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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies. Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks […]

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IAC outlines its plans for a Match Group spinoff

IAC outlines its plans for a Match Group spinoff Digital media holding company IAC has taken the next step toward spinning off Match Group, with a proposal outlining what that process would look like. Match Group (which owns Tinder, PlentOfFish, OkCupid, Hinge and of course Match itself) is already a publicly-traded company, […]

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Trump gets on Twitch

Trump gets on Twitch The reelection campaign will be livestreamed. US president Donald Trump has joined Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch. Twitch is best known as a social video streaming platform for gamers but does host other content, including politics. The verified DonaldTrump Twitch account, spotted earlier by Reuters, has just one video […]

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New Vector scores $8.5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix

New Vector scores .5M to plug more users into its open, decentralized messaging Matrix New Vector, a European startup founded in 2017 by the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix to drive adoption and grow an ecosystem around an alternative messaging protocol for instant messaging and VoIP apps, has […]

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Instagram launches Create mode with On This Day throwbacks

Instagram launches Create mode with On This Day throwbacks Instagram has finally turned Throwback Thursday into an official feature. It’s part of the new Instagram “Create” mode that launches today in Stories, bringing the app beyond the camera. Create makes Instagram a more omni-purpose social network with the flexibility to adapt to […]

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Lawyers for former Tinder execs file to dismiss defamation lawsuit

Lawyers for former Tinder execs file to dismiss defamation lawsuit Last week, former Tinder CEO Greg Blatt filed a defamation lawsuit against Sean Rad and Rosette Pambakian, who are part of a group of Tinder founders and former executives who accused Blatt (pictured above) of sexual harassment and assault as part of […]

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Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab

Instagram is killing its creepy stalking feature, the Following tab Instagram is removing its Following tab, a feature that became better known as a stalking tool than one to aid with new account discovery, as the company had intended. Today, Instagram says that its Explore tab is the go-to place to find […]

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Daily Crunch: Facebook faces government pressure over encryption

Daily Crunch: Facebook faces government pressure over encryption 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 is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to […]

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Ellen Pao calls out Twitter’s ‘public town square’ model as flawed

Ellen Pao calls out Twitter’s ‘public town square’ model as flawed Project Include CEO Ellen Pao, who has been working to foster diversity, inclusion and ethics in the tech industry, called out Twitter’s “public square” model as flawed — and a decision that indicates a lack of ethical consideration, on Twitter’s part. […]

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Will Smith just dropped $10K on a startup that pitched him on Disrupt’s stage

Will Smith just dropped K on a startup that pitched him on Disrupt’s stage Actor and Hollywood media mogul Will Smith surprised the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019 audience this afternoon by announcing he would invest $10K in a startup that pitched to him onstage as part of “elevator pitch” contest, where the […]

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