Meta is killing the Messenger app for Apple Watch on May 31

Meta is killing its Messenger for Apple Watch app on May 31, the company confirmed to TechCrunch on Thursday. Apple Watch users who have the app installed are being notified that “after May 31st

Meta content review partner Sama told by court to pay moderators

Meta’s content moderation partner in Africa, Sama, was earlier today compelled by a Kenyan court to pay April salaries to a section of moderators it had left out. The direction comes days after mode

Meta reworks its Ads on Reels monetization program with a new performance-based payout model

Meta is testing a new payout model for its Ads on Reels monetization program that pays creators based on the performance of their public Reels, not the earnings of ads on their Reels, the company anno

WhatsApp now allows Singapore-based users to pay businesses within the app

After India and Brazil, WhatsApp is launching the ability to pay businesses within a chat in Singapore. Meta has partnered with Stripe to roll out the feature in the region. WhatsApp has built this pa

This Week in Apps: Apple and Google team up on trackers, Google I/O preview, apps hit NewFronts

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 economy in 2023 hit a few snags, as c

Hacked verified Facebook pages impersonating Meta are buying ads from Meta

Sketchy Facebook pages impersonating businesses are nothing new, but a flurry of recent scams is particularly brazen. A handful of verified Facebook pages were hacked recently and spotted slinging lik

Confusion sets in as Meta content moderators go without pay

Content moderators under Sama, Meta’s content review sub-contractor in Africa, earlier today picketed at the company’s headquarters in Kenya demanding April salary, while urging it to obse

Meta pitches augmented reality to advertisers with new AR Reels Ads and Facebook Stories

Augmented reality is coming to Reels Ads and Facebook Stories, Meta announced this afternoon at the IAB’s NewFronts as part of its pitch to advertisers. The update allows brands like Sephora, Ti

WhatsApp now lets you create single-vote polls and forward media with captions

WhatsApp is adding a few new updates around polls and sharing on its platform, the company announced on Thursday. Most notably, you can now create single-vote polls and forward media with captions. Yo

FTC moves to completely prohibit Meta from monetizing kids

The Federal Trade Commission alleges that Meta has “repeatedly violated” privacy rules and proposes to tighten the agency’s 2020 order against the company, completely barring it from

Hackers are increasingly using ChatGPT lures to spread malware on Facebook

As public interest in generative AI chatbots grows, hackers are increasingly using ChatGPT-themed lures to spread malware across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. That’s according to Facebook&#8

Meta rolls out new discovery and personalization controls for Facebook Reels

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is introducing new features that make it easier for users to discover and personalize Facebook Reels recommendations. The company is launching

This Week in Apps: Users pan Snapchat’s AI, Bluesky has a moment, Apple wins antitrust appeal

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 economy in 2023 hit a few snags, as c

Kenyan court paves way for lawsuit alleging Facebook played role in fueling Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict

Petitioners seek to compel Meta to stop viral hate on Facebook, ramp up content review, and to create a $1.6 billion compensation fund.

Meta updates its avatars with new body shapes, hair and clothing

Meta announced today that it’s introducing new body shapes, improved hair and clothing textures to its avatars. The company also announced that more than one billion avatars have been created ac

Appeals court rules in favor of Meta in antitrust case from state AGs

Meta has won an antitrust lawsuit, under appeal, that pitted the tech giant against dozens of state attorneys general, led by New York. The states alleged Meta had illegally maintained monopoly power

Instagram and Facebook will force their checkout experience on Shops soon

Meta announced today that it will be phasing out onboarding of new Shops without checkout on Facebook and Instagram enabled. Beginning April 24 of next year, Shops without checkout on Facebook and Ins

Meta beats revenue expectations, remains committed to metaverse

Things are looking up for Meta. The company beat revenue expectations, reporting an increase in year-over-year revenue for the first time in three quarters. But this ray of light for the company forme

WhatsApp’s multi-device feature now supports more than one phone

WhatsApp is finally rolling out multi-device login support for more than one phone. Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature’s rollout on Facebook and Instagram. “Starting today, you can log

Meta can be sued in Kenya over alleged unlawful layoffs and blacklisting of moderators, court rules

A Kenyan court has ruled that Meta can be sued in the East African country over alleged unlawful sacking and blacklisting of content moderators, and dismissed the social media giant’s application th
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