Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He’s been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch’s editors. Constine’s cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Facebook chose to fight fake news with AI, not just user reports

    Facebook chose to fight fake news with AI, not just user reports

    Facebook built two versions of a fix for clickbait this year, and decided to trust algorithmic machine learning detection instead of only user behavior, a Facebook spokesperson tells TechCrunch. Today Facebook was hit with more allegations its distribution of fake news helped elect Donald Trump. A new Gizmodo report saying Facebook shelved a planned update earlier this year that could… Read More

  • Snapchat copies Instagram Story rewinds, adds augmented background lenses

    Snapchat copies Instagram Story rewinds, adds augmented background lenses

    Now the copying is going the other direction, as Snapchat clones Instagram Stories’ rewind feature. But Snapchat is still innovating on the augmented reality features it popularized, plus adding new ways to share. Today’s Snapchat update for iOS and Android introduces World Lenses. While its well-known Selfie Lenses change the way you look with dog ears and flower crowns, World… Read More

  • Don’t take an illegal selfie with your ballot

    Don’t take an illegal selfie with your ballot

    That social media post could disqualify your vote. Snap your #ImWithHer or #MAGA selfie without your ballot. It violates voting laws in many states to take a photo with your completed ballot, or even inside the polling place in some locations. Breaking the voter secrecy laws can get you one to three years in prison or a fine depending on where you live, though they’re not always enforced. Read More

  • Shining light on Facebook’s AI strategy

    Shining light on Facebook’s AI strategy

    In a speech today at Web Summit, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer laid out a vision for the role artificial intelligence and machine learning will play in the company’s ambitions to improve global connectivity, technology accessibility, and human computer interaction. “People want to stay connected and close to other people, so whatever is the best current technology to deploy that is… Read More

  • Facebook threatens LinkedIn with job opening features

    Facebook threatens LinkedIn with job opening features

    Facebook might muscle-in on LinkedIn’s recruiting business with ways for business Pages to promote job listings. The new Jobs features could give companies another reason to drive traffic to their Facebook Page beyond marketing their products in the News Feed, while also allowing them to pay the social network to get their open position in front of more candidates. Today TechCrunch spotted… Read More

  • Twitter still might save Vine by selling it

    Twitter still might save Vine by selling it

    Vine may survive after all. Twitter is currently vetting multiple term sheets from companies offering to buy Vine, and hopes to make a deal soon, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. After announcing its plan to shut down Vine last month, Twitter received a large number of bids, including several from Asia. It’s now working to decide who should run the short-form video app. While… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King

    Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King

    Facebook Messenger is preparing to launch a new “Instant Games” platform that will let people  play lightweight games against friends. Candy Crush maker King.com is already testing one of these Instant Games called “Shuffle Cats Mini” in New Zealand, TechCrunch has discovered. And other studios including Big Viking also appear to be prepping for the Instant Games… Read More

  • Now it’s Periscope cloning Snapchat with augmented selfie masks

    Now it’s Periscope cloning Snapchat with augmented selfie masks

    Periscope is following Snapchat and Facebook’s lead by creating its own animated augmented reality selfie masks. The first ones can make you look like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and will be available for the next week for the election. If you broadcast in selfie mode with the iOS app’s latest version, you’ll see them docked at the bottom of the screen. Tapping them… Read More

  • Facebook video pays off

    Facebook video pays off

    Mark Zuckerberg’s drive to “put video first” is also putting money in Facebook’s pockets. The more organic videos Facebook users watch, the more high-priced video ads Facebook can slip into the feed. Now Facebook’s strategy around auto-play video, paying Live content producers and offering more creative tools is helping to propel its massive revenue growth. Read More

  • Blocking ad blockers boosted Facebook’s desktop ad revenue 18%

    Blocking ad blockers boosted Facebook’s desktop ad revenue 18%

    Facebook’s recent workaround for Adblock Plus and other ad blockers is already earning it money. On today’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, the company said desktop ad revenue grew 18 percent year-over-year this quarter compared to around 9 percent in previous quarters, and that thwarting ad blockers was largely the cause for that boost. While Adblock Plus announced it would… Read More

  • Facebook has connected 40M people with Internet.org

    Facebook has connected 40M people with Internet.org

    Today on Facebook’s blockbuster Q3 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said Internet.org has helped 40 million people get online. Indeed, 0.5% percent of the world’s population is now connected to the internet thanks to Facebook’s accessibility initiatives. The company even said Internet.org contributed to monthly user growth, which accelerated from 3.63 percent to 4.67… Read More

  • Facebook scores big in Q3 earnings: $7.01B revenue and 1.79B users

    Facebook scores big in Q3 earnings: $7.01B revenue and 1.79B users

    Facebook had a wildly successful Q3, earning $7.01 billion in revenue and $1.09 EPS. That’s off of from 1.79 billion monthly users, up 16% year-over-year, and growing 4.67% this quarter, speeding up from 3.63% last quarter. Daily active users rose to 1.18 from 1.13 billion last quarter, and up 17% year-over-year. Facebook now has 1.66 billion mobile MAUs up 5.7% from 1.57 billion in… Read More

  • Facebook officially announces Gameroom, its PC Steam competitor

    Facebook officially announces Gameroom, its PC Steam competitor

    After losing mobile gaming to iOS and Android, Facebook is making a big push into playing on PC with today’s developer launch of its Gameroom Windows desktop gaming platform. After months of name changes, beta tests and dev solicitation, Facebook opened up the beta build for all developers and officially named it Gameroom. The app is openly available for users to download on Windows 7… Read More

  • Gigster’s crafty plan to give freelance developers equity

    Gigster’s crafty plan to give freelance developers equity

    Gigster is launching the Gigster Fund, comprised of $700,000 raised from Bloomberg Beta, Felicis and China’s CSC as LPs, plus 1 percent of Gigster’s own equity. Each month it will invest $50,000 cash in one of Gigster’s top clients in exchange for 1 percent of that company at a $5 million valuation. Gigster will also provide them with advice, connections… Read More

  • Instagram goes down [update: crisis averted]

    Instagram goes down [update: crisis averted]

    Instagram’s app and website were struck by a short service outage today. At around 11:06am, users in the US, Europe, India and elsewhere began a downpour of “Is Instagram down?”. Instagram confirmed the downtime with the statement on Twitter: [Update: However, Instagram soon deleted that tweet as it managed to get its app and site back online quickly at around 10:35am… Read More

  • Instagram tests shoppable photo tags

    Instagram tests shoppable photo tags

    Instagram wants you to shop without always having to interrupt your scrolling with a browser window. That’s why today it will start showing shoppable tags on photos from 20 retail brands like Kate Spade and JackThreads to iOS users in the US. The retailers tag products in their photos, which are hidden behind a “Tap to view products” button. After selecting their product… Read More

  • Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

    Marc Andreessen joins board of Dialpad, the desk phone killer

    Silicon Valley’s most talkative investor will bring his enterprise experience and connections to the makers of UberConference. Office cloud communications startup Dialpad today announced that Marc Andreessen is joining its board of directors. “The company’s hit its stride” Andreessen tells TechCrunch. He calls DialPad “A complete cloud, mobile business… Read More

  • Standing Rock pipeline protest was absent from Facebook Trends

    Standing Rock pipeline protest was absent from Facebook Trends

    A massive social media protest is exploding on Facebook, not Twitter for a change, yet Facebook’s dehumanized Trending system wasn’t picking it up. People around the country are checking in on Facebook at the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in an effort to supposedly hinder local Morton County police from targeting protesters attending in person to fight an oil… Read More

  • The reasons why Twitter won’t let anyone save Vine

    The reasons why Twitter won’t let anyone save Vine

    There are so many ways Twitter could end up looking like a fool if it gave up control of Vine that it would rather bury the app than sell it. There’s little to gain and a lot to lose. So in the spirit of Vine, I’m going to break down the reasoning into 6-second snippets of text: Twitter can preserve all the existing Vines so tweets and embeds with them don’t go dead, whereas… Read More

  • Facebook tests Snapchat-style camera special effects with ephemeral sharing

    Facebook tests Snapchat-style camera special effects with ephemeral sharing

    Facebook is overhauling its in-app camera to embrace the next era of augmented reality visual communication pioneered by Snapchat. The new features include Snapchat-style animated selfie masks, overlaid graphics, and geofilters; Prisma-esque fine art-themed style transfer filters; and some innovative new “reactive” filters that respond to your body’s movements. What Facebook… Read More