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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...

Google Cloud

Google Cloud, Snap, Spotify back up after brief outage

Multiple social media apps such as Snapchat, Spotify and Google Cloud appeared to be coming back online after a brief global outage yesterday.

Platform News: Snapchat app on a smartphone

Snap hires head of carrier partnerships to boost global growth

Snap Inc said has it has hired its first head of telecom carrier partnerships, as the parent company of messaging app Snapchat seeks to bolster its growth outside the US.

Platform Industry: NBCUniversal Comcast on the side of a building

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 ...

Zynga

Zynga’s bookings get a lift from mobile gaming demand

Zynga Inc beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly net bookings, fuelled by demand for its popular franchise “FarmVille” and contribution from the acquisition of mobile...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

Amazon seen triumphing over Apple privacy changes in digital ad business

Amazon.com is expected to emerge as a winner in the digital advertising arena, surviving Apple’s privacy changes better than rivals Facebook and Snap.

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter avoids revenue hit from Apple privacy changes

Twitter Inc has reported its quarterly revenue grew 37% and avoided the brunt of Apple Inc privacy changes on advertising that hobbled its rivals, sending its shares up 3%.

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap shares plunge 25% as Apple privacy changes hit ads business

Shares of Snap Inc plummeted 25% after the owner of photo messaging app Snapchat said privacy changes implemented by Apple Inc on iOS devices hurt the company’s ability to ta...

FinTech player, PayPal

Sources: PayPal in $45 billion bid for Pinterest

PayPal has offered to buy Pinterest for some $45 billion, people familiar with the matter have suggested, a combination that could herald more financial technology and social media...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap launches studio to create augmented reality ads

Snap Inc is launching a studio to help brands create augmented reality advertising and experiences, part of a move to popularize the use of technology that can overlay computer-gen...

Facebook

FTC must ensure tech companies uphold youth online privacy

Three US Democratic lawmakers have urged the FTC to ensure technology companies like Facebook, YouTube and TikTok comply with policy changes aimed protecting young people online.

Platform News: Snapchat app on a smartphone

Snap launches in-app tool on drug dangers

Snap is launching an in-app tool to educate users searching for drug-related key words on Snapchat about the dangers of drugs and is working on tools for parents to help keep teena...

Social media giant, Pinterest

Pinterest launches new ad features to drive shopping

Pinterest will roll out new features for brands to promote products and ideas to users, the digital pinboard company has said, part of an effort to grow online shopping on its site...

TikTok

British regulator demands video platforms do more to protect users

Popular video sharing platforms such as TikTok, Snapchat and OnlyFans, need to provide clear rules on content, allow users to flag harmful videos, and restrict access to pornograph...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap Inc hires first global head of platform safety

Snapchat’s owner has hired a longtime online safety advocate as its first global head of platform safety, Snap Inc told journalists, as the company continues to ramp up effor...