Category: Social

Indonesia restricts WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram usage following deadly riots – TechCrunch

Indonesia is the latest nation to hit the hammer on social media after the government restricted the use of WhatsApp and Instagram following deadly riots yesterday. Numerous Indonesia-based users are today reporting difficulties sending multimedia messages via WhatsApp, which is one of the country’s most popular chat apps, and posting content to Facebook, while the
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Friend portability is the must-have Facebook regulation – TechCrunch

Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations. When people can easily move to a competitor, it creates a natural market dynamic coercing a business to act right. When we can’t, other regulations just leave us trapped with a pig in a fresh coat of lipstick. That’s why as the FTC considers how many billions
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Modern tactics for growing targeted search traffic – TechCrunch

Glen Allsopp Contributor Glen Allsopp is the founder of Detailed.com, an SEO consultancy and newsletter focused on actionable tactics to grow search traffic. He also tracks successful online startups at Gaps.com. In 2019, it’s estimated that every minute there are 150 new websites coming online. While many of these won’t be long-term ventures, a large
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Facebook bans a fresh batch of mostly far-right figures – TechCrunch

Facebook just announced a new mini-purge of controversial accounts that violate the platform’s rules. In this instance, Facebook cited its policy against “dangerous individuals and organizations” to bring the ban hammer down on Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, Louis Farrakhan. The company also doubled down on its position toward Alex Jones
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Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy – TechCrunch

On the same day that she became a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work bringing the Cambridge Analytica scandal to light, journalist Carole Cadwalladr took the stage at TED to “address you directly, the gods of Silicon Valley.” Cadwalladr began her talk by recounting a trip she took after the Brexit referendum, back to her
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Twitter’s latest test focuses on making conversations easier to follow by labeling tweets – TechCrunch

Twitter continues to experiment with ways to make conversations on its platform easier to follow. In addition to its prototype app twttr, which is testing threaded replies, the company also recently tested labeling replies to highlight those from the “original tweeter” – meaning it would show when the person who first tweeted a post then
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Apple TV+ makes Facebook Watch look like a joke – TechCrunch

Apple flexed its wallet today in a way Facebook has scared to do. Tech giants make money by the billions, not the millions, which should give them an easy way to break into premium video distribution: buy some must-see content. That’s the strategy I’ve been advocating for Facebook but that Apple actually took to heart.
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PicsArt hits 130 million MAUs as Chinese flock to its photo editing app – TechCrunch

If you’re like me, who isn’t big on social media, you’d think that the image filters that come inside most apps will do the job. But for many others, especially the younger crowd, making their photos stand out is a huge deal. The demand is big enough that PicsArt, a rival to filtering companies VSCO
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Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages – TechCrunch

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains your direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended. Security researcher Karan Saini found years-old messages found in a file from
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