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TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of […]

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Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an […]

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Over two dozen encryption experts call on India to rethink changes to its intermediary liability rules

Over two dozen encryption experts call on India to rethink changes to its intermediary liability rules Security and encryption experts from around the world are joining a number of organizations to call on India to reconsider its proposed amendments to local intermediary liability rules. In an open letter to India’s IT Minister […]

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Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030

Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030 Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you […]

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Daily Crunch: Twitter will let you limit replies

Daily Crunch: Twitter will let you limit replies The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Farewell, don’t @ me. Twitter will test a way to […]

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Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy

Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy It’s 2020 — a key election year in the US — and Facebook is doubling down on its policy of letting people pay it to fuck around with democracy. Despite trenchant criticism — including from US lawmakers accusing Facebook’s CEO to his […]

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Facebook and eBay pledge to do more to tackle trade in fake reviews after pressure from UK regulator

Facebook and eBay pledge to do more to tackle trade in fake reviews after pressure from UK regulator Facebook and eBay have made commitments to do more to stop fake reviews being sold on their platforms after coming under pressure from a UK markets regulator — even as fresh examples of the […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook bans deepfakes

Daily Crunch: Facebook bans deepfakes The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook bans deceptive deepfakes and some misleadingly modified media In a policy update […]

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Facebook bans deceptive deepfakes and some misleadingly modified media

Facebook bans deceptive deepfakes and some misleadingly modified media Facebook wants to be the arbiter of truth after all. At least when it comes to intentionally misleading deepfakes and heavily manipulated and/or synthesized media content, such as AI-generated photorealistic human faces that look like real people but aren’t. In a policy update […]

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Douyin, TikTok app in China, hits 400 million daily active users

Douyin, TikTok app in China, hits 400 million daily active users China’s TikTok, which has taken the world by storm, is working its magic in its home nation, too. The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin, has amassed 400 million daily active users, parent company ByteDance revealed in its annual report this […]

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