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Obama says social media is ‘well designed’ to destroy democracies

After an era of open affection for Silicon Valley followed by an era of relative quiet, former President Barack Obama is tearing into tech. The former president spoke Thursday at an event co-hosted by

Decentralized identity startup Spruce wants to help users control their sign-in data

Signing into websites using your Google or Facebook account has become so commonplace that lots of people don’t think twice before doing it. Keeping control over one’s own identity on the

Kremlin critic Navalny calls for Google and Meta to turn their adtech into an anti-war weapon

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has called on tech giants Google and Meta/Facebook to help circumvent Putin’s grip on the media and get information out to ordinary Russians about what&#8217

Alphabet confirms Russia is restricting Google News

In the latest move by Russia to censor Western internet services since it started a war by invading Ukraine, Google has confirmed that Russians are having problems accessing its news aggregator servic

Russia’s war hits Yandex, the ‘Google of Russia’

Putin’s regime continues to tighten its grip on how information on the war in Ukraine is shared in Russia, and in the wake of that, tech giants in the country — which, like Facebook, Google and Tw

Well…Facebook has a TikTok now

What’s Facebook doing on TikTok? Scoping out the competition? DM’ing Charli? Recruiting beta testers? Buying ads? We’ll know soon enough, because the social networking company has se

UK expands Online Safety Bill to cover scam ads and eyes wider reforms

The UK government has again announced an extension to the scope of the draft Online Safety Bill — this time bringing scam ads into scope following pressure from campaigners. In parallel, it has

TikTok’s affect on teens will be investigated by state attorneys

A group of state attorneys general announced today that they will investigate TikTok’s connection with negative mental and physical health outcomes among children and teens. This investigation w

As EU says it’ll ban Russia’s ‘toxic media machine’, social media firms face pressure to act

Late yesterday the European Union announced an “unprecedented” step against Russian disinformation, saying it would ban Kremlin-based media outlets, Russia Today (aka RT) and Sputnik &#821

Instagram quietly limits ‘daily time limit’ option

RIP Mark Zuckerberg’s “time well spent“? In a move that appears to coincide with Facebook/Meta reporting slowing growth, photo-sharing app Instagram appears to have quietly removed t

Senators propose the Kids Online Safety Act after five hearings with tech execs

Last year, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked a trove of internal company documents, which illuminated just how harmful apps like Instagram can be for teens. These bombshell revelations sp

Create a social media punch list for cryptocurrency marketing

You can finally pay Facebook for crypto ads, but just because you can advertise on Facebook doesn’t mean you should.

TikTok is confronting Holocaust misinformation, but antisemitism persists

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, TikTok launched a portal on its Discover page this morning, intended to educate users about the historic catastrophe, as well as the ongoing threat

FTC: US consumers lost $770 million in social media scams in 2021, up 18x from 2017

A growing number of U.S. consumers are getting scammed on social media, according to a new report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which revealed that consumers lost $770 million to social media

YouTube is considering NFTs, CEO’s letter suggests

In a letter published today by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, the executive suggests the video-sharing platform may embrace web3 technologies, including NFTs — or non-fungible tokens, a way to cert

UK’s Online Safety Bill falls short on protecting speech and tackling harms, warns committee

Another U.K. parliamentary committee has weighed in on the government’s controversial plan to regulate internet content with a broadbrush focus on “safety”. The Digital, Culture, Med

Snapchat says it’s getting better at finding illicit drug dealers before users do

Snapchat has faced increasing criticism in recent years as the opioid crisis plays out on social media, often with tragic results. In October, an NBC investigation reported the stories of a number of

Ivorian e-commerce startup ANKA, formerly Afrikrea, raises $6.2M pre-Series A

A study by McKinsey & Company on general e-commerce activities in Africa says consumer spending will reach over $2 trillion in the next three years. Much of this spending falls under the importati

TechCrunch+ roundup: VC advice for CEOs, 2022 e-commerce trends, OpenSea’s valuation

This is a fantastic time to launch a startup, but if you're trying to grow one — well, winter is coming.

Pendulum raises $5.9M to help organizations track harmful narratives

Pendulum helps companies, governments and other organizations track harmful narratives on social media platforms and elsewhere on the web. The company today announced that it has raised a $5.9 million
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