Facebook will temporarily disable a tool that lets advertisers exclude people of color

Facebook has been under fire for its practices and policies that enable advertisers to exclude “multicultural affinity” groups from the audiences they reach via the social network. Now, in light of a ProPublica investigation and pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, Facebook says it’s committed to taking a closer look … More…

Facebook will teach the unemployed digital/social media skills in 30 cities

Whether it’s to “bring the world closer together” or improve its public image, Facebook today announced Community Boost. Facebook tells me it’s investing tens of millions of dollars into the program that will travel to 30 cities around the U.S. in 2018. It will teach digital job skills to the … More…

When you spend $100 million on social media, it comes with help, says Trump strategist

Earlier today, at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Brad Parscale, the digital director of Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign, revealed much more about Trump’s election campaign and the role that Facebook played in it. In conversation with renowned investigative journalist Michael Isikoff, Parscale also suggested that if anyone was seeking … More…

Instagram pushes more influencers to adopt its new format for sponsored posts

Instagram is moving forward with the rollout of its branded content tool, which allows celebrities and other popular users to identify posts that are paid for by advertisers. The company first introduced the tool in June, then made it available to more accounts in August while also establishing a policy requiring … More…

Unboxing Stitchfixs S-1

Ezra Galston Contributor Stitch Fix’s numbers – especially for FY 2016 (and presumably prior) – are so far outside the normal distribution, that they look more like the growth of a viral social app than a commerce company. My personal guess is that Stitch Fix, with its differentiated & innovative … More…

Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

No one’s posting to Facebook Stories. Only eight of my 2,800 friends have Stories up right now, and three came from the new “cross-post from Instagram Stories” feature. Maybe younger or international demographics are, but I’d bet they’re too wrapped up in Snapchat and Instagram. It’s slow adoption for a … More…

So why oh why is Twitter doing #280?

Late yesterday Twitter announced the unthinkable for time-pressed journalists everywhere by revealing it is testing doubling the character length of tweets. Farewell sweet brevity of 140chars. Hello pointless extra blah-blah-blah #280. Let’s do this! https://t.co/JUT8oemc9g — Ed Ho (@mrdonut) September 26, 2017 But why oh why is Twitter doing this? … More…

US election agency seeks views on rule change for digital ad platforms

The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has voted to seek public views on whether there should be a change to the rules for political ads that extends disclaimer requirements to ads shown on digital platforms, such as Facebook and Google. At a meeting today the FEC voted to reopen public … More…

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet with Google, Facebook and Microsoft. This follows an agreement in May for G7 … More…