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In blistering audit, civil rights leaders raise alarms about Facebook’s ongoing policy failures thumbnail In blistering audit, civil rights leaders raise alarms about Facebook’s ongoing policy failures thumbnail

In blistering audit, civil rights leaders raise alarms about Facebook’s ongoing policy failures

By 3 days ago

The results of a multiyear investigation into Facebook’s policies and their consequences for the civil liberties of its more than 2.5 billion users are out. The audit, conducted by former ACLU director Laura W. Murphy and lawyers from law firm Relman Colfax set out by collecting concerns from a broad swath of civil rights organizations […]

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Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page thumbnail Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page thumbnail

Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page

By 1 week ago

Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the Stories format. […]

Artlist raises $48M led by KKR for its royalty-free music, video and sound effect library thumbnail Artlist raises $48M led by KKR for its royalty-free music, video and sound effect library thumbnail

Artlist raises $48M led by KKR for its royalty-free music, video and sound effect library

By 2 weeks ago

Like it or loathe it, video has proven to be the most engaging of all mediums across the web, and today a company out of Israel called Artlist — which provides royalty-free libraries of music, sound effects and even video itself to enhance video content — is announcing a significant growth round of $48 million, […]

Privacy not a blocker for “meaningful” research access to platform data, says report thumbnail Privacy not a blocker for “meaningful” research access to platform data, says report thumbnail

Privacy not a blocker for “meaningful” research access to platform data, says report

By 2 weeks ago

European lawmakers are eyeing binding transparency requirements for Internet platforms in a Digital Services Act (DSA) due to be drafted by the end of the year. But the question of how to create governance structures that provide regulators and researchers with meaningful access to data so platforms can be held accountable for the content they’re […]

India approves Facebook’s $5.7 billion deal with Reliance Jio Platforms thumbnail India approves Facebook’s $5.7 billion deal with Reliance Jio Platforms thumbnail

India approves Facebook’s $5.7 billion deal with Reliance Jio Platforms

By 2 weeks ago

India’s antitrust watchdog has given its blessing to Facebook and Reliance Jio Platforms for their $5.7 billion deal. In a statement on Wednesday, the Competition Commission of India said it had approved Facebook’s proposed multi-billion-dollar investment in Jio Platforms for a 9.99% stake in the top Indian telecom network. Jaadhu Holdings LLC, a wholly owned […]

Big outdoor brands join #StopHateForProfit campaign, boycott Facebook and Instagram ads thumbnail Big outdoor brands join #StopHateForProfit campaign, boycott Facebook and Instagram ads thumbnail

Big outdoor brands join #StopHateForProfit campaign, boycott Facebook and Instagram ads

By 3 weeks ago

As corporations fall over themselves to perform their mostly abrupt commitments to racial justice, a few companies are seizing the moment to call out Facebook for its own failings. A handful of the biggest names in outdoor gear have suspended ads across Facebook and Instagram for the month of July as part of #StopHateforProfit, an […]

watchOS 7’s ‘Face Sharing’ feature can help custom watch faces go viral thumbnail watchOS 7’s ‘Face Sharing’ feature can help custom watch faces go viral thumbnail

watchOS 7’s ‘Face Sharing’ feature can help custom watch faces go viral

By 3 weeks ago

Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference this morning announced a much-requested feature for Apple Watch: the ability to customize and share third-party watch faces with others. There are now over 20,000 Watch apps available on the Apple Watch App Store, but what has been missing was the ability to fully use all the data from […]

Capsule’s video Q&A platform helps brands reach their community in the post-COVID era thumbnail Capsule’s video Q&A platform helps brands reach their community in the post-COVID era thumbnail

Capsule’s video Q&A platform helps brands reach their community in the post-COVID era

By 3 weeks ago

A new startup called Capsule has launched a new way for brands to create original video content with their community in the form of Q&As. But unlike a simple Instagram story’s Q&A session, Capsule provides a full platform for designing the Q&A session, branding the content, curating the responses from users and tracking the resulting […]

Have we become too reliant on Big Tech firms? thumbnail Have we become too reliant on Big Tech firms? thumbnail

Have we become too reliant on Big Tech firms?

By 3 weeks ago

Image copyright Keith Ingram Image caption During lockdown Keith Ingram shifted sales to Amazon “We wouldn’t have survived without Amazon,” says Keith Ingram, owner of vinyl records shop Assai Records.When lockdown hit on 23 March in the UK, Mr Ingram had to shut his shops in Edinburgh and Dundee, and sell his stock through Amazon […]

TIME and Columbia Business School Partner to Launch a Series of Business Classes for Professional Development During Uncertain Economic Times thumbnail TIME and Columbia Business School Partner to Launch a Series of Business Classes for Professional Development During Uncertain Economic Times thumbnail

TIME and Columbia Business School Partner to Launch a Series of Business Classes for Professional Development During Uncertain Economic Times

By 3 weeks ago

“The Business of Change” classes are offered on-demand and at an affordable price point, empowering individuals to expand their skill set and facilitate their own success. Support from Deluxe is helping to make this world-class education series accessible to a broader audience, including its own community of small business owners and entrepreneurs (June 18, 2020 […]

Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll thumbnail Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll thumbnail

Americans Are the Unhappiest They Have Been in 50 Years: Poll

By 4 weeks ago

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — It’s been a rough year for the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. It finds that just 14% […]

VESoft raises $8M to meet China’s growing need for graph databases thumbnail VESoft raises $8M to meet China’s growing need for graph databases thumbnail

VESoft raises $8M to meet China’s growing need for graph databases

By 4 weeks ago

Sherman Ye founded VESoft in 2018 when he saw a growing demand for graph databases in China. Its predecessors, like Neo4j and TigerGraph, had already been growing aggressively in the West for a few years, while China was just getting to know the technology that leverages graph structures to store data sets and depict their […]

Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government thumbnail Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government thumbnail

Zoom admits to shutting down activist accounts at the request of the Chinese government

By 4 weeks ago

Zoom, the wildly successful video chat service that has been a ubiquitous feature of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, said that it shut down three accounts at the request of the Chinese government for holding memorials for the victims of China’s violent suppression of peaceful protests at Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. As Axios […]

Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat thumbnail Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat thumbnail

Snapchat debuts Minis, bite-sized third-party apps that live inside chat

By 4 weeks ago

At Snap’s Partner Summit, the company shared its newest effort to entice third-party devs to Snapchat . It’s called Minis. Snap Minis are lightweight third-party programs that live inside the app’s Chat section, which users can quickly pull up alongside friends without having to deal with switching apps. Minis live alongside games inside a keyboard […]

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Snapchat no longer promoting Trump’s posts

By 1 month ago

Snap announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but is particularly interesting because social media […]

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