Nearly 90% of the world’s internet users are being monitored

A new report claims, surprise, social media isn’t really that free. Instead, it’s full of bad faith actors manipulating elections and government officials surveilling users.  The report, 2019 Freedom on the Net, comes from “independent watchdog organization” Freedom House. And after reading the whole thing (PDF), that still feels like it’s underplaying the growing tire […]

Google News app lets users access content in two languages

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Facebook shares rise on strong Q3, users up 2% to 2.45B

Despite ongoing public relations crises, Facebook kept growing in Q3 2019, demonstrating that media backlash does not necessarily equate to poor business performance. Facebook reached 2.45 billion monthly users, up 1.65 percent from 2.41 billion in Q2 2019 when it grew 1.6 percent, and it now has 1.62 billion daily active users, up 2 percent […]

TikTok’s new set of safety videos teach users about features, the app’s focus on ‘positivity’

TikTok today released a new set of safety videos designed to playfully inform users about the app’s privacy controls and other features — like how to filter comments or report inappropriate behavior, among other things. One video also addresses TikTok’s goal of creating a “positive” social media environment, where creativity is celebrated and harassment is […]

Facebook News launches for a subset of U.S. users

Facing accusations that it allowed misleading news to slip through its filters, Facebook today recommitted to curation with a product called Facebook News.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Twitter Q3 2019 revenue jumps 9% to $824 million, ‘monetizable daily users’ grow 17% to 145 million

Twitter has reported Q3 2019 revenue of $ 824 million, up 9% on the same period last year, as ‘monetizable daily users’ grew 17% to 145 million.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50%

The Snap-back continues. Snapchat blew past earnings expectations for a big beat in Q3, as it added 7 million daily active users this quarter to hit 210 million, up 13% year-over-year. Snap also beat on revenue, notching $ 446 million, which is up a whopping 50% year-over-year, at a loss of $ 0.04 EPS. That […]

Snap grows daily active users in Q3 2019, but revenue guidance sends shares down 5%

Snap forecast Q4 2019 revenue largely below Wall Street estimates, sending its shares down 5% in after-market trading and overshadowing Q3 2019 results.Read More Social – VentureBeat

Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat

Reddit users can now share to Snapchat their favorite content from the site, thanks to a new integration that allows sharing of text, link and image-based posts on iOS from Reddit’s “Safe for Work” communities. The move makes Snapchat the first platform partner with which Reddit is testing content sharing integration, the company says, and […]

Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules

Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but instead will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions. The company said the […]