YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos

People doing stupid stuff on the Internet is hardly news. To wit: The Tide Pod Challenge, in which YouTubers have been filming themselves eating — or, we really hope, pretending to eat — laundry detergent pods. Why? Uh, because they’re brightly colored?? We guess??????? Obviously this is Darwin Awards’ levels … More…

UK eyeing extremism tax on social media giants

The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants. In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, security minister Ben Wallace hit out at tech platforms like Facebook and Google, dubbing such companies “ruthless profiteers” and saying they are … More…

FabFitFun expands its empire with a new app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire

FabFitFun, the women’s lifestyle subscription service and media company that’s become a household name among influencers of a certain generation, is expanding its empire with the launch of a new video app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire. The Los Angeles company founded by Daniel and Michael Broukhim has become … More…

Twitter finally boots hate group that Trump retweeted off its platform

Yesterday Twitter said it would begin enforcing new hate speech rules to shutter accounts that promote violence against citizens to further their causes. The same day it suspended the accounts of the far right British hate group, Britain First, along with the accounts of its leader Paul Golding, and deputy … More…

Photoslurp bags $870k for its shop the look UGC marketing platform

Bootstrapping Barcelona-based visual commerce startup Photoslurp has taken its first external funding: Announcing €750,000 (~$870k) in pre-Series A financing, led by Spanish VC Inveready Technology Investment Group, with participation from Bankinter VC, Caixa Capital Risc and ICF. The team’s SaaS platform is designed for brands to build influence by leveraging user generated … More…

Sources: Snap has acquired Metamarkets for less than $100M to step up its ad tech play

As Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, gears up to report its quarterly earnings next week, it looks like the company is making some moves to beef up its primary business line, advertising. TechCrunch has learned that the company has acquired Metamarkets, an ad tech startup that provides programmatic ad data-related … 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…

Google Clouds Natural Language API gets content classification and more granular sentiment analysis

Google Cloud announced two updates this morning to its Natural Language API. Specifically users will now have access to content classification and entity sentiment analysis. These features are particularly valuable for brands and media companies For starters, GCP users will now be able to tag content as corresponding with common … 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…

Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

According to Emilio Ferrara, a USC Information Sciences Institute researcher, not all Twitter bots are born bad. He should know. Ferrara created a “large-scale experiment designed to analyze the spread of information on social networks” and found that “good” tweets spread just as quickly as bad tweets. Further, they confirmed … More…

Facebook centralizes its crisis response tools in a new hub called Crisis Response

Facebook today is announcing a new feature called Crisis Response, designed to make it easier for people to find out more about recent crises and access various to tools to support recovery, including Safety Check, Community Help and Fundraisers. This trio of tools had previously existed – the difference is … More…

Even more US adults now getting news from social media, says Pew

New research by Pew suggests there has been another increase in the proportion of U.S. adults getting news via social media platforms. In May last year the researcher reported that 62 per cent of American adults were obtaining news from tech platforms, saying 18 per cent were doing so often. … More…

Amazons social media Influencers program opens up to YouTube stars

Amazon’s Influencer Program, a service that allows social media personalities to earn commissions on the Amazon products they promote, is now accepting sign-ups from YouTube influencers who want to participate. Last Thursday, Amazon quietly enabled a self-service tool for YouTube stars that lets them request to join the highly-vetted program, … More…