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Snap paid $250 million to creators on its TikTok clone this year

Snap announced today that it paid over $250 million to more than 12,000 creators this year on Spotlight, its TikTok clone. Unlike Snapchat’s friend-to-friend, ephemeral messaging, Spotlight allo

Pinterest rolls out the option to reply to comments with videos

Pinterest is the latest social media platform to roll out the option to allow users to reply to comments with videos. Users can now do so via the company’s Idea Pins feature. Pinterest launched

Instagram now lets users reply to comments with Reels

Instagram has rolled out a new “Reels Visual Replies” feature that lets users reply to comments on posts with Reels. Now, when users choose to reply to a comment, they’ll see a new o

This Week in Apps: 2021 review, App Store changes paused, Instagram goes to Congress

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Meta’s Horizon Worlds is available in the US and Canada for 18+ users

The company formerly known as Facebook is taking a step toward its goal to transport us to the metaverse. Now, Horizon Worlds — the Second Life or Minecraft of Meta’s VR apps — is ex

Facebook and Instagram roll out personalized ‘Year in Review’ features

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has rolled out “Year in Review” features for both Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook, users can share their personalized “Year Together” card

Meta rolls out a suite of new features and discovery tools for Facebook Live creators

Meta (formerly Facebook) today is introducing a number of Facebook Live updates that will allow creators to engage with fans during their live broadcasts, including new features like Polls, support fo

Instagram’s Adam Mosseri defends the app’s teen safety track record to Congress

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri testified before Congress for the first time Wednesday, defending the app’s impacts on teens and its aspirations to bring younger children formally into the fold. In S

Instagram head Adam Mosseri says the app will offer a chronological feed option early next year

Instagram is bringing back a chronological feed, according to statements made by Instagram head Adam Mosseri during his testimony today before a Senate panel over the harms to young people using the a

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri says teen accounts created on the web don’t default to private

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, is testifying before the Senate today about the impact of Instagram on teens’ mental health. His first appearance before the Senate, this is just one of several

Twitter is the latest platform to test a TikTok copycat feature

Twitter posted today that it’s testing a feature that would turn its in-app “Explore” page into a TikTok-like video feed, complete with even a “For You” tab. This feature

Ireland-led GDPR inquiry into Instagram’s use of kids’ data inches on

Ireland’s embattled data protection regulator, the DPC, has announced the submission of a draft decision sent to other EU DPAs Friday in relation to a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) i

Instagram announces plans for parental controls and other safety features ahead of congressional hearing

On Wednesday, Instagram head Adam Mosseri is set to testify before the Senate for the first time on the issue of how the app is impacting teens’ mental health, following the recent testimonies f

Meta’s NPE team takes a global focus with seed-stage investments, offices in emerging markets

Meta’s (formerly, Facebook’s) experimental app division, the NPE team, is shifting gears. The group, which first launched in mid-2019, has been focused on building consumer-facing apps tha

Playground launches in beta to help creators cultivate community

Launching today in beta, Playground is a social platform that seeks to help people discover and develop community while empowering creators to monetize their audience. For now, the beta is open to sel

Meta explains its approach to user safety following delayed rollout of end-to-end encryption

Meta (formerly Facebook) recently announced its plans to delay the rollout of end-to-end encryption* across its messaging service until sometime in 2023, citing concerns from child safety advocates wh

TikTok adds creator monetization features, including tips and video gifts

TikTok is today introducing new ways for its creators to make money from their content. While already, the short-form video platform allowed creators to accept virtual gifts from fans during TikTok LI

UK’s antitrust watchdog orders Facebook to sell Giphy

In a significant push against Big Tech’s ability to maintain market dominance through sheer buying power, the U.K.’s competition watchdog has ordered Facebook (now Meta) to reverse its acq

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will talk Section 230 reform with Congress this week

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will go before Congress again this week, this time offering her unique perspective on the company’s moderation and policy failures as they relate to Section

Bolt makes first acquisition with Tipser, launches ‘Remote Checkout’

The ability to purchase something at the point of discovery from digital content exists, but Bolt is ready to give that purchase its “one-click” treatment.
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