Twitter announces new policy and certification process for ‘issue ads’ – TechCrunch

Twitter continues to roll out new policies aimed at increasing transparency, particularly around political advertising. Amidst ongoing concerns about Russian election interference and misinformation on social media, the company recently...

Instagram announces verification requests, transparency tools and stronger 2FA – TechCrunch

Instagram has introduced a wide-ranging set of new tools today with security and transparency in mind. In a blog post titled “New Tools to Keep Instagram Safe,” the company...

What is this weird Twitter army of Amazon drones cheerfully defending warehouse work? –...

Here is a strange little online community to puzzle at. Amazon has developed an unnerving, Stepford-like presence on Twitter in the form of several accounts of definitely real on-the-floor...

The consequences of indecency – TechCrunch

Ron Wyden (D-OR) has served in the United States Senate since 1996. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996. I wrote the law that...

Facebook assigns you a fake news flagging trustworthiness score – TechCrunch

A new way to attack Facebook is to fraudulently report a news story as false in hopes of reducing its visibility, either because someone wants to censor it or...

Airbnb shows off new collaboration features that let co-travelers plan trips together – TechCrunch

In recent years, Airbnb has been working to expand its business beyond accommodations, by becoming a more robust travel companion with features like guidebooks, suggested experiences, and full-service hospitality...

Slack is raising $400M+ with a post-money valuation of $7B or more – TechCrunch

Slack — the app that lets coworkers and others in professional circles chat with each other and call in data from hundreds of integrated apps in the name of getting...

Snapchat shrinks by 3M users to 188M despite strong Q2 – TechCrunch

The Stories War has officially killed Snapchat’s growth, leading to its first user count decline ever. In Q2 2018 earnings today, Snapchat’s daily active users number shrank 1.5 percent to...

Facebook Dating will be a feature, not an app; here’s a peek – TechCrunch

Facebook Dating doesn’t plan to launch a standalone dating app, which should temper expectations about how deeply it’s diving into Tinder and Match Group’s territory. The feature will be based...

Twitter turns to academics to improve conversational health on the platform – TechCrunch

Twitter is partnering with two groups of academic researchers to figure out how to measure the health of conversations happening on the platform. It’s all part of the company’s continuing...