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  • YouTube suspends ads on Logan Paul’s channels after “recent pattern” of behavior in videos

    YouTube suspends ads on Logan Paul’s channels after “recent pattern” of behavior in videos

    More problems and controversy for Logan Paul, the YouTube star who caused a strong public backlash when he posted a video of a suicide victim in Japan. Google’s video platform today announced that it would be pulling advertising temporarily from his video channel in response to a “recent pattern of behavior” from him. This is in addition to Paul’s suspensions from… Read More

  • Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments

    Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments

    How can Facebook promote meaningful interaction between users? By letting them downvote inappropriate comments to hide them. Facebook is now testing a downvote button on a limited set of public Page post comment reels, the company confirms to TechCrunch. But what Facebook does with signals about problematic comments could raise new questions about censorship, and its role as a news editor… Read More

  • Get ready for a bunch of new emojis (yes, including a partying face)

    Get ready for a bunch of new emojis (yes, including a partying face)

    The world needs more emojis. Ever since emojis became a cultural phenomenon, tech companies have been working together to add new smileys, animals and objects. And the Unicode consortium just published this year’s list of new emojis. While many glaring omissions have been fixed in recent years, the Unicode consortium has accepted 157 new emojis. But who are these people who get to… Read More

  • Snapchat starts selling $10+ captionable AR masks for events

    Snapchat starts selling $10+ captionable AR masks for events

    By combining augmented reality with your customizable captions, Snapchat hopes you’ll share more from birthdays and weddings while earning it a little money. Today Snapchat launches Custom Lenses, expanding its 2016-launched on-demand geofilter program so you can make temporary, geofenced AR effects that people can add to their Snaps at a special event. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up

    Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up

    Want to let friends know you’re trying to party, hit the gym, focus on work or grab a drink? That’s the idea behind a powerful new feature Facebook Messenger is testing called Your Emoji. Akin to offline meetup app Down to Lunch, it lets you overlay a chosen emoji on your Messenger profile pic for 24 hours as a way to spur conversation and hang outs, or just let people know… Read More

  • ‘Instagram for classwork’ Seesaw in 1/2 of US schools

    ‘Instagram for classwork’ Seesaw in 1/2 of US schools

    Kids don’t try their hardest unless they think someone’s watching. Overcrowded classrooms and distracted parents can make pouring effort into school work feel pointless. But Seesaw’s app turns their assignments into social media they share with teachers, peers and mom and dad. Now it’s invading schools across the country and just raised a Series A round from LinkedIn… Read More

  • Instagram tests resharing of others’ posts to your Story

    Instagram tests resharing of others’ posts to your Story

    Instagram purposefully lacks a “Regram” button to promote original sharing, but it’s easing up on that philosophy when it comes to Stories. Instagram now confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing an option that lets you share public feed posts from other users to your Story. This could let you add commentary and overlaid stickers to a meme, celebrity post or even a… Read More

  • Snapchat will not let users broadcast Live

    Snapchat will not let users broadcast Live

    Snapchat is finally getting Live video, but you won’t be able to broadcast. Today Snapchat announced it will pipe snippits of NBC’s Live Olympics coverage directly into its app. But when TechCrunch asked if users would be able to go Live, a Snap spokesperson told us on background that there’s no intention to open up broadcasting to Snapchatters. Read More

  • Tumblr also lousy with Russia-backed US election trolls: Report

    Tumblr also lousy with Russia-backed US election trolls: Report

    The meme-laden Tumblr platform is the latest social media and blogging outlet to be unmasked as a distribution channel for Russian agents to rip at America’s societal fault lines and seek to influence citizens’ voting habits, according to a report by BuzzFeed News. Read More

  • Snap shares skyrocket on first earnings beat with revived user growth

    Snap shares skyrocket on first earnings beat with revived user growth

    Snapchat is starting to turn things around, boosting its sluggish user growth rate and beating Wall Street’s expectations for the first time with today’s blockbuster Q4 2017 earnings report. It added 8.9 million daily active users, to reach 187 million, with a quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 5.05 percent percent in Q4, compared to 2.9 percent in Q3. Read More