Pandemic Fuels WhatsApp, Social Media, TV

Kantar has just released findings of what it says is the largest-ever survey of consumers about the fast-moving pandemic, checking in with 25,000 consumers in 30 markets around the globe. Among the findings: People are doing 70% more web browsing, 63% more TV watching, and spending 61% more time on social media. WhatsApp has become increasingly more important, with an overall 40% increase in use.

What Twitter’s Removal Of 1Q Guidance Tells Us About Broader Digital Ad Market

Facebook ‘Just Trying To Keep The Lights On’

The social network is straining to deal with skyrocketing usage as its 45,000 employees work from home for the first time.

Virus Revives Facebook As News Powerhouse

More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.

Hearst Stations Expand Coronavirus Reporting

The group’s second Facebook Watch show, Field Notes, features pandemic stories from Hearst stations in 26 markets cross the U.S.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Messenger App A New Tool For Breaking News

Broadcasters including Gray Television and Cox Media Group have been beta testing the new Facebook Messenger Experience app from Social News Desk enabling users to opt in for breaking news and customized content. With 1.3 billion global Messenger users and a 50%-80% open rate, it opens a key new front to reach viewers, particularly as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

Coronavirus Disrupts Social Media’s First Line Of Defense

Rosie O’Donnell To Revive Talk Show For Star-Studded Online Fundraiser

Fox News Returns To Twitter

Fox News is making a return to Twitter, more than a year after going silent on the social-media platform. Now the news outlet is poised to resurface on the venue, with executives envisioning the chance to use it as a service or a means of getting information about the coronavirus outbreak to followers. Approximately 18.5 million people follow the network on Twitter.

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | WaPo’s Jorgenson Courts Next Gen On TikTok

Dave Jorgenson produces twice-daily posts geared to young audiences on nascent social video platform TikTok. In 10 months, he’s gained 400,000 subscribers there and tens of millions of views of his witty short videos, including tips on coronavirus hand washing and handshakes.

NEWS ANALYSIS

When Social Is More Accurate Than The President

All through February and early March, the voices of doctors and nurses on social media provided a vital antidote to those of confused and complacent political leaders embodied by President Trump. Their voices carried credibility and urgency in a way the always-on crisis of cable news can’t. They fed and were fed by credible journalism. And they helped force the United States to reckon with the crisis.

Advertisers Press Judge To OK Facebook Settlement

None of the video advertisers who were notified about Facebook’s proposed $40 million class-action settlement over inflated video metrics have objected to the deal, class counsel says in papers filed Friday.

Should Journos Hop On The TikTok Craze?

How three broadcast journalists are experimenting with the wildly popular but quirky platform.

NBCU Quietly Sold $500M Snapchat Stake

Despite the previously unreported sale late last year, NBCU says it’s committed to the Snap relationship, and is producing more programming than ever for the platform.

Twitter In Silver Lake Deal; Dorsey Still CEO

Twitter said today that Silver Lake will make a $1 billion investment in the company. That money, along with cash on hand, is expected to be put toward a $2 billion stock buyback. Jack Dorsey remains the social media company’s CEO.

Twitter’s First ‘Manipulated Media’ Flag On Trump Aide Ignites Fact-Checking Debate

Virus Misinformation Stumps Facebook, Twitter

Secret labs. Magic cures. Government plots. Despite efforts by social media companies to stop it, false information about the coronavirus is proliferating around the world.

DSLR To Mobile: Dongles Tips And Tricks

Facebook Cancels Its SXSW Plans

The social network follows Twitter’s lead as the list of attendees bailing on the annual Austin festivities grows, but organizers say the show will go on.

Poynter, Google To Help Local Newsrooms Reach Younger Audiences

The Poynter Institute and Google News Initiative are teaming up to help three local newsrooms reach new, young audiences through engaging, shareable social video storytelling. The yearlong program, VidSpark, will culminate with a playbook that local newsrooms across the country can use to engage younger people in their communities. The three participants are Tegna’s CBS […]

Court: Tech Platforms Aren’t Bound By 1st Amend.

A federal appeals court in California on Wednesday ruled that privately operated internet platforms are free to censor content they don’t like. Though not unexpected, the unanimous decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco marks the most emphatic rejection of the argument that YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other giant tech platforms are bound by the First Amendment.

WLOS Reporter Accidentally Turns On Facebook Live Filters During Live Shot

Instagram Targets More Funding, Ad Rev-Sharing

The Facebook-owned company is in talks with video producers to pay more for videos on its IGTV app, though no formal funding program is in place. The conversations come as it tests ways for video makers to make more money from IGTV, including an advertising product and revenue-sharing program similar to those available on other social media platforms.

Bloomberg Bankrolling Social Media Army

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is hiring hundreds of workers in California for $2,500 a month to post regularly on their personal social-media accounts in support of the candidate and send text messages to their friends about him. The effort, which could cost millions of dollars, is launching ahead of California’s March 3 primary and could later be deployed nationwide.

Snapchat Finds Growing Role In Local News

Snapchat is not just for kids anymore. Ashley Remkus is a crime reporter for AL.com, Alabama’s media group that publishes the state’s three major newspapers. On top of covering crime and safety in the Huntsville area, Remkus is also the “Snapchat guru” for the group. 

Germany To Require Social Media Sites To Report Hate Speech

BERLIN (AP) — The German Cabinet has approved a bill that will require social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube to report certain hate speech to the police. According to the bill passed by ministers Wednesday, internet companies will have to flag far-right propaganda, graphic portrayals of violence, murder or rape threats, posts indicating […]

Facebook Says WTXF Anchor Can’t Sue Over Ad Featuring Her Image

DOJ Won’t Tackle Politically Biased Media

Despite complaints from conservatives who say left-leaning tech companies are shadow-banning on social media, DOJ Antitrust Division chief Makan Delrahim says he won’t get involved.

UK To Make Social Media Platforms Responsible For Harmful Content

Reddit Teams With Tagboard To Enable Content Sharing On TV

LinkedIn CEO Steps Aside After 11 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — The LinkedIn professional networking service is getting a new CEO. Jeff Weiner will become executive chairman after 11 years as chief of the Microsoft-owned business. Ryan Roslansky, senior vice president of product, will become CEO as of June 1. Weiner said the timing felt right personally and professionally, with a ready […]

Tegna’s Texas Stations to Livestream U.S. Senate Democratic Debate

KVUE, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas (DMA 40), will host a live debate between the Texas Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CT as part of KVUE’s Emmy-winning Vote Texas initiative. Partnering with KVUE to host and distribute the debate are The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization that reports on […]

QUARTERLY REPORT

Twitter’s 4Q Users, Sales Top Expectations

Twitter early Thursday posted $1.01 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, beating Wall Street estimates in a crucial quarter that’s being heavily scrutinized after some glitches in its advertising products resulted in disappointing  sales growth in the quarter before.

9 Tips For A Journalist’s Social Media Success

Every journalist needs to be on social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. It takes time to attract followers but the payoff is worth it in story ideas and an expanded audience for your work. So how do you get there?

Facebook Settles Faceprint Fight For $550M

One week after the Supreme Court rejected Facebook’s request to intervene in a class-action over facial recognition technology, the company announced it will pay an eye-popping $550 million to resolve the matter.

Q&A WITH REED HUNDT

Reed Hundt: ‘We Were Naive’ About The Internet

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt talks about antitrust, Big Tech platforms, the future of the 1996 provision that provided legal protection to social media companies from liability for harmful content, and Facebook. 

Facebook Awards $700,000 In Local News Grants

Facebook on Tuesday will announce a new round of investment worth $700,000 in various news organizations across the country, executives tell Axios. Many of the new commitments focus on newsrooms that cover diversity. The investment is part of a greater than $300 million commitment from Facebook to invest in the news, especially local news.

Supreme Court Turns Down Facebook Fight

The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a ruling that allows Illinois residents to proceed with a lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating a state biometric privacy law by compiling “faceprints.”

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

Social Media Specialist Opening At Sinclair

The social media specialist’s primary responsibility is to work directly with Sinclair’s stations to define and enhance their social media strategy.

‘Jeopardy’ Sparks Social Media Uproar With Bethlehem Question