Pinterest passes 200 million monthly users, up from 150 million last year

Pinterest announced that it now has 200 million monthly active users (MAUs). For context, the company hit 100 million monthly users exactly two years ago, 150 million users about a year later, and 175 million users around six months after that. In short, Pinterest is nabbing new users at a rate of roughly 50 million a year. Though […]

Facebook Messenger passes 1.3 billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger now has 1.3 monthly active users, the company revealed this morning in a Facebook post. Messenger surpassed the 1.2 billion monthly active users mark in April and the 1 billion mark in July 2016. “We’ve continued working hard to make Messenger the best it can be, introducing new masks, filters and reactions for […]

Facebook halts ad targeting of profile details abused by users

 In a swift response to the news that advertisers were able to target anti-Semitic phrases on Facebook, the social network has shut down “self-reported targeting fields” in the ad system until further notice. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook Messenger hits 1.3 billion monthly users, up from 1.2B in April

 Facebook Messenger continues its ascent, entrenching itself as the top cross-OS messaging app in the West. Messenger now has 1.3 billion monthly users, up from 1.2 billion in April and 1 billion in July 2016. That’s the same count as Facebook’s other chat product, WhatsApp. Messenger’s growth rate has slowed slightly over the years. It […]

Weibo users given one-week warning to provide real names

 The 340 million users of Sina Weibo, China’s popular microblogging service, have been given one week to link their accounts to a real name. The crackdown is being conducted in order to comply with new government rules restricting anonymous online conversation. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Instagram test feature lets users share Stories straight to Facebook

 To boost the popularity of Stories, Facebook could turn to its photo-centric sister app. In a new feature test first spotted by the Next Web’s Matt Navarra and Twitter user @mruiandre, some users are seeing an option to share Instagram Stories directly to the main Facebook app. Instagram has since confirmed that the feature is […]

Facebook Watch original video tab launches to all U.S. users

 Today Facebook officially opened its new Watch tab of original video content to everyone in the U.S. after a limited rollout a month ago and expansion to some more users last week. Available on Facebook’s native mobile apps, desktop site, and TV apps, Watch lets users subscribe to their favorite series instead of just haphazardly […]

Instagram bug leaked data on ‘high-profile’ users, company warns

 A bug related to an Instagram API allowed at least one unscrupulous individual to access the email address and phone number of an unspecified number of “high-profile” users of the app. No other personal information, like password or what have you, seems to have been exposed. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook’s new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users

 Facebook’s latest push into video is now live. On Thursday, the new Watch tab popped up for U.S. users as the feature begins its proper roll-out. The Watch tab sits in some premium Facebook real estate, just under the News Feed and Messenger buttons on the main desktop navigation menu. On mobile, the feature hangs out […]

Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

 Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on a lot of other services. As the company becomes increasingly focused on mobile and discovery centered around photos, users will start expecting the kinds of behaviors that […]