Category: Social

Tumblr CEO publicly spars with trans user over account ban, revealing private account names in the process

Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Tumblr owner Automattic, is supposed to be on sabbatical. Instead, he’s arguing with Tumblr users over an individual content moderation decision, which has sparked communitywide outcry and accusations of transphobia. Over the last few days, the situation escalated to the point that Mullenweg has engaged with the user in question on […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Reddit says it’s made $203M so far licensing its data

Reddit’s prospects as it barrels toward a stock market listing have a lot more to do with relationships with AI vendors such as OpenAI than one might expect. In its IPO prospectus filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Reddit repeatedly emphasized how much it thinks it stands to gain — and has […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Musk’s X withholds accounts, tweets in India to obey orders

X, formerly known as Twitter, said Wednesday it is withholding specific accounts and posts in India, action it said the firm disagrees with, in response to executive orders issued by the Indian government. Non-compliance with the executive orders, X said, would have subjected the firm to “potential penalties including significant fines and imprisonment.” X’s Global […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Reesa Teesa’s ‘Who TF did I marry?’ TikToks are like an audiobook

TikTok’s latest viral superstar is Reesa Teesa, a Georgia woman who posted 50 videos — just under 10 minutes long apiece — chronicling her tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband. That’s over six hours of content, all about a stranger’s experience living with a compulsive liar. But millions of viewers are eating it up, clinging to […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Spam attack on Twitter/X rival Mastodon highlights ‘Fediverse’ vulnerabilities

A spam attack that impacted the open source X rival Mastodon, Misskey, and other apps highlights how the decentralized social web, also known as the Fediverse, is open to abuse. Over the past several days, attackers have targeted smaller Mastodon servers, taking advantage of open registrations to automate the creation of spam accounts. Mastodon founder […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

EU opens formal probe of TikTok under Digital Services Act, citing child safety, risk management and other concerns

The European Union is formally investigating TikTok’s compliance with the bloc’s Digital Services Act (DSA), the Commission has announced. Areas the Commission is focusing on in this investigation of TikTok are linked to the protection of minors, advertising transparency, data access for researchers, and the risk management of addictive design and harmful content, in said […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

OpenAI releases Sora, a credit score–based dating app launches and an anti-Tesla ad comes under fire

Welcome, folks, to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter covering noteworthy happenings in the tech industry. This week, OpenAI stunned the blogosphere with the release of Sora, a new AI model that can generate videos in impressively high fidelity. We’ve seen video generators before. But what makes Sora unique is its understanding of time […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Can’t decide between Bluesky, Mastodon and Nostr? Nootti’s new app lets you post to all three.

Managing a social presence these days can be tough. It’s even tougher for those who are experimenting with the new wave of Twitter-like services, like Mastodon, Nostr and Bluesky, where staying active means a lot of duplicate posts to different networks. Thankfully, developers are starting to address our needs for cross-posting tools. In addition to […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Yes, Threads is running a fact-checking program, but the system isn’t fully rolled out

Threads, Meta’s Twitter-like service and competitor to X, may be distancing itself from politics, but that doesn’t mean it won’t try to tackle the misinformation that spreads across social media — particularly in the lead-up to national elections. Following user reports of fact-checks spotted on the network, the company confirmed it’s engaged with fact-checking organizations […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Bluesky and Mastodon users are having a fight that could shape the next generation of social media

People on Bluesky and Mastodon are fighting over how to bridge the two decentralized social networks, and whether there should even be a bridge at all. Behind the snarky GitHub comments, these coding conflicts aren’t frivolous — in fact, they could shape the future of the internet. Mastodon is the most established decentralized social app […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

President Biden has a meme strategy, and it’s leaning on Dark Brandon

President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign has finally set up shop on TikTok. Despite controversy in Congress over the app, TikTok is an indispensable tool for presidential candidates to reach young voters, experts say. “I wasn’t surprised at all to see that the campaign launched a TikTok account, because it would genuinely have been such a […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Bluesky opens to everyone, Rivian reveals its new SUV, and governments exploit iPhones

Hey, folks, welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter that recaps the last few days in tech. This week, social network Bluesky opened for anyone to join — which feels appropriate here in NYC, given the sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve been enjoying. For those more inclined to while away the days […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

With Disney’s magic, Fortnite is poised to win the metaverse

We may not be using the M word much these days, but the race to build an interconnected avatar-driven virtual world didn’t take the last year off. The metaverse, a tech buzzword sandwiched in between the hype eras of NFTs and AI, is still being built, regardless of what we’re calling it. And in light […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Epic Games and Disney partner up on a Fortnite ‘entertainment universe’

Lego Fortnite is only two months old, but Epic Games is already out with an even bigger collaboration. Epic and Disney announced today that the companies will partner on an “all-new games and entertainment universe” that will bring characters from Disney’s deep catalogue to life through Fortnite. The scope of the project sounds massive, to […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

How Twitter’s descent into chaos is paving the way for a new web

The post-Twitter era has spurred the development and further growth of numerous social networks that prioritize brief posts, from open source standbys like Mastodon to new decentralized concepts like Bluesky, and those from smaller startups like Post, Spill, and Spoutible, to those from tech giants like Meta, which launched the Twitter-like Threads. While this is […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

As Bluesky opens to the public, CEO Jay Graber faces her biggest challenge yet

Bluesky CEO Jay Graber says that her job is like being a substitute teacher. It’s not what you’d expect from the head of an experimental, up-and-coming social platform, but it makes sense: there’s a lot of pressure, and a mischievous audience is eager to poke and prod at any crack in your armor until you […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Meta cuts off third-party access to Facebook Groups, leaving developers and customers in disarray

The recent surprise announcement that Meta will soon be shutting down its Facebook Groups API is throwing some businesses and social media marketers into disarray. On January 23, Meta announced the release of its Facebook Graph API v19.0, which included the news that the company would be deprecating its existing Facebook Groups API. The latter, […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Oversight Board calls on Meta to rewrite ‘incoherent’ rules against faked videos

A misleading seven second clip of President Biden could reshape Facebook’s misinformation policies ahead of the 2024 election, but the platform — and the American electorate — are running out of time. The Oversight Board, the external advisory group that Meta created to review its moderation decisions on Facebook and Instagram, issued a decision on […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Apple launches the Vision Pro, Taylor Swift fans strike back and Palworld comes under fire

Hey, folks, welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter that recaps the week in tech that was. And, boy, was it a week. Lots happened — let’s dig in. As layoffs in tech picked up, the Vision Pro, Apple’s attempt at an AR headset, launched with hundreds of apps right out the gate. […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Mark Zuckerberg calls Apple’s DMA rules ‘so onerous’ he doubts any developer will opt in

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has added his voice to those criticizing Apple’s compliance with the EU’s new Digital Markets Act (DMA) regulation, which forces Apple to open up its App Store and allows developers to use their own payment systems, among other things. During Meta’s Q4 earnings call this afternoon, Zuckerberg responded to an investor […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Snap CEO says 20 million U.S. teens use Snapchat, but only 200,000 parents use its Family Center controls

During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on kids’ online safety, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel shared that 20 million teenagers use Snapchat in the United States and that around 200,000 parents use its Family Center supervision controls. He also shared that approximately 400,000 teen accounts have been linked to a parent’s account through Family Center. Spiegel’s […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Universal Music Group plans to pull song catalog from TikTok

Universal Music Group (UMG), the label representing artists including Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande, says that it’ll pull its music from TikTok tomorrow at midnight after failing to reach a deal with the platform’s parent company, ByteDance, over royalties. UMG won’t seek to renew its current arrangement with TikTok, set to expire on […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

The Taylor Swift deepfake debacle was frustratingly preventable

You know you’ve screwed up when you’ve simultaneously angered the White House, the TIME Person of the Year, and pop culture’s most rabid fanbase. That’s what happened last week to X, the Elon Musk-owned platform formerly called Twitter, when AI-generated, pornographic deepfake images of Taylor Swift went viral. One of the most widespread posts of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Meta will share data with researchers studying online well-being

Ahead of a major Congressional hearing about children’s online safety, Meta has announced a collaboration with the Center for Open Science, a non-profit dedicated to transparency in academic research. As part of this pilot program, Meta says it will share “privacy-preserving social media data” with select academic researchers who study well-being. “At Meta, we want […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

Disney’s VR treadmill, OpenAI fixes ‘lazy’ GPT-4, and Apple rolls out stolen device protection

Hey, folks, and welcome to Week in Review (WiR), TechCrunch’s regular newsletter covering notable happenings in tech over the past few days. On the agenda for this edition is Disney’s innovative VR treadmill, OpenAI fixing its “lazy” AI and MIT’s high-capacity, fast-charging organic battery tech. We also cover Apple’s new stolen device protection feature, AI […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

mmm.page could make you enjoy the internet again

The internet can be bad. But mmm.page might just be good. The platform is hard to explain, but it describes itself as “Tumblr x Animal Crossing x Mii Plaza,” which is somehow more accurate than my idea of “MySpace meets Linktree, except not really.” The anonymous founder, XH, told TechCrunch, “I am also refining my […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use…

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