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Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate on teen mental health

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate for the first time as part of a series of hearings about online safety for children and teens. Per The New York Times, Mosseri’s hea

Creator-driven marketplace LTK now valued at $2B after raising $300M from SoftBank

When LTK launched in 2011, phrases like “influencer marketing” or “the creator economy” weren’t common, but fashion blogger Amber Venz Box faced the same struggles that i

This Week in Apps: Apple defends app ad buying, Spotify gains lyrics, Instagram kills Threads

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Instagram rolls out new ‘Rage Shake’ feature and the option to delete posts from a carousel

Instagram has introduced a new “Rage Shake” feature that lets users shake their phones to report a problem with the app. Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced the launch of the new feature

Instagram will shut down its companion app Threads by year end

Instagram’s standalone messaging app Threads is shutting down. The app will no longer be supported by the end of December 2021, the company confirmed to TechCrunch after reports of its impending

Apple, Google questioned by ICO over app age ratings after UK child safety charity raises concerns

The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has written to Apple and Google seeking details of how they assess apps to determine the age ratings they apply following concerns raised by an online child s

Pinterest launches TwoTwenty, its own in-house incubator for new projects

Pinterest today announced a new initiative designed to help the company increase its pace of innovation. The company is introducing an in-house, experimental products team called TwoTwenty — nam

Facebook accused of continuing to surveil teens for ad targeting

The adtech giant formerly known as Facebook is still tracking teens for ad targeting on its social media platforms, according to new research by Fairplay, Global Action Plan and Reset Australia &#8212

Facebook’s new academic research API opens in early access

This week, a handful of academic researcher teams will gain access to a new tool from Facebook designed to aggregate near-universal real-time data on the world’s biggest social network. When it come

We’re all worried about teens and tech. HX might be the answer

Social media companies have an urgent responsibility to do more to protect teens’ experiences. But we don’t have to wait on tech companies to begin supporting HX now.

Instagram adds TikTok-like Text-to-Speech and Voice Effects tools to Reels

Instagram added two features to Reels yesterday: text-to-speech and voice effects. These features are popular already on TikTok, but now, creators can use them on Instagram too. This marks yet another

Instagram is offering huge bonuses for posting on Reels, its TikTok clone

Instagram really wants you to post Reels — they’ll even pay you up to $10,000 for one, if you’re lucky. As TikTok surpasses the 1 billion monthly active users mark, competitor platfo

Instagram tests ‘Take a Break’ reminders on an opt-in basis

Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced today the company has begun testing a new feature this week called “Take a Break,” which will allow users to remind themselves to take a break from us

YouTube is removing the dislike count on all videos across its platform

YouTube today announced its decision to make the “dislike” count on videos private across its platform. The decision is likely to be controversial given the extent that it impacts the publ

Facebook will no longer allow advertisers to target political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation

Facebook announced today that it will no longer allow advertisers to target users based on potentially “sensitive” topics like health, sexual orientation, or religious and political belief

Instagram’s creator subscriptions nearing launch, App Store listing reveals

Instagram earlier this year said it would explore the idea of creator subscriptions and was later spotted developing a feature that would offer exclusive Stories that were only visible to a creator&#8

YouTube to expand test that reopens mobile app directly in its TikTok rival, Shorts

YouTube is looking to give its TikTok rival, Shorts, a competitive advantage. The company confirmed it’s expanding a recent global test that defaults the YouTube mobile app to open directly in S

New antitrust suit from Phhhoto alleges Facebook copied and killed the competition

A former upstart Instagram rival is suing Meta, formerly known as Facebook, over allegations that the company violated antitrust laws by cloning a competing product and ultimately killing its business

Push it jumps to No. 1 on App Store promising a way to send push notifications to friends

A new app called Push it is sitting at the top of the App Store promising little more than the ability to send “push notifications to your friends.” The app features only two screenshots &

Instagram brings back Twitter Card preview support for posts

Instagram is bringing back support for Twitter Card previews starting today. Now when users share an Instagram link on Twitter, a preview of the post will be shown in the tweet. Prior to this change,
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