Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers

By Josh Constine Set the “days without a Facebook’s privacy problem” counter to zero. This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. It contains sensitive business information including weekly average users, page views, and new users. After two days of Facebook investigating, the …

Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

By Josh Constine Are you ready for some scary numbers? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits”, Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. Buried in Facebook’s Android app is an unreleased “Your Time On Facebook” feature. It shows the tally of how …

Messenger Kids expands outside the U.S., rolls out ‘kindness’ features

By Sarah Perez Facebook’s kid-friendly messaging app, Messenger Kids, is expanding to its first countries outside the U.S. today, with launches in Canada and Peru. It’s also introducing French and Spanish versions of its app, and rolling out a handful of new features focused on promoting respect and empathy, including a “Messenger Kids Pledge” and something called “Kindness Stickers,” which …

Happn takes on Tinder Places with an interactive map of missed connections

By Sarah Perez Dating app Happn, whose “missed connections” type of dating experience connects people who have crossed paths in real life, is fighting back at Tinder. Seemingly inspired by Happn’s location-based features, Tinder recently began piloting something called Tinder Places – a feature that tracks your location to match you with those people who visit your same haunts – …

Fb Messenger auto-translation chips at US/Mexico language wall

By Josh Constine Facebook’s been criticized for tearing America apart, but now it will try to help us forge bonds with our neighbors to the south. Facebook Messenger will now offer optional auto-translation of English to Spanish and vice-versa for all users in the United States and Mexico. It’s a timely launch given the family separation troubles at the nations’ …

Facebook expands fact-checking program, adopts new technology for fighting fake news

By Sarah Perez Facebook this morning announced an expansion of its fact-checking program and other actions it’s taking to combat the scourge of fake news on its social network. The company, which was found to be compromised by Russian trolls whose disinformation campaigns around the November 2016 presidential election reached 150 million Americans, has been increasing its efforts at fact-checking …

Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte

By Sarah Perez Twitter this morning announced it has agreed to buy San Francisco-based technology company Smyte, which describes itself as “trust and safety as a service.” Founded in 2014 by former Google and Instagram engineers, Smyte offers tools to stop online abuse, harassment, and spam, and protect user accounts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this is …

Facebook lets some group admins charge members for access

By Jack Morse You already give Facebook your data, so why not throw a little cold, hard cash into the mix as well. Just bear with me here. So, you’re following your favorite creator on the social network created in a dorm room, but because of that pesky algorithm her posts never show up in your Newsfeed. That’s OK, you …

#Postcards4Families fundraising campaign lets kids help separated families at the border

By Nicole Gallucci It’s hard not to feel helpless as details regarding the more than 2,300 kids who’ve been separated from their parents at the U.S. and Mexico border continue to come out — including heart-shattering audio from child detention centers. After brainstorming ways to raise awareness about the harrowing effects of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, a group of …

Instagram hits 1 billion monthly users, up from 800M in September

By Josh Constine Instagram’s meteoric rise continues, dwarfing the stagnant growth rates of Snapchat and Facebook. Today Instagram announced that it has reached 1 billion monthly active users, after reaching 800 million in September 2017 with 500 million daily users. That massive audience could be a powerful draw for IGTV, the longer-form video hub its launching for creators today. While …