WeChat begins censoring users ahead of China’s National Party Congress

 Expect to see plenty of censorship news coming out of China over the next week. The country’s National Congress is a hugely influential political summit that takes place every five years, and includes the selection of central party leadership. It is also a time when Chinese censors are on high alert, particularly when it comes […]

Twitter users join 24hr boycott to protest online harassment

 A number of Twitter users are joining in a 24 hour boycott of the platform today, organized around the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, to draw attention to online harassment on social media, including how women’s voices are silenced by bullying and abuse. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Do iPhone Users Spend More Online Than Android Users?

Posted by MartyMeany Apple has just launched their latest flagship phones to market and later this year they’ll release their uber-flagship: the iPhone X. The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone yet, at a cool 9. With so many other smartphones on the market offering similar functionality, it begs the question: Do iPhone users […]

Facebook: 10 million U.S. users saw Russia-linked ads

(Reuters) — Some 10 million people in the United States saw politically divisive ads on Facebook that the company said were purchased in Russia in the months before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election, Facebook said on Monday. Facebook, which had not previously given such an estimate, said in a statement that it used […]

Instagram Reaches 800 Million Users, 2 Million Advertisers

Instagram has announced it now has more than 800 million monthly active users, and 2 million active advertisers. Social Media Today RSS

Pinterest passes 200 million monthly users, up from 150 million last year

Pinterest announced that it now has 200 million monthly active users (MAUs). For context, the company hit 100 million monthly users exactly two years ago, 150 million users about a year later, and 175 million users around six months after that. In short, Pinterest is nabbing new users at a rate of roughly 50 million a year. Though […]

Facebook Messenger passes 1.3 billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger now has 1.3 monthly active users, the company revealed this morning in a Facebook post. Messenger surpassed the 1.2 billion monthly active users mark in April and the 1 billion mark in July 2016. “We’ve continued working hard to make Messenger the best it can be, introducing new masks, filters and reactions for […]

Facebook halts ad targeting of profile details abused by users

 In a swift response to the news that advertisers were able to target anti-Semitic phrases on Facebook, the social network has shut down “self-reported targeting fields” in the ad system until further notice. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies

 Facebook has finally revealed how its Snapchat Stories clone is doing, though it’s not seeing the same explosive growth as Instagram or WhatApp’s versions. Messenger Day now sees 70 million daily users posting and viewing photos and video slideshows six months after launch. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Weibo users given one-week warning to provide real names

 The 340 million users of Sina Weibo, China’s popular microblogging service, have been given one week to link their accounts to a real name. The crackdown is being conducted in order to comply with new government rules restricting anonymous online conversation. Read More Social – TechCrunch