Facebook’s F8 developers conference will be more diverse than last year

 Ahead of Facebook’s annual developers conference, F8, Facebook shared the demographic makeup of this year’s expected attendees exclusively with TechCrunch. Of the people who chose to disclose, 28.7% self-identified as women (a 4.9% increase from last year) and 19.3% self-identified as underrepresented ethnicities in tech (black, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Native… Read More

Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

 In just nine days, France is going to vote for their next president — there’s going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers. The ad gives ten tips to spot fake news on the internet. You’ll find it today in the paper… Read More

Facebook’s Communities Summit will gather Group admins Zuck wants to empower

 Mark Zuckeberg’s humanitarian manifesto from February outlined his desire to “build more tools to empower community leaders . . . to run and grow their groups the way they’d like.” On June 22nd and 23rd in Chicago, Facebook will hold its first free Facebook Communities Summit to celebrate group admins and better equip them to lead their flocks. Only Facebook Group… Read More

Twitter launches a ‘lite’ mobile web app that’s optimized for emerging markets

 Twitter has taken the wraps off a new data-optimized version of its service that it hopes will be a hit among emerging. It’s called Twitter Lite and, unlike similar ‘Lite’ apps from Facebook and others, it is browser-based — living at mobile.twitter.com. It is essentially a data-optimized version of the regular Twitter service that, the company said, loads fast and… Read More

If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant

 The ACLU reported last year that law enforcement teamed up with Geofeedia, a software company that uses social media data to track and monitor protesters. Many were outraged. Facebook and Twitter cut off Geofeedia’s access to their data. These new rules have far-reaching implications for companies whose business models revolve around utilizing social media data for close observations. Read More