Twitter restricts accounts in India to comply with government legal request – TechCrunch

Twitter restricts accounts in India to comply with government legal request – TechCrunch

Twitter disclosed on Monday that it blocked four accounts in India to comply with a new legal request from the Indian government. The American social network disclosed on Lumen Database, a Harvard University project, that it took action on four accounts — including those of hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and singer and song-writer Jazzy … Read more

Twitter to revamp user profiles with About tab, support for pronouns, ‘confirmed’ status and more – TechCrunch

Twitter to revamp user profiles with About tab, support for pronouns, ‘confirmed’ status and more – TechCrunch

Alongside news that Twitter is relaunching its account verification system to the public, the company previewed a slate of changes that will soon come to Twitter profiles. In addition to your name, photo, banner, bio and other features available today, the new Twitter profile will include an “About” tab that appears to the left of … Read more

ByteDance CFO assumes role as new TikTok CEO – TechCrunch

ByteDance CFO assumes role as new TikTok CEO – TechCrunch

Eight months after former TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quit in the midst of a full-court press from the Trump administration against the Chinese-owned social media giant, TikTok finally has a new permanent leader. ByteDance’s recently hired CFO Shouzi Chew will be assuming the role as TikTok CEO while still holding the CFO role at its … Read more

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

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 thriving marketplaces for selling fake reviews since it began investigating the issue … Read more

Telegram raises $1BN+, including $150M from Mubadala and Abu Dhabi CP via pre-IPO convertible bonds – TechCrunch

Telegram raises $1BN+, including $150M from Mubadala and Abu Dhabi CP via pre-IPO convertible bonds – TechCrunch

Update: Telegram has now announced it’s pulled in over $1BN in debt financing by selling bonds. Founder Pavel Durov put out an update via his official Telegram channel after a press announcement earlier today had revealed the company had taken in $150M from Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners by selling 5-year pre-IPO convertible bonds. … Read more

Facebook will bring back F8 on June 2 as a pared-back, single-day, virtual-only conference for developers – TechCrunch

Facebook will bring back F8 on June 2 as a pared-back, single-day, virtual-only conference for developers – TechCrunch

After a few twists and turns and then ultimately cancelling its F8 developer conference last year over Covid-19 concerns, Facebook today announced a return of the event in a virtual-only format it is calling F8 Refresh. The company today said that it will be holding it as a one-day event on June 2. You can … Read more

The next era of moderation will be verified – TechCrunch

The next era of moderation will be verified – TechCrunch

Rick Song is co-founder and CEO of Persona. Since the dawn of the internet, knowing (or, perhaps more accurately, not knowing) who is on the other side of the screen has been one of the biggest mysteries and thrills. In the early days of social media and online forums, anonymous usernames were the norm and … Read more

Twitter acqui-hires team from Reshuffle to work on its API platform – TechCrunch

Twitter acqui-hires team from Reshuffle to work on its API platform – TechCrunch

Twitter today is announcing what the company calls a “strategic acquihire” of the API integration platform Reshuffle. The startup’s commercial technology, which allows developers to build workflows and connect systems using any API, will be wound down as a result of Twitter’s deal. However, Reshuffle’s entire team of seven, including co-founders Amir Shevat and Avner … Read more

A closer look at homepage curation, follow hooks and other features – TechCrunch

A closer look at homepage curation, follow hooks and other features – TechCrunch

Clubhouse, the social audio app that first took Silicon Valley by storm and is now gaining much wider appeal, is an interesting user experience case study. Hockey-stick growth — 8 million global downloads as of last month, despite still being in a pre-launch, invite-only mode, according to App Annie — is something most startups would … Read more

Indian social network Public App raises $41 million – TechCrunch

Indian social network Public App raises $41 million – TechCrunch

Public App, a location-based social network that connects individuals to people in their vicinity, has raised $41 million in a new round, just six months after securing $35 million as the hyper-local Indian startup looks to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market. A91 Partners led the new round in Public App, … Read more