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Instagram Stories under 60 seconds are no longer broken up into clips

Instagram is rolling out the ability for users to upload longer uninterrupted Stories, the social network confirmed to TechCrunch on Friday. Now, when you post a Story that’s under 60 seconds in

TikTok is releasing its comment dislike button to all users worldwide

TikTok is rolling out its comment dislike button globally to all users, the company announced on Friday. The short-form video app started testing the dislike button in April as a way for users to ide

Facebook users sue Meta, accusing the company of tracking on iOS through a loophole

Apple’s major privacy update to iOS last year made it much more difficult for apps to track user behavior beyond their own borders, but a new lawsuit alleges that Facebook and Instagram parent c

Instagram restores services after partial outage

If you were having trouble accessing Instagram earlier, it was because the social network was experiencing a partial outage. A spokesperson for the company had told TechCrunch in an email that Instagr

Meta ordered to pay walkie-talkie app maker Voxer $175M for patent infringement

A jury in a Texas federal court has ordered Meta to pay walkie-talkie app company Voxer more than $174.5 million in damages, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Voxer, the creator of the

Twitter discloses it wasn’t logging users out of accounts after password resets

Weeks after Twitter’s ex-security chief accused the company of cybersecurity mismanagement, Twitter has now informed its users of a bug that didn’t close all of a user’s active logge

Twitter allows more researchers to access platform data

Earlier this year, Twitter launched the Twitter Moderation Research Consortium (TMRC), a group of experts from across academia, civil society, nongovernmental organizations and journalism dedicated to

Florida escalates the fight over a controversial social media law to the Supreme Court

After an appeals court struck down key portions of a state law designed to prevent social media companies from freely making content moderation decisions, Florida wants the Supreme Court to weigh in.

TikTok’s new #BookTok feature lets you tag Penguin Random House titles in videos

One of the most popular communities on TikTok is #BookTok, which is a made up of users who discuss books and share their recommendations with others. TikTok is aware that the community is a big part o

Block Party, a tool to combat online harassment, raises a $4.8M seed

If you’ve experienced any form of harassment on Twitter in the last couple of years, then you’ve probably heard of Block Party. And if you haven’t, lucky you! Developed by software e

TikTok takes aim at political grifting and fundraising in latest policy tweaks

TikTok has announced an incoming tightening of its policies around political accounts using its video-sharing platform, such as those belonging to political parties, politicians and governments. The c

33% of US TikTok users say they regularly get their news on the app, up from 22% in 2020

Earlier this summer, a Google exec admitted that TikTok was eating into its core Search business, particularly among younger users. But that’s not all TikTok is now being used for, a new Pew Res

Facebook adds new Pages features to help creators connect with fans and get discovered

Facebook is introducing new Pages features that are designed to help creators get discovered and connect with their followers, the company announced on Tuesday. Most notably, the social network is rol

Tinder finds a better use by adding adoptable dogs to its app in celebration of National Dog Week

Tinder announced today that it is partnering with dog rescue shelters across the U.S. to celebrate National Dog Week and give Tinder users the ability to add a shelter dog to their profile photo. Unfo

YouTube announces Creator Music, a new way for creators to shop for songs for use in videos

In addition to the groundbreaking news that YouTube would begin to monetize Shorts videos and revamp its Partner Program, the company today also announced a new offering for creators who leverage musi

Twitter’s new opt-in feature will remind you to add alt text to photo uploads

Twitter is expanding access to an opt-in feature that is designed to make its platform more accessible for people who use screen readers. The social network is rolling out an image description reminde

Dating app Hinge adds more ways to connect with new polls and video-specific prompts

Targeting a younger generation of daters, the Match-owned dating app Hinge today launched two new features, “Video Prompts” and “Prompt Polls,” allowing users to answer video-specific prompts

YouTube’s ‘dislike’ and ‘not interested’ options don’t do much for your recommendations, study says

There is no secret that both viewers and creators are confused by the puzzle that is YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. Now, a new study by Mozilla suggests that users’ recommendations do

WhatsApp’s first original film to air on Prime Video and YouTube, NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo stars

Meta-owned messaging app WhatsApp is stepping into the film business. Earlier this week, WhatsApp announced its first original short film “Naija Odyssey,” which tells the story of NBA player Giann

Daily Crunch: Adobe snaps up Figma in proposed $20B deal that has some scratching their heads

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