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  • Polly’s teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat

    Polly’s teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat

    Snapchat doesn’t technically have a developer platform, but that hasn’t stopped other startups from taking advantage of its new feature for attaching links to your Snaps and Stories. Sarahah was the first, allowing people to ask fellow Snappers for open-ended anonymous feedback. But the problem is that those requests could be met with cyberbullying. Polly is a new teen… Read More

  • 21.co announces a token system to get people to join its paid messaging network

    21.co announces a token system to get people to join its paid messaging network

    Today at Disrupt, 21.co CEO and co-founder Balaji Srinivasan outlined his company’s unusual evolution and announced the launch of a new system for kickstarting the site’s user base by incentivizing people with tokens for doing things like signing up, getting verified and performing certain tasks. The company opted to move away from the increasingly popular ICO model because… Read More

  • Facebook vows to manually review ad targeting after ‘Jew-Haters’ scandal

    Facebook vows to manually review ad targeting after ‘Jew-Haters’ scandal

    Facebook failed to foresee how turning user-written interests and employer information from profiles into ad targeting options could turn offensive. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has apologized for the situation, and announced that Facebook will now manually review all ad targeting options. Read More

  • Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

    Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

    Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This follows an agreement in May for G7 nations to take joint action on online extremism.  Read More

  • You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

    You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook

    Facebook is making it easier for users to access their Instagram profile directly from within the Facebook app. The company confirms it’s rolling out a new addition its main navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to your Instagram account. This option appears just below the link to your personal profile in Facebook’s app, and above the links to any Facebook Pages you… Read More

  • Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

    Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads

    Snap wants its ads to open to something interesting rather than a boring mobile website. Today Snap announced 14 new ad Creative Partners that will help build custom games, interactive videos, gyroscope-powered epxeriences, lead generation campaigns, and pre-loaded Instant Apps as destinations for Snapchat ads. They’ll also help connect advertisers to influencers, despite Snapchat… Read More

  • Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO

    Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO

    Crossing the social media divides isn’t common in Silicon Valley, so it’s notable that Twitter and Microsoft have played a spot of musical chairs with their boards. Twitter board member Hugh Johnston — day job: Pepsi vice chairman and CFO — has left Twitter’s board to join Microsoft’s board as of today. Johnston’s replacement at the microblogging… Read More

  • See what Facebook ads you actually clicked in ‘Recent Ad Activity’

    See what Facebook ads you actually clicked in ‘Recent Ad Activity’

    You might think you’re impervious to Facebook’s ads, but you probably do get seduced every once in a while. But because ads aren’t always permanently available anywhere, it can be impossible to find a Facebook ad that led somewhere you want to revisit. Now Facebook has a solution called Recent Ad Activity for when (if) you click an ad and want to see it again. Read More

  • Twitter claims tech wins in quashing terror tweets

    Twitter claims tech wins in quashing terror tweets

    In its latest Transparency report, which covers requests it’s received from governments pertaining to content on its platform, Twitter has reported a big decline in the proportion of pro-terrorism accounts being reported over the past six months, as well a drop in the number of accounts it removed for terrorism-related content during this period. Read More

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