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David Marcus defends Facebook’s Messenger Kids platform

David Marcus defends Facebook’s Messenger Kids platform

David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of Messaging Products, responded to the backlash against Messenger Kids when he spoke at the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday. “Families will be better off because it exists,” said Marcus. “I firmly believe that it is a good product.” Messenger Kids launched in December, targeting kids aged 6 […]

Facebook’s plan to build community with hiring and $10M in grants

Facebook’s plan to build community with hiring and $10M in grants

Facebook will award up to $1 million to five community leaders and $50,000 to 100 more to fund their ideas for how to strengthen people’s online and offline connections. Facebook will also hire double the number of engineers currently working on safety-related causes in its London office. These were a few of the big announcements […]

Facebook picks up half-hour dramedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen

Facebook picks up half-hour dramedy series starring Elizabeth Olsen

Facebook isn’t one to be outdone by Apple’s recent big content spending: It’s purchasing a 10-episode, straight-to-series half-hour drama-comedy series produced and starring Elizabeth Olsen. The production also includes Lizzy Weiss on board as showrunner, Kit Steinkellner as creator and lead writer and Master of None‘s James Ponsoldt as a directly and executive producer for […]

Facebook brings animation tools to its Quill VR painting app

Facebook brings animation tools to its Quill VR painting app

After having declared last year that the app would receive no future updates, Facebook is delivering a big update to its VR painting tool Quill. The update expands on Quill’s initial promise, expanding it from being a platform for designing static scenes to one that can handle dynamic animated ones. The new updates adds the ability […]

Seattle says Facebook broke one of its campaign advertising laws

Seattle says Facebook broke one of its campaign advertising laws

Seattle’s election commission says Facebook broke a city law that requires it to disclose who paid for campaign ads. Reuters reports that the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission’s executive director, Wayne Barnett, said Facebook must reveal advertising spending information for last year’s city elections or potentially face fines of up to $5,000 per ad purchase. […]

Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

Why I decided to install Messenger Kids

I’ve been struggling with whether or not to download Facebook’s new app aimed at children, Messenger Kids, onto my daughter’s iPad. This weekend, I took the plunge. I sat with her as she typed her first message and sent a selfie. I watched as she discovered GIFs. I wasn’t sure I had done the right […]

Mobile delivers high exit multiples despite broader market slowdown

Mobile delivers high exit multiples despite broader market slowdown

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: In the world of mobile apps, numbers come in two sizes: big and bigger. More than one billion people use Facebook’s mobile app every day. Instagram — another Facebook property — has well over 100 million photos and […]

How Facebook stole the news business

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash readers into thinking it was […]

Instagram’s Carousel ad format is coming to Instagram Stories

Instagram’s Carousel ad format is coming to Instagram Stories

It’s been less than a year since Instagram brought advertising to Instagram Stories — a format that its owner Facebook said in November has more than 300 million daily users. Since then, it’s been working to expand those capabilities, like incorporating ad formats that were already established elsewhere. Today, Instagram is announcing plans to bring […]