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Platform News: Google

Google aims to improve spotty enforcement of children’s ads policy

Google said this week it would immediately improve enforcement of an age-sensitive ad policy after journalists found ads for adult toys, liquor and high-risk investments in its sea...

Platform News: Signal private messaging app

WhatsApp co-founder Acton named Signal’s interim CEO

Messaging app Signal’s founder and CEO Moxie Marlinspike will step down and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton will become the interim CEO, Marlinspike said in a blog post.

Meta Platforms - Facebook

Facebook appeals UK ruling that it must sell Giphy

Facebook-owner Meta is appealing the UK’s ruling that it must sell animated images platform Giphy, saying the evidence does not support the finding that the deal is a threat ...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

Dutch town approves licence for Meta data centre, biggest in Netherlands

The town of Zeewolde, 50km east of Amsterdam, on Thursday approved plans by Meta to build the largest data centre in the Netherlands from which Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp can...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

Facebook owner is behind $60 million deal for Meta name rights

Meta Platforms Inc, the owner of social media network Facebook, is behind a $60 million deal to acquire the trademark assets of US regional bank Meta Financial Group, spokespeople ...

Instagram

Instagram aims to launch chronological feed option in 2022

The head of Instagram has said he aims to launch next year a version of the app with a chronological feed, rather than one ranked algorithmically, in his first appearance before Co...

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Instagram, ahead of US Senate hearing, tightens teen protection measures

Instagram has said it will be stricter about the types of content it recommends to teens in the photo-sharing app and will nudge them toward different areas if they dwell on one to...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter tests overhaul of process to flag harmful tweets

Twitter Inc will begin overhauling how users report harmful tweets in an effort to make it easier for people to describe what is wrong with the content they are seeing, the social ...

Platform News: Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies

Uber to allow users to book rides via WhatsApp in India

US ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies has said it would roll out a feature that will allow users in India to book rides via messaging service WhatsApp.

Platform News: Reddit is a mainstay of group-based social media

Reddit to shut down Dubsmash app, integrate video tools with platform

Reddit is pulling the plug on its TikTok-like platform, Dubsmash, the social network has said, just a year after buying it for an undisclosed sum to bolster its video creation tool...

Meta Platforms - Facebook

Facebook gives estimate of bullying, harassment on its platforms

Facebook for the first time disclosed the prevalence of bullying and harassment on its platform, saying such content was seen between 14 and 15 times per every 10,000 views on the ...

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NBCUniversal to launch livestream shopping, following Big Tech’s lead

NBCUniversal is making its livestream shopping debut with a show on Instagram and other platforms during the holiday season, allowing viewers to buy clothing, home decor and other ...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Social media users could disable algorithms in new US proposal

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would require internet platforms like Facebook and Google to allow users to see conten...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook will shut down facial recognition system

Facebook Inc has announced it is shutting down its facial recognition system, which automatically identifies users in photos and videos, citing growing concern about the use of suc...

Faang

After Facebook change, Big Tech’s FAANG considers toothless MAANG

Facebook’s rebranding to Meta Platforms has launched a search for a new name for the high-flying FAANG group that also includes the likes of Apple, Amazon.com, Netflix and Al...