Facebook Employees Stop Work in Protest Against the Company's Inaction on Inflammatory Comments

As protest action following the death of George Floyd continues in various cities across the US, Facebook employees are reportedly staging stop work action to underline their anger at the company’s decision not to take a harder line against inflammatory remarks about the protests posted to the platform by US President Donald Trump. This comes after Twitter […]

How Social Platforms are Responding to the #BlackLivesMatter Protests Across the US

With #BlackLivesMatter protests being held in various cities across the US, in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, social media platforms have also been adding their support to the cause. Here’s what we’ve seen from each of the major companies. First off, Twitter has provided a range of

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Google Launches Discovery Ads in All Regions, Providing New Ways to Reach Browsing Consumers

After first announcing the option last year, Google has now made its Discovery Ads available in all regions, providing another consideration for your campaigns. As explained by Google: “More consumers are now finding their next favorite brand or product through a growing variety of touchpoints – in fact, 86% of online consumers say they’re on the lookout for shopping ideas

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Instagram has announced the next stage of monetization for IGTV, while it’s also adding new digital ‘badges’ for IG Live, which will enable viewers to donate money to their favorite broadcasters. First off, on IGTV – Instagram has been working to provide monetization opportunities for IGTV over the last few months, with the first stage of

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Facebook Launches New Music Collaboration App 'Collab' As it Seeks to Stay Ahead of Rising Trends

As we noted yesterday, Facebook’s experimental NPE team is certainly not wasting any time in testing out new tools as it seeks to tap into rising social usage shifts. After launching new group phone call app ‘CatchUp‘ in the US earlier in the week, the NPE team has now unveiled its latest experiment – a music collaboration app called,

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Facebook Launches Yet Another New App, This Time Focused on Live Event Engagement

Facebook’s experimental NPE team has released its eighth app – and its third this week – with a new live event companion tool called ‘Venue‘ which seeks to add to the engagement potential of real-time viewing. As explained by Facebook: “Despite drawing large concurrent viewership, live broadcasts are still a mostly solo viewing experience. Passionate fans are constantly seeking better

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The Rise of New Short-Form Video App Zynn Could Spell Trouble for TikTok

There’s a new, Chinese-owned, short-form video app on the rise, with TikTok-like Zynn hitting the top of the US App Store charts this week. As you can see from these images, Zynn looks very much like TikTok, with almost identical visual style, and features like effects and video editing tools. As per the app’s description, Zynn’s key functions are: Discover spontaneous

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SECTION 230 The most important law for online speech

  This is a living guide to Section 230: what it is, what it isn’t, why it’s controversial, and how it might be changed. This guide will be updated as events warrant. WHAT IS SECTION 230? Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was passed in 1996, says an “interactive computer service” can’t be treated

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Facebook Updates Name for Libra Digital Wallet from 'Calibra' to 'Novi'

Is it a good sign when you change the name of a major project mid-development? This week, Facebook has announced a name change for its Calibra cryptocurrency wallet, a key part of its Libra payment digital system. Facebook is renaming the wallet “Novi”, which is the latest move in its various ongoing shifts in relation to its crypto

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Twitter Puts its Support Behind Campaign to End Government-Implemented Internet Shutdowns

Amid varying concerns around how information is shared online, and the role that social networks, specifically, can play in influencing public opinion, more governments are looking to shut down or limit internet access at times in order to control or manage certain narratives. And apparently, such instances are on the rise – according to a

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