Instagram is the latest nexus of the Marines photo sharing scandal

 Following the revelation that a private Facebook group with 30,000 members targeted female Marines in a non-consensual photo sharing ring, other toxic online communities are popping up — and proving that the Marines United scandal is by no means an isolated incident. This week, a group known as Just The Tip Of The Spear, commonly abbreviated JTTOTS, was booted from Instagram for… Read More

Facebook Stories, yet another Snapchat clone, is rolling out to more countries [Correction]

 Facebook is introducing yet another feature that clones Snapchat Stories to more users in Chile, Greece and Vietnam. [Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Facebook Stories was rolling out worldwide. That’s not the case. It’s only expanding to a few more countries.] Read More

Snapchat launches Bitmoji widget chat shortcuts for your homescreen

 Snapchat is doubling down on private messaging as Instagram and Facebook Messenger clone and steal usage from its Stories feature. Now you can instantly start chatting with your best friends on Snapchat. Instead of digging a chat thread out of Snapchat, users can select their favorite friends, create Bitmoji Widgets for them with their personalized avatars, and click them from their iOS… Read More

The argument for and against Facebook Messenger Day

 The stakes are high as Facebook gambles its messaging user base on a bet to beat Snapchat at its own game. Some are downright pissed that Facebook would “ruin” Messenger by forcing messy social media into a clean chat app for a chance at glory and riches. Yet there’s an even bigger audience of Stories newbies available to be seduced by a convenient feature where they… Read More

Facebook Messenger’s PM director Martinazzi leaves after launching Day

 Completing almost 8 years at Facebook, Director of Product Management Peter Martinazzi has left the company. His last product, Messenger Day, shipped on Thursday. A Facebook “OG”, Martinazzi was well-liked and respected at the company. He worked with the growth team in some of Facebook’s breakout years before the IPO, and ran all of Messenger product during its modernizing… Read More

The case for tenured voting

 It’s hard to get too worked up about unequal voting rights, which are seen by public market investors as giving founders too much control, while viewed by founders as necessary to protect their companies from short-term shareholders. The reality is that only a minority of companies can command these terms, most famously Google, Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and now Snap. The majority of… Read More

Watch ‘High Resolution,’ a video series about design

 Ever wonder how design has helped drive success for businesses like Airbnb, Facebook, Slack and IBM? How about how their teams are structured? How they operate? What their processes look like? High Resolution is bringing clarity to these questions, and we’re doing it 25 times. We’re sitting down with 25 masters of the digital design industry to learn how they approach,… Read More

Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans

 Today Facebook is globally launching Messenger Day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format. While Snapchat Stories is for retelling what you’ve done, Messenger Day’s “Who’s up for?” filters and Active Now indicators help you find friends to chat and meet up with.
Now after gaining millions of users through tests in a dozen countries like Poland and… Read More

Facebook tests reactions and Dislike button (!) on messages

messenger-reactions Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it’s not where you’d expect. How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread? Facebook wants you to attach emojis to your friends’ messages the same way you do with News Feed posts.     TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent us a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions option. When you… Read More