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Messenger launches a new chat plugin for business websites to reach non-Facebook customers

Facebook is making it easier for businesses to leverage its Messenger service on their own websites. The company in November 2017 first launched a new customer chat plugin which allowed customers to talk directly with a business on the business’s own website using the Messenger service. However, that plugin had required the website visitors to be logged into Facebook, limiting adoption. Today, that’s changing, Facebook says. The prior version of the plugin may have worked for smaller businesses ...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Soma Toth, WooCommerce ManyChat, Haravan


WhatsApp pilots new feature to fight misinformation: Search the web

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms on the planet, has rolled out a new feature in select markets that makes it easier for users to verify whether the assertions made in messages they have received on the app are true. The Facebook -owned service has enabled users in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US to click on a magnifying glass-shaped icon next to frequently forwarded messages — those that have been forwarded at least five times — to search the w...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, US, Tech, Whatsapp, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid19, Brazil Italy Ireland Mexico Spain UK


Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe

Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads. In an SEC filing, reported on earlier by the New York Times, Twitter revealed it received the draft complaint from the FTC late last month. The activity the regulator is complaining about is alleged to have taken...
Tags: Travel, Security, Social, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Florida, Privacy, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Joe Biden, Data Breach, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates


Daily Crunch: Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality

A possible Microsoft -TikTok acquisition is causing plenty of drama, we review Google’s new budget Pixel and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns to Earth. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 3, 2020. Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality This weekend, Microsoft confirmed reports that it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, the popular mobile video app currently owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It sounds like the outcome of those talks may ultimately have less to do with Microsoft and m...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Spacex, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Policy, Netflix, United States, Treasury, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump


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


Facebook launches commerce and connectivity-focused accelerator programs

Facebook launched two 12-week accelerator programs for startups on Monday as the social juggernaut looks for new ideas and solutions to expand its commerce and connectivity efforts. Facebook’s Commerce Accelerator will select 60 startups from the EMEA and LATAM regions for the program, the company said. The startups that make the cut will explore building shopping solutions to drive commerce inside Facebook’s family of apps. “Our goal is to make shopping seamless and empower anyone from an en...
Tags: Social, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Accelerator, Tech, Commerce, World Bank, OECD, Connectivity, EMEA, Huang, Startup Programs


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


TikTok says it’s “not planning on going anywhere” in response to pending U.S. ban

TikTok’s U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas has posted a video message to the platform that appears to be a response to reports from Friday that President Trump is working on an effective “ban” of the app in the U.S., a plan he shared with reporters from the White House pool on board Air Force One. Whether or not he’s even able to do this remains an open question, but in the meantime TikTok seems keen to reassure U.S. users it doesn’t intend to change its operational plans in response to ...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Tech, Software, United States, President, Computing, Donald Trump, Adware, Executive, Trump


What brands need to do if they want to break up with Facebook

Sean Clayton Contributor A 15-year digital media veteran, Sean Clayton connects brands with the data-driven intelligence solutions they need to drive growth. With more than 90 major advertisers and counting announcing plans to dump Facebook, a significant question lingers: Where will brands go next for their digital marketing needs? The case for the breakup is clear: Brands want to distance themselves from third-party business practices that do not align with...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Media, Opinion, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Google Facebook


Daily Crunch: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack

Three arrests are made following this month’s celebrity Twitter hack, Microsoft may be working to acquire TikTok’s U.S. business and Facebook launches licensed music videos. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 31, 2020. The big story: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack In a hack earlier this month, high-profile Twitter accounts like Apple, Elon Musk, Barack Obama and Joe Biden were compromised and posted messages promoting a cryptocurrency scheme. Now an investigation by the FBI and Departme...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Microsoft, China, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Hack, Fbi, Ford, Genomics, Helix, Department Of Justice, Nih


The leading arguments for a Microsoft-TikTok tie-up

Here they are, ranked by how much weight we put behind them:  
Tags: Social, Startups, Microsoft, Tech


Florida teen accused of being ‘mastermind’ behind celebrity Twitter hack

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren announced today that he has filed 30 felony charges against a 17-year-old resident of Tampa, Florida, who was described by the state attorney’s office as “the mastermind of the recent hack of Twitter .” The hack in question occurred earlier this month and involved high-profile Twitter users like Apple, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Barack Obama, whose accounts all posted messages promoting a Bitcoin wallet and claiming, “All Bitcoin sent to the address belo...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Florida, Developer, Barack Obama, Tech, Policy, Warren, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U S Department of Justice, Tampa Florida, Andrew Warren, Hillsborough State, Elon Musk Joe Biden


Facebook will launch officially licensed music videos in the US starting this weekend

Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported, as well as introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch. The changes, which will go into effect starting this weekend, will allow Facebook users to discover, watch and share music videos from a wide range of artists, including, for example, Anitta, Blake Shelton, Bob Marley, Diplo, Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Ma...
Tags: Social, Videos, Facebook, Video, Music, Media, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, US, Tech, Thailand, Artists, Facebook Live, Facebook Page


Twitter finally bans former KKK leader, David Duke

Twitter has confirmed it has permanently banned the account of David Duke, former leader of white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan. Duke had operated freely on its platform for years — amassing a following of around 53k and recently tweeting his support for president Trump to be re-elected. Now his @DrDavidDuke account page leads to an ‘account suspension’ notification (screengrabbed below). A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the ban on Duke is permanent, emailing u...
Tags: Social, Twitter, UK, Washington, US, Tech, Kkk, Jack Dorsey, Hate Speech, Duke, Trump, David Duke, Donald Trump Jr, Twitter HQ, Ku Klux Klan Duke, Coronavirus


Study: US adults who mostly rely on social media for news are less informed, exposed to more conspiracies

A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like TV, radio and news publications. The top-level finding, according to Pew, is that social media news consumers tend to follow the news less closely and end up less informed on several key subjects. That seems to reinforce a belief that many people alrea...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Media, US, Tech, Pew, Trump, Pew Research, COVID, Pew Research Pew


Zuckerberg unconvincingly feigns ignorance of data-sucking VPN scandal

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appeared less than entirely truthful at today’s House Judiciary hearing, regarding last year’s major Onavo controversy, in which his company paid teenagers to use a VPN app that reported detailed data on their internet use. Though he may not have outright lied about it, his answers were evasive and misleading enough to warrant a rushed clarification shortly afterward. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) was asking Zuckerberg to confirm a series events last year first reported ...
Tags: Apple, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Tech, House, Vpn, Warner, Johnson, Zuckerberg, Hank Johnson, Facebook research, Onavo, Facebook Naturally, Facebook Research App


After ad revenue drop, Twitter tells investors it’s eyeing subscription options

After reporting that showed a marked dip in ad revenue, Twitter has said its exploring alternatives — dangling the possibility of a subscription option. Earlier today the social media giant reported ad revenues of $562M, down almost a quarter (23%) on a year ago — saying that the pandemic and “civil unrest” leading many advertisers to pause campaigns had both contributed to the decline. While the US, its biggest market, saw a drop of 25% in ad spend. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told investors i...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Privacy, Advertising Tech, California, US, Social Media, Tech, Cnn, United States, Jack Dorsey, Subscription Services, Dorsey


TikTok unveils $200 million fund for U.S. creators

TikTok today announced a $200 million fund, aimed at helping top creators in the U.S. supplement their earnings, and potentially coax the next Charli D’Amelio out of the woodwork. Called the TikTok Creator Fund, the money is aimed at helping “eligible” creators on the platform earn a livelihood, it said. Eligible for now is defined as 18 years or older, meeting a certain (unspecified) baseline for followers, and consistently posting original content that is in line with TikTok’s community gui...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, China, Singapore, India, Disney, US, Tech, Pakistan, House, Cayman Islands, Trump, Tom Cotton, Schumer, Chuck Schumer


Facebook raises its Zoom game, lets Messenger Rooms broadcast via Live

Zoom has run away with the prize in the last few months for becoming the video calling platform of choice for people confined to their homes, whether they are making work calls or friend calls. No one really talks about “Teamsing up” (“Skyping,” perhaps?), or “Hangoutsing” or “Meeting“, or indeed “Roomsing.” But today Facebook added in a new feature to its own contribution to the video chat landscape that should lead, if not immediately to more usage, more engagement when Messenger Rooms does ge...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Video Chat, Facebook Live, Zoom, Houseparty, Facebook Rooms, Messenger Rooms, Groups Pages


Twitter admits hackers accessed DMs of dozens of high-profile accounts

Last week’s hack of over 100 very high-profile Twitter accounts did in fact expose the direct messages of many of those accounts, the company admitted today — including those of an elected official in the Netherlands. The attack saw numerous popular accounts of celebrities and politicians taken over and tweeting a very obvious Bitcoin scam that nevertheless seems to have netted at least six figures. Twitter said that a “coordinated social engineering attack” gave hackers “access to internal s...
Tags: Security, Social, Twitter, Barack Obama, Tech, Joe Biden, Hack, Hacks, Netherlands, Cryptocurrency, Twitter s announcement Twitter


Facebook tests a new Page design with a cleaner layout and no more ‘Like’ button

Facebook is testing a new design for Facebook Pages that will, among other things, remove the “Like” count, offer a cleaner and more readable layout, and make it easier for those who operate Pages to actually use and manage them. These features and others were initially tested with a small percentage of public figures on the mobile app, but are now being expanded to a broader group of Pages. Currently, the public figures involved in the test include actors, authors, creators, and a small h...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Facebook Pages, Tech, Pages, Facebook Having, Facebook Old


Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy theory, banning 7,000 accounts

Twitter announced Tuesday that many accounts spreading the pervasive right-wing conspiracy theory known as QAnon would no longer be welcome on its platform. Citing concerns about “offline harm,” the company explained that it would begin treating QAnon content on the platform differently, removing related topics from its trending pages and algorithmic recommendations and blocking any associated URLs. Twitter also said that it would permanently suspend any accounts tweeting about QAnon that have p...
Tags: Social, TC, Twitter, Washington, Oregon, New York City, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, Republican, Conspiracy Theories, Trump, Misinformation, Ed Mullins, Pizzagate, URLs Twitter


Creating a robust churn-reversal system

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps hire senior growth marketers and finds vetted growth agencies. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor Use accelerated retargeting to increase conversions We’ve aggregated many of the world’s best growth marketer...
Tags: Social, Startups, Column, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Video Ads, Slack, Growth Marketing, Extra Crunch, Julian Shapiro, BellCurve, Growth and Monetization, Matthew Morley


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


Medley, a life and career coaching community for everyone, launches today

As we speak, there are professional networks for women executives, mothers, owners of small and medium-sized businesses, and many more. Medley, a new membership-based community that launches today, is looking to do things a little bit different. Instead of bringing together a specific category of people, the goal of Medley is to connect users with people who aren’t just like them. Founded by mom and daughter duo Edith Cooper and Jordan Taylor, Medley is backed by a variety of angel investo...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Taylor, Foundation Capital, Tim Armstrong, Jordan Taylor, Cooper, Boston Consulting Group, Harvard Business School, Medley, Jen Rubio, Edith Cooper, Jordan Taylor Medley


Pakistan issues ‘final warning’ to TikTok and blocks Bigo app over ‘immoral, obscene, and vulgar content’

TikTok has come under fire in yet another country. Pakistan has blocked Bigo Live streaming app and issued “final warning” to ByteDance’s TikTok over “immoral, obscene, and vulgar content” on the apps. The nation’s telecom authority said it had received a number of complaints from various segments of the society over the nature of videos that circulate on Bigo and ByteDance’s app and how it is impacting “society in general and youth in particular.” Pakistan Telecommunications Authority s...
Tags: Social, Apps, Asia, India, Tech, Beijing, United States, Pakistan, State, KARACHI, Khalid, PTA, Peca, Mike Pompeo, Bytedance, Bigo


Tech watchdog calls on Facebook Oversight Board members to demand real power or resign

A new policy-focused nonprofit that emerged from the recent wave of big tech scrutiny is calling for members of Facebook’s Oversight Board to either step up or step down. In an open letter, Accountable Tech urges the five U.S.-based Facebook Oversight Board members to “demand the Board be given real authority” or quit their positions. “Each of you were selected to serve on this Board because of your outspoken commitment to free expression, human rights, and democratic values,” the letter’s au...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Government, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Trump, Board, Gill, Trump Administration, Oversight Board, Lehrich, Jesse Lehrich, Facebook Oversight Board


Roblox launches Party Place, a private venue for virtual birthday parties and other meetups

The coronavirus pandemic and related government lockdowns have led to a surge in online gaming — particularly on social platforms where people can connect with real-life friends in a virtual venue. We’re already heard of Fortnite birthday parties, Roblox playdates, and Animal Crossing meetups taking place online amid the pandemic. Now, Roblox is launching a new feature called “Party Place” to directly cater to the growing demand among users for a dedicated, private place to host virtual events. ...
Tags: Social, Gaming, Facebook, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Travis Scott, Roblox, Fortnite, Party Place, Coronavirus, Virtual Birthday Parties


Snap turns on Minis, bite-sized third-party apps in Snapchat

A set of mini apps has gone live on Snapchat platform, marking the beginning of a new chapter for Los Angeles-headquartered firm as it aims to emulate aspects of the popular Chinese “super-app” model. Unveiled last month, Snap Minis are lightweight, simplified versions of apps that live within Snap’s Chat section. These apps — built with HTML — are designed to improve engagement among users by enabling them to perform a range of additional tasks without leaving Snap app. Four of the seven “Mi...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, UK, China, India, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Tencent, WeChat, Coachella, Lucas, Paytm


Daily Crunch: More details emerge in Twitter hack

Fallout continues from this week’s big Twitter hack, podcaster Harry Stebbings launches a small VC fund and robots help with sorting the mail. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 17, 2020. The big story: More details emerge in Twitter hack As we recapped in yesterday’s newsletter, a number of high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked earlier this week as part of what appeared to be a cryptocurrency scam. So how bad was it? “We have no evidence that attackers accessed passwords,” the company s...
Tags: Apple, Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Spacex, China, Berlin, Tech, Nasa, Beijing, International Space Station, Memphis, Robinhood, Ron Wyden, Sanlitun