petition. Six other high courts have heard cases asking for censorship of streaming services, and those courts have largely either dismissed the cases or deferred hearing on them as a similar case is pending before the Supreme Court. Suthan’s case stands out for its inclusion of user-generated content in the demanded scope...
Tags: Travel, News, Instagram, Censorship, Social Media, Netflix, Hindu, Tamil Nadu, Médias, YouTube Channel, Madras, Times of India, Muruga, YouTube Facebook, Petitioner, Madras High Court

‘Company size doesn’t prevent competition’, Zuckerberg to argue at antitrust hearing

“Facebook is a successful company now, but we got there the American way: we started with nothing and provided better products that people find valuable. As I understand our laws, companies aren’t bad just because they are big. Many large companies that fail to compete cease to exist,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell lawmakers at an antitrust hearing on Wednesday, according to prepared remarks released to the public. “We know that our future success is not guaranteed, especially in a ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, China, US, America, Competition, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos

Recipes from Expats in Positano

The joy that comes from cooking and sharing meals is a staple of Italian daily life. During the long days of quarantine on the Amalfi Coast, time together over lunch and dinner was often the highlight of the days for many families. In fact, in the early days of quarantine the only thing you might find the stores running short on in Amalfi was flour and yeast. Suddenly, there was the time to make homemade bread and pasta where there wasn’t before. It was during those days that I espe...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Food & Drink, Amalfi Coast, Amalfi, Positano, Don, Rosi, Elisabeth, Nicki, Italian food, Blue Star, Leni, Positano Along, Amalfi Coast Books, Elisabeth Sommer

Instagram is testing a ‘Personal Fundraiser’ feature

Instagram today announced a new tool for personal fundraisers. The company says it’s beginning a small test of the feature, which will allow users to link directly to a fundraiser from their profile page. The test will initially run in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland on Android, followed by iOS. While users can choose to either start a cause or supporting an existing one, Instagram says all fundraisers will be first vetted to ensure they meet the existing guidelines and rules. These rules include a l...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Instagram, Ireland, U S U K, Donation Stickers for Stories

Pakistan bans Bigo, issues ‘final warning’ to TikTok over vulgar content

Pakistan on Monday banned Chinese live-streaming app Bigo and issued “final warning” to short video app TikTok over “obscene” and “immoral” content on these platforms. The “final warning” means that the Bytedance-owned app will have to put in place a “comprehensive mechanism to control obscenity, vulgarity and immorality” on its platform. We have reached out to Bigo and TikTok for comment. Press Release: Number of complaints had been received from different segments of the society against immor...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, China, India, Pakistan, Reddit, Helo, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Madras High Court, PUBG, Bigo, Tiktok

Copyright society IPRS announces licensing deal with Facebook

The Indian Performing Rights Society, which represents many Indian musicians, has signed a licensing deal with Facebook to allow its members’ content to be used by users on Facebook and Instagram, the social media company on Monday. “People will now be able to choose music from the IPRS repertoire with hundreds and thousands of songs, to add in their own videos they share on Facebook and Instagram, as well as other social features like Music Stickers on Stories,” Facebook said in its statement...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Music, News, Instagram, India, Royalty, Instagram Instagram, Stories Facebook, Indian Performing Rights Society, Instagram Reels, Iprs

Instagram Reels to release in over 50 countries, including US, Mexico: Report

Instagram Reels, Facebook’s TikTok-like short video platform, is releasing in over fifty markets after testing in a few countries, NBC reported Thursday. Reels was released in India days after the government banned TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese apps. Facebook confirmed that Reels was coming to the US. In a statement, the company told us, “We’re excited to bring Reels to more countries, including the US, in early August. The community in our test countries has shown so much creativity in sh...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Nbc, Mexico, Germany, India, US, Inmobi, Roposo, Brazil France, Tiktok, Instagram Reels, Instagram Reels Facebook, Instagram Reels in India Facebook

Instagram Photos July 2020

Since the lockdown has been lifted in Paris in June, I’ve been walking a lot more and taking new photos.   If you still haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, here are my handles.  @eyepreferparis      @parisian_doors   @literal_streetart   Street arts  Paris rooftops Saint Germain Big Scissor Pont Marie Shadow sidewalk Fresh summer fruits and vegetables  Green door Seine River Le Marais Paris flower shop Hotel de Sens Ca...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, France, Paris, John, John Baxter, Île Saint Louis, Richard Nahem, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Seine River Le Marais Paris, Hotel de Sens Carnavalet Museum Window

Brand Moves for Tuesday July 14

Twenty weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Instagram, Washington, China, Advertising, NFL, Nike, Mit, Chicago, Harvard, Manchester, Roger Goodell, Tripadvisor, Washington Redskins, Pepsico

Google announces partnerships with CBSE, Prasar Bharati

Google on Monday announced partnerships with the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Skill & Education wing and Prasar Bharati, the government’s public broadcasting wing that runs Doordarshan. “By the end of 2020, we will enable over 1 million teachers in 22,000 schools across India to deliver blended learning that combines the classroom approach with online learning, using free tools like G Suite for Education, Google Classroom, YouTube and more,” Sapna Chadha, Google’s Senior Country Market...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, US, New Delhi, CBSE, Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan, Kaivalya Education Foundation, COVID, Google for India, CBSE Prasar Bharati, G Suite for Education Google Classroom YouTube

Top 10 stories of the week: July 6th to July 12th 2020

In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 12th July 2020 MediaNama would like to thank its sponsors: , for their support. Week after ‘Chinese’ app ban, Indian govt launches ‘Atmanirbhar’ app innovation challenge Within a week of banning 59 ‘Chinese’ apps, the Indian government on July 4 launched an ‘app innovation challenge’, involving cash rewards and other incentives, to promote existing Indian apps, and help in the development of new apps. Read it here Fac...
Tags: Travel, Home, Facebook, Hong Kong, UK, News, Instagram, Australia, China, India, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ministry, UK Australia, ClearView, CBSE

It’s clear, Indian short video apps are betting on their ‘Indianness’, but who’ll come out on top?

The clones are coming in fast: it has only been about ten days since TikTok was last accessible in India, but even in that short period of time, the short video space in the country has been in a frenzy. While the “Indian” alternatives have gained a sizeable user base ever since TikTok was banned, it remains to be seen if any of these apps will be able to match TikTok’s recommendation algorithm, or the network effects, which played a crucial role in TikTok’s success in the first place. There is ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play Store, Facebook, News, Instagram, China, India, Pakistan, Play Store, App Store, MoJ, Google Trends, Cnbc, Roposo, Gaana

Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to Roger Stone, Bazilian President Bolsonaro

Facebook took down four networks that engaged in misinformation in the US, Brazil, Ukraine, and Latin and Central Americas, including a network linked to Trump aide Roger Stone and another linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Except for the network that targeted people in Latin and Central Americas, all the other three networks targeted domestic audiences. Two of the four networks used advertising/PR firms, while the American and Brazilian networks were linked to people associated with ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Florida, News, Instagram, India, US, Ukraine, Canada, Egypt, Nato, Pakistan, Chile, Middle East, Crimea, Brazil

Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to Roger Stone, Brazilian President Bolsonaro

Facebook took down four networks that engaged in misinformation in the US, Brazil, Ukraine, and Latin and Central Americas, including a network linked to Trump aide Roger Stone and another linked to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Except for the network that targeted people in Latin and Central Americas, all the other three networks targeted domestic audiences. Two of the four networks used advertising/PR firms, while the American and Brazilian networks were linked to people associated with ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Florida, News, Instagram, India, US, Ukraine, Canada, Egypt, Nato, Pakistan, Chile, Middle East, Crimea, Brazil

Ban or no ban, Facebook wins in U.S. threats against TikTok

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, France, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Cnn, United States, Tencent, Brazil

Indian Army bans personnel from using 89 apps including Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, Truecaller, and PUBG: Reports

The Indian Army has directed its personnel to delete at least 89 apps, ranging from social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to Tinder, to even blogging sites like Reddit and “private blogs”, news agency ANI reported. Popular gaming apps such as PUBG are also included, and even apps developed by Indian companies, such as ShareChat, is banned. Truecaller has also been banned. The list contains broad categories such as “all Tencent gaming apps”, suggesting that more than 89 apps have bee...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Hike, News, Instagram, Tinder, India, Snapchat, Army, Tencent, Reddit, Truecaller, Facebook Instagram, Times of India, Indian Army, Ani

With the clock ticking against TikTok, Facebook expands Instagram Reels to India

Within ten days of TikTok’s ban in India, Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will start testing Instagram’s short video service, Reels, in the country. The company was already testing the service in Brazil, Germany and France. Reels’ is similar to TikTok, and will be integrated within the Instagram app. “People can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects and new creative tools”, just that users will have different ways to share their creations: “With their followers ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, Gaana, Times Internet, India China, India Facebook, Lasso, Brazil Germany, Tiktok, TikTok Facebook, TikTok Instagram, Chingari, France Reels

Facebook ties up with CBSE for courses on Instagram use and AR; MediaNama’s take

Facebook has partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education to offer courses on digital safety, Instagram use, and Augmented Reality (AR). CBSE announced the partnership in a circular on Saturday. The AR course will train teachers (who will then train students) on how to use Facebook’s own Spark AR Studio software. The courses’ terms and conditions say that the implementation will be done by the Startup Village Collective (SV.CO), a Bangalore-based private company which already has a pa...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Education, Workplace, India, Digital, Social Media, Augmented Reality, New Delhi, Bangalore, Gujarat, CBSE, Medianama, Workplace Facebook

Microsoft removed ads from Facebook and Instagram starting May: Report

Microsoft suspended advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the US in May until August, and recently expanded that to a global suspension, reported Axios. Unlike other advertisers who have joined an ad boycott against Facebook, Microsoft was concerned about where its ads will appear. According to Microsoft, examples of inappropriate content includes hate speech, pornography, terrorist content, etc. Microsoft had also pulled ads from YouTube over similar concerns, but eventually restored the ads...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Reddit, Donald Trump, Hersheys, Facebook Microsoft, Anti Defamation League ADL, Starbucks Coca Cola, Ford Adidas HP Unilever

5 ways to get the word out about your new side hustle

If you want to attract customers, then you'll need to be proactive about telling the world what makes your products or services special.It's hard to point to just one issue that's holding 89 percent of people with side businesses back from earning more than $1,000 per month, but failure to drum up significant demand likely plays a significant role. To start, you'd do well to experiment with social media marketing, maximizing customer reviews, receiving referrals, making the most of the marketing...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Business, Pinterest, Instagram, Steve Jobs, Marketing, Facebook Messenger, Innovation, Tripadvisor, Freelance, Gig Economy, Side Hustle, WiseStamp

Facebook will label hateful content by politicians; MediaNama’s take

Facebook will finally start labelling content from politicians that, despite being newsworthy, violates it content policies, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday in a Facebook Live session. Content that may lead to violence or suppresses voting, even it is by politicians, will be removed by Facebook. This announcement came almost a month after Twitter and Facebook chalked out drastically different policies on how to deal with hate speech by politicians, including US President Donald Trump. On...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nazis, India, Advertising, BJP, US, Unilever, Hate Speech, Delhi, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg

German top court orders Facebook to stop harvesting user data

Germany’s top court, on Tuesday, that Facebook abused its market position by illegally harvesting user data from multiple sources in the country, directing the company to comply to a similar decision which was made by the country’s antitrust watchdog last year. The ruling essentially prohibits the company from processing users’ data that it collects from its own services such as WhatsApp and Instagram, and other third-party websites and apps, without their consent, thus dealing a potential blo...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Germany, Bloomberg, Dusseldorf, Canada, New York Times, Antitrust, Data Privacy

Chirs Burkard photography tips

Adventure photographer and now filmmaker Chris Burkard is living the dream. The California native has traveled the world on assignment for publications like National Geographic, recently released a coffee table book documenting Iceland’s glacial rivers and the fight to protect them, and just debuted a new film, Unnur, at the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival. Burkard first made his name in the surf world, interning with Transworld Surf and selling shots to other publications in that space. From the...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, California, Iceland, National Geographic, All, Matador Network, Adventure Photography, Oceanside, Chris Burkard, Sony Alpha, Transworld, Burkard, Adventure Photographer, Madalin Olariu Shutterstock, WildernessChris Burkard

Canva raises $60 million on a $6 billion valuation

Sydney-based Canva, the design platform for non-designers, has today announced the close of a $60 million funding round, bringing its valuation to $6 billion, according to the company. The startup has raised a total of more than $300 million, including this latest round of financing, from investors like Bond, General Catalyst, Sequoia, Felicis Ventures, and Blackbird Ventures . Canva COO and cofounder Cliff Obrecht explained that the round was 10x oversubscribed with interest from angels an...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Instagram, Funding, Sydney, Sequoia Capital, Canva, Google Classroom, Dropbox Google, Blackbird Ventures, FedEx Office, Google Slides, Obrecht, Sequoia Capital China

Gramercy Tavern chef talks support

In the first week of June, when Black Lives Matter protesters flooded the streets with their grief and anger, megaphones pointed at the sky demanding that their country finally treat them with humanity and compassion, a much quieter movement swept social media. On Instagram, lists of Black-owned restaurants went viral. Non-Black and white restaurant owners expressed support for the protests, and promised “solidarity” with the Black Lives Matter movement in so-called blackout posts. While the...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Restaurants, Black Lives Matter, Black, Louisville, All, Ruth, Ben Jerry, KQED, Fort Lee New Jersey, The Black Lives Matter, On Instagram, Non Black, Sonya Renee Taylor, Black Owned Businesses

Facebook refuses to share ad revenue with Australia news orgs, says news content is “highly substitutable”: Report

Facebook has said that pulling news sharing from the platform would not significantly impact its business while maintaining that there it shares a ‘healthy rivalry’ with news organisations, The Guardian. It rejected Australia’s anti-trust regulator’s proposal to share ad revenue with news organisations. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been tasked with developing a mandatory code of conduct to address commercial arrangements between digital platforms and news media busine...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, Australia, Josh Frydenberg, ACCC, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australian Press Council, Newsw, Digital News Council

Facebook lifts ban on non-medical face mask ads

Facebook will now allow ads for non-medical face masks, allowing third-party sellers to sell non-medical masks, including those that are homemade or handmade, in organic posts, ads and commerce listings on Facebook and Instagram, as it partially lifted its ban on mask ads. The company will still maintain a temporary ban on selling medical masks, such as surgical or N95 masks, to prevent people from exploiting the pandemic for financial gain. The company had first ads selling face masks in Marc...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, News, Instagram, India, Coronavirus

‘Social media sites need to stop outsourcing online content moderation,’ says an NYU report

A report on content moderation by New York University recommends that content moderation, which is central to the work of all social media platforms, must no longer be outsourced but be included within the main fold of the platforms. In terms of numbers, 15,000 workers, majority of those employed by third-party vendors, moderate Facebook and Instagram; 10,000 moderators moderate YouTube and other Google products; Twitter has 1,500 moderators. As per the report, published by Professor Paul M. Bar...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, News, Instagram, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Kenya, Myanmar, Rohingya, Silicon Valley, Ucla

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