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‘Victims of Instagram’: Meta faces novel legal threat over teen suicides

‘Victims of Instagram’: Meta faces novel legal threat over teen suicides

Meta is facing a fresh storm of lawsuits that blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens — and experts say the suits are using a novel argument that could pose a threat to Mark Zuckerberg’s social-media empire. The suits — which are full of disturbing stories of teens being …

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This Week in Apps: Instagram backlash, TikTok gaming, Snapchat+ makes millions

This Week in Apps: Instagram backlash, TikTok gaming, Snapchat+ makes millions

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in the first half of 2022, up only slightly from the $64.4 billion during the same period in 2021, as hypergrowth fueled by …

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Meta to double the dose of force-fed filler on Instagram, Facebook in 2023 [Updated]

Meta to double the dose of force-fed filler on Instagram, Facebook in 2023 [Updated]

(Update at 5:17pm ET: A Meta spokesperson sent this statement in response to Instagram user complaints: “Based on our findings and community feedback, we’re pausing the full-screen test on Instagram so we can explore other options, and we’re temporarily decreasing the number of recommendations you see in your feed so we can improve the quality …

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Instagram Will Now Feed All Video Uploads into Reels, Adds New Creative Tools for Reels Content

Instagram Will Now Feed All Video Uploads into Reels, Adds New Creative Tools for Reels Content

I know the logic behind this, and I understand why Meta would do it. But there is a whiff of desperation here, of trying to latch onto the TikTok horse as it bolts away, taking all of Instagram’s popularity with it. Today, Meta has announced that virtually all video uploads will now become Reels, whether …

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‘Never ever go home with a customer for less than $500’: Balthazar owner’s cheeky ‘rules’ for servers

‘Never ever go home with a customer for less than $500’: Balthazar owner’s cheeky ‘rules’ for servers

Don’t sell yourself short. That’s the cheeky advice legendary New York City restaurant owner Keith McNally had for his staffers, when it comes to mixing business with pleasure. “Never ever go home with a customer — for less than $500,” the owner of Balthazar, famed for his eccentric personality and no-holds-barred Instagram account, quipped in …

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Instagram is testing AI that verifies your age with a selfie scan. It's not perfect

Instagram is testing AI that verifies your age with a selfie scan. It’s not perfect

Meta-owned Instagram said in a blog post on Thursday that AI is one of three new methods it’s testing to verify users’ ages on the photo-sharing site. Users will be required to use one of the options to verify their age if they edit their birth date on Instagram from under age 18 to over …

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Instagram is testing an AI tool that verifies your age by scanning your face

Instagram is testing an AI tool that verifies your age by scanning your face

Instagram is testing new methods for users to verify their age, including an AI tool built by a third-party company, Yoti, that estimates how old you are just by scanning your face. Officially, you have to be at least 13 years old to sign up for an Instagram account, but for years the company made …

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Instagram and Snapchat Announce Updates to Stay Relevant

Instagram and Snapchat Announce Updates to Stay Relevant

Change is the only the constant, especially when it comes to social media apps. But that doesn’t mean the changes are unique. Instagram is testing out a full-screen feed feature that looks awfully similar to TikTok’s interface. And Snapchat is joining Twitter in adding a paid subscriber tier. Also, if Elon Musk gets his way, …

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