Category: Instagram

A TikTok ban isn’t enough — Congress must act to get children away from social media

Social media is horrendously broken. Bad actors are exploiting it while the platforms turn a blind eye. Our children are suffering — and our leaders won’t do anything serious about it. The House recently cooked up a legally dubious bill to force TikTok’s owners to sell the company or face its delisting from app stores if it isn’t quickly sold. It’s a bad bill with good…

Meta is testing out a feature that could make Instagram more like YouTube

Instagram is testing out unskippable ads Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images // Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Instagram is testing a feature that makes some ads unskippable. YouTube has a similar strategy, which requires non-paying users to view ads before watching videos.  Instagram’s focus on new features like Reels may have helped it surpass TikTok in growth. Quickly scrolling past AI-generated ads on Instagram…

Diddy Speaks Out For The First Time After Footage Of Him Assaulting Cassie In 2016 Goes Viral

Diddy has officially issued an apology following the release of the horrifying assault video. As The Shade Room previously reported, CNN obtained exclusive surveillance footage that shows Sean “Diddy” Combs attacking his ex-girlfriend, Cassie. RELATED: Cedric The Entertainer, Erica Campbell & More Celebrities Show Cassie Love Amid Viral Video Of Diddy’s Abuse  Diddy Issues Apology In Instagram Video Diddy responded to his actions by sending…

Meta’s latest experiment borrows from BeReal’s and Snapchat’s core ideas

Meta is once again taking on its competitors by developing a feature that borrows concepts from others — in this case, BeReal and Snapchat. The company is developing a feature for Instagram called “Peek” that would allow users to post authentic pictures that can only be viewed once. While Snapchat popularized the idea of ephemeral […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Wayment! Social Media Thinks The Game Is Taking Shots At Rick Ross

Rick Ross has been at the center of Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s rap beef. Ross has been one of the many artists to weigh in and consistently take shots at Drake throughout the rap battle. RELATED: New Boo? The Game Spotted Leaving Dinner With Evelyn Lozada’s Daughter (PHOTOS)  Following the release of Drake’s latest diss track to Kendrick, ‘The Heart Part 6.’ Rozay continued to come for…

Meta AI is obsessed with turbans when generating images of Indian men

Bias in AI image generators is a well-studied and well-reported phenomenon, but consumer tools continue to exhibit glaring cultural biases. The latest culprit in this area is Meta’s AI chatbot, which, for some reason, really wants to add turbans to any image of an Indian man. The company rolled out Meta AI in more than […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Miss Ecuador beauty queen, 23, shot dead after Instagram post of octopus dish ‘led assassins to restaurant’

A BEAUTY model was shot dead in broad daylight after her Instagram post apparently led the killers to her location. Landy Párraga Goyburo, 23, uploaded a picture of octopus ceviche which is thought to have helped the assassins track down the restaurant she was eating. Former Miss Ecuador beauty model was shot dead in broad daylight The beauty queen, seen in the footage wearing a…

Model, 27, hunted by Putin’s cronies & issued £1000 fine after saying ‘Russian women aren’t pretty’ in online rant

AN ONLYFANS model has been hunted down by cronies of Vladimir Putin and fined nearly £1,000 after saying Russian women aren’t pretty. Olya Kasyanenko, 27, was forced to apologise for “insulting” Russian people and Putin’s armed forces and is now facing a police probe. East2West OnlyFans model Olya Kasyanenko, 27, was forced to apologise for ‘insulting’ Russians[/caption] East2West The model claimed Ukrainian women were more…

Watch moment idiotic YouTuber crashes £1.3million McLaren Senna supercar while trying to show off for his pals

WATCH the hair-raising moment an idiotic YouTuber crashed his £1.3million McLaren Senna supercar shortly after buying it. Edmond Barseghian’s dreams crashed and burned as he showboated in front of pals before losing control of his steering. Instagram/edmond_mondi YouTuber, Edmond Barseghian, crashed a £1.3million McLaren Senna just days after buying it[/caption] The driver appeared to attempt a donut manoeuvre before the smash This image shows the…

Iraqi TikTok star Om Fahad shot dead by gunman posing as delivery driver after influencer was jailed for ‘indecent’ vids

A POPULAR Iraqi TikTok star was shot dead in her car by a gunman posing as a delivery driver, Iraqi security officials said. Om Fahad, whose real name is Ghufran Sawadi, was killed outside her home in Baghdad a year after she was jailed for “morality offences”. AFP Om Fahed was gunned down outside her home[/caption] TikTok The influencer had nearly half a million followers on…

Threads is finally testing a recent filter for search results

Meta-owned social network Threads is finally testing a “Recent” filter to sort search results by the latest. Instagram head Adam Mosseri noted Monday that this is a limited test, and the feature is available to only a few people. “We’re starting to test this with a small number of people, so it’s easier to find […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Meta is testing an AI-powered search bar in Instagram

Meta is pushing ahead with its efforts to make its generative AI-powered products available to more users. Apart from testing Meta AI chatbot with users in countries like India on WhatsApp, the company is also experimenting with putting Meta AI in the Instagram search bar for both chat with AI and content discovery. The search […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

‘World strongest girl’, 9, can deadlift a WASHING MACHINE & has protein-rich diet so strict she’s NEVER eaten chocolate

MEET Arshia Goswami – the “world’s strongest girl” who can deadlift as much as a washing machine on her own. The nine-year-old from Haryana, northern India, showed off her unbelievable skills as she performed a remarkable deadlift of 75kg. Little Arshia Goswami is one of the world’s strongest people instagram/@fit_arshia The nine-year-old can lift an incredible 75kg on her own – the equivalent of a…

British TV chef Charles Withers ‘ghosts’ wife and kids for a year after changing name & vanishing ‘without a trace’

A BRITISH chef has been accused of “ghosting” his wife and two children after changing his name and vanishing “without a trace”. Ashley McGuire was left heartbroken after she claims TV star lover Charles Withers abandoned their family a year ago – only for him to be found in 24-hours by part-time social media detectives. Ashley McGuire has claimed her TV star lover Charles Withers…

Meta’s X competitor Threads invites developers to sign up for API access, publishes docs

After opening its developer API to select companies for testing in March, Meta’s Twitter/X competitor Threads is now introducing developer documentation and a sign-up sheet for interested parties ahead of the API’s public launch, planned for June. The new documentation details the API’s current limitations and its endpoints, among other things, which could help developers […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Instagram makes more ad money than YouTube, new court filings reveal

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri, whose business had more ad revenue in 2021 than YouTube. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Instagram generated $32.4 billion in ad revenue in 2021, making up 27% of Meta’s total revenue. Instagram’s ad revenue was higher than Google’s YouTube, which generated $28.8 billion. Meta revealed Instagram’s revenue figures in a court filing, showing rapid growth since its acquisition in…

Russian influencer, 23, sentenced to ten months in prudish Putin’s hard labour gulag for ‘tickling breast’ of war statue

A RUSSIAN influencer has been sentenced to prison for “tickling the breast” of a famous war statue. Alena Agafonova, 23, will be sent to Vladimir Putin’s infamous gulag jail where she will be forced to do 10 months of hard labour. East2West Alena Agafonova, 23, weeping after being convicted of the ‘Rehabilitation of Nazism’ by a Russian court today[/caption] East2West She has also been banned…

Shocking moment rapper ChillinIT’s furious wife shoves female fan off STAGE after she tried to dance with star

THIS is the dramatic moment an Australian rapper’s furious wife shoved a female fan off the stage after she tried to dance with him. Shocking footage shows the woman being thrown off the platform as she fell back into the crowd and injured her head. Instagram The fan was trying to climb up the stage to perform with Aussie rapper ChillingIt[/caption] Instagram She was tackled…

Why it’s already too late to stop the AI apocalypse

The algorithms that undergird our digital lives are increasingly making questionable decisions that enrich the powerful and wreck the lives of average people. Claire Merchlinsky for BI Imagine you’re a hedge-fund manager who’s trying to gain an edge. To maximize returns, you decide to install the latest technology that allows a computer to interpret the changing winds of the market and make thousands of orders…

Fears YouTube star YourFellowArab ‘kidnapped by Haiti gang for £475,000 ransom’ as he vanishes from social media

A YOUTUBE star has allegedly been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti and is being held for a ransom of £475,000, his pals have claimed. Addison Pierre Maalouf, who goes by YourFellowArab on social media, had reportedly travelled to the violence-stricken country to interview infamous warlord Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier before going missing. @YourFellowArab/X Addison Pierre Maalouf, who goes by YourFellowArab on social media, is of…

How to turn off Instagram’s political content filter

It’s election season in the U.S., and Instagram has changed the way that it recommends political content. On both Instagram and the newer X competitor Threads, this change won’t impact what you see from accounts you already follow. But the platforms won’t proactively recommend content about politics, which could limit users’ ability to learn about […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Ron DeSantis just signed a bill barring Florida kids under 14 from using TikTok, SnapChat, and Instagram

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attends the drivers meeting prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2024 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has barred kids under 14 from using social media platforms. He signed a bill on Monday that also blocks 14- and 15-year-olds from owning accounts unless their parents consent….

Meet world’s richest cat Nala worth £80MILLION who makes £12k per post on Instagram after shelter rescue

MEET the world’s richest cat who has a staggering net worth of £84million and rakes in £12,000 per Instagram post. Nala is now rolling in money but she comes from humble beginnings and started her life in an animal shelter. nala_cat This is Nala, the world’s richest cat[/caption] nala_cat Nala has a net worth of £84million[/caption] nala_cat She also has more than four million Instagram…