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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Facebook says it continued sharing data of inactive users with around 5,000 developers even after their apps' 90-day cut-off date expired; issue is now fixed   —  A Facebook privacy mechanism blocks apps from receiving user data if users didn't use an app for 90 days.
Jul 2, 2020, 11:10 AMIn context
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook says it will pin a voter registration information box at the top of the News Feed for every US user of voting age starting July 3   —  Facebook will pin a box with information about voter registration on the top of the News Feed for every US user who is of voting age starting tomorrow, July 3rd, the company announced today.
Jul 2, 2020, 9:50 AMIn context
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is shutting down Lasso, its TikTok clone launched a year and a half ago, on July 10   —  Facebook is no longer betting on Lasso, an app it launched a year and a half ago, to take on TikTok .  The social juggernaut's TikTok clone is shutting down on July 10, Facebook said.
Jul 2, 2020, 2:55 AMIn context
Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Zuckerberg told staff Facebook won't change policies because of “threat to a small percent of our revenue”, expects advertisers to return “soon enough”   —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees he was reluctant to bow to the threats of a growing ad boycott …
Jul 1, 2020, 7:20 PMIn context
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Rep. David Cicilline says Tim Cook will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee in late July, alongside Facebook, Amazon, and Google CEOs   —  Apple CEO Tim Cook, the last chief executive of four big tech companies targeted in a U.S. House Judiciary Committee antitrust probe …
Jul 1, 2020, 5:20 PMIn context
Jon Porter / The Verge:
WhatsApp announces contact-adding QR codes, animated stickers, dark mode for desktop and web, and a new group calling button   —  Improvements to video calls are also on the way  —  WhatsApp has announced a collection of new features that are coming to the Facebook-owned messaging service in the coming weeks.
Jul 1, 2020, 4:00 PMIn context
CNN:
Of the top 25 Facebook advertisers in 2019, which include Uber and Netflix, only three, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Pfizer, have said they are pausing ad spending   —  New York (CNN Business)Hundreds of companies have promised to halt advertising on Facebook and its sibling platform Instagram …
Jul 1, 2020, 2:05 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Report: Twitch topped 5B hours watched in Q2, up 62.7% QoQ, YouTube Gaming hit 1.5B hours, up 39.6%, and Facebook Gaming reached 822M hours watched, up 48.5%   —  Twitch had already broken viewership records in the first quarter of 2020 amid coronavirus lockdowns, surpassing 3 billion total hours watched …
Jul 1, 2020, 12:20 PMIn context
Reuters:
400+ advertisers suspend Facebook ads for a month, as sources say talks with some advertisers broke down; Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with boycott organizers   —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish …
Jul 1, 2020, 10:25 AMIn context
Nick Summers / Engadget:
UK's Competition and Markets Authority calls for a “pro-competition regulatory regime” to monitor Facebook, Google, and other digital ad giants   —  The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called on the UK government to create “a new pro-competition regulatory regime” …
Jul 1, 2020, 10:20 AMIn context

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