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Facebook tests video speed dating events with ‘Sparked’ – TechCrunch

Facebook confirmed it’s testing a video speed-dating app called Sparked, after the app’s website was spotted by The Verge. Unlike dating app giants such as Tinder, Sparked users don’t swipe on people they like or direct message others. Instead, they cycle through a...

Facebook, Instagram users can now ask ‘oversight’ panel to review decisions not to remove content – TechCrunch

Facebook’s self-styled ‘Oversight Board’ (FOB) has announced an operational change that looks intended to respond to criticism of the limits of the self-regulatory content-moderation decision review body: It says it’s started accepting requests from users to review...

EcoCart raises $3 million for a Honey-like browser extension to offset shoppers’ carbon emissions – TechCrunch

EcoCart, a company pitching consumers on ways to offset their carbon emissions for free at select merchants (with a browser extension!) has raised $3 million in financing from Base10 Partners. Brands pay the company a commission to drive traffic to their websites...

Ocean Solutions Accelerator doubles down on blue economy with new track for later-stage companies – TechCrunch

The planet-loving folks at the Sustainable Ocean Alliance started an accelerator a couple years back focusing on very early-stage companies, but this year they’re expanding the program to accept those that have already closed their first round. The mix of experimental...

Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK’s CMA – TechCrunch

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator said today. The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as...

ShareChat valued at $2.1 billion in $502 million fundraise – TechCrunch

ShareChat said on Thursday it has raised a new financing round that values it at over $2 billion, joining four other local startups in attaining the unicorn status this week. The Indian social network said it has raised $502 million in a new financing round — Series E...

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Facebook tests video speed dating events with ‘Sparked’ – TechCrunch

Facebook confirmed it’s testing a video speed-dating app called Sparked, after the app’s website was spotted by The Verge. Unlike dating app giants such as Tinder, Sparked users don’t swipe on people they like or direct message others. Instead, they cycle through a...

Facebook, Instagram users can now ask ‘oversight’ panel to review decisions not to remove content – TechCrunch

Facebook’s self-styled ‘Oversight Board’ (FOB) has announced an operational change that looks intended to respond to criticism of the limits of the self-regulatory content-moderation decision review body: It says it’s started accepting requests from users to review...

Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK’s CMA – TechCrunch

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator said today. The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as...

ShareChat valued at $2.1 billion in $502 million fundraise – TechCrunch

ShareChat said on Thursday it has raised a new financing round that values it at over $2 billion, joining four other local startups in attaining the unicorn status this week. The Indian social network said it has raised $502 million in a new financing round — Series E...

Pinterest announces $500K Creator Fund, ‘Creator Code’ content policy, moderation tools and more – TechCrunch

Pinterest today hosted an event focused on its creator community, where the company announced a series of updates including the launch of a $500,000 Creator Fund, a new content policy called the Creator Code, as well as new moderation tools, among other things. With...

Facebook tests Hotline, a Q&A product that’s a mashup of Clubhouse and Instagram Live – TechCrunch

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, has today launched its latest experiment, Hotline, into public beta testing. The web-based application could be described as a mashup of Instagram Live and Clubhouse, as it allows creators to speak to an audience who can...

As competition heats up, TikTok announces six new interactive music effects for creators – TechCrunch

TikTok today is doubling down on its roots as a music-backed creation app with the launch of a half dozen new music effects for creators. The effects, which offer interactivity, visualizations, animations and more, will roll out over the next few weeks, starting with...

Facebook faces questions over data breach – TechCrunch

European regulators have questions about a Facebook data breach, Clubhouse adds payments and a robotics company has SPAC plans. This is your Daily Crunch for April 6, 2021. The big story: Facebook faces questions over data breach A data breach involving personal data...

Lawmakers press Instagram for details on its plans for kids – TechCrunch

A group of Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mark Zuckerberg this week to press the CEO on his plans to curate a version of Instagram for children. In a hearing last month, Zuckerberg confirmed reporting by BuzzFeed that the company was exploring an age-gated version of...

Facebook confirms ‘test’ of Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments in US – TechCrunch

Facebook confirms it’s testing a new QR code feature and payment links for use with Facebook Pay to make it easier for people in the U.S. to send or request money from one another. The QR code feature, similar to Venmo’s QR codes and others, will allow a user to scan...

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