UK watchdog wants disclosure rules for political ads on social media

The UK’s data protection agency will push for increased transparency into how personal data flows between digital platforms to ensure people being targeted for political advertising are able to

Fishbrain, the fishing app and social network, raises $13.5M Series B

Fishbrain, the Sweden-made mobile app and social network for sport fishing, is disclosing $13.5 million in Series B funding. The round is led by B Capital Group, the VC fund founded by Facebook co-fou

12 questions about the future of HQ trivia and its $15M fundraise

HQ is redefining mobile, creating through its twice-daily trivia games a sense of urgency that pierces the monotony of our social feeds. Now it’s raised a big round of funding to turn its scrapp introduces enterprise data collaboration platform

Imagine a tool that’s a kind of Facebook for data inside large organizations. You could build data projects and teams, upload and share data sets, then discuss your raw data and findings with co

BuzzFeed’s Matthew Henick takes content role at Facebook

Matthew Henick, formerly the head of BuzzFeed Studios, is joining Facebook's media partnerships team, where he will serve as head of content planning and strategy.

Instagram’s hidden portrait mode “Focus” now in testing

Eager to one-up Snapchat, Instagram ais preparing to expand its collection of shutter modes beyond options like Boomerang and Superzoom. Buried within Instagram’s Android Application Package (AP

Facebook swings at Twitter with Breaking News label

Facebook’s algorithm is terrible at surfacing breaking news, often showing urgent posts hours or even days later when more facts have since emerged or the story has changed. This has made Twitte

Facebook says it mistakenly asked users for views on grooming

In today’s episode of ‘wtf was the tech industry thinking’, Facebook has been caught asking users if they think it’s okay for an adult man to ask a 14-year-old girl for “

Snapchat is stuck in the uncanny valley of AR glasses

"Timing," Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said cryptically when asked what the greatest threat was for Snap Inc. "I think the big risks are always the really big product ideas that we're investing in that a

YouTube removes ads from InfoWars’ Alex Jones channel, says it has no plans to freeze or ban it

As YouTube continues in its efforts to crack down harder on content that violates its terms of usage and promotes offensive and/or misleading content, it’s found itself in the fake news crossfir

No one wants to build a “feel good” internet

If there is one policy dilemma facing nearly every tech company today, it is what to do about “content moderation,” the almost-Orwellian term for censorship. Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed pointedly a

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TechCrunch invites you to our annual Crunch By Crunch Fest party in Austin, Texas. RSVP to come meet our writers while enjoying free drinks and musical performances by live electronic pop wizards Auto

Micropodcasting? Facebook tries Voice Clip status updates

More intimate than text but easier to record than video, Facebook hopes voice could get people sharing more on its aging social network. And internationally, where users may have to deal with non-nati

Twitter is now specifically focusing on increasing black, Latinx and female representation

Twitter met or surpassed many of the diversity and inclusion goals it set for itself for 2017, the company announced today. Twitter is now 38.4 percent female, compared to 37 percent in 2016. Regardi

Facebook’s wider Kremlin Brexit ad sweep draws a blank

Facebook has claimed to have found no further evidence of co-ordinated Russian-backed ad purchases on its platform targeting the 2016 Brexit vote in addition to the ad buys it previously reported. In

Social media handed “one-hour rule” for terrorist takedowns in Europe

The European Commission is still considering whether to regulate social media platforms to ensure they promptly remove illegal content — be it terrorist propaganda, child sexual exploitation or

Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling

Instagram wants to be your phone, not just your camera. And it wants to be better at it than Snapchat. Files buried in Instagram and the Instagram Direct standalone app’s Android Application Pac

Facebook’s next money-maker: Messenger Broadcasts

Users might hate it, but Facebook is now testing a self-serve sponsored messaging tool for small businesses that aren’t sophisticated enough to build bots. TechCrunch first reported back in Nove

Facebook ends its experiment with the alternative ‘Explore’ news feed

Facebook is ending its short-lived (and misguided) experiment with the alternative news feed feature called “Explore.” In a blog post today, Facebook head of news feed Adam Mosseri wrote:

GoFundMe relaunches nonprofit fundraising site CrowdRise

After acquiring CrowdRise over a year ago to double down on fundraising for non-profits, GoFundMe is today taking the wraps off a new product that will supercharge the service. CrowdRise by GoFundMe 
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