• 8
    Oct

    Facebook: Trump can’t recruit ‘army’ of poll watchers under new voter intimidation rules

    In a blog post-Wednesday, Facebook  said it will no longer allow content that encourages poll watching that uses “militarized” language or intends to “intimidate, exert control, or display power over election officials or voters.” Facebook credited the update to its platform rules to civil rights experts who it worked with to create the policy. Facebook Vice President of Content Policy Monika Bickert ...
  • 7
    Oct

    Slack introduces new features to ease messaging between business partners

    Slack is holding its Frontiers conference this week — virtually like everyone else in 2020 — and it’s introducing some new features to make it easier to message between partners. At the same time, it’s talking about some experimental features that could appear in the platform at some point (or not). Let’s start with some features to help communicate with partners outside of ...
  • 7
    Oct

    Facebook says it will ban QAnon across its platforms

    Facebook expanded a ban on QAnon-related content on its various social platforms Tuesday, deepening a previous prohibition on QAnon-related groups that had “discussed potential violence,” according to the company. Today’s move by Facebook to not only ban violent QAnon content but “any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon” is an escalation by the social giant to clean its platform ...
  • 5
    Oct

    Google delays mandating Play Store payments rule in India to April 2022

    Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing rule in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in the world’s second largest internet market forged an informal coalition to express concerns over the 30% charge the Android-maker plans to mandate on its store and started to explore an alternative marketplace for their apps. The company, which ...
  • 24
    Sep

    YouTube will add mail-in voting info box next to videos that discuss voting by mail

    YouTube has been relatively quiet about its strategy to battle the flow of misinformation leading into the 2020 U.S. election, but the platform has a few new measures in store. The video sharing site will begin attaching a box with vetted facts about mail-in voting on any videos that discuss the topic. The new mail-in voting info boxes will link out ...
  • 24
    Sep

    India’s ShareChat raises $40 million, says its short-video platform Moj now reaches 80 million users

    ShareChat,  an Indian social network that focuses entirely on serving users in non-English languages, said on Thursday it has raised $40 million from a clutch of investors after the Indian startup added tens of millions of new users in recent months. The five-year-old Bangalore-based startup said Dr. Pawan Munjal, chief executive and chairman of giant two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp, Ajay Shridhar ...
  • 24
    Sep

    United Airlines is making COVID-19 tests available to passengers, powered in part by Color

    There’s still no clear path back to any sense of ‘business-as-usual’ as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but United Airlines is embarking on a new pilot project to see if easy access to COVID-19 testing immediately prior to a flight can help ease freedom of mobility. The airline will offer COVID-19 tests (either rapid tests at the airport, or mail-in at home tests ...
  • 11
    Sep

    Imran Khan’s Verishop adds Verified Shops, a way for emerging brands to set up shop ...

    Verishop, the Los Angeles online retailer founded by former Snap executive Imran Khan, launched a little over a year ago to change the way people shop online. Now the company is launching a new initiative called “Verified Shops” which looks to change the way that up-and-coming retail brands can sell their wares.  As direct-to-consumer and upstart brands look for new ...
  • 11
    Sep

    Trump says deadline for TikTok sale won’t be extended

    The United States government will not extend the September 20 deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to sell TikTok,  President Donald Trump said on Thursday. This adds urgency to negotiations because TikTok may be banned in the United States if it can’t reach an agreement with a buyer. “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” Trump said before boarding Air Force One ...
  • 10
    Sep

    Carbon Health to launch 100 pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics across the U.S.

    Primary care health tech startup Carbon Health has added a new element to its “omnichannel” healthcare approach with the launch of a new pop-up clinic model that is already live in San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Brooklyn and Manhattan, with Detroit to follow soon – and that will be rolling out over the next weeks and months across a variety of major markets ...