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Influencers peddling medical, financial advice now need certification, China says

China has taken another step to regulate how online influencers impart information to their followers. The government has put a great deal of effort...

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YouTube Shorts tops 1.5B logged-in users monthly users, touted as feeder to long-form content

In an effort to present itself as a viable competitor to the reigning short-form video platform TikTok, YouTube announced today its rival service...

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Duolingo back in China app stores after 1 year with a local twist

Duolingo, the Nasdaq-listed language learning app, is back in China’s Apple App Store and Android stores nearly a year after it disappeared...

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Amid growing concerns around app addiction, TikTok rolls out more screen tools

TikTok users regularly complain of hours lost on the platform, thanks to the video app’s unmatched ability to distract, entertain and engage...

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Chasing TikTok, Meta rolls out new Reels features and expands Instagram Reels to 90 seconds

As it continues to chase TikTok, Meta today announced a series of updates and new features for its Reels products across both Facebook and Instagram....

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YouTube’s mobile app can now sync to your TV without casting for a ‘second screen’ experience

YouTube is improving its app’s experience for those who watch videos via their TVs, the company announced today. After observing that many...

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TikTok to launch LIVE creator subscriptions this week

TikTok is ramping up its competition with Twitch, YouTube, and others with this week’s launch of TikTok LIVE subscriptions, a new program that...

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Buffalo shooter invited others to his private Discord ‘diary’ 30 minutes before attack

The shooter maintained a detailed "diary" in a private Discord server, but opened it to others just 30 minutes before the killing began.

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YouTube’s player gains new features including Most Replayed, Video Chapters, Single Loop and more

YouTube today is launching a new feature designed to help users identify the most popular parts of a video they’re watching, along with other...

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Facebook and Twitter still can’t contain the Buffalo shooting video

Ten people were murdered this weekend in a racist attack on a Buffalo, New York supermarket. The eighteen-year-old white supremacist shooter...

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There are no easy answers for tech in the aftermath of the Buffalo tragedy

As a gunman wrought terror in a Buffalo, New York supermarket over the weekend, the violence was, yet again, streamed live online. The latest U.S....

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PSA: Owl City remixed Smash Mouth’s “All Star”

It's a big deal.

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Congress asks Meta, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter to archive evidence of Russian war crimes

Four U.S. representatives signed letters to the CEOs of Meta, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter urging them to archive any content uploaded to their...

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YouTube Shorts gains a TikTok-like ‘Green Screen’ feature

YouTube is expanding on its latest feature that made any public YouTube video potential fodder for its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts. Today, the...

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Meta says it will now pay creators for original content in Facebook Reels

Meta recently said it would prioritize original content in its algorithms. Now, it’s going to pay for it. To help fend off the TikTok threat,...

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Instagram is testing a full-screen home feed

You know how when you log onto TikTok, the first thing you see (besides maybe an ad) is a full-screen, vertical video? Instagram is testing a feature...

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How to see who viewed your TikTok profile

Only you can see who viewed your profile, but if you turn on the feature, then you're also consenting to let other people see that you've...

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Google tells shareholders that YouTube Shorts is doing great, don’t worry about TikTok!

Alphabet, the parent company to Google, announced its first quarter earnings this evening.

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Only 12% of full-time creators make over $50k a year, says Linktree

A new report from the link-in-bio unicorn illuminates new findings about the creator economy.

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Public YouTube videos are now eligible to be ‘remixed’ into YouTube Shorts unless creators opt out

YouTube’s TikTok competitor known as YouTube Shorts is today launching a new feature, similar to TikTok’s Stitch, that will allow...

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Study finds TikTik’s ban on uploads in Russia failed, leaving it dominated by pro-war content

With Facebook, Twitter and Instagram banned by the Kremlin, TikTok is the last global social media platform still operating in Russia. In response to...

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YouTube services worldwide are experiencing issues, company confirms

YouTube today confirmed the site is experiencing a variety of issues that are impacting users worldwide. The company acknowledged the service’s...

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There are no laws protecting kids from being exploited on YouTube — one teen wants to change that

At just 17, Chris McCarty helped a Washington state rep craft a bill that would add unprecedented regulation to the way children are monetized on...

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TikTok launches its own AR development platform, Effect House

Last August, TechCrunch noted TikTok was working to build its own augmented reality (AR) development platform called Effect House, which would allow...

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Spotify continues testing a TikTok-like discovery feed

This feed will show users in select countries 15 song recommendations per day.

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Tencent to shut down its game streaming service

Tencent, the world’s largest video games company, said it will shutter its game streaming platform Penguin Esports by June due to...

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YouTube may be getting a dedicated podcasts homepage

There were already several hints that YouTube was getting more serious about podcasts, after reports indicated the company hired a podcast executive,...

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State attorneys want TikTok and Snap to support third-party parental control apps

TikTok and Snapchat need more parental controls, a letter signed by 44 attorneys general stated. Yesterday, the National Association of Attorneys...

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