Category: Social Media

May 5, 2021

Oversight Board to Facebook: We’re Not Doing Your Dirty Work

The decision on Trump is the clearest indication yet that the board does not want to be Facebook’s flunky.


by Steven Levy in Business
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May 4, 2021

Twitter acquires distraction-free reading service Scroll to beef up its subscription product

Twitter this morning announced it’s acquiring Scroll, a subscription service that offers readers a better way to read through long-form content on the web, by removing ads and other website clutter that can slow down the experience. The service will become a part of Twitter’s...


by Sarah Perez in Ads
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April 26, 2021

Facebook introduces a new miniplayer that streams Spotify within the Facebook app

Facebook announced last week an expanded partnership with streaming music service Spotify that would bring a new way to listen to music or podcasts directly within Facebook’s app, which it called Project Boombox. Today, the companies are rolling out this integration via a new “miniplayer”...


by Sarah Perez in Facebook
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April 15, 2021

Facebook to test new business discovery features in US News Feed

Facebook announced this morning it will begin testing a new experience for discovering businesses in its News Feed in the U.S. When live, users tap on topics they’re interested in underneath posts and ads in their News Feed in order to explore related content from...


by Sarah Perez in Advertising Tech
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April 14, 2021

TikTok funds first episodic public health series ‘VIRAL’ from NowThis

TikTok is taking another step toward directly funding publishers’ content with today’s announcement that it’s financially backing the production of media publisher NowThis’ new series, “VIRAL,” which will feature interviews with public health experts and a live Q&A session focused on answering questions about the...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
March 22, 2021

This Group Wants to ‘Ban Surveillance Advertising’

A new front is opening in the fight to reform Facebook and Google—right at the heart of their business model.


by Gilad Edelman in Business
March 8, 2021

Big Tech Targets DC With a Digital Charm Offensive

Facebook, Amazon, and Google ads are blanketing inside-the-Beltway newsletters in a bid to rehab their tarnished reputations.


by Gilad Edelman in Business
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March 4, 2021

TikTok launches ‘TikTok Q&A,’ a new feature for creators to engage with viewers’ questions

Earlier this year, TikTok was spotted testing a new Q&A feature that would allow creators to more directly respond to their audience’s questions using either text or video. Today, the company has announced the feature is now available to all users globally. With the release...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
March 3, 2021

Fake News Gets More Engagement on Facebook—If It’s Right-Wing

Far-right pages that publish misinformation get the most interactions by far compared to other news sources, new research shows.


by Gilad Edelman in Business
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March 1, 2021

Instagram launches ‘Live Rooms’ for live broadcasts with up to four creators

Instagram today announced it’s adding a much-requested feature to its app with the launch of “Live Rooms,” which allow up to four people to broadcast live together at the same time. Previously, the app only allowed users to live stream with one other person, similar...


by Sarah Perez in Apps