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5 things we learned from Facebook & Twitter hearings ... Facebook Friday For Week Ending September 7, 2018

POLICY, PRIVACY & POLITICS

5 things we learned from the Facebook and Twitter hearings (Digiday)

The tech platforms were back in Washington on Tuesday to answer senators’ questions on how their systems should and could change in the wake of election interference. The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had invited the leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter to speak on foreign influence operations on social media. This is what we learned…

What tech companies have to fear from antitrust law (The Verge)

Here’s the case against four of the movement’s biggest targets, and what they might look like if they came out on the losing end. The monopoly-busting case against Google, Amazon, Uber and Facebook.

 

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Instagram's Looking to Launch a Standalone App for Online Shopping (Social Media Today)

The app - which may be called IG Shopping - would let users browse collections of goods from merchants that they follow, and purchase them directly within the app.

 

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Instagram Launches New 'Parent's Guide' to Help Better Understand and Manage Time Spent (Social Media Today)

Following parent company Facebook's lead on the 'time well spent' movement, Instagram has launched a new resource to help parents better understand what their children are doing on the platform, and how to manage their time.

New Study Shows Growing Number of People Taking Extended Breaks from Facebook Use (Social Media Today)

According to a new report from Pew Research, many people have - 42% of the 4,600 respondents included in the survey indicated that they’ve taken a break from checking Facebook for a period of several weeks or more within the last 12 months, while 26% said that they’d deleted the Facebook app altogether in response to concerns.

 

OTHER HEADLINES

  • Facebook to Build $1 Billion Data Center in Singapore (Fortune)