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Progressive advocacy groups call on the FTC to ‘make Facebook safe for democracy’ – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-21T23:16:56+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Social|

A team of progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Demand Progress, are asking the Federal Trade Commission to “make Facebook safe for democracy.” According to Axios, the campaign, called Freedom From Facebook, is set to launch a six-figure ad campaign on Monday that will run on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among other platforms.

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Instagram officially launches re-sharing of posts to Stories – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-17T20:22:43+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Categories: Social|

No, it’s not a “regram” option. Sorry!  But today, Instagram is officially launching a new feature that will allow users to re-share someone’s Instagram post with their friends via Instagram Stories – something it confirmed was in testing earlier this year. The idea with the new re-sharing option is to give users a way to

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Tinder’s upcoming location-based feature seems a bit creepy – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-14T18:26:45+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Do you want random Tinder users to see where you’ve been? Uh, no? Well, great news: an upcoming Tinder feature called Places will allow for just that. According to screenshots detailing Tinder Places uncovered by The Verge, the dating app is developing a feature that tracks your location via its app, then shows

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Yahoo is testing Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-09T03:55:48+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Messaging apps collectively passed the 5 billion mark for monthly active users last year, with Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger on track now to pass 2 billion users apiece. With messaging’s popularity showing no signs of slowing down, a new app is entering the fray in hopes of catching the wave. Yahoo has quietly launched

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Snapchat hosts first Creators Summit after years of neglect – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-09T02:53:52+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Social media stars have always been treated like nobodies instead of VIPs on Snapchat. Despite pioneering the Stories and creative tools they love, the lack of support saw many drift to YouTube’s ad dollars and Instagram’s bigger audience. Now Snap CEO Evan Spiegel is finally stepping up to win back their favor and

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Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-08T02:26:45+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Social|

Buried inside Twitter’s Android app is a “Secret conversation” option that if launched would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. The feature could make Twitter a better home for sensitive communications that often end up on encrypted messaging apps like Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp. The encrypted DMs option was first spotted inside

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Instagram quietly launches payments for commerce – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-03T23:23:45+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Social|

Get ready to shop the ‘Gram. Instagram just stealthily added a native payments feature to its app for some users. It lets you register a debit or credit card as part of a profile, set up a security pin, then start buying things without ever leaving Instagram. Not having to leave for a

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Stories are about to surpass feed sharing. Now what? – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T22:22:04+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Social|

We’re at the cusp of the visual communication era. Stories creation and consumption is up 842 percent since early 2016, according to consulting firm Block Party. Nearly a billion accounts across Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger now create and watch these vertical, ephemeral slideshows. And yesterday, Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox

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Facebook’s Free Basics program ended quietly in Myanmar last year – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T01:11:27+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Social|

As recently as last week, Facebook was touting the growth of Free Basics, its Internet.org project designed to give users free curated web access in developing countries, but the app isn’t working out everywhere. As the Outline originally reported and TechCrunch confirmed, the Free Basics program has ended in Myanmar, perhaps Facebook’s most controversial

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Instagram’s ‘Explore’ section is getting a makeover – TechCrunch

By | 2018-05-02T01:42:24+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Categories: Social|

Instagram is getting a revamped “Explore” section to improve discovery, the company announced this morning during the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The update will better organize its suggestions into topical channels based on your own interests and tastes, so you can more easily find the type of content you’re looking

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