Instagram Says Sites May Need Permission to Embed Photos

Site owners may need to get permission from Instagram users before embedding their posts on a web page, according to a company statement. Newsweek is currently being sued for copyright…

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4 views on the future of retail and the shopping experience

The global spread of COVID-19 and resulting orders to shelter in place have hit retailers hard. As the pandemic drags on, temporary halts are becoming permanent closures, whether it’s the…

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Facebook launches Facebook Shops, free storefronts for merchants

Mark Zuckerberg this week announced the launch of Facebook Shops, a new product that enables merchants to sell directly on WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, or Facebook. Facebook Shops will inspire people to…

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Facebook and Instagram roll out Shops, turning business profiles into storefronts

Starting today, you’ll be able to browse and buy products directly from a business’ Facebook Page or Instagram profile. Both Facebook and Instagram already supported a degree of e-commerce —…

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Facebook’s social Zoom competitor Messenger Rooms goes live globally

Zoom was never meant to be a social network, but the enterprise video chat app has become essential software for those looking to stay in touch with friends and family…

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Instagram to Let Users Pin Comments to the Top of Posts

Instagram is testing pinned comments on posts as part of a larger effort to combat bullying on the platform. This feature allows users to highlight positive sentiments and, hopefully, encourage…

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Instagram ‘pods’ game the algorithm by coordinating likes and comments on millions of posts

Researchers at NYU have identified hundreds of groups of Instagram users, some with thousands of members, that systematically exchange likes and comments in order to game the service’s algorithms and…

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Facebook launches drop-in video chat Rooms to rival Houseparty

Facebook is co-opting some of the top video chat innovations like Zoom’s gallery view for large groups and Houseparty’s spontaneous hangouts for a new feature called Rooms. It could usher…

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“Content network effect” makes TikTok tough to copy

Many TikTok videos don’t start from scratch, so neither can its competitors. TikTok is all about remixes, where users shoot a new video to recontextualize audio pulled from someone else’s…

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What Nonprofits Taught Me About Social Media Marketing

It’s no surprise that the coronavirus has caused either a spike or downfall for companies and marketers across the world. Times are scary for sure, not just from a global,…

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